After years of discussions, the world’s major powers had finally devised a promising deal to stop Iran’s worrisome nuclear program—until France’s petty bureaucrats thwarted the plan.
France blocked the first stage of a nuclear deal with Iran that had support from the United States, Britain, Germany, most of the rest of Europe, Russia, and China. The simple—too simple—explanation for the French obstruction? They just want to call attention to themselves. They are contrary. They are perverse. They want to reestablish their weight in international affairs—their grandeur, if you will—precisely because there’s not much of it left.
His hate-filled radio broadcast transfixed and eventually tortured his followers. How a chairlift operator came to be Pakistan’s lethal voice of hatred and, now, its Taliban chief.
Mullah Fazlullah was no doubt disappointed when the four-man hit team he dispatched after the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai failed to kill her.But the heroic survival and recovery of this 14-year-old education activist after being shot in the head and neck so captivated the world as to make his crime all the more infamous.And that notoriety surely was a big factor in Fazlullah ascending to supreme leader of the Pakistani Taliban this week, his predecessor having been killed by a drone strike.
Eike Bastista was the world’s eighth-richest man, and the poster-boy for the new Brazil, flashy and flush with wealth—until his oil and gas bubble burst.
One day, some 30 years ago, before the trophy wife and the floodlights, when a berth on the Forbes billionaires list was still a moon shot, Eike Batista was restless. At age 23, he’d had enough of Europe and the golden cage he’d spent his childhood in, and decided to move back to his native Brazil to make something of himself. The engineering school dropout had sold corned beef to Africa and brokered some Brazilian diamonds with mixed success.
Marina Rikhvanova has devoted her life to cleaning up the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake—but her activism has made enemies in high places.
She fell hopelessly in love with Lake Baikal—and this love caused all of her troubles.Marina Rikhvanova, the soft-spoken but persistent leader of the environmental group Baikal Wave, has fought for more than 20 years to save the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. Last Month, she apparently won the battle: Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill, which had been polluting Lake Baikal and threatening its plant and animal life for over 40 years, finally shut down.
Embattled president Nicolas Maduro declared an early Feliz Navidad for the nation in his latest bid to win hearts and minds at the ballot box next month.
Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro recently asked the national legislature to grant him extraordinary “enabling powers” to run the country. Why he bothered with the request is a mystery. Since he was elected in April to succeed the late Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan subway conductor-turned-national leader has been busy showing off the extraordinary skill set he brings to the country’s top job.Shortly after formally taking office in April, Maduro claimed to have seen the late Venezuelan “Comandante” in the form of a bird flitting around the Miraflores Palace.
Fighting between rival militias engulfed Tripoli in chaos last night in the heaviest fighting since Gaddafi’s ouster—and citizens worry that civil war could be imminent.
Tripoli was engulfed last night in some of the heaviest fighting seen since the ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as two of the country’s most powerful militias clashed in the capital, plunging Libya deeper into chaos.Marking yet another low point for a country struggling to establish order amidst high-level kidnappings and assassinations and violence by unruly militias, the Tripoli fighting—which involved automatic gunfire as well as heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades—is stoking fears that Libya is edging ever closer to a civil war.
A singer goes missing in Russia’s penal system. Her husband gets news she’s in a Siberian gulag—but officials say she’s not there. Where in the world is Nadia Tolokonnikova?
On Wednesday morning, Petr Verzilov, the husband of Pussy Riot’s most famous member—Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, nicknamed Tolokno—finally heard about his missing wife. A source called him from the depths of Siberia with news that Tolokonnikova, who has disappeared without a trace in the country's prison transportation system for 18 days, was being transferred the IK-50 women's prison, a jail in the remote region of Krasnoyrak.For the past two weeks, Tolokonnikova has been traveling by railroad in Siberia with a special convoy by order of the Russian Corrective Administration.
The executive producer of ‘60 Minutes’ says a key source for its blockbuster Benghazi report told a different story to the FBI.
The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes lost confidence in a key source for its report on Benghazi that aired last month after the network confirmed that an FBI interview with the source less than a week after the 2012 attacks did not match the account he gave the network. The source, a former British military officer named Dylan Davies, claimed in the interview—as well as in his new book—that he scaled the walls of the U.S. compound in Benghazi on the night of the attacks and disabled one of the attackers.
281 Killed in CAR Violence
France to intervene in the conflict. More
Nuke Deal Sparks Iran Hope
As economy improves slightly.More
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Gitmo Inmates Released to Algeria
They protested repatriation fearing reprisals.More
Bono: ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Cry’
Says Mandela influenced U2’s message.More
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Obama: I Will Learn From Mandela
'He now belongs to the ages.'More
In the aftermath of Nelson Mandela's death, Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown describes the 'tragic dynamic' between Madiba and Winnie Mandela.
She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.