Deadly Shootout at Sloviansk Breaks Ukraine's Easter Truce

The Easter truce in Ukraine did not last very long. A shootout at a checkpoint in Slovyansk was deadly, but no one can agree on the death toll. It was the first clash since the US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia reached an agreement in Geneva to stop the violence in east Ukraine between pro-Russian forces and pro-Ukrainians.
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Israeli Sues Obama Administration for Discrimination

An Israeli man is suing the Obama administration after Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx denied his complaint against Kuwait Airways for refusing to allow him to purchase a New York-London air ticket. The suit, filed Mar. 31 at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, alleges that the "Secretary has officially endorsed Kuwait Airway’s policy boycotting Israeli nationals" and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 20 Apr 2014, 12:35 PM PDT

Thousands Celebrate Easter in Holy Land

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. 20 Apr 2014, 12:07 PM PDT

Holy Fire Ceremony Draws Thousands in Jerusalem

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. 20 Apr 2014, 11:25 AM PDT

Pope leads Easter Celebrations Marred by Ukraine

Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem. 20 Apr 2014, 11:18 AM PDT

How Jewish Values Enrich the Earth

The Jewish people were entrusted by God with awesome purpose. No nation in the history of the world has had a more significant and positive impact on human development than the Jews. 20 Apr 2014, 11:03 AM PDT

Automakers Unveil China-Focused Models in Beijing

Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. 20 Apr 2014, 8:39 AM PDT

Deadly Shootout at Sloviansk Breaks Ukraine's Easter Truce

The Easter truce in Ukraine did not last very long. A shootout at a checkpoint in Slovyansk was deadly, but no one can agree on the death toll. It was the first clash since the US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia reached an agreement in Geneva to stop the violence in east Ukraine between pro-Russian forces and pro-Ukrainians. 20 Apr 2014, 8:30 AM PDT

Ukrainian Anti-Semitism Not as Bad as Russia's

Stephen Pollard, writing in Sundayexpress.com, notes that the recent anti-Semitic leaflet distributed in Ukraine demanding Jews register or be deported might make Russia look more philo-Semitic than Ukraine, but that theory is false. 20 Apr 2014, 2:54 AM PDT

US Ground Troops Might Be Deployed to Poland over Russia's Actions

Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told The Washington Post that US ground troops will move to Poland in an effort to reinforce NATO’s defenses in Eastern Europe as Russia remains a security risk. It is the first time ground troops have been mentioned as a way to help the US’s NATO allies. 19 Apr 2014

World View: China Admits That 20% of Its Farmland Is Polluted

A previously top secret report has emerged from China's Environmental Protection Ministry showing that 19.4% of China's farmland is contaminated with heavy metals, particularly cadmium, nickel, and arsenic. The toxins come from factories and mining. Rice crops are particularly vulnerable, since rice paddies are flooded with water, so the soil can be contaminated by a mine that's miles away. 19 Apr 2014

Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexican Capital

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. 18 Apr 2014

Venezuelans Celebrate Holy Week with Christian Prayer for End of Socialism

The protests against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela have taken a Christian turn this week as the mostly Catholic nation celebrates its greatest holiday. Students in Caracas yesterday performed the series of prayers known as the Stations of the Cross dedicated to a democratic nation, with prayers for an end to socialism. 18 Apr 2014

Who Are the Men Behind the Masks?

It’s hard to fathom that groups of armed men in masks suddenly sprang forward from the population in eastern Ukraine and systematically began to occupy government facilities. It’s hard to fathom because it’s simply not true. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is a military operation that is well planned and organized and we assess that it is being carried out at the direction of Russia. 18 Apr 2014

World View: Russia Flip-Flops on Eastern Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced that an agreement had been reached between Russia, Ukraine and the West to deescalate the situation. In particular, the agreement called for protesters to leave illegally seized buildings. As we reported yesterday, Russia's ambassador to the Soviet Union said that any such call would be "betraying" the people of eastern Ukraine. 18 Apr 2014

12 killed, 3 Missing in Avalanche on Everest

An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. 18 Apr 2014

Why Westernized Muslims Become 'Radicalized'

A new Danish statistical study finds that “Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first.” While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam – such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity – others, such as rampant theft against non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder are justified by Islamic doctrine – as one U.K. Muslim cleric once clearly said. 18 Apr 2014

Pax Islamica Debuts in Dubai

Thursday evening in Dubai, the 3rd Dubai International Peace Convention began, under the leadership of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 18 Apr 2014

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