The unexpected rout of Islamic State forces across a wide arc of territory in their northeastern Syria heartland has exposed vulnerabilities in the ranks of the militants — and also the limits of the U.S.-led strategy devised to confront them.
"Why is this group being given this massive honor of being referred to as Islamic State when they don't deserve it?" Critics say that calling the Islamic State by its own preferred name confers too much legitimacy.
The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds. The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley.
Historically, Greece has maintained closer cultural ties with Russia than most other Western nations. Now with Greece in financial shambles, some observers fear that European leaders failure to reach a compromise on bailout terms could push the country toward Russia and eventually challenge NATO’s ability to maintain solidarity in dealing with Moscow.
SILVER STAR, AIR FORCE CROSS | With ammunition dwindling and insurgents closing in, three Air Force combat controllers dodged machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades to call for air support, grab supplies and carry out a critically wounded comrade.
Following a rare visit to the Pentagon to meet with his top military advisers, President Barack Obama said Monday the U.S. must do more to combat the Islamic State’s successful online recruiting campaign and said there are no plans to send more American troops to Iraq.
Lewis Thornton Powell was hanged in Washington in 1865 for his involvement with John Wilkes Booth in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. But over the succeeding 127 years, the final location of his remains had become a mystery.
China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over the South China Sea, the Chinese ambassador to Manila said Monday.
Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state's guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged that Kurdish fighters from the YPG militia are identifying bomb targets for U.S.-led airstrikes. It was the first public description by a senior Obama official detailing the cooperation between the U.S. and the militia.
Despite the recent antagonistic rhetoric of top Iranian officials, many experts think that Iran and the United States could begin exploring cooperation in other areas if each side believes that the other is upholding its end of the nuclear pact now being negotiated in Vienna, Austria.
Widely considered the U.N.'s most effective chief, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold died in 1961 as he was attempting to broker a cease-fire in the newly independent Congo. It's long been rumored that his DC-6 was shot down.
In this fiercely pro-Western nation that fought a brief war with Russia in 2008, few thought the Kremlin could ever regain a toehold. But with the West backing away from Georgia's path to E.U. and NATO membership after a year of conflict in Ukraine, pro-Russian sentiments are on the rise.
The music won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for a colorful party atmosphere, Hamburg is the place to be on July 11, as the city grooves to the sights and sounds of its annual party known as Schlagermove.