"Sometime in the next 20, 30, 40 years" an Egyptian wag speculated some time ago, "Muba-rak may no longer be the president." Recent reports indicate, however, that Mr. Mubarak, 82 and in his 29th year of rule, is seriously ill, although official sources deny it. An Egypt without Mr. Mubarak is a potential nightmare, even if long anticipated.
The United States announced Thursday it will resume cooperation with Indonesia's special forces after ties were severed more than a decade ago over suspected human rights abuses by the commando unit.
The Treasury Department froze the U.S.-held assets of three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network.
More than 7,000 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip simultaneously dribbled basketballs in an attempt to break a 2007 world record Thursday.
The Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.
The chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone says Naomi Campbell will testify next month at Charles Taylor's trial.
Four al Qaeda-linked detainees have escaped from a Baghdad area prison that was handed over by the U.S. to Iraqi authorities a week ago, Iraq's justice minister said Thursday — a daring escape that embarrasses a government struggling to prove it is capable of operating without U.S. oversight.
"Afghanistan is not Iraq," Gen. David H. Petraeus acknowledged as he scrambled to resur- rect the viable elements of ousted Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's flawed counteri-surgency strategy for Afghanistan. He no doubt will attempt to combine these elements with his own experiences in Iraq, even as Iraq falters into a new cycle of sectarian violence. Both situations are becoming so dire that Army Chief of Staff and former Iraq commander Gen. George W. Casey Jr. recently announced that we can expect "another decade or so" of war.
President Hugo Chavez severed Venezuela's diplomatic relations with Colombia on Thursday over claims he harbors guerrillas, and he warned that his neighbor's leader could attempt to provoke a war.