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  • IAEA visit: It's showtime for Iran's nuclear denials

    The IAEA team's three-day visit marks the first opportunity for Tehran to rebut allegations of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program that were made public in November.

  • A hopeless romantic meets her match

    Touring Greece's antiquities, a traveler comes face to face with the temples of the ancient gods – and her childhood dreams.

  • The bumbling jihadi? Alleged terror backer guessed FBI was listening.

    An Uzbekistan man living in Denver has been charged with supporting an overseas terror group. At one point, court documents show, he openly cursed the FBI agents he assumed were listening to his phone call with an apparent terrorist contact.

  • Iran angry over EU unity on oil embargo

    Iran's currency nosedived today as the EU approved an oil embargo to take effect in July. The rial has lost half its value since October.

  • Terrorism & Security Iran nuclear talks: Tehran says it's ready, despite assassination.

    Tehran said it is ready to resume Iran nuclear talks with international powers after more than a year-long break. But it has yet to formally respond to an EU request to return to the table.

  • Correspondent reflections: The 10 news events that shaped 2011

    Correspondent reflections: The 10 news events that shaped 2011

    In this special section, we look at the year’s biggest stories, and seven staff correspondents reflect on events in hot spots from Latin America to the Libyan front. 

  • A decade on, what can the US accomplish in Afghanistan?

    A decade on, what can the US accomplish in Afghanistan?

    As senior US officials head to a major meeting on Afghanistan this coming week, underlying their talks will be a simple question: what can Washington hope to accomplish there with fewer troops, less money, and less time?

  • Why Royal Dutch Shell oil is pulling out of Syria

    Why Royal Dutch Shell oil is pulling out of Syria

    Royal Dutch Shell said Friday that it will shut down all oil operations in Syria. On Friday, Syrian troops fired at anti-Assad demonstrators near Homs, Syria.

  • Mark Twain: Top 5 world travel quotes

    Mark Twain: Top 5 world travel quotes

    Today is the 176th birthday of Mark Twain, or as his parents knew him, Samuel L. Clemens. Twain is best known for his American fiction, including “Tom Sawyer,” but he was also an intrepid traveler and travel-writer who paved the way for the Bill Brysons of our day. In “Innocents Abroad" he wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Here are five delightful travel quotes from Twain's writings:

  • Opinion Road to recovery in Afghanistan goes through the countryside

    As NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014, donor countries must rethink their aid to that war-torn country. Edward Girardet, who has reported on Afghanistan for more than 30 years, writes that they must focus on rural areas, where most Afghans live.