Khamenei tells Iran armed forces to build up ‘irrespective’ of diplomacy

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the armed forces should increase their combat capability regardless of political considerations, in an apparent allusion to continuing nuclear talks with the West aimed at easing tension in the Middle East. “Given our vast maritime borders and the enemy’s huge investments in this area, our armed […]

Obama’s immigration reforms, set up fight with Republicans

President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress and take […]

Islamic State video fuels concerns about foreign jihadis

Several of the jihadis appearing in a new Islamic State video of the beheadings of a dozen captives, including American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, appear to be French and British. The European residence of the jihadis is likely to add further pressure on European governments to crack down on their citizens fighting in the Middle […]

Hagel calls for new Arms Technology Initiative to improve US competitive edge

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the U.S. military needs to boost its commitment and investment in technological research and development in order to stay ahead of current and emerging threats across the world. Hagel announced a Defense Innovation Initiative during his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum that will ask “the brightest minds […]

Israeli PM tells U.S.: Iran is your enemy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of his sternest warnings to date about Iran, suggesting the U.S. is failing to see the country’s intentions in either the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Iran. “Iran is not your ally. Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It’s […]

First-ever Muslim prayers service at Washington National Cathedral

By Pamela Constable In a corner of Washington National Cathedral, several hundred Muslim worshipers and other invited guests gathered Friday afternoon for a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers at the iconic Christian church and to hear leaders of both faiths call for religious unity in the face of extremist violence and hate. The Arabic […]

Arctic blast hits Canada and US

Parts of Canada and the US Midwest have been getting their first blast of winter, sending temperatures plummeting by as much as 22C (40F) in days. The sharply cooler temperatures are a result of frigid air pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds. Parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan saw […]