- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
- Sarah Palin to host the outdoors show ‘Amazing America’
Monitors arrive after deadly fight
MANILA — A tense cease-fire prevailed as peace monitors arrived on a southern Philippine island yesterday to investigate heavy fighting in which at least 14 marines were killed.
A nine-hour gunbattle erupted Tuesday on the island of Basilan between troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the country, despite ongoing peace talks.
The military said the marines were ambushed by hundreds of armed men and that 10 of those killed were beheaded. Rebels said troops entered one of their camps without permission but that they will investigate the beheadings.
Human rights chief slams security laws
National Human Rights Commission chief Saneh Chamarik said serious concerns had been raised about revamping the Internal Security Operations Command, a shadowy anti-communist army unit spawned during the Cold War.
Thirty-five of Thailand’s 76 provinces remain under the martial law imposed the night of the coup in September, and the army has shown it is willing to make life difficult for anybody trying to speak out against its “democracy road map,” Mr. Chamarik said.
Cabinet sets vote on U.N. application
The island lost its U.N. seat to mainland China in 1971. Its efforts to rejoin the world body using the official Republic of China name have been blocked repeatedly by Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a part of its territory awaiting reunification.
By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- Satanists petition for statue at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Tech companies call for an end to NSA online snooping
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
- WOLF: The president's other Obamacare lies
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare
- Mike Shanahan says he'd like to return; RG3 might be benched
- HARRIS: Redskins left in limbo over $7 million question
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow