Agri-food security essential factor for peacebuilding

NEW YORK : Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission held in [...]

Secret Service Finds ‘Device’ on White House Grounds

A U.S. Secret Service official said a small drone flying at low altitude crashed onto the White House grounds Monday. The device, approximately 61 centimeters (2 feet) in diameter, was spotted at 3:08 a.m. EST (0808 GMT) before it crashed on [...]

Republican Hopefuls Appear at US Billionaires’ Retreat

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFОRNIA— Three potential Republican presidential candidates appeared before a gathering of wealthy donors organized by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers in California on Sunday night. The summit, held at a luxury [...]

Katy Perry Lights Way for Super Bowl’s Girl Power Moment

LOS ANGELES— There is a strong chance of a neon-colored spectacle, perhaps some flying and definitely songs of female empowerment when pop singer Katy Perry takes the stage during halftime at the National Football League’s Super Bowl, [...]

Confusion, Optimism Remain as Vietnam Decriminalizes Gay Marriage

HO CHI MINH CITY— In the past few months, Tang Ai Linh has noticed something new whenever she is logged on to Facebook: a lot more people have been posting photos and stories from gay weddings. Vietnam has not legalized same-sex marriage, [...]

US, Afghanistan Review Terrorist Threats, Security Environment

U.S. and Afghan officials have reviewed the status of terrorist threats and the security situation in Afghanistan During a three-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Monday, assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism [...]

Deadly Clashes Break Out Between Muslim Rebels, Philippine Police

MANILA— Philippine authorities say the death toll is over 40 in a fight between a special police raiding team and members of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, which is forging a peace agreement with the government. It happened a [...]

Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan Over Plans to Boost Military

SEOUL— The Islamic State group’s apparent beheading of one Japanese hostage and its threat to kill a second are stark reminders to Tokyo that its increasing diplomatic profile and close friendship with the United States make it a target [...]

Monitor: Kurds Push IS Out of Kobani

A monitoring group said Kurdish fighters took control of the long-besieged Syrian town of Kobani Monday after months of fighting Islamic State militants, though the Pentagon declined to declare the battle over. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory [...]

Yemen Drone Strike Kills Three; US Embassy Suspends Service

SANA’A— A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants on Monday, officials said, suggesting U.S. security operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the volatile [...]

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