Just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was preaching the importance of a peaceful Nigerian election in the coastal megacity of Lagos on Sunday, Boko Haram militants were engaged in a series of violent attacks in the northern city of Maiduguri, killing an unknown number of soldiers and civilians and terrifying the largest city in the country’s northeast. 748 more words
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The Islamic State beheaded one of the two Japanese citizens it has been holding, but signaled a potential willingness to negotiate over the fate of the other one — offering a tiny sliver of hope to a Japan reeling from shock and grief. 517 more words
The quickest way to end a conversation in Davos is to bring up human rights in China. I tried it roughly half a dozen times, and it always spoiled otherwise congenial encounters. 913 more words
A state lawmaker wants to bring slot machines to Honolulu International Airport.
Rep. Cindy Evans (D-North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) introduced a bill Friday that would provide slot machines for departing international passengers. 383 more words
AMMAN, Jordan – Jawad Anani still remembers the first time he met Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It was 1997, and the Saudi monarch was trying to coax then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and then-Jordanian King Hussein to reconcile their longstanding differences about the direction of the Arab world. 831 more words