Sudan launches major attack on South Sudan

BENTIU, South Sudan — Sudanese forces launched a major attack along the border with South Sudan after the South Sudanese army withdrew from a disputed oil field on Friday, signaling that the recent border war between the two countries is not yet over and might be entering a new phase. Read more

Rocket launch failure has some questioning North Korea’s next move

BEIJING — After the embarrassment of a controversial North Korean rocket launch ending in explosion on Friday morning, observers are now left to wonder what Pyongyang might do next. The Unha-3 (Galaxy) rocket was meant to be a grand reminder of the 100th anniversary of the April 15 birth of Kim Il Sung, the nation’s founder. Read more

Netanyahu asks to postpone eviction

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intervened Tuesday on behalf of Jewish settlers who last week took occupancy of a disputed building in the restive West Bank city of Hebron, requesting that a military order to evict them be postponed. Read more

Former Mexican president dies at 77

MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid, 77, who led the country during economic meltdown and natural disaster in the 1980s and laid the groundwork for freer markets and politics, died Sunday morning at a Mexico City hospital where he was admitted several weeks ago for lung disease. Read more

Obama clears way for tightened sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration cleared the way for tightening sanctions on Iran with a determination that a reduction in the global purchases of Iranian oil wouldn’t harm the world petroleum market. President Barack Obama determined that though world oil supplies are tight, there is a “sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum-related products from countries other than Iran” to make the reductions manageable, the White House said in a statement Friday. Obama was required to make the finding under a 2011 law that sets in motion graduated sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran to persuade it to accept limits on its nuclear program. Read more