Thousands of Muscovites protested against a new law banning US adoptions of Russian children on Sunday, in a sign that the Kremlin may have overstepped the mark in its diplomatic tit-for-tat with Washington. Russia’s parliament rushed to push through the adoption ban before January 1
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014. “Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed, but let me say it as […]
The growing role of the U.S. as a major energy producer is changing the dynamic of the energy market. U.S. oil production continues to accelerate at a surprising rate, and the government now predicts the U.S. industry could pump 14 percent more oil this year alone
The U.S. military says troops are arriving in Turkey to man Patriot missiles there. Germany, the Netherlands and the United States are deploying two Patriot surface-to-air batteries each to boost NATO ally Turkey’s air defenses against any possible spillover from Syria’s civil war.
U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly welcomed Friday Lebanon’s adoption of a comprehensive plan to meet the rising number of Syrian refugees during her meeting with Energy Minister Gebran Bassil. “The Ambassador welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to adopt a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of refugees from Syria,
An American business plane that made an emergency landing in Iran earlier this month left an Iranian airport on Sunday after undergoing repairs, according to reports. The Associated Press quoted Iranian state TV as
A small U.S. commercial plane has been stuck in Iran for nearly three weeks after making an emergency landing near the city of Ahvaz, the country’s airports director said on Sunday.
Planning for the day after the anticipated fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become a race against time that many proponents of a pluralistic, democratic Syria fear they are losing. In Washington, Istanbul and elsewhere, opposition activists and
An Iranian official has warned Turkey against deploying missiles to its border with Syria, calling it a plot to create a “world war.” Within Syria, rebels claim to have fought back government forces in Daraya. An Iranian military official has taken issue with the Patriot
The gunman in the Newtown massacre had an “altercation” with four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before he killed 20 children, six adults and himself there, Connecticut and federal officials told NBC News Saturday. Three of the four staff members were killed Friday in one of the worst school shootings in […]