President Obama on Friday gave seven countries listed by the State Department as doing little to control human trafficking — including Libya and Saudi Arabia — a pass on government-mandated sanctions and a loss of foreign aid, citing national security concerns.
The United States is backing off from the Middle East -- and the Middle East from the United States.
Each night for the past three weeks, families in Kuwait have been transfixed by a drama in which they already know the ending: Iraq forces will be driven out and the shattered Gulf nation will rebuild. But a 30-part television serial on Iraq's 1990 invasion has become more than just a retelling of the occupation and the brief but intense Gulf War.
Overcoming hurdles both on and off the diamond, a group of youngsters from the small central Ugandan town of Lugazi are poised to make some hardball history Friday when they become the first African team to play in the 66-year history of the Little League World Series.
A group of Ugandan youngsters will become the first African team to play in the Little League Baseball World Series when it takes the field against Panama on Friday.
While Iran's military loudly trumpets every new project or purported advance in hopes of rattling the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, Washington is quietly answering with an array of proposed arms sales across the region as part of a wider effort to counter Tehran.
The failure of the White House to enforce threatened sanctions against countries that the State Department has accused of doing little to control human trafficking is "appalling," with the Obama administration — much like the George W. Bush administration before it — using "every loophole possible" to issue waivers to avoid punishing the offending nations by cutting U.S. aid, according to elected officials, human rights activists and others.
Israel's military intelligence chief on Tuesday warned that global jihadists have moved into Syrian territory bordering the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and could soon use the area to stage attacks on the Jewish state.
Pepco officials say they are ready and willing to enter into serious talks with customers and the D.C. government about burying power lines, an expensive proposition viewed as an antidote to power outages like those that afflicted the region during the heat wave and monster thunderstorm earlier this month.