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  • A Predator drone, operated by the U.S. Office of Air and Marine, near the Mexican border.

    A U.S. drone strike targeted the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, near the border of Afghanistan, The NY Times reports.

  • UK PM: Afghanistan, Nigeria ‘fantastically corrupt’

    Casey Kelso, advocacy director at Transparency International, talks about the changes coming from key countries when it comes to fixing corruption.

  • UK PM insults Nigeria and Afghanistan

    David Cameron, U.K. Prime Minister, was caught on camera calling Nigeria and Afghanistan the most corrupt countries in the world.

  • Kabul blast kills 28, injures hundreds

    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Afghanistan that occurred outside an office of the country's main national security agency.

  • CNBC update: Syria retakes Palmyra

    Pakistan's Prime Minister is visiting the injured after a deadly bombing killing at least 70 people; four more wounded in the Brussels attacks have died; and aerial footage of the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, with CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump's comments about NATO highlight why he would be a terrible leader for the US on the world stage, says Erik Brattberg.

  • Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

    Here's why Trump and Cruz get it wrong when it comes to the Brussels attacks and terrorism, says Prof. David Cortright.

  • CESME, Turkey, March 6- As the European Union and Turkey focus on stemming the flow of Syrian refugees attempting perilous journeys across the Aegean sea to Greece, another migrant community whose numbers are also swelling says it is being overlooked. Largely denied the chance for legal resettlement in Europe and struggling to find work or support in Turkey,...

  • Syrians walk on debris of collapsed buildings after the war-crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the opposition-controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on December 11, 2015.

    Syria will resist any incursion and send the aggressors home "in coffins," its foreign minister said, in comments aimed at Sunni Arab countries.

  • Afghan security personnel keep watch at the site of a suicide bombing at the home of a prominent politician in Jalalabad on Jan. 17, 2016.

    Embezzlement in Afghanistan is making U.S. reconstruction efforts nearly impossible. But experts say the U.S. can’t back out now.

  • Flames rise from a storage tank filled with crude oil at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf region after it was set ablaze following fresh attacks launched by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to seize key port terminals, on January 21, 2016.

    A global coalition is meeting to focus on Islamic State's strengthening presence in Libya.

  • KABUL, Jan 6- U.S aircraft carried out a dozen strikes in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday as fierce battles continued with Taliban insurgents around the town of Marjah near the provincial capital, a U.S. army spokesman said. The strikes highlight the intensity of the combat in Helmand, a traditional Taliban stronghold where hundreds of...

  • Demonstrators hold posters of Nimr Baqir al-Nimr during a protest rally against the execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, in Tehran, Iran on January 4, 2016.

    Deteriorating relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran will damage peace talks in Syria and serve to benefit Islamic State, analysts warn.

  • Afghan security personnel at a court complex in Mazar-i-sharif, Afghanistan.

    Gunfire and explosions rocked the area around the Indian consulate in Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif as security forces battled gunmen.

  • For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the delegation traveled to Guantanamo and appeared set to take the prisoner off U.S. hands, the officials said. The Pentagon again withheld Ba Odah's full medical...

  • Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Pakistan on December 25, 2015.

    India's Modi made a surprise stop in Pakistan to meet counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the first visit from an Indian premier to Pakistan in over a decade.

  • Syrians walk on debris of collapsed buildings after the war-crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the opposition-controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on December 11, 2015.

    Syria is ready to take part in peace talks and hopes that the dialogue will help it form a national unity government, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

    A U.S. aircraft appears to have mistakenly carried out an air strike that killed Iraqi security forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

  • U.N. Security Council meeting back in March 2014 to discuss the situation in Crimea. Russia has called for a meeting today of the Security Council to discuss a Ukrainian Army operation in the south-eastern city of Slaviansk.

    The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process.

  • *Over 160,000 Afghans have migrated to Europe this year. KABUL, Dec 7- Afghan software entrepreneur Farshid Ghyasi, chief executive of the Netlinks company, is struggling to keep his best employees, as more plan to join a wave of migrants leaving for Europe that risks causing long-term damage to the country and its economy. He is not alone in bemoaning the mass...