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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, speak to troops during a visit to Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is running for re-election next month, visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Thursday in his first trip to the northeast since a state of emergency was imposed in May 2014. His office said in a statement that he met with troops involved in fighting the extremists as part of his "surprise visit." He also visited hundreds of civilians who were staying in a camp in Maiduguri after fleeing Baga.(AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Kerry breaks protocol, flies to Nigeria to discourage election violence

- The Washington Times

Amidst rising civil unrest in Nigeria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew there this weekend to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election to discuss the vote and discourage violence from each party’s supporters, and also to enhance cooperation in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit for tea after a stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House, where the leaders held their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video.

First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov speaks during a panel "The Russian Outlook"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2015's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Russians will ‘eat less’ for Vladimir Putin, top official says

- Associated Press

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, photo Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan exchange signed documents in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/ Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia lines up counter-terrorism allies

- The Washington Times

Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.

Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east

- Associated Press

Hours after a new peace initiative for Ukraine began taking shape, mortar shells rained down Thursday on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop.

Security watch over the entrance to a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday after jury selection is completed in the trial of a man charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. . (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Prosecutor: Bombings defendant was top Osama bin Laden aide

- Associated Press

A prosecutor at a terrorism trial said Thursday that a Saudi Arabian defendant was a top al-Qaida terrorist who sought to spread Osama bin Laden's call to kill Americans while a defense lawyer described him as a dissident waging a peaceful campaign against corruption in his native country.

Jury quits for night Vermont man's Bosnian war crimes case

- Associated Press

A Bosnian native immigrated to Vermont after committing war crimes during his home country's civil war and then lied to authorities when he applied for U.S. citizenship years later, according to federal prosecutors.

Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Heavily armed Shiite rebels remain stationed outside the Yemeni president's house and the palace in Sanaa, despite a deal calling for their immediate withdrawal to end a violent standoff. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen government resigns amid rebel standoff

- Associated Press

The Yemeni government submitted its resignation on Thursday amid a heated standoff between powerful Shiite rebels who control the capital and the embattled U.S.-backed president, who has been held "captive" in his house for the past two days.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan, 21. 2014, file photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi speaks during the closing session of the national dialogue conference in Sanaa, Yemen. Hadi submited his resignation Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, over a standoff with Shiite rebels who control the capital. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry, File)

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

- Associated Press

Yemen's president resigned Thursday, saying he had reached a "deadlock" in talks with Shiite rebels who rule the capital and had confined him to his home. His resignation raised fears the Arab world's poorest country could again split apart, severely complicating U.S. efforts to combat al-Qaida's powerful local franchise.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Chuck Hagel exposes rift between U.S. and Iraq

- The Washington Times

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday exposed a growing rift between the United States and Iraq when he blasted its new prime minister for publicly complaining that the international community has left his country in a lurch.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Iraq and its international partners have made significant gains in the fight against Islamic State militants, killing thousands of the group's fighters and 50 percent of its leadership. (AP Photo/Stefan Wermuth, Pool)

Iraq coalition tensions emerge in Islamic State fight

- Associated Press

Iraqi commanders heavily dependent on outside support to defeat the Islamic State group are increasingly voicing frustration over the U.S.-led coalition's efforts, complaining of miscommunication, failed deliveries of weapons, inadequate training and differences in strategy.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election to opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena.  (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)

China stung by Sri Lanka's election

Sri Lanka's presidential election earlier this month dealt China a major blow as opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena, who had made curtailing excessive Chinese influence the main focus of his campaign, won a surprise victory over the Beijing-friendly incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.