Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

| Feb 12, 2015

Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

Some members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority are turning on their Arab neighbors, staging deadly reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their community. Yazidis returning to their northern home area of Sinjar are uncovering one mass grave ...

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

| Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

Russian-backed rebels’ violent offensive in eastern Ukraine leaves President Barack Obama with perplexing and urgent choices, but aides say he will exercise his typical caution in deciding his next move. Should Obama provide lethal weaponry to the Western-backed Kiev government to staunch Europe’s worst ...

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Feb 9, 2015

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed skepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project. Sources have said Australia ...

| Feb 5, 2015

Former Russian rebel leader makes Putin look cautious

Vladimir Putin’s critics say he went too far on Ukraine. The former Russian agent who helped trigger the conflict says his biggest mistake was not going far enough. Putin has made himself a “hostage” to the war in Ukraine by opting not to annex ...

Feb 4, 2015

U.S., Iran discussing nuclear talks compromise over centrifuges

With time for negotiations running short, the U.S. and Iran are discussing a compromise that would let Iran keep much of its uranium-enriching technology but reduce its potential to make nuclear weapons, two diplomats told AP. Such a compromise could break the decade-long deadlock ...

Feb 2, 2015

China building second aircraft carrier: reports

A firm has won a contract to supply cabling for a second Chinese aircraft carrier, the latest sign that Beijing is boosting its maritime power, although news of the development was swiftly deleted online. Authorities in Changzhou said on a verified social media account ...