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Obama’s Next Move May Be Lifting US Protection Of Israel At UN

The Obama administration may force Israel’s hand to accept a two-state solution by abandoning its policy of protecting Israel at the U.N. and back a Security Council resolution instead.

April 1, 2015

High-Tech Effort Calls Up Smartphones For Ebola Battle

Connectivity may be the key in West Africa’s fight against Ebola.

November 18, 2014

Russian Armored Invasion Of Ukraine Confirmed By NATO, Separatists

By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula that Moscow annexed in March, Ukrainian and NATO officials reported. NATO released satellite photos of […]

August 28, 2014

Russia Announces Second Aid Convoy For Eastern Ukraine

dpa Moscow (dpa) — Russia is planning to send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. Despite widespread international criticism of the first convoy, a second convoy would make the journey this week, Lavrov said. The Ukrainian government was being informed […]

August 25, 2014

Russia Must ‘Immediately’ Withdraw Convoy From Ukraine: United States

Washington (AFP) — The United States on Friday demanded Russia “immediately” withdraw an aid convoy of vehicles from Ukraine and warned of further international sanctions if Moscow did not respect Kiev’s sovereignty. “Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional costs […]

August 22, 2014

Kiev Accuses Russia Of ‘Invasion’ As Aid Convoy Crosses Border

By Nikolaus Von Twickel, dpa MOSCOW (dpa) — A huge Russian aid convoy entered Ukraine without an escort from the Red Cross on Friday, provoking talk of an “invasion” in Kiev. Some 100 lorries had crossed the border by 2 p.m., Russian state television reported. The vehicles drove through the Izvaryne border post in Ukraine’s […]

August 22, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As U.S. Ties With Israel Show Strain

By Steve Weizman Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace. Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the […]

August 15, 2014

Russia And Ukraine Reach Deal Over Aid Convoy

By Nikolaus Von Twickel, dpa MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine have reached an agreement on sending humanitarian aid to the embattled city of Luhansk, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says. “Thanks to the support from the international community, we managed to avoid an escalation regarding the humanitarian aid from Russia,” Poroshenko says. Finnish President Sauli Niisto […]

August 15, 2014

Russian Aid Convoy Stops Before Border With Ukraine

By Nikolaus Von Twickel, dpa MOSCOW — A massive Russian aid convoy bound for civilians in eastern Ukraine stopped just short of the border on Thursday, while Kiev accused Moscow of acting unilaterally and sent its own aid convoy to the embattled region. The almost 280 trucks carrying 2,000 tons of food and medicine were […]

August 14, 2014

With Islamic State Advancing, Kurds Prepare For Last Stand Outside Capital

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff KALAK, Iraq — Kurdish fighters scrambled to set up a defensive line Thursday after militants from the Islamic State seized four strategic towns on a key highway and advanced to positions just minutes from Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Hundreds of Kurdish peshmerga militiamen built earthen […]

August 7, 2014

U.S. Aid To Afghanistan Exceeds Marshall Plan In Costs, Not Results

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The United States has now spent more on the reconstruction of Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that lifted Western Europe from the ruins of World War II. But it can expect far less return on its investment in the still-unstable Central Asian nation, a Pentagon […]

August 1, 2014

Iraq Appeals For U.S. Air Strikes On Advancing Jihadists

Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq asked the United States Wednesday to carry out air strikes on Sunni jihadists, who attacked the country’s main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north. The appeal came as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were pressing a week-long offensive that has brought them […]

June 18, 2014

U.S. To Aid Nigeria In Effort To Rescue Kidnapped Schoolgirls

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to send a team of advisers to help Nigerian officials rescue more than 270 girls abducted from a boarding school last month or negotiate their release, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to accept the assistance, […]

May 6, 2014

IMF Approves $17 Billion Aid For Ukraine

Washington (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund approved a $17 billion aid deal for Ukraine, even as Kiev fought to prevent pro-Moscow separatists from grabbing another chunk of the country. Greenlighting a rescue program for an interim government which took power after an uprising two months ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said it was crucial […]

May 1, 2014

IMF Urges Congress To Back Reforms Giving Fund More Clout

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. made clear this past week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has sought. That tension was evident in meetings concluding […]

April 14, 2014

Congress Nears Finish Line On Bill For Ukraine Aid, Sanctions

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congress’ work on legislation to address the crisis in Ukraine — a three-week ordeal that included no shortage of partisan wrangling — appears to be nearing a conclusion. Both the Senate and the House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve separate bills to impose sanctions on Russia for […]

March 27, 2014

U.S. Money Improperly Used in Afghanistan

While debt-ceiling debates rage on in Washington, the Government Acountability Office (GAO) may have found a genuine source of government waste — aid to Afghanistan by the Department of Defense (DOD). Reports indicate that the distribution of direct aid by the United States government in Afghanistan might be profoundly wasteful and that, in some cases, […]

July 21, 2011

Greek Government Near Ruin As Rest Of Europe Stalls

The greatest empire in the history of the world, now a debt-ridden Mediterranean country, faced despair and bankruptcy on Monday as its government awaited a vote of no-confidence and the European Union dragged its feet on delivering aid.

June 20, 2011