| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:36 PM
At what point does a civil war become an atrocity that the world cannot abide? In Syria, the answer appears to be right about now, at least from the Obama administration's perspective.
Which brings us to the obvious follow-up question: Then what?...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 1:26 PM
Stanley J. Hanna, former chief of the Maryland State Purchasing Board, died Aug. 16 of corticobasal syndrome, a rare and progressive neurodegenerative disease, at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. He was 87.
The son of a stockbroker...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 10:44 AM
PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that he is seeking a coalition of European states to decide on the possibility of military intervention in Syria.
However, he said France would not go it alone if the U.S. Congress opposes an...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:52 PM
BUENOS AIRES – This was Jacques Rogge’s final press conference as head of the International Olympic Committee, an organization that fancies itself as having a global role that can reach beyond fun and games.
Rogge made it very clear...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 2:09 PM
The conservative politician widely expected to emerge as Australia's prime minister after Saturday's parliamentary elections has mused publicly that it may not be "a bad thing" that men have more power than women.
Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott has...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:25 PM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach was doing media interviews Tuesday when Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic organizing committee. interrupted to hand Bach a cell phone. On the line was Russian President Vladimir Putin, the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:23 PM
It’s been a hangout of intellectuals and politicians for about 450 years, and for the last 40, the gorgeous Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy has been the place where other politicians and intellectuals, joined by the modern-day aristocrats...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:14 PM
As I read Vlad's op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?"
The song, actually written by Stephen Sondheim, is "Send in the Clowns" and seems an apt soundtrack for current events. As we'...
| Sep 20, 2013
In an autumn ritual, an Iranian president is once more coming to New York for the United Nations' annual meeting of the heads of state. Media frenzy is likely to follow, as the smiling visage of President Hassan Rouhani dominates the airways next week....
| Sep 17, 2013
| 12:57 PM
WASHINGTON -- A state visit to the U.S. by the president of Brazil was put on hold Tuesday in the latest diplomatic fallout from leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. spying tactics. Documents leaked by Snowden...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:10 AM
The unnamed president in "Haute Cuisine," an ode to traditional French cuisine and professional pride, summons a self-taught culinary expert from the provinces to be his personal chef at the Élysée Palace. "Give me the best of France," he tells her. Cue...