KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections. It was a diplomatic victory for Kerry, who has struggled for similar breakthroughs between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The World Health Organization on Friday declared an international public health emergency in the wake of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Continue reading
The United States overnight airdropped food and water to Iraqis in the northern part of the country who are trapped by Islamic extremists. Those who were able to escape to safer areas of the Kurdish region “are in extreme fear. They have run for their lives,” said Aram Shakaram, director of program development in Iraq for Save the Children. Continue reading
NEW DELHI — The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out and hit Islamic militants if they threaten U.S. interests or the thousands … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday night he had authorized the Pentagon to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq and help Iraqi security forces protect civilians under siege, threatening to revive U.S. military involvement in the country’s long sectarian war.
There was confusion about possible U.S. actions against ISIS in Iraq Thursday night, as news organizations published differing and contradictory reports about possible air strikes or humanitarian drops. The Pentagon denied that the U.S. dropped bombs or humanitarian supplies for Kurdish Iraqis stranded by ISIS forces. Continue reading
Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Gwen Ifill about the U.S. response to Russia’s new ban against most Western food imports, the E.U.’s growing resolve to stand with the U.S. and the growing potential for Russian troops to invade Eastern Ukraine. Continue reading