In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

Feb 24, 2015

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of nonwhite contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations ...

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

Feb 23, 2015

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed Monday the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more ...

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

Feb 23, 2015

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

The Islamic State group has learned from the mistakes of past jihadi movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world’s Sunni Muslims, a new book has warned. The authors of “ISIS: Inside ...

The new Chinese New Year delicacy: American lobster

Feb 23, 2015

The new Chinese New Year delicacy: American lobster

Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s growing middle class, to whom a ...