Here’s the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama’s second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn’t without some merit.
North Korea fired three short-range missiles yesterday as it showcased its military ambitions in defiance of international sanctions and diplomatic efforts to convince the totalitarian state to return to talks.
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must be pleased at how, within a week, the conversation has shifted from his regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons to an international peace conference on Syria’s civil war.
Iraq plans to ask the UN Security Council to block Kurdish separatists from withdrawing to its soil from neighboring Turkey, a move that may inflame tensions between the two countries over energy resources and Syria.
Iranians on June 14 will cast ballots to pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term. Candidates had until May 11 to register for the race, with 686 signing up.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, heading to the U.S. for a three-day visit, said he was “very heartened” by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response during talks on Syria that the pair held May 10.
Turkish police arrested nine suspects in connection with an attack that killed 46 people in a town near the Syrian border, as the government blamed the twin car bombings on Turks with ties to Syrian intelligence.