June 2, 2016

An aerial view shows a Philippine Navy vessel that has been grounded since 1999 to assert their nation's sovereignty over the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea a reef also claimed by China, on March 29, 2014. Philippine soldiers aboard a fishing vessel engaged on March 29 in a dramatic stand-off with Chinese coastguard ships near a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, an AFP journalist witnessed.      AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO        (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

A Court You’ve Never Heard of Is About to Raise the Stakes in the South China Sea

An international tribunal’s decision will reorder the tense chess game over the South China Sea — and test Washington’s commitment to the Philippines.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin caresses a Persian leopard cub as he visits the Persian leopard breeding and rehabilitation centre in the National Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on February 4, 2014. A leopard was announced  in 2011 to be one of the official mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Perhaps the most important vote in Russia's public selection of a new Olympic mascot was cast when Vladimir Putin said he wanted a funky leopard to represent the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL / ALEXEI NIKOLSKY        (Photo credit should read ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Actually Care About Saving Leopards

A high-profile, Putin-backed campaign to protect the habitat of Persian leopards has been quietly abandoned, clearing the way for the country’s richest man to expand his ski resort.


Clinton Blasts Trump’s Foreign Policy of ‘Bizarre Rants, Personal Feuds, and Outright Lies’

The likely Democratic nominee used a high-profile speech to paint her GOP opponent as “unfit” to be commander in chief. But the tactic carries its own risks for the former secretary of state.

Iraqi government forces fire their weapons near al-Sejar village, north-east of Fallujah, on May 26, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group.
Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in the Fallujah area for an assault aimed at retaking the city from the Islamic State group.
Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Baghdad, has been out of government control since January 2014 and is one of only two remaining major Iraqi cities still in IS hands, the other being Mosul. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fight for Fallujah’s Highway 11

The crucial highway linking Jordan to Baghdad runs right at the heart of Fallujah — and retaking it could keep Jordan from economic collapse.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14:  A victim's body lies covered on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theater, early on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports, over 150 people were killed in a series of bombings and shootings across Paris, including at a soccer game at the Stade de France and a concert at the Bataclan theater.  (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

U.N. Warns of Growing Islamic State Terrorist Threat

The militants have lost ground in Iraq and Syria, but U.N. officials say there’s a growing risk the group will mount “centrally directed attacks on international civilian targets.”

Chinese children attend a computer class to learn how to properly use the Internet, in Beijing on June 7, 2010.  China defended its right to censor the Internet, saying it needed to do so to ensure state security, and cautioned foreign governments to respect and obey its online policies, as more than 400 million Chinese people are now online.       CHINA OUT        AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)




Trump’s Least Favorite Judge Was Once in the Crosshairs of a Mexican Cartel

U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel has faced much worse than public criticism from a politician.

Turkish nationalist protesters flash the nationalist organization's "grey wolf" sign during a protest against Germany on June 2, 2016 in front of the Germany consulate in Istanbul after German parliament labelled the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 2 warned that the German parliament's recognition of World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide would "seriously affect" ties.  / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

With Germany’s Armenian Genocide Vote, Has Turkey Lost Its Only Friend in Europe?

Turkey's recall of their ambassador to Germany could cause more tension between Ankara and the West.


First U.S. Athlete Scratches Rio Olympics Over Zika Concerns

The U.S. cyclist is concerned about transmitting the virus to his pregnant wife.

Khadija crop

The World’s Most Famous Dissident Journalist Returns to the Fight

Azerbaijan’s authoritarian rulers defamed, threatened, and jailed their country’s most stubborn journalist. But Khadija Ismayilova doesn’t know when to quit.


Dragoon Ride: Heading into Eastern Europe with the U.S. Army’s 2nd ACR

Three Catholic churches anchor the cultural and geographical life of Vilseck.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan as they prepare to discuss matters of mutual importance during a bi-lateral meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium Feb. 10, 2016 (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)

It is past the time for the American U.S military to open its doors to Sikhs

On Veterans Day last year, twenty-seven retired U.S. generals, 105 members of congress, and 15 senators signed a letter demanding that the Pentagon lift the ban prohibiting American Sikhs from serving in the military. But the ban persists.


Degenhart’s War

How one man tried to tackle deep-rooted corruption in Guatemala — and barely made it out alive.

BALKH, May 24, 2016 -- Afghan army soldiers take part in a military training in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan, May 24, 2016. About 1,700 army soldiers and officers have been receiving the 15-week military training in northern Balkh province, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Yaqoub Azorda via Getty Images)

SitRep: New Afghan War Plan Coming Soon

al-Shabab Strikes Amid Growing U.S. Involvement in Somalia; North Korea, Calls for NATO Action; and Lots More

Load 10 More Articles