WorldViews: August, 2014

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/30/2014

Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

A new report says the affects could be seen within generations.

By Rick Noack  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 08/29/2014

Did a ‘soft coup’ just happen in Pakistan?

Pakistan’s prime minister turned to the military to help a resolve political crisis. But is he signing away his authority?

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  06:04 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 08/29/2014

Crossword: What in the world, this week

How closely have you been following world news this week?

By Foreign Staff  |  03:34 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 08/29/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s statement on U.S. citizens detained or missing in Iran

“We ask the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian,” the statement said.

By Foreign Staff  |  03:22 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 08/29/2014

Iraqis unwilling to give up on a slowly dwindling culture

Despite years of turmoil and large-scale displacement, Iraq still has a secular, intellectual class.

By Abigail Hauslohner  |  02:36 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 08/29/2014

The strange story of Uzbekistan’s ‘jailed princess’

How Uzbekistan’s once-most prominent face has turned into the country’s most famous prisoner.

By Rick Noack  |  02:23 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 08/29/2014

This video of a locust invasion in Madagascar will give you nightmares

Locusts bombarded the capital city Thursday, as part of a swarm the size of Japan.

By Elahe Izadi  |  01:55 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 08/29/2014

Putin thinks of the past when talking Ukraine — but the Arctic is where he sees Russia’s future

Putin, the history buff on Ukraine, wants to make history in the north.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:17 PM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 08/29/2014

At least 81 nationalities are fighting in Syria

A look at where the Islamic State is drawing its fighters from.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  11:19 AM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 08/29/2014

France is asking the world to stop the chaos in Libya. Again.

Déjà vu?

By Adam Taylor  |  07:30 AM ET, 08/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Islamic State beheads Kurdish pesh merga fighter in video

Video, posted to YouTube Thursday by the group’s network of online supporters, is similar to the one that grimly showed the execution of American journalist James Foley last week.

By Erin Cunningham  |  05:47 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Canada joins the stupid Twitter war between Russia and the West

Canadian and Russian missions in Brussels engaged in a new round of hostilities on social media

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  04:54 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/28/2014

The long, grim history of U.N. peacekeepers caught in the crossfire

The missions always come with risks.

By Rick Noack  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Video Dispatch: In remote Sierra Leone, burying victims of Ebola

Photographer Pete Muller reports from remote Sierra Leone, where Ebola victims were being buried.

By Foreign Staff  |  03:19 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Why one Spaniard sold his car to go fight in Ukraine

A handful of European leftists are fighting alongside pro-Russian rebel forces in Ukraine.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Has Russia invaded Ukraine? Here’s what we know.

Russian soldiers, tanks, artillery and more are said to be within Ukrainian borders.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:39 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/28/2014

Watch: What it looks like when you land in North Korea

Post correspondent Anna Fifield is in North Korea, where she will be reporting from for the next several days.

By Foreign Staff  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 08/28/2014

How the SATs may undermine China’s Communist Party

China concerned as new SAT syllabus aims to teach “freedom, justice and human dignity,” through study of U.S. founding documents and works of Martin Luther King Jr, Mohandas Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau.

By Simon Denyer  |  12:16 PM ET, 08/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 08/27/2014

Ukraine says it’s being invaded by Russia, and can you please retweet

A long-running social media war has shadowed months of geopolitical tensions in the region.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  06:25 PM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 08/27/2014

Do 1 in 6 French citizens really support Islamic State?

Rossiya Segodnya poll figures are surprising in that they would require all the Muslims in France and more to support the radical Islamist group.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:46 PM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/27/2014

Why Canada cares much more about the War of 1812

Yes, the British burned down the White House. But that’s hardly the main story from this war fought two centuries ago.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  03:40 PM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 08/27/2014

Pablo Escobar’s top assassin, ‘Popeye,’ is out of jail and under police protection

John Jairo Velasquez has been tied to the murders of at least 3,000 people and has admitted to killing at least 250. He was released on parole.

By Abby Phillip  |  03:29 PM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/27/2014

How all sides are committing war crimes in Syria

A new U.N. inquiry finds both the Syrian regime and rebel forces guilty of a host of crimes against humanity.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/27/2014

Study: How Pakistan’s recent protests failed

An extensive survey reveals that demonstrations are hardly reflective of the views of most Pakistanis.

By Tim Craig  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 08/27/2014

North Korea: Ferguson was a ‘disgrace’ and the United States are now ‘laughingstock of the world’

Hermit Kingdom criticizes the U.S. in wake of Missouri shooting and protests.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:43 AM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/27/2014

Here are the key players fighting the war for Libya, all over again

Libya is in real crisis once more. Here’s who’s swirling in the chaos.

By Ishaan Tharoor and Adam Taylor  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/26/2014

Why no one should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert

The fissure was likely caused by sucking out groundwater for irrigation to the point the surface collapsed.

By Joshua Partlow  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 08/26/2014

400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal

These campaign props for a left-wing political party have mysteriously disappeared.

By Rick Noack  |  01:54 PM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 08/26/2014

A legacy of Gaza’s latest conflict: Wrecked high-rises

At least six apartment buildings and housing complexes have been destroyed since Saturday.

By Swati Sharma  |  01:08 PM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 08/26/2014

Russia says it invaded Ukraine by accident. Is that possible?

A brief history of other supposedly “accidental” invasions.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  12:35 PM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 08/26/2014

Meet ‘QSIS’: A new twist in what to call the extremist group rampaging in Iraq and Syria

Islamic scholars in Egypt call for an end to the use of the “Islamic State” appellation.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:46 AM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 08/26/2014

China spots huge marijuana field — then makes it vanish

Now you see it, now you don’t.

By Simon Denyer  |  11:44 AM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 08/26/2014

Jewish center reopens in Mumbai six years after terror attack

The Jewish prayer house that was targeted by terrorists reopened Tuesday at the same spot amid tight security.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:34 AM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/26/2014

Here’s how to track terrorists on Google Earth

WorldViews speaks to the amateur online sleuth monitoring the Islamic State.

By Rick Noack  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 08/25/2014

The Islamic State or Assad? Isn’t there another choice?

Looking for the ‘good guy’ in the Syrian fight.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:05 PM ET, 08/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 08/25/2014

Why U.S. conservatives love Russia’s Vladimir Putin

...as explained by your comments on WorldViews.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  05:34 PM ET, 08/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 08/25/2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken on a whole new life in Gaza

Instead of water, some Pro-Palestinian sympathizers use rubble.

By Rick Noack  |  04:05 PM ET, 08/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 08/25/2014

The strange role of rappers in the Islamic State’s jihad

A London rapper may have been the man who killed American journalist James Foley in Syria

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:26 PM ET, 08/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 08/22/2014

Islamists carry out ‘public execution’ on a Libyan soccer field

The murder is one of the starkest instances yet of Islamist groups enacting sharia law in the country.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  05:48 PM ET, 08/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 08/22/2014

Was Putin right about Syria?

Putin is wrong about many things. But maybe he was right on Syria.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:48 PM ET, 08/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 08/22/2014

How the Islamic State is turning the Middle East upside down

Could our enemies become friends?

By Adam Taylor  |  01:33 PM ET, 08/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 08/22/2014

The foreigners who flocked to join the fight — in Ukraine

Foreign fighters aren’t a problem unique to Syria and Iraq.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:23 AM ET, 08/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/21/2014

Losing his battle at home, French President Hollande fights abroad

Being criticized for his indecisiveness, he wants to prove that he is a strong commander in chief.

By Rick Noack  |  04:30 PM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 08/21/2014

Islamic State video shows scores of Yazidis converting to Islam

In the video, a group of about 60 men are shown in a hall listening intently to an Islamic State imam as he extols the virtues of Islam.

By Liz Sly  |  03:33 PM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 08/21/2014

India blocks release of film accused of glorifying Indira Gandhi’s assassination

The move came after protests and a massive uproar.

By Swati Sharma  |  03:02 PM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 08/21/2014

The logic of not paying ransoms

WORLDVIEWS | There are times that the U.S. does negotiate with kidnappers, but no one wants a payday for terrorists.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:32 PM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/21/2014

Crossword: What in the world, this week

How well have you been following international news this week? Test yourself.

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 08/20/2014

U.N.: Iraq crisis most rapidly intensifying humanitarian disaster in recent memory

The United Nations refugee agency launched a land, air and sea aid push to address the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

By Swati Sharma  |  06:07 PM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Yes, Berlin has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Germany to forgive the NSA

“By now, the anger has grown to an extent where it has become difficult for German politicians to remain nuanced and objective.”

By Rick Noack  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Video: A friend and colleague describes James Foley

The day Foley disappeared Nicole Tung was supposed to meet him.

By Rick Noack  |  12:29 PM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 08/20/2014

From Daniel Pearl to James Foley: The modern tactic of Islamist beheadings

It might be justified with theology, but it’s driven by strategy.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:52 AM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 08/20/2014

Protesters climbed iconic Moscow skyscraper, planted Ukrainian flag

For about three hours Wednesday morning, Ukraine’s flag was flying high over Russia’s capital.

By Karoun Demirjian  |  11:09 AM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2014

The complicated task of measuring the world’s most ‘peaceful’ countries

Just 11 nations are not currently involved in a conflict.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 08/19/2014

Court tells Indian activist her 13-year-long fast is not a suicide attempt

Sharmila is called the “Iron Lady of Manipur” by her supporters for her long hunger strike against the immunity against prosecution enjoyed by Indian soldiers deployed in conflict zones.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  04:03 PM ET, 08/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 08/19/2014

Scenes from Islamabad: Thousands of Pakistani protesters march toward the parliament

Video and tweets from the demonstrations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.

By Tim Craig  |  03:21 PM ET, 08/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/19/2014

Dispatch: Turkey’s mysterious case of the bearded men

It was a tantalizing tip — that Turkish locals had accosted a group of jihadists near the Syrian border. It may have been too good to be true.

By Anthony Faiola  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 08/19/2014

Human rights group says Chechen leader questioned 1,000 villagers in bid to find lost iPhone

Here’s what happens when a strongman’s iPhone goes missing.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:53 AM ET, 08/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 08/19/2014

The reshuffling of Ukrainian rebel leaders may be a sign of an important change in tactics

There’s no doubt that before the reshuffle, the separatists were in trouble.

By Rick Noack  |  07:02 AM ET, 08/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 08/18/2014

Dispatch: Getting the gold story in Peru, and getting out

Just about everyone we met in Peru told us to stay away from the mining camps.

By Nick Miroff  |  08:32 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 08/18/2014

What Julian Assange means when he says he is leaving the Ecuadoran Embassy ‘soon’

Don’t hold your breath.

By Adam Taylor  |  05:26 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/18/2014

Instagram photos from Gaza: A shift from a summer lull to war

From selfies to damaged buildings, images reveal how lives of Gazans changed this summer.

By Swati Sharma  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 08/18/2014

How the rest of the world sees Ferguson

Foreign coverage of America’s problem reveals a lot.

By Adam Taylor and Rick Noack  |  12:49 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 08/18/2014

India cancels talks with Pakistan over tea invitation to Kashmiri separatists

The all-too-familiar roller coaster has returned in the ties between India and Pakistan.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  12:27 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/18/2014

Video: Israeli forces destroy homes of those accused of killing Israeli teens

Israeli forces destroy homes of Palestinians suspected of three killing Israeli teens

By Swati Sharma  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 08/16/2014

Some Arabs and Jews maintain friendly ties in time of war

Though many Israelis are refusing to buy from Arab merchants, those who do say it’s important to keep interacting.

By Carol Morello  |  02:35 PM ET, 08/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/16/2014

Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?

How to preempt disaster.

By Rick Noack  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 08/15/2014

Ferguson riots play big in Russia

In Russia, Ferguson became an opportunity to accuse America of being a giant hypocrite.

By Karoun Demirjian  |  03:44 PM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 08/15/2014

Important alert from Chinese state media: No, Ebola isn’t a ‘zombie virus’

Nor can you cure the disease by drinking coffee mixed with raw onions.

By Elahe Izadi  |  02:19 PM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 08/15/2014

With an unusual self-deprecating joke, Kim Jong Un shows his vulnerable side

An admission that his own antics are “no fun.“

By Adam Taylor  |  12:38 PM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 08/15/2014

A Hong Kong paper ran a fake obituary for its rival’s founder, who is very much alive

“Sorry to disappoint you,” Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai says in response to his obituary, which turned out to be an anonymous full-page ad.

By Abby Ohlheiser  |  11:47 AM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/15/2014

How the violent Islamic State extremists got their signature flag

The black-and-white banner is not only being flown in Iraq and Syria, but also in London and New Jersey.

By Abby Phillip  |  11:38 AM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 08/15/2014

20 historical empires that explain the English Premier League

A who’s who of one of the world’s top sporting competitions, through the lens of history

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  11:35 AM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 08/15/2014

Crossword: What in the world, this week

How much do you really know about events around the world this week?

By Anup Kaphle  |  06:31 AM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/15/2014

The 84-year-old Islamic cleric shaking up Iraq’s political world

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is finally making bold moves.

By Adam Taylor  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 08/14/2014

Why Ukrainian politicians keep beating each other up

A sign of a vibrant, if worrying, political culture.

By Rick Noack  |  06:44 PM ET, 08/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 08/14/2014

Amsterdam’s mayor plans to do something about the city’s Black Pete problem

For many Dutch citizens, Black Pete is a beloved Christmas figure. But the character is traditionally represented by white actors wearing blackface.

By Abby Ohlheiser  |  01:09 PM ET, 08/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 08/14/2014

The pope tours South Korea — in a Kia

The pontiff arrived in Seoul on Thursday for a five-day visit.

By Abby Ohlheiser  |  11:10 AM ET, 08/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 08/14/2014

Among world leaders, the trend for acting like Vladimir Putin is catching on

Egypt’s Sissi is even dressing the part.

By Adam Taylor  |  05:31 AM ET, 08/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 08/13/2014

Why Pakistan is a mess, again

Pakistan’s independence day will be dominated by marches of protesters on the capital

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  09:22 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 08/13/2014

Austin Tice, two years later

Austin Tice’s parents remember their son, who went missing while reporting from Syria two years ago.

By Foreign Staff  |  08:01 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 08/13/2014

Amid Iranian ‘brain drain,’ President Rouhani congratulates Iran-born Fields Medal winner

Rouhani is under pressure to keep Iranians like Stanford Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani in Iran.

By Elahe Izadi  |  05:35 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 08/13/2014

These French villagers want to keep living in a place called ‘Death to Jews’

Sensitive timing.

By Rick Noack  |  03:56 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 08/13/2014

Tragic deaths in Gaza are a reminder of a world full of unexploded bombs

Many places remain contaminated by the unexploded ordnance of war.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  02:52 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 08/13/2014

Yazidis escaping Mt. Sinjar still face many terrors

The Yazidis had been trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq with dwindling resources because the Islamic State had conquered their cities and towns.

By Swati Sharma  |  12:24 PM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/13/2014

The work of Simone Camilli, AP journalist killed in Gaza

Camilli and his translator were killed in an ordnance dump explosion Wednesday.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 08/13/2014

A year ago, Egypt carried out a massacre on the scale of Tiananmen Square

A look at a damning new Human Rights Watch report

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  09:54 AM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 08/13/2014

It doesn’t matter if you call it ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State, the extremist brand is winning

It sounds glib to talk about the branding of an extremist group. But the idea of the Islamic State is important.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:32 AM ET, 08/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 08/12/2014

Europe struggles to find consensus on arming Iraq’s Kurds

With France pushing for a decision on arms deliveries to the Iraqi Kurds, Germany is trying to overcome the shadows of its past.

By Rick Noack  |  05:46 PM ET, 08/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 08/12/2014

‘How Hillary Clinton created the Islamic State’ — a new Mideast conspiracy theory

Fake book excerpts lead to new rumors.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:17 PM ET, 08/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 08/12/2014

Iran bans vasectomies, wants more babies

Iran’s ayatollah wants to push back against the ‘undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles’

By Elahe Izadi  |  01:34 PM ET, 08/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 08/12/2014

Did Chinese mariners reach Australia before the Europeans?

The discovery of a small coin raises a far larger question.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:22 PM ET, 08/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 08/12/2014

How far will Obama’s support for the Iraqi Kurds go?

The United States is likely to tread carefully on the matter, having consistently opposed Kurdish demands for independence.

By Rick Noack  |  12:19 PM ET, 08/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 PM ET, 08/11/2014

Indian minister mocked after claiming Yale degree

By Rama Lakshmi  |  11:16 PM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 08/11/2014

A U.S.-designated terrorist group is saving Yazidis and battling the Islamic State

It’s a fact of history that echoes awkwardly with the present.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  07:38 PM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 08/11/2014

Video: A Kurdish reporter tries to interview Islamic State fighters

A brave move.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:17 PM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 08/11/2014

A child, a severed head, and a reminder of the awfulness of Syria’s civil war

Images allegedly showing a child holding aloft a Syrian soldier’s severed head are spurring outrage and highlighting the hideousness of the violence in Syria.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:29 PM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 08/11/2014

Steven Seagal, hard rock and motorbikes: A look at Crimea’s pro-Russian celebration

The American action-movie star is presented with a Putin T-shirt for his efforts.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:54 PM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 08/11/2014

This video shows Pyongyang, North Korea, as you’ve never seen it before

It portrays North Korea as a place that is perfectly normal.

By Abby Phillip  |  11:08 AM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/11/2014

What happened in Iraq over the weekend

Iraq has a new prime minister, and the Kurds were able to take back two towns from the Islamic State.

By Swati Sharma  |  10:29 AM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 08/11/2014

Meet Haider al-Abadi, the man named Iraq’s new prime minister

Can he avoid the pitfalls of his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki?

By Adam Taylor  |  10:18 AM ET, 08/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 08/09/2014

How Russian ban on U.S., E.U. food could turn into a windfall for Brazil

Brazilian exports of chicken, beef and pork to Russia could spike

By Dom Phillips  |  03:09 PM ET, 08/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 08/09/2014

Video: Helicopter carrying aid reaches Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar

Iraqi forces and local charities have organized efforts to help those besieged by Islamic State militants.

By Loveday Morris  |  09:55 AM ET, 08/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 PM ET, 08/08/2014

When Obama talks about Iraq, his use of the word ‘genocide’ is vital

It means things will happen.

By Rick Noack  |  09:31 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 08/08/2014

The number of children turning up at the Southwest border is dropping

But the U.S. government’s deportation plan is just kicking into gear.

By Joshua Partlow  |  05:27 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 08/08/2014

What led to the Islamic State’s terrifying rise

How a rebel faction in Syria turned into a U.S. security threat

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  05:18 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 08/08/2014

Photos: The terrible isolation of the Yazidis

After months of Islamic militants carving out their own region in Iraq, the plight of the Yazidi sect in northern Iraq pushed the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State.

By Swati Sharma  |  04:56 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 08/08/2014

The world’s muted reaction as U.S. bombs fall in Iraq again

Sometimes, the lack of a reaction is more important than a reaction.

By Rick Noack  |  03:21 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/08/2014

A housing project in East London flies the ‘Islamic State’ flag

And reporters who try to see it are threatened.

By Adam Taylor  |  02:12 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 08/08/2014

For Yazidis, a mountain once close to heaven has turned into hell on Earth

Here’s what Sinjar was like in 2006.

By Josh White  |  01:54 PM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/08/2014

Why U.S. bombs are falling on Iraq and not Syria

WORLDVIEWS | The way that this intervention has panned out would surely surprise many.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 08/07/2014

The long, winding history of American dealings with Iraq’s Kurds

The Kurds are key to any efforts to thwart the jihadists of the Islamic State. But they’ve been disappointed by the U.S. before.

By Rick Noack  |  06:24 PM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 08/07/2014

Why the world should not forget Khmer Rouge and the killing fields of Cambodia

“The crimes are huge,and just sentencing them to life in jail is not fair.“

By Adam Taylor  |  05:33 PM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 08/07/2014

Who are the Yazidis?

The ancient sect in Iraq that extremist militants are trying to wipe out

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  01:37 PM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 08/07/2014

The most shocking events during the month-long conflict in Gaza

One of the most controversial developments during the month-long conflict was the shelling of U.N. schools that had become makeshift shelters.

By Swati Sharma  |  12:48 PM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 08/07/2014

Boris Johnson, London’s New York-born mayor, moves one step closer to being ‘World King’

Watch out, America.

By Sebastian Payne  |  12:20 PM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boris Johnson, Winston Churchill

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/07/2014

How Bart Simpson was dragged into the war of words against Putin

“Putin Huylo” makes an unauthorized appearance in Springfield.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/07/2014

The world’s largest Muslim country bans support for the Islamic State

Indonesian authorities want to stem support in their country for extremist militants causing havoc in Iraq.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  10:59 AM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 08/07/2014

The resignation of Britain’s most senior Muslim politician puts spotlight on its Israel policy

One poll shows two-thirds of British believe Israel has been committing war crimes.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:27 AM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 08/07/2014

Crossword: What in the world, this week

How much do you really know about events around the world this week?

By Anup Kaphle  |  09:23 AM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 08/07/2014

Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun?

What an asylum ruling in New Zealand may mean for the future victims of climate change.

By Rick Noack  |  07:03 AM ET, 08/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 08/06/2014

Watch: Rare videos that actually show Hamas firing rockets into Israel

Now that foreign journalists are returning home from Gaza, videos and images are showing up.

By Swati Sharma  |  05:51 PM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 08/06/2014

Chinese officials fear Apple products may be tools for U.S. espionage

It is another piece of bad news for American IT companies, which have come under sustained attack in China.

By Simon Denyer  |  05:07 PM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 08/06/2014

CNN adds Nigeria to list of countries it can’t find on a map

Many critics see this as just another example of ignorance by Western media outlets.

By Rick Noack  |  03:54 PM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 08/06/2014

4 reasons Hamas has not lost the war in Gaza

The Islamist militant group has been battered by Israel’s month-long Operation Protective Edge. But here’s what it has actually gained

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  02:46 PM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 08/06/2014

Is ‘Armenian’ an insult? Turkey’s prime minister seems to think so.

It’s even worse than being called a Georgian, according to Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:47 AM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 08/06/2014

Shiites in India want to join the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq

Some 25,000 Indian Shiites have signed up to go to Iraq to defend its holy shrines from the Sunni fighters of the Islamic State

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  07:02 AM ET, 08/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/05/2014

Mexican state lawmakers want to censor bad news

Mexican state lawmakers pass law that prevents press from shooting crime scenes without government permission

By Nick Miroff  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 08/05/2014

How other countries are scrambling for Africa alongside the U.S.

As dozens of African heads of state converge on Washington, here’s how other countries are also investing in Africa

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  02:48 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 08/05/2014

Why Ebola worries the Defense Department

Could the lethal disease actually be used as a bio-weapon?

By Rick Noack  |  02:45 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/05/2014

Gazans return to their neighborhoods — and find them decimated

Many found their houses in ruins and tried to salvage any of their belongings. Others took the time to look for victims buried in the piles of rubble.

By Swati Sharma  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 08/05/2014

Ugandan lawmakers promise to revive their anti-gay law, just days after the country’s constitutional court struck it down

Some Ugandan lawmakers and religious leaders are already pushing to revive the revive the country’s controversial law that criminalized homosexuality with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

By Abby Ohlheiser  |  12:54 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 08/05/2014

What you don’t know about Africa, according to our readers’ quiz

Most readers can’t locate a large number of African nations on a map.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:12 PM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/05/2014

Modi’s speech in Nepal shows India is paying attention to its neighbors

The Indian prime minister’s visit is an unambiguous shift in New Delhi’s diplomatic priorities.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:26 AM ET, 08/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 08/04/2014

A reporter explains what it’s like being trapped in the Gaza propaganda war

Each side has its own spin machine.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  07:49 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 08/04/2014

The ‘Hannibal Procedure’: How far is Israel willing to go to stop its soldiers being captured?

Is a dead soldier better than a captured one?

By Adam Taylor  |  06:42 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 08/04/2014

Photos: What life looks like in Helmand province

Although Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan has largely been shielded from the violence elsewhere in the Helmand province, it remains a city on edge.

By Erin Cunningham  |  05:27 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 08/04/2014

The African leaders who haven’t been invited to D.C. — and the surprising ones who were

Around 50 African leaders are spending the week at a summit hosted by the U.S. government.

By Rick Noack  |  03:08 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 08/04/2014

How Israel is losing Europe

The war in Gaza is raising tough questions about Israel’s future relationship with the West.

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  02:29 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 08/04/2014

Russian birthday banner for President Obama alludes to ‘Three Wise Monkeys’

It’s not the first time Russians have compared Obama to monkeys.

By Elahe Izadi  |  01:04 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/04/2014

Video: Crowd chants ‘Death to Arabs’ after deadly backhoe attack in Jerusalem

Footage shows the chaos after the attack.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/04/2014

Watch: Here is the sniper rifle Hamas claims to have made and used against Israeli soldiers

Palestinian militant group Hamas has released a video which it claims shows its fighters using a homemade sniper rifle to target Israeli soldiers.

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 08/03/2014

For one Gazan family, not much of a homecoming

Residents of this northern Gaza town returned to their homes after they were reassured by the Israeli military. But their relief didn’t last long.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  05:23 PM ET, 08/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 08/03/2014

4 things you need to know about the Commonwealth Games

Even in rain-soaked conditions, Scotland successfully pulled of the multisport, multination event.

By Karla Adam  |  01:36 PM ET, 08/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/02/2014

A view of Gaza from the sea: How Israel’s navy patrols the coast

Journalists are given a rare window onto Israel’s naval operations on board the gunboat Keshet.

By Ruth Eglash  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 08/01/2014

A timeline of Gaza’s failed, forgotten cease-fires

There have been at least five proposed or accepted cease-fires so far. Here’s what happened to them.

By Rick Noack  |  02:51 PM ET, 08/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 08/01/2014

Would the capture of a British-Israeli soldier change how the British see Gaza?

A 23-year-old British-Israeli soldier may have been taken hostage in Gaza.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:56 AM ET, 08/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 08/01/2014

Who are Hamas’s friends these days? It’s more complicated than you might think.

The Gaza-based group is operating in a shifting environment.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:21 AM ET, 08/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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