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. 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. France Cancels Warship Sale to Russia After All

    President Fran├žois 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 Fran├žois Hollande on Wednesday said the ship's transfer had been suspended. In a terse statement…
  1. Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Advance on Mariupol

    Ukraine’s government and NATO say Russian troops have crossed the border and are fighting in the country.

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military situation in the eastern Donetsk region was "rapidly deteriorating." The aim of the Russian offensive seemed to be the Ukrainian port…
  1. Russia’s Stealth Invasion of Ukraine

    To keep Ukraine unstable and weak, Russia needs to make sure the separatists are not defeated.

    It appears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine that I have feared since March has now begun in earnest, with the opening of a new front in the vicinity of Mariupol on the shores…
  1. Egypt, Emirates Carry Out Airstrikes Against Islamists in Libya

    Without informing their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carry out airstrikes near Tripoli.

    Acting independently of their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates twice carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya in the last week, officials told The New York Times. The United Arab…
  1. Russian Trucks Cross Border, Ukraine Denounces “Invasion”

    Ukraine condemns as a “flagrant violation of international law” what Russia claims is a humanitarian effort.

    Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of invading its territory when a convoy of trucks Russia claims is carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border and headed for Luhansk, one of two cities controlled by separatists who seek Russian annexation. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko…