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  • Obama's US-Russia reset hangs on Senate approval of START treaty

    Obama's US-Russia reset hangs on Senate approval of START treaty

    If Obama fails to make good on his weekend vow to get Senate approval of the START nuclear arms control by January, Russia could turn toward China.

  • Petraeus strikes back at Karzai ahead of major NATO conference on Afghanistan

    Terrorism & Security Petraeus strikes back at Karzai ahead of major NATO conference on Afghanistan

    A war of words has erupted between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and the United States just days before a major NATO conference on security strategy.

  • Georgia nabs Russian 'spy ring,' angering Moscow

    Georgia nabs Russian 'spy ring,' angering Moscow

    Georgia on Friday accused 13 people, including four Russians, of spying for Russia after a four-year investigation.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 10/29

    Male orangutan Tuan examines a carved pumpkin at the animal park Hagenbeck in Hamburg, northern Germany. Two days ahead of Halloween the eight orangutans in the park received pumpkins from their keepers.

  • Five of world's biggest tsunamis

    Five of world's biggest tsunamis

    A tsunami triggered by a 8.9-magnitude earthquake swamped Japan's northeast coast Friday, picking up cars, ships and houses as it surged as much as three miles inland. The wave generated by the quake, whose epicenter was 80 miles offshore of Sendai, was as high as 30 feet in some spots. There is no official death toll yet, but Japanese officials reported that as many as 300 people have been killed in the city of Sendai alone. But despite the alarming footage of entire houses moving across land, this most recent tsunami was relatively small in size compared to others throughout history. Here are the five of the worst tsunamis on record.

  • Opinion Guitars, Google, and guns: a new view of Western power

    As the West gears up for a NATO summit, free nations must consider how to be smarter about their tools of influence.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 10/18

    Students chant antigovernment slogans during a protest by university students in front of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education in Cairo. The protest was organized by university students from the Muslim Brotherhood opposition group against what they said was police brutality against them.

  • Debt reduction in Europe? Unions say no.

    Debt reduction in Europe? Unions say no.

    Debt reduction plans by European governments spark protest from unions, which hope to rally 100,000 marchers in Brussels.

  • The Monitor's View NATO rethinks its mission, perhaps too reluctantly

    It's past time, and high time, for NATO to reshape itself for the threats of this century, from terrorism to cyberwar. But budget cuts, a difficult war in Afghnistan, and a preoccupation with a debt crisis will make this a hard sell.

  • Gallery Top 10 players to watch in the World Cup

    LIONEL MESSI (Argentina): Shy, only 22, and already considered the best soccer player in the world, he’s a magician with the ball. You’ll need slow motion to keep track of his footwork once he starts weaving through opponents inside the box. He scored one goal in his first World Cup appearance, in 2006, which also made him, at age 18, the youngest player to play for Argentina in the World Cup. “Messi is a creature as biologically adapted to play football as a shark is to smell blood, a salmon to swim upstream, a squirrel to gather nuts,” says the London Times. He plays professionally for Barcelona. Soccer fans in Pretoria, South Africa, wave to Messi and teammate Juan Sebastian Veron during practice on June 6.