Do US sanctions work?

Punishing its enemies economically, when stopping short of armed force, has long been a favoured American way of achieving foreign policy goals. Sanctions have been around for decades, but came to the fore after the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001. They are now again present when diplomacy doesn't work. President Donald Trump has…

Hajj 2018: An in-depth look at the sacred journey

The first day of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in 2018 is Sunday, August 19. For Muslims, the Hajj re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad in his "farewell pilgrimage" in 632 AD. It is a central pillar of the Islamic faith meant to cleanse followers of sin and bring them closer to God. The pilgrimage is obligatory once…
Boyfriend of teen who vanished arrested for identity theft; girlfriend still missing

Boyfriend of teen who vanished arrested for identity theft; girlfriend still missing

The boyfriend of an Arizona teenager who went missing earlier this month has been arrested and charged with identity theft and forgery -- alleged crimes not related to her disappearance. Jon Christopher Clark, 23, was charged with 22 counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of forgery after a search of his car earlier…

113 dead turtles wash ashore on Mexican Pacific coast

Mexican environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles whose carcasses have turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas state. The environmental protection agency on Saturday said 102 olive ridley, six hawksbill and five Galapagos green bill turtles were found dead at the Playas de…

Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump. The prank, which made international news, happened in late July after…
What may unfold in Syria’s Idlib and why is a ‘bloodbath’ likely?

What may unfold in Syria’s Idlib and why is a ‘bloodbath’ likely?

Just weeks after scoring a major military victory in the south, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad appears set to fully open a new, more complex, front in the country's war - now in its eighth year. The key northwestern Idlib province is the Syrian opposition's last major bastion in the country. It is currently home to…
Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a "Liberty or Death" rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated. The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would…
Iran’s Mossadegh ‘would have negotiated with Donald Trump’

Iran’s Mossadegh ‘would have negotiated with Donald Trump’

Tehran, Iran - On August 19, 1953, an American-led military coup toppled Iran's first democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a move described in a declassified CIA document "as an act of US foreign policy". For the past 65 years, this event has continued to haunt the ties between Tehran and Washington -…
Flooding threatens Midwest, South through beginning of work week

Flooding threatens Midwest, South through beginning of work week

Strong summer storms caused 14 people to be injured at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma on Saturday night, and now another system developing in the same region is set to threaten the South and Midwest over the next two days. Interested in Weather? Add Weather as an interest to stay up to date on…
Yemen bus massacre: How a joyful excursion ended in sheer horror

Yemen bus massacre: How a joyful excursion ended in sheer horror

Dahyan, Yemen - The bandage wrapped around Mokhtar al-Jaradi's head is still soaked in blood. There are cuts and grazes to his arms and face. But it's the anguish etched in his dark brown eyes that really speaks of the massacre that unfolded in north Yemen last week. The eight-year-old was laughing and playing with a…

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