Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

Jul 27, 2014

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

by Julie Pace

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration’s case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were ...

Israel extends Gaza cease-fire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

Jul 27, 2014

Israel extends Gaza cease-fire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

Israel extended a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory. Israeli ministers had signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the ...

Jul 26, 2014

EU sanctions Russia intel chiefs

The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Moscow revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban for allegedly undermining ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...

Jul 26, 2014

U.S.: China test-fires anti-satellite missile

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “nondestructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created ...

Russia firing across border into Ukraine: U.S.

Jul 26, 2014

Russia firing across border into Ukraine: U.S.

Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and is preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to post intelligence officer at SDF base in Djibouti

The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday. Arrangements are under way for the ...

Jul 26, 2014

China again tested controversial anti-satellite missile, U.S. says

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “nondestructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created ...

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation “significantly.” Hours after ...