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For Cuban prisoner Alan Gross, release brings relief, joy – and popcorn

As his plane finally cleared Cuban airspace and his pilot announced he was back in the United States, Alan Gross stood up and took a deep breath. | 12/17/14 18:35:13 By - By Chris Adams

As world homicide rate declines, killings rise in Latin America, Caribbean

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the homicide rate worldwide has dropped by double digits, except in the Caribbean and Latin America, where it’s more than four times above the global average, a new U.N. report shows. | 12/15/14 16:42:34 By - By John Zarocostas

Turkey’s Erdogan moves against perceived enemies, arresting dozens of media figures

Two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to “overthrow” what he called a “network of treason,” Turkey’s counter-terrorism police on Sunday arrested more than two dozen prominent media and government figures, including the editor of the country’s largest newspaper and the general manager of a major broadcasting group. | 12/14/14 18:49:24 By - By Roy Gutman

Obama’s high-tech deal with China in trouble as WTO talks break down

A China-U.S. agreement to scrap tariffs on high-tech items that was hailed as a major achievement of President Barack Obama’s November visit to Beijing fell apart Friday during negotiations in Geneva because of differences between China and South Korea, diplomats here said. | 12/12/14 18:14:32 By - By John Zarocostas

No torture report violence; Europe bemoans delay in detailing CIA program

President Barack Obama’s administration sought Tuesday to reassure its allies around the globe that the United States no longer engages in the brutal interrogation tactics outlined in a scathing Senate committee report. | 12/10/14 07:10:49 By - By Matthew Schofield and Anita Kumar

UN makes new appeal for humanitarian aid, citing wars in Syria, Iraq, Africa

The United Nations on Monday called on its members to provide $16.4 billion in 2015 for refugee assistance, 27 percent more than it requested in its initial appeal for 2014. | 12/08/14 19:59:36 By - By John Zarocostas

U.S. sends 6 Guantánamo captives to new lives in Uruguay

The U.S. military dropped off six long-ago cleared Guantánamo captives in Uruguay on Sunday — culminating a complex, on-again, off-again year-long deal to resettle the men in the nation of President José Mujica, himself a long-held political prisoner. | 12/07/14 10:07:33 By - Carol Rosenberg

Pentagon fears blowback from ‘humane’ Guantánamo video release

A Pentagon official is invoking the revulsion of Muslims worldwide over images of U.S. Marines urinating on corpses to predict the global backlash at seeing videos of Guantánamo troops hauling a captive to force-feedings. | 12/03/14 18:29:34 By - Carol Rosenberg

WH calls on Cuba to release Alan Gross, remove ‘impediment’ to normalizing relations

The White House marked the fifth anniversary of U.S. contractor Alan Gross’s captivity in Cuba by calling for his release, saying it “would remove an impediment to more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba.” | 12/03/14 09:58:24 By - By Lesley Clark

In fighting Ebola, Canadian credited with energizing WHO response

After months of regularly delivering bad news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Dr. Bruce Aylward allowed himself a broad smile Monday. | 12/01/14 19:43:05 By - By John Zarocostas

U.S. shootings by police, prison conditions trouble U.N.

A U.N. anti-torture panel that’s investigating the United States said Friday that it was deeply concerned by what it described as the high incidence of police brutality and shootings _ especially against African-Americans _ in the U.S., was troubled by what it called harsh conditions in many prisons and was worried about the interrogation methods used on detainees. | 12/01/14 16:57:12 By - By John Zarocostas

Fence-mending in Turkey, Biden commits to 'transition' in Syria

Vice President Joe Biden assured Turkey Saturday that the U.S. plans to strengthen Syrian rebels and ensure a political transition “away from the Assad regime,” but he stopped short of committing to regime change in Damascus demanded by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | 11/22/14 17:19:57 By - By Roy Gutman

U.S. sends 5 Guantánamo detainees to European resettlement

The Pentagon sent five long-held Arab detainees to resettlement in Europe on Thursday, three to Georgia and two to Slovakia. | 11/20/14 17:11:47 By - Carol Rosenberg

Cuban doctor sick with Ebola to be flown to Geneva for treatment

A Cuban doctor who was infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being flown to Switzerland for treatment, diplomats and World Health Organization officials said Wednesday. | 11/19/14 18:57:10 By - By John Zarocostas

A look at who loses as oil prices keep plunging

The rapid plunge in oil and gasoline prices means huge savings for American consumers, but the steep downward swing may ultimately prove dangerously disruptive to energy-producing countries and companies. | 11/19/14 17:22:21 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Top nursing group backs Navy nurse who wouldn’t force-feed at Guantánamo

One of America’s leading nursing organizations is trying to save the U.S. Navy career of an officer, a nurse like them, who refused to force-feed hunger strikers this summer. | 11/19/14 12:40:01 By - Carol Rosenberg

Detention at Guantánamo grinds on: 13 years and counting, 148 captives remain

It’s the first Tuesday in November, just another day as Guantánamo grinds on toward the detention center’s 14th year as the most expensive prison on earth with no end in sight. | 11/17/14 12:49:21 By - Carol Rosenberg

Pakistan denies Pentagon charge it's soft on terrorism

A senior Pakistan military official Friday rejected recent claims by the Pentagon and civilian or defense leaders of other nations that it coddles Islamic militants who have launched numerous attacks on neighboring India and Afghanistan from Pakistani territory. | 11/14/14 18:38:53 By - By James Rosen

As Ebola fight grows, some countries are noticeably absent

Despite the United States’ diplomatic arm-twisting, international health experts are warning that the international response to the deadly Ebola outbreak remains dangerously inadequate to meet the needs on the ground. | 11/14/14 16:49:35 By - By Hannah Allam

U.S. tells UN torture treaty applies to everyone, everywhere

The Obama administration moved forcefully Thursday to distance itself from Bush administration policies, telling a United Nations panel that the ban on torture enshrined in a 1984 treaty that the U.S. signed applies worldwide and covers all people and places, including detention facilities abroad. | 11/13/14 19:22:07 By - By John Zarocostas

Pentagon cuts planned Africa Ebola deployment by 25 percent

The U.S. military said Wednesday it would deploy 25 percent fewer U.S. troops to fight Ebola in West Africa than originally projected, but said the cut wasn’t evidence that the crisis was under control. | 11/12/14 18:39:07 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Judge upholds Guantánamo’s treatment of hunger-striker waiting to go

A federal judge has refused to intervene in the forced-feeding of a hunger-striking prisoner awaiting his transfer from the war-on-terror prison, declaring that U.S. military medical staff do not show deliberate indifference to the health and welfare of long-held captive Abu Wa’el Dhiab. | 11/08/14 09:55:29 By - Carol Rosenberg

Al Qaida’s Nusra Front captures more towns, villages in northern Syria

One day after U.S. warplanes struck bases belonging to the Nusra Front in northern Syria, the al Qaida-affiliated group on Friday pressed forward with its campaign against U.S.-backed rebels, storming four rebel-held villages and seizing a town where they ordered rebel fighters to disband and hand over their weapons. | 11/07/14 19:26:13 By - By Mousab Alhamadee and Roy Gutman

Guantánamo’s incommunicado captives may soon video chat with family

Former CIA captives who were held in a secret prison overseas network after the Sept. 11 attacks will for the first time be able to have video chats with their families, it was disclosed at the war court Thursday. | 11/06/14 19:01:13 By - Carol Rosenberg

Obama writes to Iran’s leader

President Barack Obama wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month, describing a “shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria,” the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people briefed on the correspondence. | 11/06/14 17:33:12 By - By Lesley Clark

US-backed forces in Syria suffer big setback

Al Qaida-backed militants Saturday stormed the base of the most prominent civilian commander in the U.S.-backed Syrian rebel force, forcing him and his fighters to flee into hiding in the Jebal al Zawiya mountains of northern Syria. | 11/01/14 22:13:09 By - By Mousab Alhamadee and Roy Gutman

WHO official is cautiously optimistic on world response to Ebola

The World Health Organization has detected slowing in the number of reported new cases of Ebola infections in Liberia in recent days, leading its top official in charge of combating the outbreak to express cautious optimism Wednesday that health workers may be gaining a modicum of control over the disease. | 10/29/14 18:19:28 By - By John Zarocostas

Rousseff narrowly wins 2nd term as Brazil’s leader

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday won a second term as the leader of the world’s fourth largest democracy in the closest presidential elections in this country in more than two decades. | 10/26/14 20:48:30 By - By Vinod Sreeharsha

‘Twilight’s’ Kristen Stewart captures soul-numbing work of Guantánamo guards in ‘Camp X-Ray’

Earlier this year, the U.S. Marine general who opened Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo Bay Navy base in 2002 called guarding detainees there a “soul-numbing experience.” | 10/24/14 18:33:38 By - Carol Rosenberg

Drug manufacturers, U.N. officials meet in Geneva on ways to speed Ebola vaccine

Chief executives from leading vaccine manufacturing companies, along with top officials from key governments, including the United States, China and Russia, met Thursday with the chief of the World Health Organization in an effort to spur the search for an Ebola vaccine. | 10/23/14 20:49:02 By - By John Zarocostas

El Salvador’s fight against gold mine will be decided in D.C.

Somewhere trapped in the earth below Francisco Pineda’s feet are an estimated 1.4 million ounces of gold, and he wants the ore to remain there. | 10/21/14 11:49:50 By - By Tim Johnson

Guantánamo board says Saudi captive can go home

A U.S. national security panel has approved for release from Guantánamo a long-held prisoner whose advocates argued was less of a risk at-large than the five Taliban captives sent to Qatar in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May. | 10/21/14 07:45:30 By - Carol Rosenberg

Cuba pledges more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola in Africa

The announcement Monday by Cuba that it will send an additional 91 medical staff to help contain the Ebola virus outbreak surging across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea brings the island nation’s contribution of people fighting the epidemic to 256 – or more than one-third of all foreign medical staff in the three hardest-hit West African countries. | 10/20/14 18:47:44 By - By John Zarocostas

Obama’s decision to aid Kobani puts him squarely at odds with Turkey’s Erdogan

Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now are in flat disagreement over the fate of the Kurdish enclave. Turkey is willing to let it fall to the Islamic State. Washington clearly isn’t. | 10/20/14 03:08:18 By - By Roy Gutman

Iraq fills out unity government, now ready to take on ISIS?

Iraq’s parliament has approved a series of key ministers after a month of wrangling, completing the formation of a unity government as the country’s military and security forces struggle to push back the Islamic State. | 10/18/14 19:10:49 By - By Susannah George

In setback for Ebola vaccine, company says work will take longer than hoped

The Ebola crisis took new twists Friday, with another somber update from the World Health Organization on the outbreak in West Africa and a bleak warning from a major drug manufacturer that a safe vaccine likely won’t be ready before the current epidemic has passed. | 10/18/14 16:09:27 By - By John Zarocostas

Obama administration to allow thousands of Haitians to legally enter United States

Thousands of Haitians who have been waiting to reunite with U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident family members in the United States will now have a chance to do so – up to two years before their immigrant visa for a green card may be issued. | 10/17/14 12:24:10 By - Jaqueline Charles

UN official warns some anti-Ebola measures might violate human rights

The international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa took on new complexity Thursday, with the World Health Organization dispatching experts to prepare nations near the epidemic’s epicenter to battle the disease even as a key U.N. official warned that some anti-Ebola measures could violate human rights and drive ill people underground. | 10/16/14 18:03:29 By - By John Zarocostas

Experts fear Ebola will become a permanent scourge in West Africa

As the number of Ebola patients continues to climb in West Africa, concern is growing among medical and development experts that the scourge could become as serious as the one posed by HIV a decade ago – and could be far more difficult to control. | 10/15/14 19:26:04 By - By John Zarocostas

Estonia agrees to resettle a Guantanamo detainee

The Baltic nation of Estonia said Thursday it had agreed to resettle one of Guantánamo’s 79 pre-cleared captives — a day after Uruguay’s president linked his commitment to take in six prisoners to a dialogue with his successor. | 10/09/14 17:21:40 By - Carol Rosenberg

Judge sets Oct. 17 deadline for U.S. to redact Guantánamo force-feeding videos

A federal judge Thursday gave the Obama administration an Oct. 17 deadline to comply with her order to redact for release dozens of videos of a Guantánamo captive being tackled, shackled and forced-fed at the prison camps in Cuba. | 10/09/14 17:06:10 By - Carol Rosenberg

Guantánamo ‘experiment’ doesn’t break hunger strike but gets judge’s attention

Six Guantánamo captives who’ve been on hunger strike since 2007 got comfy seats this year, communal forced-feedings and television distraction as a way to get them to stop their food protest at the Pentagon prison, it was revealed at federal court Wednesday. | 10/08/14 20:39:47 By - Carol Rosenberg

No good news from West Africa on Ebola, WHO says in latest report

Conditions are continuing to deteriorate in the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. | 10/08/14 20:26:58 By - By John Zarocostas

Scientist who identified Ebola virus says epidemic will be long

The scientist who’s widely credited with discovering the Ebola virus said Tuesday that the world finally was “waking up” to the epidemic sweeping West Africa but that the situation remained dire and was nowhere near being contained. | 10/07/14 19:52:17 By - By John Zarocostas

Pope Francis works at reconciling decades-old divisions among Latin American Catholics

It’s been dubbed the “Francis effect.” | 10/02/14 15:51:22 By - By Tim Johnson

Turkish Parliament authorizes military action in Syria and Iraq, but no sign it’ll come soon

Turkish lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly approved a possible deployment of Turkish ground forces in Syria and opened the door to basing foreign troops in Turkey. | 10/02/14 16:26:16 By - By Roy Gutman

Hong Kong’s harshest crackdown yet on democracy marchers fails to blunt protests

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray against pro-democracy protesters Sunday in the city’s harshest crackdown on free assembly since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. | 09/28/14 15:39:23 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

West Africa pleads for faster help to fight Ebola virus

The presidents of three West African nations pleaded Thursday for much faster help from the world in battling a deadly Ebola outbreak that’s killed nearly 3,000 people and might infect more than a million others in the coming months as the virus continues to spread. | 09/25/14 17:12:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Islamic State prisoners to Guantánamo? White House says no

So far the U.S. military’s aerial offensive in Iraq and Syria has killed, not captured suspected insurgents. But if a regional ally were to turn over Islamic State or Khorasan fighters to the United States, the White House has no intention of holding them at Guantánamo Bay, the prison the president keeps promising to close. | 09/24/14 19:49:05 By - Carol Rosenberg

U.S. Clean Air Act cited as big first step in emissions control

World leaders met in New York on Tuesday to discuss how to tackle the risks posed by climate change, but there was little discussion of one increasingly obvious observation: The planet might be in better shape today if more countries had followed the lead of the Richard Nixon administration when it and Congress enacted the pioneering Clean Air Act in 1970. | 09/23/14 17:57:12 By - By John Zarocostas

Due to retire, Guantánamo prosecutor gets 3 more years on job

The Pentagon has extended the career of the chief war crimes prosecutor into the first year of the next president of the United States, a move designed to instill stability and confidence in the on-again, off-again war crimes trials at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. | 09/22/14 12:45:42 By - Carol Rosenberg

Young and old, Scots head to vote

Today, Scottish voters had to the polling places to vote on a referendum whether they’ll stay in the United Kingdom or become an independent country. Photographer Claudia Himmelreich tells their story. | 09/18/14 14:35:28 By -

U.S. troops dispatched to fight Ebola will find an epidemic out of control, UN says

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. | 09/17/14 20:07:37 By - By John Zarocostas

Death rate for children under 5 has plunged, UN reports

In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released Tuesday says the number of children under 5 who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day. | 09/16/14 19:12:20 By - By John Zarocostas

No court martial for nurse who refused to give forced-feeding at Guantánamo

A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced-feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy. | 09/15/14 13:03:13 By - Carol Rosenberg

UN: Doctors, nurses play role in both treating, spreading Ebola

The World Health Organization is sounding the alarm that it has too few doctors and nurses willing to work in Africa to respond effectively to the continent’s outbreak of Ebola. | 09/12/14 14:48:23 By - By John Zarocostas

US tightens sanctions on Russia

Making good on promises to further isolate Russia from the global financial system because of its conflict with neighboring Ukraine, the Obama administration on Friday issued tough new sanctions on top state-owned Russian banks, energy firms and the defense sector. | 09/12/14 11:51:24 By - By Kevin G. Hall

On Lake Nicaragua’s adventure isle, twin volcanoes play host

Gaze eastward from the shores of huge Lake Nicaragua, and they seem almost like a mirage: Twin volcanoes thrusting out of the water, one of them a towering cone of cinder and ash, the other jacketed in verdant jungle. | 09/09/14 18:05:36 By - By Tim Johnson

Americans dropping their citizenship to pay more as State Department hikes its processing fee by nearly five-fold

Are you a frustrated American living abroad and want to ditch your U.S. citizenship? Be prepared to dig deeper into your pockets. | 09/03/14 07:16:34 By - William Douglas

Video depicts beheading of second American journalist

Ignoring his mother’s plea for mercy, the Islamic State posted a video Tuesday showing the beheading of Steven Joel Sotloff, the second American journalist executed in two weeks by the radical extremist group in reprisal for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in northern Iraq. | 09/02/14 18:52:59 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Russia appears to invade Ukraine, opening 2nd front

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Thursday of invading his nation, at about the same time that a separatist rebel leader admitted his forces are made up of Russian fighters, including active and retired Russian troops. | 08/28/14 18:43:05 By - By Matthew Schofield

Provoking quandary for US, embattled Syrian government asks for help fighting Islamic State

One day after losing a major airbase to Islamic extremists, Syria said Monday it was willing to work with other countries to fight terror groups in Syria provided they show respect for the Syrian regime and operate only with its permission. | 08/25/14 13:29:48 By - By Roy Gutman

American writer held by Syrian militants freed after nearly two years captive

Al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate on Sunday unexpectedly freed an American writer from nearly two years captivity after secret international negotiations for his release that were apparently led by Qatar. | 08/24/14 19:20:05 By - By Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay

Islamic extremists seize Syrian military base then behead captured Assad soldiers

Islamic extremists captured a major government military airport in Raqqa, eastern Syria, on Sunday, completing their takeover of the entire province and dealing a humiliating blow to President Bashar Assad. | 08/24/14 16:35:14 By - By Roy Gutman and Mousab Alhamadee

In Kurdish Irbil, first car bomb raises fears of onslaught by Islamic State militants

The car bomb that exploded along a busy Irbil thoroughfare Saturday evening was the first attack on the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region since the Islamic State took control of much of adjacent Iraqi Arab territory in mid June, and immediately shocked the city, which has long been considered an oasis of stability and security in northern Iraq. | 08/24/14 15:35:04 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Iraq’s Shia militias that once fought US, confront extremists, sow fear among Sunnis

Hatem Abu Hazal lives between two frightening forces in northeast Iraq. | 08/23/14 14:08:29 By - BY ADAM ASHTON

UN: Four countries face humanitarian crises, worst since WWII

With the crisis in Iraq, four countries are now experiencing severe humanitarian emergencies involving the displacement of millions of people, something experts and relief groups say hasn’t been seen in decades. | 08/22/14 19:08:58 By - By Alejandro Davila Fragoso

Nicaragua’s latest revolution: Becoming a green energy powerhouse

How quickly can a nation wean itself from fossil fuels and move toward reliance on renewable energy? In the case of Nicaragua, it can move very, very fast. | 08/22/14 15:31:32 By - By Tim Johnson

Sectarian killings in Iraq leave at least 70 dead at Sunni mosque

Gunmen allegedly associated with a pro-government Shiite militia slaughtered more than 70 worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Diyala province Friday, heightening Iraq’s sectarian divide in a volatile part of the country where government forces and their militia allies are battling militants from the Islamic State. | 08/22/14 15:46:24 By - By Mitchell Prothero and Adam Ashton

Fate of South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff now on world stage

A grisly recording of Islamic jihadists decapitating an American journalist that was posted on the Internet Tuesday revealed more than just the group’s pitiless, homicidal soul. It also uncorked one of the Middle East’s dirty little secrets: that a Pinecrest man has been held hostage in Syria for a year by militants who now threaten to kill him. | 08/21/14 07:01:21 By - Glenn Garvin

U.S. attempted Foley rescue in Syria

A team of several dozen U.S. Special Forces operators entered Syria earlier this summer in a failed bid to rescue “several” American captives, including journalist James Foley, only to discover once on the ground that the hostages had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. | 08/20/14 18:35:04 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Nicaraguans, safe at home, feel little reason to flee to U.S.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and, like its Central American neighbors, a transhipment point for cocaine headed to the United States. | 08/18/14 14:23:47 By - By Tim Johnson

Rest of Iraq asks: where’s the U.S.?

As U.S. warplanes tilt the battlefield against Islamic militants in Kurdish-controlled territories, Iraqis in the rest of the country are growing resentful that the U.S. so far is not intervening more forcefully to protect Arabs who have been fighting extremists for months. | 08/17/14 14:16:56 By - BY ADAM ASHTON

Reports: Islamic State massacres dozens who refuse to convert

Fighters in the Islamic State reportedly massacred dozens of Yazidi men who refused to convert to Islam in a northern Iraq village Friday, according to Iraqi government and Kurdish officials. | 08/16/14 14:00:05 By - By Adam Ashton

Germans say they accidentally tapped Clinton, Kerry calls

The German Foreign Intelligence Agency has admitted tapping “at least one” phone call each by current Secretary of State John Kerry and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while they were aboard United States government jets, according to German media reports. | 08/16/14 12:26:54 By - By Matthew Schofield

Guantánamo judge bows to prosecution, reinstates joint 5-man 9/11 trial

The military judge in charge of the 9/11 terrorism trial bowed to a Pentagon prosecution protest Wednesday and agreed to go forward with a single, five-man Sept. 11 death-penalty tribunal. | 08/13/14 18:23:38 By - Carol Rosenberg

New Guantánamo judge throws out Limburg charges in USS Cole case

The new judge in the USS Cole case Monday dismissed collateral charges related to al-Qaida’s 2002 attack on a French oil tanker, according to two defense attorneys who read the ruling. | 08/11/14 12:57:08 By - Carol Rosenberg

Navy nurse who refused to force-feed still working at Guantánamo

A Navy nurse who refused to tube feed hunger striking prisoners is still assigned to the detention center here but is carrying out “administrative duties,” the new prison commander said Friday. | 08/08/14 18:52:14 By - Carol Rosenberg

Cease-fire ends in Gaza and fighting resumes, but at slower pace

Egypt urged Israel and Hamas to halt hostilities in the Gaza Strip after fighting resumed there on Friday as a 72-hour cease-fire expired without agreement on extending the lull. | 08/08/14 18:41:47 By - By Joel Greenberg

U.S. export: Central America’s gang problem began in Los Angeles

Andy Romero remembers when a tattooed man showed up in his neighborhood with baggy pants, T-shirts with rock band logos and sneakers like none he’d seen before. | 08/05/14 14:19:42 By - By Tim Johnson

Obama: We have a moral obligation to support Africa’s progress

Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? | 08/05/14 06:00:00 By - By Barack Obama

Deadly quake caused war-like devastation in China; hundreds killed

A strong earthquake has killed at least 367 people and injured more than 1,800 people in southern China’s most deadly temblor since 2008. | 08/03/14 21:16:04 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

As Israeli forces pull back, another UN shelter hit in “a criminal act;” investigation sought

Israel pulled back most of its troops in the Gaza Strip closer to the Israeli border and withdrew some units from the territory, redeploying its forces in what it said would be an ongoing offensive against Hamas. | 08/03/14 21:14:44 By - By Joel Greenberg

Israelis gather to bury Hadar Goldin, once thought Hamas captive

Israelis surged through quaint tree-lined streets and crowded among the graves of a military cemetery here Sunday to bury Hadar Goldin, the soldier briefly thought to be captured by Hamas. Thousands of his countrymen listened to instructions about taking cover from rockets and wept along with rows of soldiers in the purple berets of Goldin's Givati Brigade. | 08/03/14 21:07:20 By - By Daniella Cheslow

Islamic State threatens major Iraqi dam, takes fight into Lebanon

The Islamic State pursued aggressive offensives on two new fronts Sunday as its militants defeated Kurdish troops along a key front protecting a major dam, while in Lebanon its fighters attacked a series of army posts along the border with Syria sparking the worst spill over of fighting into Lebanon since the start of the civil war in neighboring Syria. | 08/03/14 17:22:42 By - By Mitch Prothero

‘Kidnapped’ Israeli soldier actually was killed in action, military says

The Israeli army said early Sunday morning local time that an Israeli soldier believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas militants in fighting in the Gaza Strip was in fact killed in action, reversing its earlier reports that he had apparently been seized | 08/03/14 08:26:13 By - By Joel Greenberg

Lawmakers: U.S. restrictions on Venezuelan officials too little

The U.S. State Department rolled out travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations. But South Florida lawmakers say the sanctions don’t go far enough.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/30/4262612/us-imposes-travel-sanctions-on.html#storylink=cpy | 07/31/14 09:45:56 By - Jim Wyss and Chris Adams

U.N. accuses Israel of violating international law in Gaza school shelling

Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians who’d sought shelter from fighting in a UN school and 17 more died in an airstrike on a street market on Wednesday, the Gaza health ministry said, in a day of bloodshed that prompted criticism from the White House and expressions of outrage from the United Nations. | 07/30/14 19:11:08 By - By Joel Greenberg

Argentina scrambles to avoid default as Wednesday midnight deadline looms

Argentina officials met Tuesday with a mediator in New York in a last-ditch move to resolve a dispute with American creditors that has the South American nation on the brink of default, a development that would have dire consequences for the already struggling Argentine economy. | 07/29/14 19:49:59 By - By Patrick Gillespie

Argentine default: Billions on the line

Argentina and a group of American hedge funds that own Argentine bonds were negotiating Tuesday seeking an agreement on repayment of Argentina’s debt. If no agreement is reached and Argentina doesn’t repay the bondholders by Wednesday, it will default on its debt for the second time in 13 years. | 07/29/14 19:48:59 By - By Patrick Gillespie

Guantánamo filmed guards searching Qurans for contraband, but you can’t see it

The U.S. military filmed troops searching captives’ Qurans inside Guantánamo’s prison building for cooperative captives — an episode blamed for sparking the prison’s long-running hunger strike, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. | 07/28/14 19:38:05 By - Carol Rosenberg

U.S. sales to Russia have only risen since sanctions imposed

In the months since the United States imposed sanctions on Russian businesses and close associates of President Vladimir Putin’s, an odd thing has happened: U.S. exports to Russia have risen. | 07/28/14 17:23:07 By - By John Moritz

100 years ago, World War I, the Great War, unleashed chaos that still reverberates

Disaster struck the world 100 years ago this week, leading to millions of deaths, wrecking cities, ripping old nations apart and creating new ones, overturning empires and the monarchs that led them, sweeping away traditional customs and values, and changing the world in ways that still affect us today. But why should we care about something that happened a century ago? | 07/28/14 12:42:22 By - Jim Warren

Two more Ukrainian fighter jets downed over eastern Ukraine

Russian separatists downed two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday, not far from where last week they are thought to have downed a passenger jet with 298 people on board. | 07/23/14 11:43:10 By - By Matthew Schofield

Wife of imprisoned Venezuelan activist pleads for his release

The wife of a Venezuelan opposition leader made a public plea to U.S. and international leaders Monday, saying her husband had been jailed on trumped-up charges by what she called the weak and frightened regime of President Nicolas Maduro. | 07/21/14 16:28:15 By - By Chris Adams

Financing still a mystery as Nicaragua unveils details of giant canal

The Chinese tycoon behind a plan to build a mammoth inter-oceanic waterway to compete with the Panama Canal whisked into Nicaragua this week and, in several appearances, including one with President Daniel Ortega, affirmed that “the biggest construction project in the history of mankind” has a green light. | 07/09/14 16:17:48 By - By Tim Johnson

Iraq Watch: Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide bombings, parliament agrees to meet Sunday

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for two suicide bombings that killed 12 people in Shiite areas of Baghdad in recent days. | 07/08/14 11:36:14 By - By Lindsay Wise

2 street gangs divide up El Salvador’s capital, bringing chaos to all

El Salvador’s capital _ and nearly the entire country _ is a checkerboard in which gang territories circumscribe the movement of those in the lower economic rungs of society, and especially young men. | 07/07/14 15:21:48 By - By Tim Johnson

Economic minister: Argentina wants to avoid default

Argentina wants to negotiate with holdout creditors and avoid a default, said the country’s economic minister, Axel Kicillof, during a speech in Washington Thursday. Whether any talks between the government and a small group of creditors occurred Thursday remains unclear. | 07/04/14 08:04:09 By - Patrick Gillespie

Iraq Watch: Islamic State demands oath of allegiance from rival Sunni militias

The Islamic State has ordered rival Sunni militant groups in Iraq to lay down their arms and swear allegiance. | 07/02/14 14:39:13 By - By Lindsay Wise and Mousab Alhamadee

For Salvadoran family, clash with gang takes a heavy toll

For those wondering why minors from Central America are flooding into the United States in unprecedented numbers, the story of Hector Antonio Giron, a husky 46-year-old merchant, provides an answer. | 07/01/14 17:43:48 By - By Tim Johnson

Rivalry and rapport: Germany, USA soccer fans cheer together

Gary Overman was utterly convinced that the U.S. national soccer team could beat Germany on Thursday and qualify for the next round of play at the top of its World Cup group. | 06/27/14 07:21:12 By - By Alejandro Davila Fragoso

U.S. amps up warning to parents of child migrants

Obama administration officials are wielding a powerful bullhorn to warn Central American parents against sending their unaccompanied children to the United States. | 06/24/14 17:01:48 By - By Tim Johnson

Iraq radicals capture more towns as Maliki government downplays rebel successes

Iraqi rebels seized four critical towns in the restive western province of al Anbar overnight Saturday and Sunday, taking control of the last major border bordering crossing connecting to Syria still in government hands, and opening up a path for the rebels through the strategic Euphrates River Valley down to the provincial capital of Ramadi. | 06/22/14 13:41:00 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Kidnapped Kurdish school children are being taught to be Jihadists by ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has since taken over large swaths of northern and central Iraq, abducted more than 600 children on May 30 as they attempted to travel from Kurdish villages along the Turkish border to the rebel held portions of Aleppo for their final exams. After releasing hundreds of female students and the younger children, the militants kept 150 older boys with the promise they would all be released after a ten-day period of Islamic instruction. | 06/21/14 15:24:27 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Key Iraqi refinery under siege by militants likely to be captured

Security forces occupying Iraq’s largest oil refinery remained besieged by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Saturday as American and Kurdish officials warned the garrison probably could not hold out much longer unless relieved. | 06/21/14 15:55:52 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Attack in Lebanon reflects ISIS’ resolve to disrupt wide region

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria apparently expanded its operations to Lebanon on Friday, narrowly failing to assassinate a top Shiite Muslim security official with a suicide car bomb just hours after a series of government raids captured at least 20 suspected militants described as being members of ISIS in a central Beirut hotel. | 06/20/14 13:26:19 By - By Mitchell Prothero

UN: Iraqis displaced by latest fighting add to worst refugee crisis since WW2

The deteriorating situation in Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq has forced half a million people from their homes in recent days, adding to a record number of refugees whose lives were uprooted by violence over the past year. | 06/20/14 10:29:40 By - By Lindsay Wise

Injured spelunker rescued from deep cave under Bavarian Alps

Just before noon Thursday, German rescuers brought spelunker and physicist Johann Westhauser into the light, ending an 11 day rescue effort that had millions in this nation holding their breath, and debating the difficulty of keeping him alive as a rescue team moved from bivouac to bivouac deep under the Bavarian Alps. | 06/19/14 09:00:11 By - By Matthew Schofield

Iraq’s largest refinery ablaze as jihadists and government fight for control

Skirmishes for control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery set part of the facility ablaze Wednesday as Islamic militants battled Iraqi security forces for control of more than half of the country’s ability to make gasoline. | 06/18/14 13:41:35 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Brazilians, angry at cost, in a sour mood as World Cup opens

On the eve of international soccer’s once-every-four-years celebration of the world’s most popular sport, 65-year-old Caetano De Carvalho is in a prime location, or so it would seem. This working-class suburb of Sao Paulo, where he has lived for 22 years, offers an easy walk to the modern new soccer stadium where the World Cup’s opening match between host Brazil and Croatia will be played Thursday. | 06/11/14 17:54:51 By - By Vinod Sreeharsha

Scandal over award of World Cup to Qatar shadows soccer’s biggest event

The kickoff of the first game of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament Thursday in Brazil is supposed to begin a sort of global vacation, a month when people across the world forget about the complications of modern life and focus instead on the simplicity of what’s called “The Beautiful Game.” | 06/10/14 18:47:05 By - By Matthew Schofield

Brazil finds bumpy path on way to becoming world oil power

Brazil’s efforts to become one of the world’s major oil producers have attracted businesses such as U.S. drilling giants Halliburton and Baker Hughes, gained it partnerships with oil companies from India and China, lured immigrants from idyllic Norway and drawn investment dollars from American pension funds in Florida, South Carolina and California. | 06/05/14 15:23:05 By - By Vinod Sreeharsha

Exchange of Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl for Taliban detainees sets off debate

An American soldier who spent nearly five years in Taliban captivity was freed Saturday in exchange for five members of the Taliban who’d been imprisoned for years at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay in an unprecedented prisoner exchange that sparked both jubilation and controversy. | 05/31/14 23:49:40 By - By Hannah Allam and James Rosen

For 2 years, the priest aided Christians through a Syrian siege. He didn’t see the end.

And then there were 23. | 05/29/14 16:30:57 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

U.S. dispatches 1,000 Marines to Libya’s coast as fighting escalates

The U.S. military has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, with 1,000 Marines on board, to move toward the Libyan coast, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday, a day after American officials urged citizens to leave the restive country immediately. | 05/28/14 22:44:04 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

As Guatemala replaces attorney general, some see setback to rule of law

The installation of a new attorney general with close ties to the party founded by former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt likely signals the end of any effort to pursue a genocide conviction against the retired general. | 05/28/14 21:05:26 By - By Benjamin Reeves

As Venezuelan regime cracks down on protestors, House passes crackdown on regime

The House of Representatives passed a sanctions bill Wednesday that would bolster the ability of U.S. officials to levy penalties on the people who have been involved in cracking down on Venezuelans protesting the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. | 05/28/14 19:38:30 By - By Chris Adams

UN rethinking international development goals as 2014 deadline looms

When a handful of technocrats from the world’s most advanced nations gathered in a United Nations basement in 2000 to finalize the world’s first-ever development goals, their objective seemed simple: create a blueprint to help the world’s poor by 2015. | 05/23/14 17:13:56 By - By Fatimah Wasseem

Fearing militia control of Libya’s airports, U.S. moves troops to Sicily in case evacuation needed

Alarmed by developments in Libya, the United States this week moved 200 troops to a base in Sicily so that they could respond more quickly if the U.S. needs to evacuate its embassy in Tripoli, two administration officials have told McClatchy. | 05/16/14 18:45:14 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

U.S. won’t criticize Yemen over ouster of American journalist, says it had no warning

The State Department said Tuesday that it was not told in advance that Yemen planned to expel McClatchy contributor Adam Baron and that once U.S. diplomats learned he was to be deported, they’d attempted to offer him consular assistance. Baron, however, had already left the country. | 05/14/14 06:46:38 By - By Hannah Allam

McCain: Send U.S. troops to rescue kidnapped girls in Nigeria

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wants to see more than hashtag messages voicing displeasure over the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. He wants to see U.S. troops go into Nigera and rescue the girls, even if it means doing so without permission from the Nigerian government. | 05/13/14 17:18:47 By - By William Douglas

U.S. intelligence officials studying new video of captive Nigerian girls

U.S. officials said they had no reason to doubt the authenticity of a new video that purports to show more than 100 of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. | 05/12/14 18:04:22 By - by Hannah Allam

Putin Victory Day visit to Crimea increases already tense situation in Ukraine

Calling this “an important year in the annals of Sevastopol and our whole country” Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday set foot in Crimea for the first time since the March occupation and annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. | 05/09/14 16:07:46 By - By Matthew Schofield

High price of electricity spurs protests and theft in Guatemala

A rat’s nest of wires snarled near the peak of a power pole is a common sight in Guatemala. Rather than being the result of sloppy installation, the disorderly mass is evidence of an extraordinarily common crime in Latin America: electricity theft. | 05/08/14 16:48:51 By - By Benjamin Reeves

No sanctions, but plans for peace talks as Kerry visits South Sudan

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to war-ravaged South Sudan on Friday, holding off on sanctions in hopes of opening peace talks between warring factions. | 05/02/14 14:07:35 By - by Hannah Allam

Showdown over Ukraine sparks Cold War-style propaganda battle

Fed up with the Russian government’s false claims early in the Ukraine crisis, the State Department issued an unusual, point-by-point takedown along with a cheeky note that said not since 19th-century novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky had the world seen such “startling Russian fiction.” | 05/02/14 12:50:58 By - By Hannah Allam

Congressman expresses worry that little’s being done to stop violence in Central Africa Republic

Weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a State Department official on Thursday declined to label violence currently sweeping the Central African Republic “genocide” at a congressional hearing, where it was clear some members felt the United States should take more aggressive action to stanch the bloodshed. | 05/01/14 19:46:56 By - By Fatimah Waseem

Kerry warns of famine and genocide in South Sudan

Secretary of State John Kerry brings dire warnings and the threat of sanctions as he arrives in Africa to address the conflict in South Sudan and other crises. | 05/01/14 16:24:08 By - by Hannah Allam

Mexican, Colombian presidents hail Gabriel Garcia Marquez in lavish Mexico City memorial

The presidents of Mexico and Colombia Monday evening stood before an urn containing the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and extolled him as the most transcendent Spanish-language writer in centuries. | 04/21/14 22:08:00 By - By Tim Johnson

Ukraine deal reached; Russia agrees to de-escalate tensions

The Obama administration will hold off on new sanctions against Russia as part of a deal struck Thursday that calls for Moscow to stand down outlaw militias and take other steps to restore calm to volatile eastern Ukraine. | 04/17/14 19:10:10 By - By Hannah Allam and Lindsay Wise

Geneva Statement on Ukraine

The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens. | 04/17/14 18:25:27 By -

Russia is only a regional power? Don’t bet on it, some say

President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a “regional power” in remarks that were interpreted as not only a jab at leader Vladimir Putin’s ego but also justification for the administration’s reluctance to wade deeper into a conflict that’s worsening by the day. | 04/15/14 18:10:02 By - By Hannah Allam

U.S. voters agree Putin won’t stop at Crimea, but they’re unsure what to do

With tensions rising over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll finds Americans ambivalent over how deeply the United States should be involved in the situation. | 04/14/14 18:28:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Europe weighs bold steps to avoid Japan-like deflation

Faced with a moribund economy and the risk of Japan-like debilitating deflation, the European Central Bank is weighing unconventional measures to spark economic growth and, oddly enough, to drive up prices. | 04/09/14 15:42:00 By - By Kevin G. Hall

State Department slaps terror designation on militants in Egypt

The State Department blacklists an Egypt-based extremist groups that's linked to attacks on Israel, tourists and security forces. | 04/09/14 12:29:01 By - by Hannah Allam

U.S. won’t send radar data to Honduras in dispute over law to shoot down drug aircraft

The U.S. government has ceased providing Honduras with radar tracking information out of concern that a new policy allowing its forces to shoot down aircraft suspected of hauling narcotics does not have enough safeguards to prevent error. | 04/01/14 19:08:03 By - By Tim Johnson

Military resolves a guard’s Guantánamo sex assault case with discharge

A former Guantánamo prison camp guard is being permitted to quit the Army rather than face a sex-assault trial, the military said Friday. | 03/28/14 18:58:47 By - Carol Rosenberg

World health agency calls for a renewed push against drug-resistant tuberculosis

The World Health Organization is calling on the international community to step up its efforts to diagnose and treat tuberculosis, noting that one-third of the 9 million people who fall ill with TB each year receive no treatment. | 03/23/14 20:43:55 By - By John Zarocostas

U.S., Russia impose dueling travel bans; Obama opens door to Russian energy sanctions

The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector. | 03/21/14 09:44:33 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Guantánamo prosecutors: How did KSM 'propaganda' document get out?

The war court prosecutor has asked the Sept. 11 judge to investigate how Huffington Post and a British television station got a copy of some commentary by the alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. | 03/19/14 21:08:52 By - Carol Rosenberg

U.S. now calls Guantánamo hunger strike ‘long term non-religious fasting’

he Guantánamo Bay prison has adopted a new forced-feeding policy that rhetorically recasts the year-long hunger strike in the remote prison camps as “long term non-religious fasting.” | 03/12/14 12:10:19 By - Carol Rosenberg

Kerry won't visit Russia until Moscow shows 'seriousness' on Ukraine

The State Department fired back Monday at Russian claims that Secretary of State John Kerry had declined an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss the Ukraine crisis. | 03/10/14 15:58:05 By - by Hannah Allam

OAS to convene nations on Venezuelan crisis

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States is set to talk Thursday about the crisis in Venezuela at a meeting requested by Panama and coming amid calls by U.S. lawmakers for action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | 03/05/14 17:40:00 By - By Chris Adams

Guantánamo judge pushes USS Cole trial to Dec. 4

A military judge has pushed to Dec. 4 the trial date of a Saudi man accused of orchestrating al-Qaida’s USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17 U.S. sailors, according to military sources. | 03/04/14 16:27:07 By - Carol Rosenberg

Sanctions against Russia likely but they’re no easy task

As Russia tightened its grip Monday on the Crimean peninsula, the Obama administration scrambled to find meaningful ways to sanction a nation that does relatively little U.S. business and exports primarily energy products that allies in Europe badly need. | 03/03/14 16:54:15 By - Kevin G. Hall

Secretary of State Kerry to head to Ukraine

The Obama administration said Sunday that Russian forces have "complete operational control" of the Crimean peninsula and that Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Kiev on Tuesday to meet with senior representatives of Ukraine’s new government. | 03/03/14 05:45:24 By - Lesley Clark

Obama talks tough to Russia about Ukraine and Crimea; events unclear

President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “deeply concerned” by reports Russia had sent troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region and warned that “there will be costs” for any such military intervention. | 02/28/14 20:03:01 By - By Anita Kumar

Republicans push for tougher Iran sanctions despite nuclear talks

WASHINGTON --  Senate Republicans are attempting to resurrect a bill to tighten sanctions on Iran in spite of the president saying it would threaten negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program. | 02/27/14 05:05:11 By - By Sean Cockerham

Some in GOP think George W. Bush should mediate South Sudan conflict

Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, spent decades in the bush of Central Africa outfitted in dusty army fatigues and an army beret. Since becoming president in 2011, however, the rebel leader-turned politician is rarely seen without his black cowboy hat. It signals his ascent to statesmanship. But more importantly, it’s a cherished gift from an old friend – George W. Bush. | 02/26/14 19:51:32 By - By Sam Sturgis

Court hearing on Guatemala’s attorney general draws hundreds

Hundreds of supporters of Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz rallied outside Guatemala’s highest court Wednesday as the justices inside heard final arguments on whether the human rights champion should be allowed to stay in office until December or be forced to step down in May. | 02/26/14 19:25:17 By - By Benjamin Reeves

Guatemala may be about to oust Rios Montt prosecutor

Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz is a small, soft-spoken woman with the quiet mannerisms of an academic, which she is. But she also displays a dogged perseverance that has made her a champion of human rights and the rule of law. And that may put her out of a job soon. | 02/25/14 17:26:18 By - By Benjamin Reeves

After 13-year hunt, Mexico arrests ‘Chapo’ Guzman, reputedly world’s No. 1 crime lord

Authorities on Saturday captured Mexico’s most wanted accused drug lord, Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, in a stunning development likely to deal a fateful blow to a drug syndicate with vast tentacles around the globe. | 02/22/14 16:40:35 By - By Tim Johnson

Film reveals ancient city of Jerusalem to wider audience

The old city of Jerusalem is the star of a visually stunning 3D Imax film that’s bringing new attention to a non-Hollywood type of movie: short films that play in museums and science centers. | 02/21/14 06:53:02 By - By Maria Recio

Saudi pleads guilty to terror charges, could get out of Guantánamo in 2017

A long-held Saudi captive pleaded guilty Thursday to terror charges for serving as a personal shopper and facilitator for al-Qaida militants plotting suicide bombings of ships in the Arabian Sea. | 02/20/14 12:49:46 By - Carol Rosenberg

U.S. slaps travel restrictions on 20 Ukraine officials over violence but experts expect little impact

The Obama administration slapped visa restrictions on 20 senior Ukrainian officials Wednesday to punish “the full chain of command” behind the bloody crackdown on a protest camp in Kiev, where at least 25 people died in street violence this week. | 02/19/14 22:12:15 By - By Sam Sturgis and Hannah Allam

What's happening in Kiev?

Violence continues to escalate. | 02/19/14 10:45:20 By - By Ali Watkins and Julie Moos

Some Guantánamo captives may get family visits

With the prison camps now in their 13th year, the U.S. military is willing to allow some war-on-terror captives to have family visits — if the International Red Cross can find a Caribbean country to host the prisoners’ relatives between day trips to this remote U.S. Navy base. | 02/18/14 18:10:15 By - Carol Rosenberg

Cuban spies received secret messages by old-time short-wave

Sixteen years after the arrests in Miami of five Cuban spies who got their secret orders by short wave transmissions, Havana is still using a system that fell out of favor in the cloak-and-dagger world with the end of the Cold War. | 02/18/14 12:48:13 By - Juan O. Tamayo

Close Uganda ties may limit what U.S. does on anti-gay law

The Obama administration faces a crucial diplomatic test in Central Africa, where its strategic ally Uganda is drawing criticism for its military presence in South Sudan and its official hostility toward gays and lesbians. | 02/17/14 17:49:17 By - By Sam Sturgis

Venezuela gives three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave country

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elías Jaua gave three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave the country as he accused them of fanning the flames of student protests that have rattled the country for more than a week. | 02/17/14 15:35:22 By - Jim Wyss

Guatemalan ex-commando loses U.S. citizenship, gets jail term for massacre

A federal judge in California on Monday revoked the U.S. citizenship of a former Guatemalan special forces officer and sentenced him to a maximum 10-year prison term for deceiving U.S. immigration officials and covering up his role in a 1982 massacre of 250 villagers in Guatemala, one of the worst atrocities in modern times in Latin America. | 02/10/14 19:34:50 By - By Tim Johnson

Ready or not, Russia welcomes world to Winter Games

Despite all the anxiety over terrorism threats and criticism for anti-gay laws, poisoned stray dogs, and unfinished media hotels, the sun shined brightly Thursday on this temperate resort town, known as the “Russian Riviera,’’ sandwiched between the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and the pebble beaches kissing the Black Sea coastline. | 02/06/14 16:46:48 By - By Michelle Kaufman

Brazil’s social development minister describes how country cut poverty

Brazil is confronting numerous challenges this year, from international investors fleeing developing nations to the slowing economy in China – a major trade partner – to local protests over Brazil’s preparations to host the World Cup in June. | 02/06/14 16:40:20 By - By Kevin G. Hall

White House implicates Russia in leaked call between US diplomats

Vice President Joe Biden has talked several times by phone with Ukrainian officials in hopes of resolving the current crisis there -- but it's a leaked private telephone call between two top U.S. diplomats that's causing a stir. | 02/06/14 13:58:22 By - Lesley Clark

U.N. panel urges Vatican to turn over sex abusers to authorities

An independent United Nations panel on children’s rights accused the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday of shielding priests who’ve sexually abused tens of thousands of children worldwide and called on the Vatican to dismiss the perpetrators and refer them to civil authorities for prosecution. | 02/05/14 17:14:58 By - By John Zarocostas

Numbers tell the depth of Olympics terror threat

The terror threat at the Sochi Games can be measured in numbers. | 02/04/14 15:11:40 By - By Matthew Schofield

Clinton: The U.S. should give diplomacy with Iran a chance

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential candidate, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that she supports the Obama administration's move to push negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programs and that Congress should not pass new economic sanctions. | 02/04/14 06:22:24 By - Anita Kumar

Olympics controversies mount, from terrorist fears to stray dogs

Amid concerns about terrorism, complaints of unfinished hotels rooms, controversy over Russia’s law targeting gays and reports of a last-minute roundup and killing of stray dogs, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Monday proclaimed the 2014 Winter Olympics ready for competition. | 02/03/14 15:44:00 By - By William Douglas

Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March

President Obama will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in a visit the White House billed as "part of regular consultations between our two countries." | 02/03/14 15:08:04 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to Congress: We need to close Guantánamo prison

President Barack Obama used the occasion of his State of the Union address to remind the world of his quest to close the prison camps at Guantánamo — in as much a vow as a plea to the members of Congress. | 01/29/14 17:25:47 By - Carol Rosenberg

Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Two members of the Norwegian Parliament say the former NSA employee's leaks about U.S. surveillance programs have fostered international security. | 01/29/14 15:12:21 By - James Rosen

Lime attack incapacitates Guatemala’s vice president

A strange act of protest last week in which two women tossed white powder into the face of Guatemala’s vice president has underscored the political tensions in the Central American nation. | 01/22/14 16:12:02 By - By Benjamin Patrick Reeves

Nicaragua forges ahead on canal that would remake world trade

Fisherman Pedro Luis Gutierrez gazed from his porch on the Pacific Ocean and conjured up a vision: Some day, mammoth oceangoing vessels will sail in from afar and vanish into a canal piercing the jungle. | 01/17/14 06:00:00 By - By Tim Johnson

A young Mexican governor takes heat over nationwide publicity campaign

It’s become known as the Pena Nieto model of political ascent, after the current Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto: Drape a comely television star on the arm of a telegenic governor. Get attention from a major television network. Then turn on a spigot of cash for publicity. | 01/16/14 16:29:25 By - By Tim Johnson

In Nicaragua, fears of dynastic power as Ortegas jointly wield power

Nearly everywhere that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega goes, first lady Rosario Murillo hovers at his side, bedecked in strands of necklaces, each finger bearing a ring or two, sometimes sporting multiple bangles and watches on her wrists. | 01/09/14 06:00:00 By - By Tim Johnson

Beauty queen murder shines light on Venezuelan violence

Venezuela got a tragic New Year reminder of one of its most pressing problems: violence. Mónica Spear, 29, a former beauty queen and a popular soap opera star who was raised in Orlando, was killed Monday night during a presumed highway robbery. | 01/08/14 14:17:08 By - Jim Wyss

Last three Uighers leave Guantanamo

The Obama administration sent three ethnic Uighur Muslim captives from Guantánamo to Slovakia on Monday, ending one of the saddest and longest-running chapters of unlawful detention at the U.S. prison camps in Cuba. | 12/31/13 07:50:24 By - Carol Rosenberg

In 2013, big issues came at us from all sides

The world got a new pope. Gay marriage prevailed. The Arab Spring faded. Guns and terrorism brought more heartache. It all happened in 2013, a year that featured big headlines and big issues. | 12/27/13 06:00:00 By - By Rob Hotakainen

U.S. sends 2 Saudis home from Guantánamo

The United States sent two long-ago cleared Guantánamo detainees to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, the latest move in renewed efforts to empty the prison camps that President Barack Obama ordered closed in 2009. | 12/16/13 13:02:51 By - Carol Rosenberg

Obama is urged to include gays, lesbians in official Olympics delegation

An American human rights group is urging President Barack Obama to appoint lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community leaders to the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to show displeasure with a recently passed Russian anti-propaganda law that’s widely viewed as anti-gay. | 12/13/13 18:18:25 By - By William Douglas

World Health Organization sees cancer risk rising around the world

Women, minorities, and migrants in the United States face a growing risk from cancers of the lung, breast and thyroid, the World Health Organization predicted Thursday and that illness and deaths from cancer will increase by more than 25 percent over the next decade. | 12/12/13 17:56:44 By - By John Zarocostas

UN officials lament Guantánamo repatriation

Two top United Nations officials said Tuesday they were concerned about the welfare of a Guantánamo captive the U.S. repatriated to Algeria last week after a decade in the detention center in southeast Cuba. | 12/10/13 18:00:48 By - Carol Rosenberg

In Ronald Reagan era, Mandela was branded a terrorist

The outpouring of acclaim for Nelson Mandela from across the American ideological spectrum contrasts with the history of an earlier era, when many politicians and others derided the late South African anti-apartheid crusader as a communist and a terrorist. | 12/06/13 20:04:49 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Mandela’s vision touched both the public and the personal

Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday at age 95 has stirred international sorrow, with many commentators describing him as the world’s last great noble man. What accounts for the nearly universal outpouring of grief and adoration? | 12/06/13 18:07:54 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Biden effort to ease Japan-China tension renews push for Asia ‘pivot’

China’s announcement of a new air defense zone has turned Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Asia this week into a damage-control mission, underscoring how quickly the United States can get sucked into territorial disputes as it struggles for a clear policy response to an increasingly assertive China. | 12/06/13 17:49:25 By - By Hannah Allam

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela | 12/05/13 19:56:59 By -

Obama, U.S. laud Mandela

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela are forever linked in history as the first black presidents of each of their countries, inspiring millions in the United States and South Africa. | 12/05/13 20:46:28 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Democrats in Congress remind Obama they’ll have final say on Pacific trade deal

As part of his visit to Asia this week, Vice President Joe Biden is driving home a message: After three years of talks, it’s time to wrap up the largest trade deal in U.S. history. | 12/05/13 15:55:18 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Marking 4 years, family urges release of Cuba captive Alan Gross

On the anniversary of Gross’ arrest, supporters held a vigil across from the White House to urge President Obama to personally intervene to secure his return. A Cuban court sentenced Gross to 15 years after deciding that the work he’d been sent to do there on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development constituted an attempt to undermine the Cuban government. | 12/03/13 18:01:20 By - By Sarah Sexton

Guantánamo judge lets lawyers take secret photos of scars of accused Sept. 11 ‘mastermind’

A military judge has ordered the prison at Guantánamo to let defense attorneys photograph scars on the ankles and wrists of the waterboarded, alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, to preserve evidence in his death-penalty case. | 12/02/13 13:38:47 By - Carol Rosenberg

Rise of ‘Saudi America’ will alter globe, prolong U.S. superpower role

For the past 40 years, U.S. presidents have launched distant wars, allied with autocratic sheikhs and dispatched naval fleets to protect sea lanes, all for the imperative of keeping foreign oil spigots flowing. | 11/28/13 09:30:49 By - By Tim Johnson

Technology giving new nations a shot as energy producers

New technologies to unlock energy below the earth’s surface could transform the global energy picture, allowing a handful of nations not ordinarily thought of as energy producers to emerge. | 11/28/13 00:00:00 By - By Tim Johnson

Hagel: U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty covers islands China also claims

The United States on Wednesday reaffirmed its military alliance with Japan and pledged to back Tokyo in a mounting dispute with China over a chain of small islands and the airspace over them. | 11/27/13 19:01:22 By - By James Rosen

U.S. reassures Japan over dispute with China

U.S., Japanese defense chiefs confer on China's recent expansion of its vital airspace to include the skies over disputed islands claimed by both Asian nations. | 11/27/13 18:00:46 By - James Rosen

U.S. sends military planes over disputed islands in challenge to China

Three days after China announced that it had extended its vital airspace to include a disputed portion of the East China Sea, the United States sent two military planes into the area, the Pentagon said Tuesday. | 11/26/13 22:51:49 By - By James Rosen

Iran nuclear deal includes item for tuition for Iranian foreign students

The deal between Iran and world powers over the weekend to curb Iran's nuclear program has a provision that would establish a financial channel for some of Iran's oil revenues held abroad. One use specified would be direct tuition assistance for Iranian students studying abroad. | 11/26/13 07:00:00 By - Renee Schoof

Permanent Iran nuclear deal would revolutionize oil market

Iran’s nuclear deal with the West could allow more Iranian oil on the world market in the coming months, but it remains to be seen whether sanctions will be lifted enough to allow the pariah nation to return to its former position as an energy power. | 11/25/13 18:36:22 By - By Sean Cockerham

Turmoil as 2 candidates in Honduras claim election victory

Honduras, a nation on a years-long quest to overcome political instability, found only new turmoil Sunday when two presidential candidates both declared themselves winners of the day’s election. | 11/24/13 23:13:03 By - By Tim Johnson

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