| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:28 PM
BEIRUT — A day after the United Nations unveiled a January date for long-anticipated Syrian peace talks, the head of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army said Tuesday that his group had no intention of attending unless it was guaranteed that President...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:30 PM
PARIS -- Russia's relations with the Western countries are troubled and dangerous in the Ukraine dispute, and an important opportunity may be lost. Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently made a spectacular return to great power politics in the...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 3:39 PM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have recaptured the western border town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week after rebel forces had seized it in a counteroffensive, according to Syrian state television.
Deir Attiyeh, with about 10,000 residents and...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Child refugees fleeing the war in Syria face lives of isolation, exploitation and insecurity in neighboring countries, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations.
The study by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees looked...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Syrian President Bashar Assad is implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's ongoing civil war, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday.
A U.N. panel of experts, which has been investigating abuses in Syria, has...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:24 PM
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A senior Hezbollah commander was gunned down in Beirut early Wednesday in what could be a sign of further sectarian escalation and spillover from the Syrian conflict into Lebanon.
Hassan Holo Laqqis, 53, a founding...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:00 AM
In 1951, my Great Uncle William Kirkpatrick, who had polio, became the first person to be injected with Jonas Salk's experimental polio vaccine. The vaccine would become Salk's gift to the world, but at the time it was untested and undergoing...
| Dec 8, 2013
A statement by a United Nations official that war crimes in Syria can be attributed to "the highest level of government, including the head of state," has renewed the debate over whether, when and how the United States should intervene in crises abroad....
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:56 PM
BEIRUT — A United Nations report released Thursday concluded that chemical weapons probably were deployed on several occasions in Syria, the most convincing evidence coming from the Aug. 21 attacks outside Damascus that left hundreds dead....
| 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...