Secretary Ashton Carter is discussing new military agreements with Japan and South Korea this week on his first trip to the region. North Korea fired missiles into the sea as he arrived.
A dispute over possible deployment has brought sharp words between Seoul and Beijing. Foreign ministers of S. Korea, China, and Japan will meet for the first time in three years Saturday amid tensions over security, territory, and wartime history.
North Korea's state media praised the knife attack and said it showed anti-US sentiment in South Korea. Ambassador Mark Lippert is recovering after surgery on his face and hand.
The law requires imams to preach in German, closes mosques of fewer than 300 people, and bars foreign funding of Muslim organizations. The government says it will give Islam an 'Austrian character,' but many say it is anti-Islam.
A newly forged cease-fire all but collapsed as government troops withdrew from the transit hub of Debaltseve in what appears to be another implicit victory for Russia's Vladimir Putin.
The French and German leaders will then proceed to Moscow. NATO has also announced a 'spearhead' force that will deploy in the Baltics as a deterrent to what many in Europe see as growing Russian assertiveness.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, said the West was 'dragging' Russia into confrontation.
Donetsk has seen a surge in fighting, both in the city and around its nearby airport, amid Western accusations that Russia has begun sending troops into Ukraine again.
Eighty prominent Germans have signed an appeal to their countrymen to say 'no' to xenophobia as anti-foreign protests organized by the grassroots group Pegida grow.
The strike follows a Christmas Day attack by the Islamic militant group on African Union forces in Mogadishu. It was the latest in a series of setbacks the group has faced in recent months.
The Pakistan Taliban said the attack was revenge against the Army for its crackdown in a tribal area. More than 130 children died in Tuesday's attack by gunmen on a school in Peshawar.
Economist Ilham Tohti received a life sentence in September for 'splittism' and 'inciting hatred.' Many in the academic and diplomatic community say he is a rare prominent voice of moderation.
Human Rights Watch says more than 7,000 civilians have died since 2009 at the hands of the extremist group. Nigeria recently announced a cease-fire that it said would allow for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April.
The Nigerian government claimed earlier this week that it had reached a cease-fire deal with the Islamist group. But the reported kidnapping of between 20 and 70 more schoolgirls, on top of the more than 200 it already holds, is souring hopes for peace.