| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Readers of this blog are aware by now that I have inveighed for years against the current journalistic tendency to label nearly anything an icon or iconic. Let me explain why that is not a mere cavil.
An icon is not a person; an icon is an image. In the...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 12:10 PM
CAIRO — The family of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi threatened legal action against the Egyptian military Monday for holding him following his removal from office July 3.
“We will take all legal procedures, locally and...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Hundreds of anti-gay demonstrators in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro may have set back their country’s bid to join the European Union on Wednesday with their rock-throwing protest against a gay pride march.
At the first known pride...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The United States would never allow itself to be "played" by Iran in negotiations about to resume on the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programs, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry insisted Thursday.
Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Hot on the heels of the surprise success of "Instructions Not Included," which quickly became the all-time highest-grossing Spanish language film in the U.S., comes another movie aimed at the same audience. "Pulling Strings," also being released by...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Vo Nguyen Giap, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102.
Giap died Friday at a military...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 9:35 AM
CAIRO -- A military court has given a well-known Egyptian journalist working in the Sinai peninsula a six-month suspended jail sentence, state media reported Saturday, in a case that had drawn protests from media groups and rights activists.
| Oct 13, 2013
| 10:47 AM
CAIRO -- An American citizen detained by Egyptian authorities since late August was found hanged in his jail cell on Sunday, U.S. and Egyptian officials said. Egyptian authorities described the death as an apparent suicide.
The man, identified by the U....
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:37 AM
NEW DELHI -- Indian police say they arrested 35 people aboard a U.S.-owned ship Friday and charged them with entering India’s waters with a large cache of weapons, in a case that spotlights largely unregulated security contractors operating on the...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 1:00 PM
A few weeks back, I reviewed the movie "Pulling Strings," a bilingual, cross-cultural romantic comedy set around the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. I found the film to be unexpectedly charming, with a sort of breezy appeal many recent Hollywood rom-coms...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:48 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Embassy in Kabul came under attack on Christmas morning, and the Taliban later claimed responsibility, saying it had fired four rockets at the American compound.
U.S. officials said that two rounds of either mortar or...