Officials warned that stalling the process would give extremists a chance to take over control.
A far bigger concern is getting warnings to at-risk coastal communities, and making sure people get to safety in time.
The official said that Pope Francis played a key role in the rapprochement between Washington and the last bastion of communism in the Western world
The battle for the Baghdad Belt will help define the future of Iraq and whether it will break up in all but name. Both Shi'ite and Sunni tribal figures as well as Iraqi security officials say the militias have decided to rid the capital's hinterlands of its Sunni majority for good.
U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time.
The report's publication is giving rise to uncomfortable questions in countries that hosted the "black sites" and may complicate future security cooperation with the United States.
The Supreme Court ruling means human rights lawyers now have to look more seriously at alternative ways to seek redress for alleged abuses.
There will undoubtedly be much debate about its finding that torture did not "work" - that it produced little if any intelligence of value that was not or could not have been obtained by lawful means.
The problems faced by the families of the Disappeared echo those of a land where the murders of 3,000 people, one in 600 of the population, remain unsolved.
Residents from Pakistan's Khyber Agency have been repeatedly displaced by military operations but find themselves denied aid by authorities
As Nepal’s mainstream Maoists urge consensus within the constituent assembly on constitution drafting, extra-parliamentary remnants of the decade long “People’s War” are more divided than ever
In the early hours of Dec. 3, 1984, a pesticide factory owned by U.S. multinational Union Carbide Corp accidentally leaked toxic cyanide gas in the central Indian city of Bhopal, killing thousands and leaving many more with serious illnesses.
The pipeline fell victim to opposition from the European Commission, which had forced Bulgaria to put construction work on hold, as well as to stalling European demand for gas and plunging energy prices.
The past two decades have seen the Ivorian military morph into an unruly beast as successive leaders added new layers of recruits in a misguided attempt to ensure loyalty
Observers say the original NATO alliance has been manipulated into a force serving interests within the US bent on global domination
The first African-American U.S. president, the son of a Kenyan father, Obama has often been criticised for a lukewarm engagement in Africa, consisting more of words than deeds.
Military experts say Russia's unconventional strategy on its western flank, especially in non-NATO member Ukraine, is proving remarkably effective
Racism expert says Germany should come to grips with problems of structural racism and denial
German diplomatic offensive fails to sway Putin; focus shifts to Kiev leadership, EU sanctions unity
U.S. officials with knowledge of Hagel's relationship with the Obama administration described increasingly uneasy ties between Hagel's Pentagon and the White House - although not between the two men themselves.
Lawyers for the banks are preparing legal actions against Russia, which confiscated many of the banks' buildings, equipment and cash.
Survey claims almost 36 million people worldwide subjected to modern slavery in 2014, found forms of forced servitude in all 167 countries surveyed