Recent developments cast doubt on the viability of a national unity government including members of both campaigns, which Obama administration officials believe is crucial to ensuring political stability as the United States withdraws most of its troops from Afghanistan by year’s end.
The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says the situation with dozens of peacekeepers detained or restricted in movement in Syria remains "very, very fluid" as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.
The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.
The United Nations has asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to once again delay the inauguration of a new president as an audit of disputed ballots goes on amid posturing by the candidates and sometimes physical fighting among their supporters.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah pulled his support from the country’s U.N.-led election review Wednesday, arguing it was incapable of identifying the widespread fraud he believes took place.
A U.S. Coast Guard small boat team fired a single shot at an Iranian flagged dhow in the Persian Gulf after the dhow’s crew aimed a .50-caliber machine gun at the approaching U.S. boat, which was conducting a routine query Tuesday.
For Afghan schools, the evaporation of international money that has accompanied the withdrawal of international military forces threatens to shutter their doors and reverse one of the few tangible achievements of a controversial war: a vast improvement in girl’s education.