Coalition of the choosy

The new moderate Syrian rebel army will be trained in Saudi Arabia, the principal supporter and paymaster of Syrian jihadi groups until ISIS scared it into hedging its bets.

The world has two new 'Islamic States'

And you thought the only problem was in Iraq and Syria. Libya and Nigeria have troubles of their own.

How did it end up like this?

Scotland is unlikely to enjoy the economic and cultural boom that First Minister Alex Salmond predicts.

Dilma's dilemma

Rwanda’s Kagame dilemma

The president is congratulated by other countries for his excellent administration and showered with foreign aid, while his opponents and critics keep being killed.

Putin's game of chicken

Italy needs EU’s help to rescue seafaring migrants

The country's EU partners seem quite content to leave Italy to bear the burden itself.

Italy needs EU’s help to rescue seafaring migrants

The country's EU partners seem quite content to leave Italy to bear the burden itself.

Israel, Hamas restart the dance of death

In terms of domestic politics, both sides have already accomplished what they came for—but since neither can acknowledge publicly that that’s all the war was really about, they end up raising wholly unrealistic demands at the ceasefire talks. And the war continues.

United States of Tatooine: A planet-namer's paradise

  

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