The low-tech yet lethal mortar, used from medieval wars to modern-day Afghanistan, faces a science fiction-style threat as companies spanning Boeing Co. to Rheinmetall AG test lasers that could consign it to history.
President Barack Obama is seeking to build ties with Pope Francis, the new spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, for help on issues such as Mideast turmoil, climate change, and global poverty.
As Munib R. Masri leads visitors around his domed palace, gray-uniformed servants tend the manicured grounds, a Roman-style amphitheater and a glassed-in winter garden perched atop Mount Gerizim, the biblical Mount of Blessings.
While John Kerry’s frequent trips to the Middle East have generated headlines and created a sense of momentum, there’s little evidence so far that the U.S. secretary of state is close to his goal of producing an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement.
During nine days of on-the-road diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s been lambasted by Israel’s prime minister over possible concessions to Iran and lectured by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister about getting tougher with Syria.