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Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks moments after he was presented with a certificate to show he won the election in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Buhari vows to take on Boko Haram, corruption

- The Washington Times

Victorious Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari praised his defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan for overseeing smooth elections and said his victory over the incumbent president in Sunday’s vote signaled a new era of democracy and reconciliation for Africa’s most populous country.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha asked the king for approval to lift martial law, but the request was considered a mere formality. (Associated Press)

Thailand prime minister replaces martial law with stricter command

The leader of Thailand’s military coup lifted martial law Wednesday but established a harsher security edict that critics say creates a 1950s-style dictatorship with “absolute powers” — just 10 days after Thai troops received U.S. training.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks outside the hotel during a break after a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Talks with Iran, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

Iran says U.S. and allies lack ‘political will’ for final nuke deal

- The Washington Times

In a sign that a nuclear deal may be further off than the Obama administration is willing to admit, Iranian negotiators said Wednesday that they are holding out for a complete end to sanctions and accused the U.S. and its allies of lacking the “political will” to go along. And officials in Tehran are already trying pin the blame for failure on the Obama administration.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the start of a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing Monday, March 30, 2015. In the meeting Lew expressed "deep concern" about the curbs in proposed bank security and anti-terrorism rules. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

Efforts to head off China development bank called a failure

- The Washington Times

U.S. efforts to head off a new China-sponsored development bank for the booming Asia region ended in abject failure this week as organizers announced nearly four dozen countries — including some of America’s closest Asian and European allies — have applied to membership, amid growing criticism of how the Obama administration handled the entire episode.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tours the city of Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. (AP Photo)

Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit

- Associated Press

Iraq declared a “magnificent victory” Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.

Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Buhari promises new era, praises defeated rival after Nigeria vote

The Washington Times

Nigerian President-elect Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari praised his defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan for overseeing smooth elections and said his victory over the incumbent president in Sunday’s vote signaled a new era of democracy and reconciliation for Africa’s most populous country.

The Israel Ministry of Defense shows a test launch of its David's Sling missile system. Israeli officials said the joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense system has successfully passed a test and is expected to be operational next year. (Associated Press)

Marines land on Taiwan

The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing’s rule.

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US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region.

John Bolton set to attend Citizens United forum in SC

- Associated Press

An upcoming South Carolina gathering that features several potential Republican presidential contenders has added another name to the guest list, organizers announced this week.

Opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari holds his ballot paper in the air before casting his vote in his home town of Daura, northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Muhammadu Buhari, the challenger, scored decisive victory in Nigerian vote

- The Washington Times

Muhammadu Buhari, who briefly ruled Nigerian in a military coup in the 1980s, will again become the leader of Africa's biggest nation, this time through the ballot box. The former general with a political base in the country's largely Muslim north scored an unexpectedly decisive victory over incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as the final tallies from the weekend vote were released Tuesday.

In this Friday June 17, 2011, file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she arrives by carriage on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Queen Elizabeth's royal retinue ponders a revolt

- The Washington Times

The royal retainers are revolting: Queen Elizabeth II's Windsor Castle staff began voting Tuesday on what would be the first-ever labor "strike" against the British monarch, with unhappy workers say they face appalling working conditions, inferior pay and long hours keeping the castle's tourist operations humming.

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, talks with Saudi King Salman after the king arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. El-Sissi later made the remarks at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AP Photo/MENA) (AP Photo/MENA)

Ignoring religious roots of terrorism risks victory

Not long ago I testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on what the Committee called "Islamist terror." The Committee, unlike the Administration, chose to align that adjective (Islamist) with that noun (terror) in defining a global problem.

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren star in "Woman in Gold," a film that tells the story of a woman and a family portrait.

'Woman in Gold' director explains connection to niece's quest for famous portrait

- The Washington Times

Most people know it as the "painting on the fridge magnets," but few know the long, tormented history of Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," painted by the Austrian master in 1907. The work passed to model Bloch-Bauer's Viennese descendents, from whom the Nazis stole it, along with thousands of other priceless works owned by the Austrian capital's Jews.

Minnesota professor accused of smuggling elephant ivory

- Associated Press

A St. Cloud State University philosophy professor was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory out of the United States and into China.

US climate treaty pledge relies on uncertain Obama actions

- Associated Press

The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends a meeting of Arab heads of state, in Sharm el Sheik, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. El-Sissi endorsed a resolution adopted by Arab foreign ministers on Thursday for the creation of an Arab military force, saying the Arab world was currently facing unprecedented threats. He also described as “inevitable” the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. (AP Photo/MENA, Mohammed Samaha)

U.S. restores military aid to Egypt, cites national security

- The Washington Times

The U.S. will restore military aid to Egypt, delivering F-16s and M1A1 Abrams tank kits that the Obama administration suspended in 2013, following the Egyptian government's crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.