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September 11 casts long shadow as Obama takes second look at ISIL

President Obama addresses ISIL threat on Sept. 10.  /Saul Loeb/Reuters

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Speaking in the somber shadow of the September 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, President Barack Obama sought to stake out an ambitious military and political strategy to degrade […]

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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The […]

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Guns of August: A century after , the U.S. is aloof

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By John J. Metzler VIENNA, Austria–The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great […]

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Russia’s navy is making waves in France

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there’s a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of […]

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World shrugs as ISIL targets Christians, Mideast returns to Middle Ages

An Iraqi family driven from Mosul wait to enter a temporary displacement camp on July 3 in Khazair, Iraq.  /Spencer Platt/Getty Images

PARIS — The headlines seem from another era, if not century; that of Christian persecution by militant Islam in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear ambivalent to what’s emerged as an organized attempt […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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Syria’s 21st century ‘International Brigades’ could sow domestic terror worldwide

Video footage of the gunman who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

NEW YORK — A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria. Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army units. A Frenchman, just returned from Syria, kills four people at a Jewish museum […]

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Afghan transition a ‘pivotal moment’ in wake of Iraq meltdown

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.  /Wakil Kohsar/ AFP/Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS — Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production, and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a […]

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Going global: World Cup exhilaration and soaring national pride

U.S. fans in San Francisco watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany on June 26.  /Jeff Chiu/AP

NEW YORK — Finally some good global news! The World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate international audiences with a mix of amazing soccer and increasingly surprising results. Paradoxically, early in the tournament the powerhouse teams were nearly all knocked […]

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