President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the U.S. in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.
Attempts to negotiate a diplomatic solution to Syria’s civil war are failing, a U.S. State Department official said, as lawmakers denounced the Obama administration’s response to the country’s turmoil.
When two Egyptian banks refused to give Ahmed El-Rifai the dollars his digital media company needed to pay Facebook Inc. last month, he turned to a more reliable source: the black market at a premium of about 8 percent.
More than 100 bankers claim Commerzbank AG broke a pledge by Dresdner Bank, which it bought in 2009, to set aside about $516 million for bonuses and are asking a U.K. court this week to order that they be paid.
The Egyptian government’s decision to press criminal charges against American pro-democracy workers is creating the deepest rift between the two nations in almost four decades and underscoring the shrinking U.S. influence in a rapidly changing Middle East.
Two men I admire, U.S. Senator John McCain and Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, have recently argued that the U.S should suspend aid to Egypt after the army coup last week that ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The 10-year, U.S.-led campaign against al-Qaeda has claimed Osama bin Laden and many of his top lieutenants while failing to extinguish the threat they posed. Islamic militants have adapted to the war on terror, creating new dangers that are harder to detect and defeat.