Obama shakes hands with Ghani after their joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Newly elected Afghan president visits U.S. to rebuild relations


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first official visit to the U.S. underscored a changing relationship between the two countries and an increased focus on security. Continue reading

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry holds a negotiation meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne

Are the U.S. and Iran close to a nuclear deal?


Conflicting reports arose this week on the terms of a nuclear arms deal between the U.S. and Iran as the countries continue negotiations. Continue reading


Netanyahu declares he will not support a Palestinian state


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not establish a Palestinian state shortly before defeating opponent Isaac Herzog in the Israeli election. Continue reading

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

Obama seeks congressional approval for war on ISIL


The authorization would give President Barack Obama the ability to use military force against “ISIL or associated persons or forces.” Continue reading


Iraqi troops fight to retake key city of Tikrit from ISIL


The offensive marks a test for Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake the city of Mosul from ISIL control. Continue reading

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