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  • Indian diplomat re-indicted in US visa fraud case

    An Indian diplomat was re-indicted Friday on U.S. visa fraud charges that touched off an international stir after she was arrested and strip-searched last year.


  • A wounded Lebanese man is carried from the site of an explosion in a suburb of Beirut on Wednesday. A blast in a Shiite district in southern Beirut killed several people Wednesday, security officials said. Twin suicide bombings killed at least six people. (Associated press)

    Al Qaeda affiliate targets Hezbollah in Beirut

    Al Qaeda's franchise in Lebanon claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the capital, Beirut, on Wednesday, and said the attack was in response to the role of Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in the war in Syria.


  • Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, shows the commission's report during a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A U.N. panel has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. Kirby told the leader in a letter accompanying a yearlong investigative report on North Korea that international prosecution is needed "to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for crimes against humanity." (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    U.N. warns North Korea's Kim Jong-un with a strongly worded letter

    North Korea forces women to undergo abortions and young mothers to drown their newborn babies, and has starved and executed hundreds of thousands of detainees at secret prison camps — atrocities that the chairman of a U.N. panel that documented the abuses compares to those of Nazi Germany.


  • In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, a woman holds up a sign showing a photo of Texas death-row inmate Edgar Tamayo that reads in Spanish "The town of Miacatlan offers you our support, Edgar Tamayo Arias" during a protest demanding Tamayo's pardon in his hometown of Miacatlan, Mexico.  Lawyers for 46-year-old Edgar Tamayo are suing Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, challenging what they argue is an unfair and secretive clemency process in Texas. Tamayo is set for lethal injection on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Huntsville. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)

    Mexican national's lawyers want execution halted

    Attorneys for a Mexican national on Texas death row considered additional appeals to block his impending execution for the slaying of a Houston police officer after a federal judge Tuesday rejected their request for an injunction to contest a clemency process they argued was unfair and secretive.


  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, right, after he arriving at Riyadh Air Base on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Secretary Hagel made a brief stop in Saudi Arabia to meet with military officials and the Crown Prince.  (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

    U.S. downplays Saudi prince's criticism of Obama's Middle East policies

    The State Department downplayed the appearance of mounting geopolitical friction between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on Monday — a day after the former head of Saudi intelligence assailed the Obama administration's shifting policies in the Middle East and accused Washington of waffling on Syria and Iran.


  • In this Oct. 4, 2009 photo, Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud sits with fellows in Sararogha in south Waziristan in Pakistan. U.S. troops are holding the senior Pakistani Taliban commander they captured in Afghanistan a week ago, an Afghan provincial official said Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)

    Senior Taliban commander tied to failed NYC Times Square bomb plot captured

    The U.S. confirmed on Friday that American troops are holding a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, a blow to the Pakistani Taliban who have waged a decade-long insurgency against Islamabad and were responsible for the failed 2010 attempt to detonate a bomb in New York's Times Square.


  • Electoral commission staff count ballot papers after voting closed at a polling station in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Azerbaijan’s president won a third five-year term by a landslide in Wednesday’s vote, according to an exit poll, extending decades of dynastic rule in the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation allied with the West. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    State Dept. knocks election in Azerbaijan

    The Obama administration said Thursday that the election of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to an an unprecedented third term fell short of international standards.


  • **FILE** This 1988 photo provided by Bobby Lee shows Kenneth Bae (right) and Mr. Lee together when they were freshmen at the University of Oregon. Bae, detained for nearly six months in North Korea, has been sentenced to 15 years of "compulsory labor" for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced on May 2, 2013. (Associated Press/The Register-Guard)

    North Korea withdraws invite for U.S. envoy

    North Korea changed its mind Friday and pulled back an invitation for a U.S. diplomat to visit and discuss the plight and possible release of a Washington man imprisoned, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.


  • Strike on Syria would bring Iran into the mix

    The possibility of an imminent U.S. military strike on Syria brings with it real danger that Iran-backed Hezbollah might respond by sending rockets into Israel — or that Israel might exploit the development to conduct strikes of its own against Iran, Middle East analysts monitoring the situation said Thursday.


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