posted: 12/19/2013 5:12 a.m.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China, Democratic officials said Wednesday, turning to a lawmaker well-versed in trade issues to fill one of the nation’s most sensitive diplomatic posts.
posted: 12/19/2013 5:11 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Arctic 30 now hope they can spend Christmas at home. But it is too early to say.” Greenpeace spokesman Aaron Gray-Block, referring to the jailed crew of a Greenpeace ship, who hoped to be released after Russia’s parliament passed an amnesty bill Wednesday
posted: 12/19/2013 5:09 a.m.
The former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets was sentenced Wednesday to 29 years in jail, with a British judge saying that Ian Watkins had “plumbed new depths of depravity” in committing a string of sexual offenses against very young children.
posted: 12/18/2013 11:04 a.m.
BEIRUT — Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.
posted: 12/18/2013 11:01 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russia's parliament on Wednesday passed an amnesty bill that will likely apply to the 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship detained after an Arctic protest, but it wasn't immediately clear whether and when the activists would be allowed to leave the country.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:21 a.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened his wallet in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine’s future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:14 a.m.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the United States plans to give the Philippines $40 million in maritime security assistance and was negotiating with Manila to rotate more U.S. military forces through the country, the latest signs of U.S. concerns about mounting pressure from China on its neighbors.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:13 a.m.
Official North Korea vowed to unite behind leader Kim Jong Un during carefully staged events Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of his father’s death, in an attempt to show it has returned to business as usual after the purge and execution last week of Kim’s once-powerful uncle.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:07 a.m.
Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency now living temporarily in Russia, said in comments published Tuesday that he is prepared to assist Brazilian investigations of U.S. spying in Brazil.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:05 a.m.
Six American soldiers died Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in a remote area of southern Afghanistan in the single largest loss of life for foreign troops in nearly six months, international coalition officials said.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:04 a.m.
Hospitals in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are overwhelmed with casualties, an international aid group said Tuesday, as government warplanes blasted opposition areas of the city as part of a three-day air assault that has killed more than 100 people.
posted: 12/18/2013 5:02 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The area is not fully safe — there is enemy movement there, and it is also surrounded by mountains and covered with forest.” Ghulam Jilani Khan, security chief for Zabul province, Afghanistan, where six American troops died in a helicopter crash for which the Taliban claimed responsibility but Khan attributed to technical problems
posted: 12/18/2013 4:59 a.m.
Angela Merkel, 59, was sworn in for a third term as Germany’s chancellor, at the head of a “grand coalition” of her conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, traditional rivals who together have a huge parliamentary majority.
posted: 12/18/2013 4:56 a.m.
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posted: 12/17/2013 9:44 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds but said there was no discussion about Ukraine joining a free trade pact of three ex-Soviet nations.