In the chaos of civil war, Syria’s Kurds are managing to do the unthinkable—drive out foreign fighters, avoid provoking Assad and start establishing a pocket of stability.
Qamishli, SyriaIt is a rare sight in war-torn Syria—children clutching bags or wearing small backpacks, walking singly or in groups to still-intact schools for a day of classes.And yet, here in Qamishli and other towns and villages nearby, it is a common scene now that Kurdish militias have cleared the area of jihadists.In other northern and eastern provinces, warfare between rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian government forces has wreaked such massive destruction on the countryside, there are no schools or teachers available to hold classes.
The celebrity chef—who famously divorced her magnate husband after he was seen grabbing her throat in the tabloids—has been accused of drug habits that left him ‘astonished.’
Nigella Lawson used cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills daily for more than a decade, a court in London heard Tuesday.The TV chef filed for divorce from her husband Charles Saatchi, an art collector, earlier this year citing his unreasonable behavior after a photograph showing his hand around her throat was published by a British newspaper. A west London court has now heard claims that the 53-year-old presenter of ABC TV cooking show The Taste had a voracious appetite for illicit drugs and prescription pills.
The Kremlin cheated on a nuclear pact it signed with the United States, the U.S. government believes—and Secretary Kerry was briefed on the violations almost a year ago.
Congressional leaders are acting to force the Obama administration to confront Russia on its violations of a nuclear treaty that U.S. officials have acknowledged since 2012. On November 27 of that year, two top Obama administration officials held a closed-door hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, who only months later would become President Obama’s secretary of state. Inside the top-secret hearing, acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon told lawmakers that Russia had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to two U.
Sanctions relief—but hardly any political prisoners released? The country’s fractured democratic opposition is divided on whether the Geneva agreement will bode well for its struggle.
On November 20, President François Hollande of France received two letters from leading Iranian dissidents about the nuclear negotiations in Geneva.Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and Emadeddin Baghi, Iranian dissidents who have both recently been in prison, had strikingly divergent advice for Hollande. Baghi urged the president to support the nuclear deal. In strong language, he said France’s earlier opposition to the agreement with Iran “makes the task of Iran’s human rights activists even harder.
Pakistani-American Shahan Mufti set out to investigate the poisoned relationship between his two countries in his powerful new memoir about terrorism and family history.
“If we meet at a party in New York you might ask me where I’m from,” Shahan Mufti wonders at the start of The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War. He has two answers. Born in Ohio to Pakistani parents, Mufti calls himself “100 percent American and 100 percent Pakistani,” his life “a year here, four years there, five months here, two weeks there.” Sorting out origins and identity are how Mufti narrates a history of modern Pakistan and the political turmoil of a country often described by some variation of “the world’s most dangerous place.
With the Bilateral Security Agreement between Kabul and Washington in limbo, Taliban commanders say any continued U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan will ensure ‘jihad forever.’
The wizened, battle-hardened Taliban commander, who has been fighting for Mullah Mohammad Omar for the past 15 years, had been considering an option over the past year that he never would have imagined before. He had heard that U.S. and coalition military forces would likely be withdrawing voluntarily from the country by the end of next year. If that proved to be true, he thought, he would seriously contemplate the possibility of leaving the insurgency and trusting that a peace treaty between the Taliban and the Afghan government could be hammered out in the absence of foreign forces.
One of the most famous journalists in India stands accused of sexual assault. How did a man known for skewering the powerful end up this way?
When Robert de Niro was feted at a jamboree called “Think” in Goa, India, in early November—a “festival” of chattering heavyweights from the entertainment and literary world—he can hardly have imagined that his host would stand accused, three weeks later, of attempting to rape the young woman who was assigned to chaperone him and his daughter while they were guests at the gathering. As matters now stand, de Niro’s name features awkwardly (if tangentially) in the incident’s First Information Report (the Indian legal term for a “booking” for a criminal offence), and it is not inconceivable that the American movie star could be called to give evidence, or to serve as a character witness, at a trial that will rivet all of India.
As an Italian court hears closing arguments in Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s new appeal for their 2009 murder conviction, prosecutors claim the pair is guilty beyond a doubt.
It’s the final countdown for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito as closing arguments begin in their new appeal against their 2009 convictions for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who was found stabbed to death in her locked bedroom during an Erasmus program in Italy. If this all sounds familiar, that’s because it is the fourth time closing arguments have been delivered in an Italian court of law in this yet unsolved mystery.In 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder in Perugia and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison, respectively.
The Iran gambit has risks and, if a final deal isn’t achieved after six months, the chance of war rises. World leaders say Obama’s credibility to enforce the deadline has been damaged.
The interim nuclear deal struck on Sunday morning avoids outright confrontation with Iran for six months, but foreign leaders and international experts warned that the gamble over reaching a final deal could substantially raise the risk of open conflict.Over 200 officials, lawmakers, and experts from more than 50 countries were meeting at the Halifax International Security Forum as news broke over the weekend, many suggested that President Obama’s credibility to stop Iran from going nuclear after the deadline if no final deal is reached had been badly damaged by his wavering red lines on Syria.
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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.