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Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Ten years ago I was a few months into my first tour in Iraq, a 25-year-old know-nothing specialist in the Army, carrying two cameras and a rifle into east Baghdad every day. Now I’m a photojournalist, covering the war in Afghanistan since 2010. The soldiers I meet now in Afghanistan — many of them joined the Army when I did — reenlisted a couple of times, and now they’ve done five or six tours.... Read more»

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U.S. envoy optimistic on peaceful independence for South Sudan

South Sudan stands a good chance of becoming an independent nation peacefully, despite ongoing skirmishes and a build up of military forces on the disputed border between North and South Sudan.... Read more»


Obama's call for Israel to return to 1967 borders a bold move

In his speech Thursday, President Barack Obama made it clear to both the Israelis and the Palestinians the status quo was "unsustainable," and that "Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace."... Read more»

New photos released of tsunami hitting nuke plant

TEPCO has released new photos of the tsunami hitting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, while the company posted a $15 billion loss prompting its president to resign.... Read more»

Torture widespread in Syria's prisons

A campaign of mass arrests in Syria began with protests and has seen at least 8,000 Syrians detained and thrown into prisons, where they are being tortured.... Read more»

Where’s the rapture?

It has come as something of a relief to think that, after tomorrow, I may no longer have to worry about the future of Afghanistan, the stalled reintegration process, the collapse of Kabul Bank, my anemic retirement account, or, indeed, much of anything else.... Read more»

Reporters' release tempered by news of colleague's death

American reporters Foley and Gillis said South African Anton Hammerl was shot by Gaddafi forces on April 5.... Read more»

New Zealand gov't minister defends 'dead possum' hairdo

In the United States, Donald Trump's mystifying combover is the subject of much speculation. In New Zealand, a government minister similarly mocked for having hair that resembles a 'dead possum' has come out swinging at his critics on YouTube.... Read more»

NATO targets Libyan warships in overnight raid

NATO air strikes hit eight warships belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in overnight raids on three ports Friday morning.... Read more»

Denmark eyes North Pole as Arctic battle heats up

According to a document leaked this week, Denmark plans to claim the North Pole, heating up the battle for the melting Arctic because countries bordering the region, such as Russia, the United States, Canada and Norway, have staked out rival segments of the sea. ... Read more»

Study: Animal, plant extinction rates may be overestimated

A controversial study suggests that current extinction rate projections of animal and plant species may be overestimating the role of habitat loss. But researchers said that species extinction still remains a “real and growing" threat.... Read more»

Obama offers aid to Mideast nations

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised new aid to nations that embrace democracy while condemning attacks on demonstrators, notably in Libya and Syria. In a speech meant to define U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama also announced $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt and another $1 billion in loan guarantees for both Egypt and Tunisia. ... Read more»


Arab spring could sweep in changes to U.S. policy

The hot winds of change in the Middle East will present a challenge for what is shaping up to be a crucial policy speech by President Obama.... Read more»

Strauss-Kahn indicted, resigns from IMF

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was indicted Thursday over the sex assault case raised by a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her. Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF Wednesday. ... Read more»

Queen Elizabeth's visit heals Irish rifts

In two days an 85-year-old, slightly-stooped woman, armed with nothing more than a handbag and a smile, has managed to bring relations between Britain and Ireland to a new level of warmth and friendship.... Read more»2


Global inflation sparks renewed interest in gold

Despite recent headlines about sharp drops, over the past week or so gold has recovered much of its losses. The price is up about 5 percent for the year. So is it time to pour your savings into the yellow metal?... Read more»

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