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Yemen Says Strikes on Al-Qaida Base Kill 55

Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. 21 Apr 2014

Death Count in Ferry Sinking Tops 100

One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. 21 Apr 2014

Victoria Nuland: Russia Cannot Play Both Sides in Ukraine

Victoria Nuland, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Russia has to stop saying it will help ease the tension in east Ukraine while helping the pro-Russian forces fight against the Ukrainian government. 21 Apr 2014

Pivot to Asia: Staunching the Loss of More Allies?

According to recent press reports, the week-long trip President Obama will embark upon Tuesday to Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea will be less about assessing how well the “rebalancing” is progressing than aimed at reassuring America’s friends and allies that the US is still a global player and can be relied upon. Given the events that have unfolded since the 2011 Clinton article, this will be a decidedly hard sell. 21 Apr 2014

War on Christians: The Politics of Persecution

In Nigeria, 234 Christian schoolgirls abducted; a Jesuit priest shot in the head outside his house in Homs, Syria; a young Christian woman dragged from her car in Egypt and beaten to death… These are some of the latest stories of Christians being hunted, tortured, or executed at the hands of Islamists. 21 Apr 2014

Against All Odds: Why Putin Is Winning

Russia is using a not-so-secret weapon that has flipped Western notions of strength and weakness on their head. If trends continue, the U.S. could be faced with the terrible choice of losing its credibility as a conventional ally and a strategic nuclear power or overreacting in order to prevent such a loss. 21 Apr 2014

Boko Haram Claims Credit for Deadly Nigeria Capital Bombing

In a video posted online this weekend, a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed that his group had planted the bomb that destroyed a bus station in the Nigerian capital of Abuja last week, killing dozens. To Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, he said: "I am in your city, near you. Find me." 21 Apr 2014

Parents: 234 Girls Kidnapped from Nigeria School

Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday. 21 Apr 2014

Syria Announces Presidential Elections Amid Civil War in June

With President Bashar al-Assad's term coming close to an end, Syria announced today that it will hold presidential elections on June 3, within the 60-90 day window the constitution requires. The announcement raises many logistical concerns involved in staging an election during a civil war, and many expect Assad to easily win reelection. 21 Apr 2014

Vice President Joe Biden Lands in Ukraine

Vice President Joe Biden landed in Kyiv as a way to show the US is committed to helping Ukraine become less dependent on Russian energy and recover from an administration that drained the nation's bank accounts. 21 Apr 2014

SCOTUS to Rule on Obama Admin's Refusal to Recognize Jerusalem

American citizens born in Jerusalem have the legal right to have “Israel,” listed on their passports as their place of birth, according to a law Congress enacted in 2002. The Obama administration--and the Bush administration before it--refused to implement that provision, citing the president’s power in Article II of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has now granted review of this case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and will likely schedule arguments for this October. 21 Apr 2014

Sherpas Consider Boycott After Everest Disaster

Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. 21 Apr 2014

Professor: 75% of Religious Killings Are Muslims Killing Muslims

On Sunday Dr. Rodney Stark, distinguished Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and author of the "Victory of Reason,” "The Rise of Christianity," and "God's Battalions," was asked by Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon to compare Christianity with radical Islam. 21 Apr 2014

World View: Palestinian President Abbas, 79, Faces Life After 'Peace Talks' Collapse

The Mideast "peace talks" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, set up last year by the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry, have never been anything but a joke, but at least they were something to talk about as supposedly providing "hope for a lasting Mideast peace, with Israel and Palestine as two separate and equal nations living side by side in peace forever." 21 Apr 2014

Israeli Sues Obama Administration for Discrimination

An Israeli man is suing the Obama administration after Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx denied his complaint against Kuwait Airways for refusing to allow him to purchase a New York-London air ticket. The suit, filed Mar. 31 at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, alleges that the "Secretary has officially endorsed Kuwait Airway’s policy boycotting Israeli nationals" and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 20 Apr 2014

Thousands Celebrate Easter in Holy Land

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. 20 Apr 2014

Holy Fire Ceremony Draws Thousands in Jerusalem

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. 20 Apr 2014

Pope leads Easter Celebrations Marred by Ukraine

Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem. 20 Apr 2014

How Jewish Values Enrich the Earth

The Jewish people were entrusted by God with awesome purpose. No nation in the history of the world has had a more significant and positive impact on human development than the Jews. 20 Apr 2014

Automakers Unveil China-Focused Models in Beijing

Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. 20 Apr 2014

Deadly Shootout at Sloviansk Breaks Ukraine's Easter Truce

The Easter truce in Ukraine did not last very long. A shootout at a checkpoint in Slovyansk was deadly, but no one can agree on the death toll. It was the first clash since the US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia reached an agreement in Geneva to stop the violence in east Ukraine between pro-Russian forces and pro-Ukrainians. 20 Apr 2014

Ukrainian Anti-Semitism Not as Bad as Russia's

Stephen Pollard, writing in Sundayexpress.com, notes that the recent anti-Semitic leaflet distributed in Ukraine demanding Jews register or be deported might make Russia look more philo-Semitic than Ukraine, but that theory is false. 20 Apr 2014

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