Santos re-elected Colombia president in peace vote

Jun 16, 2014

Santos re-elected Colombia president in peace vote

Juan Manuel Santos convincingly won re-election Sunday after Colombia’s tightest presidential contest in years, an endorsement of his 18-month-old peace talks to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict. Santos defeated right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga with 53 percent of valid votes against 47 percent, ...

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

| Jun 15, 2014

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in ...

Jun 15, 2014

Emboldened House conservatives begin to plan next steps

Conservatives emboldened by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing loss to a tea party-backed upstart are pledging to capitalize on their newfound political strength. That is setting up election-year struggles over Congress’ most basic legislative responsibilities and erasing already slim hopes for ambitious bills ...

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...

Afghans vote in runoff despite Taliban threats

Jun 14, 2014

Afghans vote in runoff despite Taliban threats

Afghans defied Taliban threats by voting Saturday in a second-round presidential election, as U.S.-led combat troops wind down a 13-year war that has failed to defeat the insurgents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for two rockets that exploded near Kabul airport as polls opened, but ...

Egypt's el-Sissi faces furor over 'sexual terrorism'

| Jun 11, 2014

Egypt's el-Sissi faces furor over 'sexual terrorism'

A video of a woman being sexually assaulted at inaugural celebrations for Egypt’s new president has thrown another spotlight on a national epidemic, but activists believe that stopping such attacks will be difficult. Graphic footage, apparently filmed on Sunday using a mobile phone, shows ...

Putin gambles on culture war with the West

| Jun 10, 2014

Putin gambles on culture war with the West

Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the “Russophobes” who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website, www.ruxpert.ru, is on the front line in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West. As President Vladimir Putin ...

In book, Clinton dishes out insider's view of Putin

Jun 10, 2014

In book, Clinton dishes out insider's view of Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin remains “fixated” on reviving the Soviet empire, Hillary Rodham Clinton writes about the strongman in her new book. The former secretary of state presides Tuesday over the closely-managed rollout of her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” which many observers interpret as ...

Ferocious sexual assault on student at Cairo rally prompts outrage

Jun 10, 2014

Ferocious sexual assault on student at Cairo rally prompts outrage

A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations of Egypt’s presidential inauguration — including a mass attack on a 19-year-old student who was stripped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — prompted outrage Monday as a video emerged purportedly showing the teenager, bloodied and naked, ...