‘The Birthplace of the Suicide Belt.’ Sri Lanka’s Deadly History of Suicide Bombings

For many years, Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war kept tourists at bay. When the 26-year conflict between the Tamil ethnic minority and the government ended in 2009, tourists flocked to the island nation’s tropical beaches, highland tea country and wildlife safaris. Hotels proliferated, among them the Shangri-La in the capital Colombo. On Easter Sunday, the Continue Reading

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S.

Iran’s foreign minister publicly proposed a prisoner swap that would involve the U.S. agreeing to release Iranians awaiting extradition in exchange for Tehran freeing detainees like a British-Iranian dual national held on espionage charges. Speaking at the Asia Society in New York Wednesday, Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced he is ready to negotiate. “Let’s have Continue Reading

Poland’s Ruling Party Chair Calls LGBT Rights a Threat to the Nation

(WARSAW, Poland) — The chairman of Poland’s conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, Poland’s most important politician, also said “everyone must accept Christianity” and that questioning the powerful Roman Catholic in Poland is unpatriotic. The positions that Kaczynski took Wednesday in Continue Reading

Russian President Putin Arrives in Vladivostok for a Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

(VLADIVOSTOK, Russia) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Vladivostok for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Thursday’s summit reflects Russia’s effort to position itself as an essential player in the North Korean nuclear standoff. Kim’s first trip to Russia comes about two months after his second summit with U.S. President Continue Reading