The Northern Caucasus region of Russia has become an incubator of Muslim extremism amid the convulsions of a separatist conflict in Chechnya that killed tens of thousands of people, turned hundreds of thousands into refugees and sent embittered exiles across the globe.
South African President Jacob Zuma agreed to withdraw troops from Central African Republic after opposition parties and labor unions criticized a mission that led to the deaths of at least 13 soldiers.
Central African Republic’s new rulers faced growing isolation as African leaders refused to recognize the transitional government and South Africa said it was withdrawing its remaining troops from the country.
Threats of conflict coming from North Korea have increased international scrutiny of untested young dictator Kim Jong Un, as the isolated nation announced today that it will restart a facility capable of expanding the regime’s nuclear arsenal.
President Barack Obama is leaving it to other U.S. officials to respond publicly to North Korea’s hostile rhetoric, as his administration balances a display of military resolve against the risk that its actions will escalate tensions with dictator Kim Jong Un.