U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad might still harbor some chemical weapons and could use them in an attempt to prevent his ouster, the Wall Street Journal reports.
On the outskirts of Dongshigu village, Chen Guangcheng waited in the night. Alone and blind since childhood, he had already broken his foot in an attempt to escape from house arrest. It began to rain. Just ahead of him, a guard moved to seek shelter, providing him an opportunity to cross the road.
Human rights lawyers in China are increasingly under threat of physical violence from local officials, according to a rights group.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) laid out a detailed plan for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group in an interview Wednesday with the Washington Free Beacon, offering a frank assessment of the necessity for more U.S. troops and a two-front strategy for Iraq and Syria.
Hillary Clinton’s policies as secretary of state failed to address several crises that have produced a record number of displaced persons worldwide, according to a Republican group that also noted her lack of a commemoration for World Refugee Day.
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine continue to launch attacks in violation of a ceasefire reached in February, Reuters reports.
The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the country’s civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Assad’s forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant groups such as Hezbollah.
Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia would bolster its nuclear forces this year with more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Vice News reports.
China continues to claim its construction on contested islands and reefs in the South China Sea is primarily for civilian uses and will enhance its international aid efforts, even as critics say that Beijing’s humanitarian assistance is paltry and used for political retribution.
Thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday ahead of a contentious vote this week on a China-backed election proposal.