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June 24, 2017 4:30 PM Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined?

The end of Ramadan is marked by the key religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in which Muslim families worldwide gather for the "feast of breaking the fast". But for such a major global event, working out when it will happen is surprisingly complicated - as Ahmen Khawaja and Amir Rawash explain. As the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches 2

June 24, 2017 2:02 AM Will Moon’s South Korean charm offensive spread North?

Fawning media coverage has made the South Korean leader more popular than ever, but critics fear there is a dark side to Moon Jae-in – his snuggling up to North Korea South Korea’s new president has the sort of fanbase one usually associates with K-pop idols, film stars and athletes. After the largest demonstrations in Korean history led to the removal 7

June 21, 2017 9:14 PM Saudi Arabia's Aggressive New Heir to the Throne

The ascension of Mohammad bin Salman may help entrench a more assertive foreign policy for the kingdom. In December 2015, a remarkable memo from Germany’s foreign intelligence service was leaked to news outlets. It argued that Saudi Arabia’s new leaders were destabilizing the Middle East. The memo said King Salman and his advisers had replaced the kingdom’s 2

June 21, 2017 9:06 AM US State Department questions Gulf motives on Qatar boycott

A U.S. official said Washington is urging Qatar to take steps to defuse the crisis, including signing on to proposals being drawn up the Treasury Department to strengthen controls against financing of militant groups. But this official and a second U.S. official said it was inaccurate to single Qatar out, and that the Saudis, Emiratis and other Gulf states 5

June 20, 2017 8:09 PM State Department steps up criticism of Saudi Arabia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's team accused Saudi Arabia on Tuesday of trying to settle a score with a neighbor under the guise of fighting terrorism. Saudi Arabia led a bloc of Arab states in cutting diplomatic ties and imposing a blockade on Qatar, which has long been suspected of providing support for terrorism and cozying up to Iran, the Saudis' 2

June 20, 2017 9:26 AM Donald Trump Betrays His Promise to 'Stay Out' of Syria

His interventionism is a betrayal of all who supported him due to his claim that the U.S. “gets nothing” from the conflict and should “stay out.” During the 2016 election, many voters were dismayed by both major-party candidates. Hillary Clinton was the personification of the Washington establishment foreign-policy hawk, with her dismal track record 6

June 20, 2017 8:01 AM A look at Syria’s conflict as mutual enemies close in on Daesh

Latest events are unfolding in Syria’s remote east, far from the main battles of the civil war Beirut: Daesh is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear. The US military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied 5

June 20, 2017 4:17 AM Otto Warmbier 'has completed his journey home,' grieving family says

CINCINNATI — Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said. The 22-year-old "has completed his journey home," relatives said in a statement. They did not cite a specific cause of death. "Unfortunately, the awful, torturous mistreatment 2

June 19, 2017 11:04 PM By keeping U.S. focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russia, according to U.S. officials and analysts. While the U.S. military's shootdown of a Syrian 3

June 19, 2017 3:30 PM Trump and the battle for eastern Syria

The battle for Mosul may be entering its final phase. The battle for Raqqa is under way. But the battle for the future of eastern Syria is just beginning. This is where the parallel struggles - on the one hand the US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS), and on the other the Assad regime and Iran against a variety of US-backed Kurdish and rebel 7