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  • Karadzic and Mladic appear together at ICTY trial

    January 28, 2014 9:17 AM 27

    Two of the most powerful figures from the 1990s war in Bosnia are appearing together in public for the first time since the end of the conflict. Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has called ex-deputy Ratko Mladic to give evidence at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mr Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide relating to the Srebrenica

  • Stephen Harper fears Ukraine backsliding into its Soviet past

    January 28, 2014 3:17 AM 14

    Prime minister concerned that Ukraine, which has seen two months of violent protests, is backsliding toward its communist past — a clear dig at Russia. OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed concern Monday that Ukraine, which has seen two months of violent protests, is backsliding toward its communist past under the Soviet Union — a clear dig at Russia

  • Harper says Ukraine leaning to Soviet past, condemns continuing violence

    January 27, 2014 11:31 PM 16

    OTTAWA, Ont. -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed concern Monday that Ukraine is backsliding toward its communist past under the Soviet Union, a clear dig at Russia as it prepares to host next month's Winter Olympics. The prime minister offered that sharp assessment in the House of Commons in response to a question from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair

  • Mexico says catches senior Knights Templar drug gang boss

    January 27, 2014 9:35 PM 16

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Monday it had caught a leader of the Knights Templar, a violent drug cartel that has created a major security problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto in western Mexico. An official from the Attorney General's office said security forces had captured Dionisio Loya Plancarte, known as "El Tio" (The Uncle), one of the most senior

  • Envious of Ukraine, Russians are circulating this satirical map of Russia

    January 27, 2014 7:54 PM 17

    This satirical map of Russian protesters' "seizures of power" spins off Ukrainian maps swathed in red. Originally posted in Russian on social media, translated into English by The Washington Post. MOSCOW — Since Ukraine's protests began, with various constituencies struggling for the country's future, maps offering to explain the crisis have been flashing

  • Russian activist Alexei Navalny publishes Sochi corruption data

    January 27, 2014 1:40 PM 28

    SOCHI, Russia -- An interactive website launched Monday by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny paints a vivid picture of suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia has spent about $51 billion to deliver the Olympics in Sochi, which run Feb. 7-23, making them the most expensive Olympics ever even though

  • Harper's perverse infatuation with Benjamin Netanyahu is a disservice to Israel

    January 27, 2014 12:57 PM 22

    The dictionary definition of "perverse" says (of a person or their actions) "... showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences." Well, that just about sums up Prime Minister Stephen Harper's disturbing trip to Israel. If anyone knows why this trip took place -- and with the largest

  • Tube of John Paul II's blood stolen in Italy

    January 27, 2014 11:25 AM 18

    A tube containing Polish pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search involving sniffer dogs and 50 police officers, Italian media reports said on Monday. ROME: A tube containing Polish pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search involving sniffer dogs and 50 police

  • How to Solve Obama's Iran Dilemma

    January 27, 2014 2:54 AM 21

    The six-month clock on world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran has finally begun to tick, but nobody seems optimistic. President Obama puts the chance of translating this interim agreement into a comprehensive deal to ensure that Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon at less than 50 percent. The Iranian deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, believes that may be high—and points

  • U.S. launches strike against terror leader in Somalia

    January 27, 2014 12:44 AM 21

    The U.S. military launched a strike against a senior al-Qaeda and al Shabaab leader in a remote area of Somalia, a Defense Department official said Sunday. The official, who agreed to speak only on condition of not being identified by name, said the military currently is "assessing the effectiveness of the strike" against the target. The official declined