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Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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Topic - Iran
The Central Intelligence Agency admitted Monday in published comments that a $3 billion intelligence program that was implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States was a big flop.
Iranian dissidents Monday marked the 100th day since gunmen killed 52 Iranians in an Iraqi refugee camp, as U.N. officials warned that Iraq is violating human rights treaties by failing to account for seven hostages kidnapped in the Sept. 1 raid.
The defense minister of Iran said the military has a new laser system, and it's significantly bolstered the accuracy of ballistic missiles — to the point that they can hit within a couple feet of their targets.
The lousy sign-up website cost a bundle, a fact that will not disappear no matter how much the White House pivots from one issue to the next to deflect public interest away from Obamacare.
As the Obama administration lifts some of the sanctions against Iran as part of the West's nuclear deal with the Islamic republic, some U.S. companies are looking at Iran for possible business opportunities even as skeptics warn that Iran remains an unstable environment for business.
Attempting to "liberate" Ukraine may be high-minded of the European Union, but it poses important questions ("Ukraine mass protests resume after government wins vote," Web, Dec. 3).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any agreement with Iran to halt the Islamic republic's nuclear program must also include a change in its "genocidal policy," and that economic sanctions on the country must continue to the extent that they can.
China's recent declaration of an air-defense identification zone extending to territories it does not control is just the latest example of its jurisdictional creep that reflects a larger strategy to supplant the United States as the pre-eminent power in Asia.
President Obama acknowledged Saturday that he'd prefer to see a much harsher agreement with Iran, one that not only shuts down the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program entirely but also eliminates all of its "military capabilities."
One of the worst finals in World Cup history _ Spain vs. the Netherlands _ will be reprised in one of the first games of the 2014 edition.
Defending champion Spain will play its opening 2014 World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday's draw.
In Western political circles, where hopes for lasting detente are now running high, Hassan Rouhani remains a diplomatic darling.
Federal prosecutors have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with cheating Medicaid out of $1.5 million, which some of them used on shopping sprees at Tiffany's and Bloomingdale's in New York.
Forty years after legendary Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir held talks with Richard M. Nixon at the White House, another Israeli citizen named Golda met an American president.
Iran's foreign minister said that Western economic sanctions on the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program have "utterly failed."