| Aug 1, 2013
| 1:58 PM
GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- At least 40 people were killed Thursday in the Syrian city of Homs when opposition rebels attacked a weapons depot with rockets, setting off a series of explosions, according to opposition members.
Among the dead were government...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:14 PM
U.S.-Russian relations have been deteriorating since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin last year and began ratcheting up anti-American rhetoric that has played into "old stereotypes about the Cold War,” President Obama said at a White...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is “insignificant” and won’t negatively influence U.S.-Russian relations, an aide to President Vladimir Putin insisted shortly after the American fugitive was...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 6:18 PM
U.N. inspectors have been granted permission to probe three sites in Syria where chemical weapons are suspected to have been used in the nearly 2 1/2-year-old civil war, the world body’s chief announced Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 2:45 PM
BEIRUT — A rebel group in Syria with links to Al Qaeda was reported Sunday to have released hundreds of kidnapped Kurdish civilians after clashes with Kurdish militiamen that reflected the increasingly open hostility among armed factions in rebel-...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:59 AM
BEIRUT -- The United Nations has called on nations not to turn back Syrian civil war refugees, whose swelling ranks now constitute the world’s fastest-growing refugee flow in almost 20 years.
“I reiterate my call to all states in the...
| Dec 15, 2013
Here's how feeble U.S. influence on the outcome of Syria's dreadful civil war has become: For the Obama administration's diplomacy to succeed, it now needs help from an armed group with the unpromising name of the Islamic Front.
That wasn't where the...
| Sep 8, 2013
After two weeks of furious debate about whether the United States should attack Syria, the arguments on both sides are now clear.
Haven't been paying attention? Still undecided? Here are the most cogent arguments for and against a military strike....
| Dec 8, 2013
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term?
He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's...
| Sep 11, 2013
On Tuesday, President Obama made the case for a limited military strike in Syria if diplomacy fails.
But he still sounded like a man looking for an escape hatch.
"I've spent 4 1/2 years working to end wars, not to start them," he said. "Our troops are...
| Dec 29, 2013
To err is human. To err twice a week, you have to be a columnist.
In 2012, I cemented my reputation as a pundit by making some notable blunders — predicting, for example, that the presidential election would be too close to call. The race was...