1. Defying Pressure from Allies, France to Deliver Warship to Russia

    France will deliver at least one helicopter carrier to Russia but might cancel the second, President Fran├žois Hollande says.

    As European foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia following the crash of a commercial airliner in the east of Ukraine, France said it could not cancel the delivery of the first of two helicopter carriers…
  1. Obama Slaps Ally in the Face with Steel Tariffs

    Less than three years after finalizing a free trade deal, the United States impose tariffs again on South Korea.

    Less than three years ago, the Obama Administration finalized a free trade agreement with South Korea, one of America's most important trading partners and allies in East Asia.…
  1. Why Even an Airplane Crash Won’t Make Putin Back Down

    Russian propaganda has so strongly made the Ukrainian separatists’ case that Putin cannot afford to back down now.

    Since a commercial airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday -- brought down, in all likelihood, by a pro-Russian militants -- Russian president Vladimir Putin has cast the blame solely on Ukraine's government, saying it "bears responsibility" for…
  1. Despite Plane Deaths, Dutch Careful Not to Antagonize Russia

    While close to two hundred Dutch nationals died in the Ukraine plane crash, the Netherlands is reluctant to blame Russia.

    Even as pro-Russian separatists were in all likelihood responsible for bringing down a Malaysia Airlines jet on Thursday, killing all 193 Dutch passengers onboard, the Netherlands' prime minister,…
  1. Israel Launches Gaza Ground Offensive Against Militants

    Israel sends infantry and tanks into the Gaza Strip to end rocket attacks and destroy tunnels used by terrorists.

    Israel expanded its military operations against Gaza militants late on Thursday, sending infantry and tanks into the coastal enclave from which hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and towns in recent weeks. The purpose of the ground offensive is not to topple Hamas,…
  1. Passenger Jet Crashes in Eastern Ukraine, Kiev Accuses Rebels

    Ukraine accuses pro-Russian militants of shooting down a commercial airliner that crashed in the east of the country.

    A commercial airliner crashed in the east of Ukraine on Thursday, apparently killing almost three hundred passengers and crew, in what the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, described as a terrorist attack. Ukraine's Interior Ministry specifically accused pro-Russian separatists of…
  1. Tripoli Airport Attacked as United Nations Pull Staff from Libya

    Fighting intensifies, forcing the closure of Tripoli’s international airport and convincing the United Nations to pull out.

    Security deteriorated in Libya on Monday when a rocket attack forced the closure of Tripoli's international airport and the United Nations evacuated their staff from the country. Fighting also intensified in the eastern city of Benghazi, the hotbed of the 2011 uprising against…
  1. Amid Gaza Strikes, Netanyahu Rules Out West Bank Withdrawals

    The Israeli prime minister says he is not prepared “to create another twenty Gazas” in the area Palestinians claim for their own state.

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday ruled out withdrawing forces from the West Bank, a key demand by Palestinians who hope to establish the core of their own state there. "At present we have a problem with the territory called…