Most recent International blogs and columns

  • Gurdarshan Gill of India is sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony May 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,400 immigrants from 100 countries became U.S. citizens at the ceremony. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Strategic Import of India-US Migration

    Migration is the foundation stone of India-US relations, if not the bedrock itself. Modern migration of Indians into the United States of America has been... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mehdi Marizad)

    Next Iran Nuclear Talks to Be in New York: Report

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s state news agency is reporting that the next round of expert-level talks over its contested nuclear program will be held in New York... Read more

  • Revellers celebrate the water festival in Yangon on April 12, 2012. The water festival, called Thingyan in Burmese, is also observed in other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, is celebrated to welcome the traditional new year.(Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 20

    Burma: All the World’s a Stage For a wet, wild week in the middle of the month, thousands of young people in Yangon and other... Read more

  • In this Thursday, May 24, 2007 photo, Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe arrives for the screening of the film "Ocean's Thirteen," at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France. The head of Egypt’s censorship board says he has resigned after the country’s prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring Haifa Wehbe to be shown. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Egypt’s Censorship Board Head Resigns in Film Spat

    CAIRO—The head of Egypt’s censorship board says he has resigned after the country’s prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • A video grab taken 06 July 2006 from the pan-Arab satellite television network al-Jazeera shows Ayman al-Zawahri, then al-Qaeda second-in-command. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Al-Qaida Chief Blesses Attacks on Egypt Security

    CAIRO—Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians... Read more

  • Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham speaks to the media during the weekly press conference in Tehran, on November 5, 2013. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran Denounces US Ruling to Sell Property

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned... Read more

  • Eggs painted in Czech Republic, where some less pleasant traditions have accompanied Easter time. (ElPadawan via Compfight*)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 19

    Namibia: Satanism Tops Agenda of Teachers’ Conference Top on the agenda of the teachers’ conference …  in Karas Region is alleged satanism at schools and... Read more

  • Maidan Square

    The Promise of ‘Empty’

    Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on... Read more

  • Malaysian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamzah Zainudin, left, listens as Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein answers a question from a journalist during a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 19, 2014. An underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week, after completing six missions and so far coming up empty, the search coordination center said Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Sub Search for Missing Jet to be Finished in Week

    PERTH, Australia—A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a... Read more

  • Iraqis comb through the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the crowded commercial area of Karrada, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014. Authorities in Iraq say a car bomb targeted a street full of shoppers in the capital. in Baghdad on Thursday.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Bombs Kill 4 in Shopping Street of Iraqi Capital

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi police say two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad have killed four people and wounded eight. They say the... Read more

  • Death Toll In SKorea Ferry Sinking Climbs To 32

    MOKPO, South Korea— South Korean coast guard officials say they’ve found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to... Read more

  • Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim listens to a question during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egypt Stops Attempt to Smuggle Jewish Artifacts

    CAIRO—Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country’s... Read more

  • Rwandan refugee  works for pennies a day picking tea on June 13, 2012 in Kibale, Uganda. (*Shutterstock/Ryan M. Bolton)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 18

    Norway: Man at recycling plant finds $16,000 in old safe An excavator operator at recycling facility in Norway has discovered 100,000 kroner ($16,000) left behind in... Read more

  • Denis Pushilin, foreground center,  spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic, speaks to reporters inside the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pushilin told reporters that the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate. Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Pro-Russian Insurgents Occupy Gov Buildings in 10 Ukrainian Cities, Reject Call to Leave

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if... Read more

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    World News to the Point: April 18

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  • Senior White House adviser David Axelrod speaks during a television interview in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited Axelrod, a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns, to help with its leader's election bid next year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    UK Opposition Labour Party Hires Top Obama Adviser David Axelrod

    LONDON—Britain’s opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama’s two presidential victories — to help with its leader’s election... Read more

  • FILE - In this April 7,2014 file photo, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center retired Chief Air Marshall Angus Houston listens to a question from the media during a press conference about the ongoing search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth,  Australia. Houston has become the global face of the massive monthlong search operation off Australia's west coast to find the missing Boeing 777, which is believed to be resting somewhere on the silt-covered bottom of the Indian Ocean in a patch the size of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    Australia’s Houston: Calm Face of Flight 370 Hunt

    PERTH, Australia—He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the... Read more

  • Protesters rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on April 15, 2014, during a session as they demand from the authorities actions against separatism on the eastern part of the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the 'criminal' act would undermine talks planned in Geneva. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Report Tells Russia to Drop Propaganda and Stick to Facts

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine. It outlines the main... Read more

  • Asian countries are spending more on their militaries even as other regions cut back. (U.S. Pacific Command/Flickr)

    World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia

    For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo... Read more