Turkish forces hammered the Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin, in northern Syria’s Aleppo governorate, with mortars and heavy artillery on Friday, in what could be the opening salvos of a large-scale offensive by Ankara on the district.
How do you deal with a country where a corrupt elite attempts to shut down free speech?
Those who follow statements from the U.S. foreign policy establishment and mainstream media often hear that the main reason for the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations has little to do with conventional geopolitics.
The Trump administration is struggling with the contradictions of its own policy for Syria, insisting that it’s not creating a permanent Kurdish enclave inside the country but vowing that the U.S. will stay involved indefinitely by training a Kurd-majority ground force to maintain security and prevent a resurgence of Islamic State.
Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Vice President Mike Pence lands in Cairo for the first leg of his Mideast tour on Saturday with a scaled-back itinerary that reflects a changed Middle East diplomatic landscape in the wake of President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
An investigation into the United Nations involving dozens of employees from more than 10 countries revealed a culture where women who report sexual misconduct subsequently “go through hell.”
Having just ousted longtime autocratic leader Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will travel to the World Economic Forum at Davos to tout what he says is a turnaround underway in one of Africa’s poorest and most mismanaged countries.
Kremlin operatives used the notorious anti-Trump dossier to “settle scores” and arrest and kill possible U.S. intelligence informants, the co-founder of the Washington private intelligence firm that commissioned the report has told a congressional panel.
The Russian media outlet Republic.ru reported this week on a conversation with Alexander Lebedev, a Russian businessman and banking expert. The most striking comment made in the interview was Mr. Lebedev’s assertion that at least $100 billion had been illegally smuggled overseas from Russian banks over the last decade. For an economy the size of Russia’s, that is an extraordinary amount.