The increasingly acrimonious standoff between the world’s major nuclear-weapons powers and dozens of non-weapons states has been playing out at the monthlong NPT review conference winding up at the UN this week.
Islamic State militants have a history of destroying ancient cultural sites, which they see as idolatrous. On Thursday, IS took control of Palmyra, Syria, one of the most significant sites in the Middle East dating back thousands of years.
US intelligence officials have released hundreds of letters, books, and other documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan when US Navy SEALs killed him in 2011. He never stopped thinking about how to attack America.
Shiite militias are moving in with the blessing of some Sunnis – raising the prospect that a combination of Shiite militiamen, Sunni tribesmen, and government forces could retake Ramadi from the Islamic State.
The Gulf summit comes as the US and five other nations work to reach an agreement with Iran by the end of June to curb its nuclear ambitions in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
The US on Sunday sent four coveted Ospreys to Nepal to help deliver materials for shelter. About 8 million Nepalese have been left either homeless or with severely damaged shelter, according to the UN.
A joint US-Iraq statement marking the Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Washington this week cited two encouraging steps that the new Iraqi government has taken. But huge challenges remain in the fight against the Islamic State.
Some two dozen states have measures in place divesting billions of dollars from companies that have ties to Iran. The measures are likely to stay in place whether the United States reaches a deal with Iran or not.