GENEVA — Secretary of State John F. Kerry came to Israel’s defense Monday amid growing political tensions between the allies, saying that anti-Israeli bias by the United Nations’ top rights panel is undermining its mission.Read full article >>
Iraq launches a military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State.
By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of north Iraq last June
MOSCOW — Russians turned out by the tens of thousands Sunday to mourn an opposition leader who was murdered only a few steps from the Kremlin, amid fears that his death was just the beginning of a new wave of violence.Read full article >>
DANDONG, China — When it comes to North Korea, there is no end to the conspiracy theories.The world had barely finished speculating about Kim Jong Un’s prolonged absence from the public eye last summer — Was it gout? Too much cheese? Broken ankles? A coup d’etat? — before Pyongyang provided more fodder for speculation by dramatically closing its borders in response to the Ebola outbreak last fall.