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  • Hague: Putin's 'sphere of influence'  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET

    William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, says that if Russia continues to exert its power like it's done with Ukraine, it will result in a "grave deterioration in relations" between itself and Europe.

  • Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM ET

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon— As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic— visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon. Tourists visiting Lebanon can ski in the mountains, frolic on sandy Mediterranean beaches, traipse...

  • Kremlin aggression is continuing: Eurasia  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:43 PM ET

    John Herbst, Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, says there has been a creeping seizure of Ukrainian territory since September's ceasefire.

  • Why the chaos in Yemen matters to investors Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Houthi rebel fighters patrol a road in Sanaa January 23, 2015.

    The political turmoil in Yemen may seem a peripheral issue, but it has global and regional implications spanning energy and security.

  • Yemen: A 'painful headache'?  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    Crispin Hawes, managing director at Teneo Intelligence talks about the tensions that have been rising in Yemen, saying that this will be a "painful headache" for the new Saudi Arabian king.

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. New King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital. All passengers were able to disembark normally and none required medical attention at the airport, the Dubai government-owned carrier said.

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • TOKYO— The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji." "We want Kenji to come home," said Taku Nishimae, a Japanese filmmaker living in New York, who started the "I am Kenji" Facebook page, right after seeing last...

  • US determined to continue drone war: Professor  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 8:46 PM ET

    Daniel Serwer, Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses news that a C.I.A drone strike killed 3 suspected Qaeda fighters in Yemen on Monday.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- The rouble and Russian stocks fell sharply on Monday, following a return to full-scale warfare in eastern Ukraine and threats of further Western sanctions against Russia. Washington and Brussels are both considering new sanctions against Russia after accusing it of openly supporting the latest rebel advance in Ukraine.

  • Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:35 AM ET

    ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet. The Anadolu Agency says a court in Ankara issued the order late Sunday. The decision comes days after another court ruling to ban access in Turkey to web...

  • To avoid being called a party to the conflict, as Ukraine and the West see it, Russia is pushing the Ukrainian government to speak directly to the rebels. "is not even an army, it's a foreign legion, in this case a NATO foreign legion," Putin said, adding that it's serving the goal of "the geopolitical containment of Russia, which absolutely don't coincide with the...

  • KABUL, Afghanistan— Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13- year war against the Taliban. Assuming power in September amid a continuing Taliban insurgency,...

  • Is the euro the Charlie Brown of currencies? Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:35 PM ET

    The euro may be the Charlie Brown of currencies. Like the comic character, it's under a cloud of negatives, with analysts tipping further downside.

  • Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Nigeria city Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 8:14 AM ET

    Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri and the town of Monguno on Sunday, sources said.

  • Obama: US will consider more steps to stop Russia Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 7:18 AM ET
    Ukrainian army forces patrol in the Tonenkoe town near Donetsk International Airport

    Barack Obama said on Sunday that the U.S. would consider all additional options short of military action to rein-in Moscow's activities in Ukraine.

  • Japan condemns ISIS execution Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 6:04 AM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    The Japanese Prime Minister on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous."

  • ISIS claims beheading of Japanese hostage Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014.

    Japan expressed outrage at an image that purported to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by ISIS.

  • PRISTINA, Kosovo— Thousands of ethnic Albanians protested in Kosovo's capital Saturday against a minority Serb politician's denial of war crimes against them and demanded the government take over the management of the country's crucial mining complex. Jablanovic is part of the governing coalition along with former Kosovo guerrillas who fought a...