Abe wants to 'reinterpret' Japan's pacifist Constitution, arguing that Japan must be better positioned to deal with potential threats in the region – and to come to the aid of allies.
The resignation of UN special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, who has built his career on easing the most difficult conflicts, marks just how intractable Syria's civil war has become.
The US, Britain, China, and France have all offered help. But they are limited in what they can do on the ground, and Nigeria may hesitate to appear too welcoming of such aid.
Outgunned and surrounded, Syria's rebels are withdrawing from Homs under a 24-hour cease-fire. Claiming complete control of the city would be a significant victory for Damascus.
More than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in northeastern Nigeria earlier this month. The region faces a long-running insurgency by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
Yemen says at least 55 militants died in airstrikes over three days. US drone strikes are unpopular in Yemen, but a weak central government has few options to curb Al Qaeda.
During his annual public call-in show, the Russian president said he would send troops into Ukraine to 'protect' locals if necessary.
NATO's top military commander says that he will present a package of measures next week laying out how the alliance will respond to the Russian buildup along Ukraine's borders.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he wants to create a framework to 'manage competition.' He visited China's first aircraft carrier yesterday.
Palestinian leaders appear to have given up on US-brokered talks with Israel, spurring criticism from all sides as well as reflection on what lies ahead.
The US has repeatedly urged Europe to boost its contributions to NATO. Now concern is growing about NATO's capabilities as it faces its biggest crisis since cold war days.
Syrian rebel advances into Latakia, a bastion of support for Bashar al-Assad, prompted a furious government response and fears among religious minorities.
The Syrian opposition says it finally has a rebel group that rejects extremism, welcomes a diplomatic solution, and can win a fight. Now, where are its weapons?
A suicide attack on a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad left at least 10 police officers dead. A presidential election is due on April 5.
Syrian Kurds are attempting to assert greater autonomy from the chaos, but former ambassador to Syria Robert Ford says that the US would not back their bid, unlike in Iraq in the 1990s.
UN officials lashed out as violence threatened efforts to help civilians. 'We understand that a war is going on. But even wars have rules,' the UN humanitarian chief said angrily.
Syria claims safety concerns, but critics of the chemical weapons deal say President Assad is feeling empowered – and may be stockpiling weapons in a regime stronghold.
Talks that began Wednesday in Switzerland saw fiery exchanges by rival parties that underscored the dim prospects for a political end to Syria's civil war.
The UN announced Sunday that it had invited Iran to attend Syria peace talks in Geneva. The unexpected decision could scuttle the long-awaited meeting.