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Don't expect Obama's move on gun control to change the world
There are some things the US president's new executive action will do — and many things it won't.
Lest we forget that Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals
The latest tensions between Middle East powerhouses does not mean good things for their proxy wars in Syria in Yemen.
Brussels has canceled New Year's Eve
The rest of the world is just putting it under really tight security.
This year's El Niño is one of the worst on record, and that's bad for everyone
Floods in the Americas, fires in Asia and drought in Africa: Welcome to the season of extreme weather.
Good news! 2016 will get off to a less terrible start than it might have
Police in Belgium have arrested two people they accuse of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks on New Year's Eve.
Japan made an $8 million apology to its former 'comfort women'
Japan has struck a compensation deal with South Korea that it says ends the dispute over wartime sex slaves once and for all.
Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of Ramadi
For days, Iraqi forces have been locked in intense battles to take back the capital of Anbar province, which fell to the terror group in May.
Iraqi forces might finally take Ramadi back from the Islamic State
Another Islamic State-controlled city is poised to fall.
Afghanistan is still a war that the United States is fighting
The Taliban is on the rebound, which was made tragically clear after the deaths of 6 American soldiers.
A novel way forward in the battle against the Islamic State
An anthropologist lays it all out in what might be the must-read essay of the year.
The world unites around two things: Trump-bashing and Star Wars
The Dark Side is everywhere.
The world's refugee crisis is pretty much worse than ever
The UN says the number of those displaced will exceed 60 million for the first time in history.
Abuse of Afghan prisoners by SEAL Team soldiers outlined in new report
A Navy investigation details witness accounts of the abuse. The accused SEALs, however, were all cleared.
The growth of the American far right on display at Republican debate
It was a rather hawkish affair.
World powers make an attempt at diplomacy in Yemen and Syria
A ceasefire in Yemen and talks on Syria are both supposed to happen this week.
France's far right was crushed at the polls, but still has fans
The xenophobic, anti-immigrant message was not enough for France's National Front to win seats in regional elections.
Instead of sea levels, let's watch the rise of the 'Paris Effect'
We deserve some good news.
Canada's approach to the refugee crisis is so far very different from the American one
Canadians turn up at airport to welcome Syrian refugees.
US to approve huge arms sale to Saudi Arabia
It will include 13,000 bombs, most of which will probably be dropped on Yemen.
Trump's behavior is now reverberating abroad
And not in a good way.
The scene in Beijing right now is apocalyptic
There are way too many poisonous particles in the air. But hey, that's what the Paris talks are for, right?
Oval Office the latest setting for Obama's mixed messages on terrorism
US President Barack Obama spoke to his people last night.
IS doesn't need to order an attack to inspire it
Europeans aren't the only ones worried about how heightened military efforts against IS in the Middle East will impact terrorist activities at home.
Another day, another country enters the war in Syria
Germany votes to joint the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
American guns fuel violence at home and abroad
It's not just in the United States where American weaponry is a problem.
The UK debates bombing Syria
Because not enough militaries are bombing Syria right now.
We finally know what happened to that crashed AirAsia flight
It turns out, a lot of things went wrong over a long period of time.
This UN climate change conference could be different
Already world leaders are saying things they haven't said before. Next, they'll have to do things.
Planned Parenthood shooter declared 'no more baby parts'
The picture emerging of suspect Robert Lewis Dear is a spotty one.
The Cold War analogies are back. Again
The fallout over Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane continues.
France may join US in perpetual 'state of emergency'
Lawmakers have extended for 3 months a set of laws that give French authorities extraordinary powers.