BEIRUT - In an unusual announcement on Wednesday, Russia said it would halt air raids against Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, to give other rebel factions a chance to distance themselves from the extremist group.
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Barack Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration eyeing a looming fight on Capitol Hill while starting to implement as much of the complicated pact as it can.
Marco Pannella, a political provocateur who, as a co-founder and longtime leader of Italy’s Radical Party, used hunger strikes to help spur the legalization of divorce and abortion in his country, died May 19 at a clinic in Rome. He was 86.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Just days after a U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Taliban, the insurgent group named his successor Wednesday in a move that appeared to signal a blow to peace efforts by Afghanistan’s Western-allied government. Haibatullah Akhundzada, a cleric and once the Taliban’s top judge, was a deputy under Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province on Saturday.
MINSK, Belarus — Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was sent back to her homeland from Russia in a prisoner swap as diplomacy to end the separatist conflict on the two nations’ border gathers pace.
As days pass while crews search the seas for answers to yet another aviation mystery, some accident investigators are saying it’s time to employ technology to make crash data available immediately.
GARMA, Iraq — Iraqi forces pounded the city of Fallujah with artillery fire on Tuesday, as they sought to advance Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s offensive to reclaim a strategic area of Anbar province from the Islamic State.
CAIRO - Egyptian forensic experts have examined human remains retrieved from the site of the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash, officials told news agencies on Tuesday, amid conflicting statements on whether the initial findings suggest an explosion brought down the plane.
HANOI, Vietnam — While President Barack Obama pressed his Vietnamese hosts Tuesday to ease their human rights abuses, some dissidents — as if to illustrate his point — were barred from meeting with him in Hanoi.
HANOI, Vietnam — If President Barack Obama’s decision to sell arms to Vietnam after 40 years was meant to signal a final end to Cold War tensions, it also inserted the United States more forcefully into a new Asian dispute.