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Syrian Activist Presents Plan to End Long Civil War

Syrian Activist Presents Plan to End Long Civil War

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Any plan to end the long conflict in Syria is worth considering at this point, no matter how far-fetched it might seem.
Opposition activist Moaz al-Khatib, who once led the Syrian National Coalition, is propos…

Southern Iraqi City Invaded by Snakes, 60 Dead

Southern Iraqi City Invaded by Snakes, 60 Dead

iStockphoto(SAYID DKHEEL, Iraq) — The residents of a southern Iraqi city have to worry about more than a war and deadly militants. The city of Sayid Dkheel is also facing an invasion of snakes, many of them venomous.
The snakes, which include cobras, …

Afghan President Promises He Won’t Seek Third Term

Afghan President Promises He Won’t Seek Third Term

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai won’t run in 2014. Actually, he can’t. The flamboyant and often inscrutable leader is barred by his constitution from seeking a third term.
Karzai asserted that there is “…

Kerry Pushing Al-Assad to Find Peace in Syria

Kerry Pushing Al-Assad to Find Peace in Syria

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — Secretary Of State John Kerry is sending a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: either find a peaceful solution to the two-year civil war or be prepared to deal with the international community boost…

Iran Executes Two Men Accused of Spying for United States and Israel

Iran Executes Two Men Accused of Spying for United States and Israel

Hemera/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) – Iran executed two men they had convicted of spying for the Unites States and Israel, according to Iran State Radio.
The radio report said one of the men hanged was Mohammad Heidari, convicted of providing the Isr…

Grisly Execution Videos Show Growing Brutality in Syria

Grisly Execution Videos Show Growing Brutality in Syria

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(RAQQA, Syria) — The camera pans up from three blindfolded men with their hands bound to a rebel fighter speaking into a megaphone. He stands by a white pickup truck, his face covered with a white and red checkered scarf.In classic…

Grisly Execution Videos Show Growing Brutality in Syria

Grisly Execution Videos Show Growing Brutality in Syria

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(RAQQA, Syria) — The camera pans up from three blindfolded men with their hands bound to a rebel fighter speaking into a megaphone. He stands by a white pickup truck, his face covered with a white and red checkered scarf.In classic…

Manhunt: Meet the CIA ‘Sisterhood’ That Tracked Bin Laden

Manhunt: Meet the CIA ‘Sisterhood’ That Tracked Bin Laden

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Years before Osama bin Laden became a household name, a group of female analysts at the CIA was so determined to find and stop the terror leader that one said she was once counseled by an Agency superior that she was spen…

Former Pakistani Leader Poised to Rise from the Ashes

Former Pakistani Leader Poised to Rise from the Ashes

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) –  As Pakistanis take to the polls for a historic election, the man poised to become Pakistan’s new leader isn’t really a new leader at all. He’s an old one.
Mian Nawaz Sharif,…

New Terrorist Magazine Targets Obama, Drones

New Terrorist Magazine Targets Obama, Drones

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Barack Obama appears with a bull’s-eye on his head in a new English-language magazine published online apparently by Islamist militants, who also urge Muslims around the world to try to hack an…

Syria Warns Israel of ‘All Possibilities’ After Strikes

Syria Warns Israel of ‘All Possibilities’ After Strikes

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria responded angrily to the overnight air strikes on military targets that it accused Israel of carrying out, warning that the attack “opens the door to all possibilities.”
Israel has not claimed responsibili…

Bill Richardson: U.S. Military Strikes Against Syria are ‘In the Cards’

Bill Richardson: U.S. Military Strikes Against Syria are ‘In the Cards’

Kris Connor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In an appearance on ABC’s This Week, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said that American military strikes against Syria are likely, an opinion echoed by several other officials.
“I think [Presid…

Amid New Reports of Massacres, Israel Strikes Syria

Amid New Reports of Massacres, Israel Strikes Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEL AVIV, Israel) — Israeli warplanes struck weapons inside Syria that were bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, American and Israeli officials say.The attack, which reportedly took place Friday morning, was the seco…

Terrorism, Counterterrorism Changed Two Years After bin Laden’s Death

Terrorism, Counterterrorism Changed Two Years After bin Laden’s Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It has now been two years since U.S. Navy SEALs dropped into a dark compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden. It was an event that stopped the nation in its tracks and was seen as a turning point…

Chemical Weapon Use in Syria Challenges Obama’s ‘Red Line’

Chemical Weapon Use in Syria Challenges Obama’s ‘Red Line’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pressure is mounting for the Obama administration to act after obtaining evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people, an act that crossed what Obama had previously called &l…

Family of Marine Held Prisoner in Iran Asks Secretary of State for Help

Family of Marine Held Prisoner in Iran Asks Secretary of State for Help

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The family of a U-S marine who has been held captive for nearly two years in Iran is calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to get involved.
Amir Hekmati, 29, has been languishing in an Iranian prison since August of 2011 whe…

Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Aleppo

Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Aleppo

DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — Lying in a hospital bed north of Aleppo in Afrin, Yasser hasn’t been told that his wife and children are dead, as his doctors don’t think he can handle the shock in his fragile state.  His home wa…

US Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan ‘Loved the Work She Was Doing’

US Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan ‘Loved the Work She Was Doing’

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The friends and family of Anne Smedinghoff are mourning the 25-year-old Foreign Service Officer killed in a car bomb blast in southern Afghanistan whom they describe as vivacious and loving.
Smedinghoff was one of five A…

NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Children

NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Children

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SHIGAL, Afghanistan) — As many as ten children and two women are reported to have been killed after a NATO air strike in Shigal, in eastern Afghanistan, according to a report from BBC News.
A local official said the Nato strikes…

Six Americans Killed in Attacks in Afghanistan

Six Americans Killed in Attacks in Afghanistan

iStockphoto(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) — A suicide bomber killed five Americans and an Afghan doctor while wounding several others on Saturday while another American was killed in a separate incident in another part of the country.
In southeastern Afghani…

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