An $11 million Christmas tree in the foyer of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi may break the Guinness World Record for most expensive Christmas tree.
South Korean Christians sing a hymn in front of a Christmas tree on top of the Aegibong Peak Observatory just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Gimpo, South Korea, on Dec. 21. South Korean military allowed Christians to erect a Christmas tree on top of the observatory controlled by South Korean marines, which is located about 1.9 miles south of North Korean territory, while the North warned against it, according to local media.
Shiite women take part in a reenactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul. Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in Istanbul's Halkali district to commemorate the Ashura religious festival, the day when Imam Hussein, one of the prophet Mohammad's grandsons, was killed during a battle in AD 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq.
A TP Mazembe soccer supporter mugs for the camera during the club World Cup semifinal soccer match against Brazil's SC Internacional do Porto Alegre at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
President Obama's visit to Afghanistan comes just as WikiLeaks cables are bringing fresh attention to grave problems on the war front.
Criticism at home of Pakistan’s major political players is likely to be quelled by the fact that the government and its political opposition have been embarrassed equally.
It’s common knowledge that the Israeli government considers Iran an existential threat, and that it has been trying to persuade the US to act more forcefully. And while there have always been rumblings of discontent with Iran among Arab nations, the WikiLeaks release Sunday provides concrete evidence that Israel isn’t the only one in the region to feel worried. The now-disclosed but formerly secret diplomatic cables reveal that several Sunni-led Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, also sought to curb Shiite-led Iran. Below are five Arab countries keeping a watchful eye.
The newest WikiLeaks release comprises 251,287 cables from more than 250 United States embassies around the world, including thousands classified "Secret." With historical cables dating back to the 1960s, the trove is seven times the size of "The Iraq War Logs," making it the world's largest classified information release. The New York Times, Der Spiegel, El País, the Guardian, and Le Monde had early access to the logs. According to their analysis of the myriad issues discussed in the cables, these five are among the most striking revelations.
The latest WikiLeaks release of documents gives Israel proof that its Arab neighbors, even those that are sworn enemies of the Jewish state, share its concerns about Iran.