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  • Backchannels The change in regional mood after Tunisia

  • Iran resumes nuclear talks, but decries nuclear scientist's assassination

    Iran resumes nuclear talks, but decries nuclear scientist's assassination

    Iranian media emphasized Iran's tough opening gambit in Geneva, where it condemned the West for its silence over an Iranian nuclear scientist's assassination last week.

  • WikiLeaks: Five more of the strangest stories to emerge

    WikiLeaks: Five more of the strangest stories to emerge

    The WikiLeaks cable dump has uncovered a lot of downright serious allegations: that the State Department pressured Germany into not criminally investigating the CIA's kidnapping of one of its innocent citizens, that the British government secretly allowed the US to keep cluster bombs on its soil in defiance of a treaty, that the US manipulated the Spanish criminal justice system in its investigation of the CIA's torture of its citizens, and so on. And it also uncovered some very weird stories. Earlier this week, we wrote about how Qaddadfi loves flamenco dancing, how King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia likes the idea of surgically implanting people with tracking chips, and how a 75-year-old US citizen fled Iran on horseback. The leaks keep coming. Here are five more of the oddest stories to come out of the leaked State Department cables.

  • WikiLeaks: What the world is saying

    WikiLeaks: What the world is saying

    The latest WikiLeaks trove of 250,000 diplomatic cables, obtained in advance by five news outlets, has generated enough fodder in the US alone to occupy American readers. But people all over, from Germany to Lebanon to Australia, are also talking about the sometimes troubling, sometimes mundane cables that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is gradually releasing for public consumption.

  • In Iraq, Christians fear they could be wiped out – like Jews before them

    In Iraq, Christians fear they could be wiped out – like Jews before them

    The Oct. 31 attack on a Baghdad church – the worst in recent memory – has spurred a fresh exodus among Iraq's Christian community, already decimated by the war.

  • Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Less than two years ago, Yemeni and Saudi militants formed a new franchise called Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The January 2009 merger of existing operations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen was acknowledged by Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Since then, AQAP has hatched a series of attacks against the West and is suspected of being behind the recent UPS and FedEx cargo bombing attempts. Though foiled, the incidents underscore the Al Qaeda offshoot's potential threat beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Here are five of its leaders and key members.

  • The Monitor's View In Yemen bomb case, Saudi Arabia proves itself an antiterror partner of the US

    Saudi Arabia is associated with Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 hijackers. But it provided key intelligence to thwart cargo bombs from Yemen. It has come a long way in the fight against Al Qaeda.

  • Why Bahrain's Shiite majority is restless despite election gains

    Why Bahrain's Shiite majority is restless despite election gains

    Bahrain's Shiite majority now holds 18 of 40 seats in parliament. But Shiites are increasingly upset with the Sunni monarchy, which arrested 23 dissidents in the run-up to this week's election.

  • Why $60 billion in US arms to Saudi Arabia isn't causing an outcry

    Global News Blog Why $60 billion in US arms to Saudi Arabia isn't causing an outcry

    Israel doesn't oppose a US arms deal that would send advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia, which is increasingly seen as essential to containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 09/13

    A plane drops fire retardant on a burning ridge as the sun sets behind it and a wildfire burns west of Loveland, Colo., on Sunday.