Sarah Palin Warned in 2008 Russia Might Invade Ukraine if Obama Wins Election – Town Hall

Town HallIn October 2008, then-Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin warned that Putin, having been motivated by Obama’s lack of response to the Russian invasion of Georgia, would proceed to invade…

Amnesty: Some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes – Haaretz

HaaretzIsraeli army soldiers fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators during clashes in the West Bank village of Yabed, near Jenin, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Photo by AP. Text size. Comments…

Kid gloves seen softening Israeli crackdown on pro-settler vandals – Reuters UK

Reuters UKMISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank (Reuters) – Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a crackdown on crimes that elsewhere might be shrugged off as ugly but sufferable mischief…

UN Inquiry Finds North Korea’s Kim Should Face Rights Trial – Businessweek

BusinessweekNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center front, inspects the command of Korean People’s Army (KPA) Unit 534, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News…

Trace your family tree with help of these apps – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeI am British, Welsh to be exact, which means that if I consulted the right databases and cross-referenced family documents I could probably trace my ancestry back 400 or…

NSA Australia allies ‘spied on US law firm’ in Indonesia row – BBC News

BBC NewsAustralian spies tapped a US law firm representing Indonesia in a trade dispute with the US, new leaks say. The 2013 document obtained by the New York Times does…

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit…

Israel ex-PM recounts 2008 talks with Palestinians – Washington Post

Washington PostJERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Friday that if talks he held with Palestinians in 2008 had produced a peace deal, it would have forced tens…

Set Aside Illusions on Iran N. Program, Zarif Tells West – Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News AgencyTEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Western governments to set aside illusions that sanctions forced the Islamic Republic to negotiate on its nuclear…

Thomas Friedman: Kerry’s plan envisions Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem – Haaretz

HaaretzSenior NYT analyst lays out expected points of the framework deal, which he believes will include phased withdrawal from West Bank according to 1967 lines and will not allow return…

Turkey’s Erdogan, on Brussels visit, criticized over crackdown – Reuters

ReutersBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, making his first visit to Brussels in five years, faced sharp criticism from European Union leaders on Tuesday over a crackdown on…

Turkey keeps key interest rate at 7.75% in spite of falling lira – Financial Times

Financial TimesTurkey’s central bank has left key interest rates on hold sending the lira to a fresh record low. The central bank’s decision followed highly-charged government rhetoric against any increase…

Turkey PM Erdogan in EU membership talks amid tensions – BBC News

BBC NewsTurkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels for talks on his country’s EU membership bid, amid EU concerns over a purge of senior Turkish officials. The negotiations are…

IAEA inspectors arrive in Tehran for nuclear visits – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostThe team, led by nuclear engineer Massimo Aparo, will begin reporting to the IAEA on Monday, marking the official start of the deal. Iranian FM Zarif embraces French FM…

UN inspectors in Tehran to kick off nuclear deal – Haaretz

HaaretzWill visit nuclear facilities to ensure that Iran stops enriching uranium to 20 percent and that its stockpile of enriched uranium is diluted. By Reuters | Jan. 18, 2014 |…

Neymar injury hell as Brazil star suffers ankle sprain in Barca Copa del Rey win – Daily Mail

Daily MailBarcelona forward Neymar suffered an ankle injury in the team’s Copa del Rey win on Thursday night making him a doubt for their Champions League game against Manchester City…

Deputy FM: No Plan for Ashton’s Visit to Iran Yet – Fars News Agency

Fars News AgencyTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi confirmed that Tehran has invited EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton for a visit, but said no date has…

Turkish Police Purge Broadens in Corruption Inquiry – New York Times

New York TimesISTANBUL — The Turkish government removed police chiefs in 15 cities and the deputy head of the country’s police force in a decree published in the official gazette…

Chinese doctor admits selling patients’ newborns – WHP Harrisburg

WHP HarrisburgBEIJING (AP) — A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she persuaded parents to give up their newborn babies so that she could sell them to human traffickers.…

Iran developing new centrifuges for uranium enrichment – Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Daily NewsA nuclear power plant is shown in Bushehr, Iran, in 2010. (Majid Asgaripour, File, AP Photo/Mehr News Agency). By The Associated Press. Posted: 12/27/13, 9:46 AM PST…

Lebanon’s Mohamad Chatah — US friend, Hezbollah foe — killed in blast – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States, died Friday when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut, Lebanon’s National…

Beirut bomb kills anti-Assad Lebanese former minister, at least 4 others – Reuters

Reuters(Reuters) – Former Lebanese minister Mohammed Shattah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in Beirut on Friday along with at least…

Sources: Continued Talks between Iran, World Powers Depend on High … – Fars News Agency

Fars News AgencyTEHRAN (FNA)- Continued talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) depend on direct contacts between the two sides’ high-ranking…

Iran’s foreign minister: World powers should avoid ‘troublemaking’ issues ahead … – Fox News

Fox NewsTEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s foreign minister is urging the world powers to avoid “trouble-making” issues as expert-level talks continue over its nuclear program. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment…