| Dec 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Even though much of the capital is out of town for a Shiite religious holiday in the city of Karbala, the gleaming food court at Mansour Mall is packed.
Indoor shopping malls are a staple in neighboring Persian Gulf countries but still rare in war-...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 5:52 PM
The children awoke the day before Christmas behind blast walls and armed guards, in a dingy Syrian Catholic schoolhouse strung with clotheslines. Their families have been cooking on hot plates and sleeping on pallets there in recent months, forced from...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 4:03 PM
Violence in Iraq killed at least 12,282 civilians last year, the deadliest since the sectarian strife of 2007, United Nations officials said.
“Yet again, the Iraqi ordinary citizen continues to suffer from violence and terrorism.... This is a very...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:45 AM
To kill for your government, you must believe in what you're doing. If you don't, you walk away.
And you keep walking.
So it went for Chicago resident Rory Fanning. In his new book, "Worth Fighting For," Fanning shares the story of his walk across the...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:58 PM
The Republican challenger trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth tried to tie her to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care scandal during a joint appearance Monday.
"These issues didn't just come up overnight. These have been there for a...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 12:26 PM
There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton both wrote books criticizing the foreign policy practices of their old boss, President Barack Obama. Though writing independently, they each concluded that Obama's policies were weak, vacillating and lacking in aggression....
| Sep 16, 2014
| 1:41 PM
A pretty crafty genre pastiche until it stalls, director Adam Wingard's "The Guest" introduces its title character after he knocks on the front door of a small-town New Mexico family that recently lost their older son in the Iraq War. Door opens, a man'...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:19 PM
If you haven't yet heard about Matt Bai's book on the failed presidential hopes of Gary Hart, you will. Bai, once political editor for The New York Times' Sunday magazine and current political editor for Yahoo, asserts that one week in 1987 forever...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 7:07 AM
How do you make one of the most epic days in history more epic? Simple: write a metal song about it. With the title track of 2005's "Primo Victoria," Sweden-based power metal outfit Sabaton get inside the Allied Forces' heads as they invade Normandy in...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 9:00 PM
As he dropped sandbags along the base of the Air Force barracks at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam, John Bowen saw the rockets soar in. The building buckled, he says, then exploded, and seemed to "rush up and hit me in the face" as the blast...