MOSCOW  – Russia will argue at the United Nations that an apparent chemical attack that left scores dead in Syria was in fact contamination caused by rebels’ chemical munitions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Russia has already suggested it would publicly stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Russia and its armed forces will […]

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Timeline: South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye appeared before prosecutors on Tuesday to face questioning as a criminal suspect in a corruption investigation that has cost her the presidency. Park, 65, becomes the country’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted from office, when, on March 10, the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote. A […]

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How much is an Afghan life worth?

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON – In March 2014, the US military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to US military records released to Reuters.    Six months later, another Afghan father was given $10,000 by the US military […]

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Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

by Jeffrey Heller Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran’s attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in war-torn Syria. “In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to […]

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