An Afghan interpreter who was subjected to retribution from the Taliban for his work with American troops has been granted U.S. asylum after years of delays by the Obama administration.
China’s military ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday over its disputed East China Sea air defense zone by threatening military action against Japan and saying it would enforce new aircraft controls.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yangsheng accused Japan in a statement of “making trouble” and he warned Chinese military aircraft would enforce the newly imposed air defense identification zone, or ADIZ.
Iranian missile technicians secretly visited North Korea as part of joint development of a new rocket booster for long-range missiles or space launchers at the same time nuclear talks took place in Geneva, according to U.S. officials.
Activists say concerns over human rights abuses in Iran, such as the imprisonment of U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini, appear to be taking a backseat to ongoing negotiations over the country’s nuclear program.
The State Department on Thursday defended controversial comments by Secretary of State John Kerry after he warned Israel that it would be to blame for a “third intifada” and its own “isolation” should a peace deal with the Palestinians fall through.