TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

Apr 7, 2015

TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter waded into economic policy Monday, urging Congress to grant the president negotiating authority for a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal. “Time is running out,” Carter told an audience at Arizona State University in Tempe. The U.S. and 11 other Asia-Pacific ...

Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia wants warplanes, warships, soldiers for Yemen

Apr 6, 2015

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia wants warplanes, warships, soldiers for Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen has asked Pakistan to contribute soldiers, Pakistan’s defense minister said Monday, raising the possibility of a ground offensive in the country. Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif made the comments as Pakistan’s parliament debates whether to contribute ...

Apr 6, 2015

Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless. The ...