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5 huge global problems Obama ignored in his State of the Union address

President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address had a few glaring omissions, among them the growing violence in Iraq and the National Security Agency spying scandal.

This secret mass grave does not bode well for El Salvador's gang 'truce'

SAN SALVADOR — 'All these people were murdered during the so-called truce,' says Miguel Fortin Magana, director of the medical examiner’s office here, after 44 people's remains were discovered in a mass grave.

UN authorizes European troops for Central African Republic

The UN Security Council approved on Tuesday the deployment of European troops to Central African Republic, where African peacekeepers and French troops are struggling to halt worsening violence between Christians and Muslims. Almost one million people, or a quarter of the population, have been displaced by fighting since the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power in March last year in the majority Christian country. At least 2,000 people are estimated to have been killed.

On Location Video: What Pakistan's war on terrorism really looks like (EXCLUSIVE)

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan — A military operation in 2009 chased Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda militants from parts of the South Waziristan tribal region. The conflict drove more than half the population of 300,000 to become refugees elsewhere.

Over the past year, many of them have returned.

In hopes of keeping the peace, Pakistan’s army has teamed up with the local government and aid agencies and is working to remedy years of official neglect. But locals have mixed feelings about the government's efforts.

Syria peace talks to focus on prisoners in 2nd day

The talks are set to resume at 11:00 a.m. with UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi acting as a go-between, after the two warring sides sat together in the same room for the first time on Saturday.

New report shows horrific pictures of 11,000 executions in Syria

BEIRUT — Muhamad Raslan is no stranger to violence. He has been fighting in the mountains of Idlib with the Free Syrian Army for more than two years. But when his unit overthrew a regime prison in Maart al Numan, he said the conditions of the prisoners were worse than anything he had seen.

Ukraine warns efforts to solve crisis peacefully 'futile'

The Ukrainian interior minister on Saturday warned that efforts to solve the country's deadly crisis without using force were "futile" as protesters and police were locked in a tense standoff in Kyiv.

The return of the rising sun

Japan’s launch of a ‘carrier in disguise’ has East Asia pondering the future.
China flexed new naval offensive might, and Japan has responded. Meet Izumo, the largest warship the Japanese navy has built since World War II.
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6 things you need to know about Bangkok’s uprising

BANGKOK — The protesters embrace phrasing such as 'democracy' and 'anti-corruption,' values welcomed by pretty much anyone who isn’t a dictator or a mobster. But this crusade really translates into a war against one of Thailand’s most powerful and popular political families: the Shinawatras. This fabulously wealthy Thai-Chinese family controls a political network that has redefined power dynamics that existed even during the absolute reign of kings.
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