Recent open source reports and unverified images of Russian equipment in Syria indicate that the Kremlin may slowly be ramping up its presence in the war-torn country in support of the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.
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BOGOTA, Colombia — Sitting in the living room of a friend’s home, with bodyguards hovering outside and a bust of Lenin standing in the corner, Aida Avella knows she’s testing a concept: Can an openly leftist politician safely run for office in this polarized country?
WASHINGTON — In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement.
KABUL, Afghanistan — As he nears his first anniversary in office, Afghanistan’s president faces daunting challenges on every front, from a deteriorating economy and political infighting to a wave of bomb attacks that continue to terrorize the country’s capital.
Pope Francis announced Tuesday he was opening a special, temporary “mercy” window to make it easier for women who have abortions and confess to get back into the full good graces of the Roman Catholic Church. The move set off immediate debate over whether Francis had actually changed church practice or had said something symbolic — and what that symbolism might be.
LONDON — Chaos in Europe over the daily influx of thousands of migrants and refugees deepened Tuesday as authorities in Hungary briefly shut down the main railway station in Budapest and European leaders sparred over who was to blame for worsening the crisis.
ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari’s job keeps getting tougher.
HONG KONG —— As Xi Jinping presides over thousands of goose-stepping troops marching down Beijing’s Changan Avenue — or “Eternal Peace Street” — on Thursday, the Chinese president will also proclaim his commitment to the world’s peaceful development.
CAIRO — The Islamic State extremist group has demolished parts of the temple of Bel, the largest monumental complex in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.
ISTANBUL — Turkish warplanes struck seven Islamic State targets north of Aleppo, Syria, in the first Turkish contribution to a U.S. led coalition to weaken the Islamic militant group’s grasp on much of eastern Syria, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.