Syria Peace Discussions Take Cautious Step Forward

Discussions targeted at ending the war in Syria took a first cautious step forward on Wednesday as both sides agreed to use the same document as the basis of discussions, although they disagreed about how the negotiations should proceed. However, … Read More

Russia’s Yandex to Obtain Authorization to Facebook Content

To enhance further its search results, Russian internet group Yandex has signed an agreement with Facebook for access to content from some of the social networking site’s users in a move. In Russia, Yandex leads the world’s biggest search engine … Read More

South Sudan Peace Discussions ‘Must Be Serious’ Kerry Says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced support for direct South Sudanese peace discussions set to commence on Sunday and cautioned against any use of coercion to try to gain an advantage. However, the government of South Sudan and representatives … Read More

Heavy Snow, Risky Cold Hinders Travel In Northeastern U.S.

On Thursday, the governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay indoors as a major storm hit the northeastern United States, leading to heavy snow and delaying or canceling thousands of … Read More

High-Profile White House Aide Nabors Deliberating Exit

A key figure in fiscal talks with Congress, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, is considering leaving the White House next year, sources familiar with the matter said. A former deputy director of the White House’s Office … Read More

North Korea Sets U.S. Korean War Veteran Free After Seven Weeks

On Saturday North Korea set an 85-year-old retired American soldier free after holding him in custody for more than a month for crimes it claimed he committed at the period of the Korean War six decades ago. Merrill E. Newman, … Read More

Official: Afghanistan Won’t Succumb To U.S. Pressure over Security Deal

On Friday a senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai alleged the United States of making efforts to pressure elements of his administration to sign a security pact that would form the post-2014 U.S. military presence in the nation. Last … Read More

Officials: 11 Pakistani Teachers Abducted During Polio Campaign Set Free

On Tuesday insurgents set free 11 teachers who had been abducted in Pakistan’s lawless northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week, according to local officials. The teachers were abducted by Islamists insurgents on November 21 from a school in … Read More

U.S. Recommences Security Assistance to Pakistan as Ties Warm

The United States has silently recommenced security assistance to Pakistan, according to U.S. officials on Sunday after stopping much of that assistance during a moment of tensed relations starting with the 2011 Navy SEAL attack that killed al Qaeda chief … Read More

Ireland Set To Shut Down Apple Tax Loop Hole, Opens a Larger One

On Tuesday Ireland reported its intension to close a severely-condemned tax plan used by Apple Inc. to protect more than $40 billion from taxation but the country will leave open even a larger gap that indicates the computer titan may … Read More

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