Civilians inspect the aftermath of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday. A barrage of car bomb and suicide bomb blasts rocked Baghdad and two northern Iraqi communities Thursday, killing dozens of people during a major holiday period and extending a relentless wave of bloodshed gripping the country.Karim Kadim/AP Photo
At least 59 killed in a string of bombings across Iraq as sectarian tensions mount
The death toll from a series of attacks on Shia Muslims across Iraq on Thursday has risen to at least 59 people, including victims from a suicide truck bomb targeting members of the country’s Shabak minority, police and medics said.
Iran’s and world powers’ delegations sit prior the of two days of closed-door nuclear talks on October 15, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva.Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
October 18, 2013 8:00AM ETCommentary: Potential for historic agreement depends on Obama’s will to resist pro-Israel hawks and end sanctions
Construction on new homes in Israeli in the occupied West Bank spiked by 70 percent in the first half of 2013, an Israeli NGO reported Thursday — raising worries that peace talks, which renewed in July after a three-year lull due to ongoing disputes over settlement building, could falter.
According to Peace Now, which tracks settlement activity in Palestinian territory Israel captured in the war of 1967, construction began on 1,708 settlement homes from January to June of this year, compared with 995 during the same period in 2012…………….
Saudi Arabia and Chad won coveted seats on the U.N. Council Thursday, despite criticism from advocacy groups that the countries’ records on human rights are abysmal. Nigeria, Lithuania and Chile also won seats.
The five candidates endorsed by regional groups faced no opposition because there were no contested races to join the council, for the first time in several years.
But Philippe Bolopion, United Nations director for Human Rights Watch, denounced the election of Chad, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
Edward Snowden says there is no chance of leaked NSA documents falling into the hands of Russian or Chinese officials. Photograph: AP
Edward Snowden, the source of US National Security Agency leaks, has said he left all the leaked documents behind when he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow and there is no chance of them falling into the hands of Russian or Chinese authorities.
In an interview with the New York Times, Snowden said he had decided to hand over all digital material to the journalists he had met in Hong Kong because it would not have been in the public interest for him to hold on to copies. “What would be the unique value of personally carrying another copy of materials onward?”………………………..
Vladimir Putin has taken an assertive approach to foreign policy. Photograph: Druzhinin Alexei/ Druzhinin Alexei/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis
From its diplomatic triumph on Syria to the jailing of Greenpeace activists, the Kremlin’s newfound confidence is both confusing and concerning Europe. Should the EU be worried? We ask foreign policy experts
A resurgent Kremlin is setting the agenda on major world issues and has once again started to boss its back yard. Buoyed by his Syria diplomatic triumph, Vladimir Putin has regained some of the swagger that temporarily deserted him during protests against his re-election last year.
Greenpeace activists have been put behind bars, a Dutch diplomat beaten up, and former Soviet republics hounded, with the Kremlin banning Lithuanian cheese imports for its of an EU summit with eastern European states and bullying Ukraine for daring to attend.