Kerry Threatens More Sanctions, Says Russia is ‘Stoking Instability’ in Ukraine

THE STATE DEPARTMENT — Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia is “stoking instability” in Ukraine, and the Obama administration will impose additional sanctions against Moscow if it does not keep promises made last week to help [...]

Ukrainian Forces Clash With Pro-Russia Militants

Fighting between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine has left at least five militants dead, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it a “crime” and threatening “consequences.” Ukraine’s [...]

US Humanitarian Officials Call for Security in Central African Hotspots

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Top U.S. diplomats say the conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic will compound widespread food shortages and and long-term instability. Millions of people in the two countries have been forced [...]

Detained American Provides Glimpse Into Chinese Forced Labor Practices

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA — An American Fulbright Scholar who was arrested in China for stealing spent eight months assembling Christmas lights in a detention center. Stuart Foster lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Life there is quiet [...]

Kerry: Russia ‘Has Not Taken Single Step’ to Ease Ukraine Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia “has not taken a single concrete step” to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, and he is warning that Moscow’s refusal to rein in armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine [...]

Russia Calls on US to Force an End to Ukrainian Crackdown

Russia is calling on the United States to force Ukraine to halt its ongoing military crackdown on armed pro-Russian separatists who are occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine. Separately, at the United Nations, diplomats say Russia has recalled [...]

Analyst: North Korea May Already Have Militarized Warhead

As concern grows that North Korea may be preparing for another underground nuclear weapons test, a leading nuclear scientist says Pyongyang already may have acquired a device small enough to fit atop a missile. David Albright, president of the [...]

Prosecutor Wants Forced Marriage, Rape Added to Khmer Rouge Case

The international prosecutor at the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has requested that investigations of a still-pending case include crimes of sexual violence and forced marriage. A trial of Case 004 would require three indictments of former [...]

US Officials Call for Greater Use of Medications to Treat Drug Abuse

More than 15 million people around the world have substance abuse issues, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, health officials say the abuse of prescription drugs is worsening and that deaths from prescribed painkillers [...]

UN River Convoy Attacked in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan strongly condemned an attack Thursday on a convoy of U.N. barges taking supplies to staff and displaced civilians in Malakal, Upper Nile State. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters [...]

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