President Donald Trump met his South Korean counterpart in the White House on Tuesday, publicly acknowledged his planned summit with Kim Jong Un may never take place, and called out China’s ruler for sabotaging the denuclearization process.
The suffering of Christians in the Middle East often has been exploited to advance the agendas of authoritarian governments, particularly those claiming to fight “wars on terror.”
Our man in Iraq was supposed to cruise to victory in the country’s May 12 elections. After all, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi led Baghdad to victory against ISIS and then restored Iraqi sovereignty over large swaths of territory controlled by the Kurds.
KISSUFIM, Israel—From a hill outside this southern Israeli village, farmland stretches out below until it hits a small forest. Right beyond that is the Gaza Strip. Rising above the forest is a mountain, located near the Gazan city of Deir al-Balah. The clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea sneaks a peak just behind. Yet there are no mountains in Gaza; it is an almost wholly flat piece of coastal plain boxed in on all four sides by Israel, Egypt, and the Med. The mountain is a trash dump—white, brown, yellow and grey, with seagulls circling—that dominates everything else in central Gaza.
SEOUL – National Security Advisor John Bolton, talking his usual tough talk, may have prompted North Korea to walk away from the much-ballyhooed June summit between Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un. Certainly it led to a clarification: there is no way in hell Kim is going to give up his entire nuclear arsenal and allow inspectors to crawl all over his country before North Korea sees “the benefits start to flow,” as Bolton proclaimed on ABC over the weekend.
While Mother’s Day was being celebrated in the United States, Canada, and Australia, a gruesome “celebration” of another kind took place in Indonesia: three nearly simultaneous suicide attacks on three separate churches in Surabaya, all carried out by the members of the same family.
When Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle was photographed in a series of humorous and apparently candid shots, engaged in such entertaining activities as checking the internet for news about his daughter’s forthcoming wedding to Prince Harry, being measured, apparently for his wedding suit, and reading a book entitled, Images of Britain in a branch of Starbucks, many suspicious picture editors felt there was something fishy about the image.
Peace Day had just started when the car bomb exploded right outside and blew in all the windows in the government building I was standing in. It was late January 2005 in Baqubah, a city in north-central Iraq. I was a 27-year-old reporter on my first assignment to a war zone.
BEIRUT—What started as a great week for Hezbollah now looks set to end in perilous ambiguity.