1. Iran, Syria Are No Allies in Defeating the Islamic State

    Enemies of America that enabled the Islamic State in the first place can hardly be expected to help defeat it.

    The governments of Iran and Syria may be opposed the Levantine militant group that calls itself the Islamic State but they are hardly allies in the fight against it. Rather, they helped create the…
  1. Iraq Installs New Government as Sectarian Divisions Deepen

    Iraq has a more inclusive government but Kurdish and Shia militants are carrying out reprisals against Sunnis.

    Iraq's parliament approved a new government with Kurdish and Sunni deputy prime ministers on Monday, ending weeks of gridlock that enabled the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State to rout the Iraqi army and conquer large…
  1. Keiko Follows in Father’s Footsteps: Peru’s Next President?

    Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Peru’s former, authoritarian president, is well ahead in the polls for the 2016 election.

    The next Peruvian presidential election will take place in less than two years. In many ways this signifies the country's progress, as it will be the first time in Peru's history that a fourth consecutive democratic election is held. As things…
  1. Despite Ceasefire, Fighting Reported in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Mariupol

    Less than two days after Ukraine’s government and separatists agreed to a truce, fighting resumes in the east.

    Despite a ceasefire that was brokered between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country less than two days earlier, fighting resumed on Sunday on the northern outskirts of the city of Donetsk and near the port of Mariupol…
  1. Obama: Will Defeat Iraqi Militants, No Ground Troops

    President Barack Obama calls on Sunni allies in the Middle East to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq.

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States and allies will "defeat" Islamic State militants in Iraq although he cautioned that no American ground troops would return to the country. In an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press that was…
  1. As Scottish Referendum Nears, Tempers Heat Up

    With Scotland divided on the issue of independence, the rhetoric on both sides of the debate is heating up.

    With Scotland's referendum on whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom under two weeks away, the rhetoric from both sides of debate has become fierce. One Scottish women, a nationalist, recently accused Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor who leads the "Better…
  1. France Cancels Warship Sale to Russia After All

    President François Hollande says the conditions that would allow France to deliver the ship “have so far not been met.”

    After being urged for months by fellow Western leaders to cancel the sale of an amphibious assault ship to Russia, France's president François Hollande on Wednesday said the ship's transfer had been suspended. In a terse statement…
  1. Merkel Holds Out European Union Membership to Balkan States

    The German leader calls for speedy progress in the accession of former Yugoslav republics to the European Union.

    European Union leaders on Thursday held out membership to Balkan states that emerged from the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The offer comes at a time when the possibility of Ukraine one day joining the European Union…