- News Wrap: Families blame captain for South Korea ferry disaster as search for the missing continues
In our news wrap Thursday, crews searched for the more than 270 people still missing after a ferry disaster off the southern coast of South Korea. At least 20 deaths have been confirmed. Meanwhile, the coast guard is investigating reports that the ferry captain abandoned the vessel. Also, a U.N. report shows Tehran has cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent. Continue reading
There is little American political will for strong U.S. intervention in Ukraine, a new poll finds. While a majority, 55 percent, say the situation in Ukraine is key to U.S. national interests, 50 percent of Americans don’t think the U.S. … Continue reading
In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran’s controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw in relations. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with China’s defense minister, who warned that his government is ready to use force to defend their sovereignty over a group of islands under territorial dispute with Japan and the Philippines. Also, the latest round of diplomatic talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program began in Vienna. Continue reading
Hamid Aboutalebi was a member of a Muslim student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Continue reading
Rapid developments in Ukraine have focused international attention on the region and, some fear, away from pressing matters in the Middle East. We explored the potential fallout of the Ukraine crisis in the web special Trendlines. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. and the world to not allow Iran to proceed with any part of its nuclear program in remarks during a visit to Washington. Also, the court martial began for Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who is being tried on charges of sexual assault. Sinclair is believed to be the most senior U.S. officer ever to face trial for sexual assault. Continue reading
Seeking to keep a pair of delicate diplomatic efforts afloat, President Barack Obama will personally appeal for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.
WASHINGTON — A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
The report by the State Department also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped the Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government. Continue reading