Iraqi Sunni Leaders Denounce Islamic State

CAIRO— Iraq’s top Sunni religious, political and tribal leaders met in the Kurdish regional capital Irbil Thursday to denounce Islamic State terrorists and call for the formation of a National Guard to help combat them. The Iraqi Sunni [...]

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

The United Nations has launched a massive new appeal to help the nearly 18 million people affected by Syria’s almost four-year conflict, saying it needs $8.4 billion to provide aid next year. The effort is aimed at helping Syrians displaced [...]

Financial Markets Wary as Turkish Currency Hits Record Lows

ISTANBUL— The Turkish lira hit record lows this week, following Sunday’s police raids on media establishments and an ensuing diplomatic row over the action between Turkey and the European Union. After begin rebuked by the EU for the [...]

Houthi Sources: Suicide Attackers Set Off Car Bombs in Yemen City

DUBAI, UAE—Suicide attackers set off two car bombs in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeida on Thursday, killing themselves and causing a number of other casualties, sources in the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi movement told Reuters. Three [...]

US Not Ruling Out White House Visit by Cuban President Castro

The United States says it is possible Cuban President Raul Castro could some day visit the White House to meet with President Barack Obama. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday, “I would not rule out a visit from [...]

Accused Boston Bomber Says Satisfied With Defense Lawyers

BOSTON— The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers’ preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar [...]

Obama Signs Into Law Bill Authorizing More Russia Sanctions

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation passed by the U.S. Congress authorizing more sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. The president said in a statement Thursday that while he signed the Ukraine Freedom [...]

US-Cuba Trade Could Grow Significantly

Trade and economic links between the United States and Cuba could significantly expand with the end to their half century of diplomatic estrangement, but likely not overnight. The U.S. still maintains an economic embargo against the communist-run [...]

US: Sony Cyberattack Is ‘Serious’ National Security Matter’

WASHINGTON— U.S. officials are treating a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as a “serious national security matter,” with the National Security Council considering a proportionate response, the White House said Thursday. Evidence shows [...]

UN Members Want N. Korea in ICC for Rights Abuses

UNITED NATIONS— Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity as alleged in a U.N. inquiry report released [...]

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