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A Spy Story: Sergei Skripal Was a Little Fish. He Had a Big Enemy.

“He missed Russia,” said Ross Cassidy, a burly former submariner who became one of his closest friends. Lisa Carey, another neighbor, observed the Russian on his daily rounds, walking to the Bargain Stop in his tracksuit to buy scratch tickets. Read more…


Egypt Court Sentences 75 to Death Over Deadly 2013 Protests

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest in Cairo that spiraled into violence and resulted in the death of hundreds Read more…


U.S. and India Agree to Strengthen Military Ties

NEW DELHI — The United States and India signed an agreement Thursday to pave the way for New Delhi to buy advanced American weaponry and to share sensitive military technology, strengthening their military partnership as both powers warily eye the Read more…


Deadly Airstrikes in Syria Raise Fears of New Offensive

LONDON — Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes on Syria’s last rebel-held province on Tuesday, apparently ignoring a warning from President Trump and raising concerns that a large offensive against the densely populated area had begun. The Read more…


‘Time for This War in Afghanistan to End,’ Says Departing U.S. Commander

KABUL, Afghanistan — When American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Col. John W. Nicholson Jr. survived by chance. That morning, as dozens of his colleagues were killed, he was moving house Read more…


Saudi Coalition Admits Error in Air Attack That Killed Dozens in Yemen

RIYADH — A Saudi-led coalition in Yemen acknowledged Saturday that an air attack last month that killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, was unjustified, and it pledged to hold accountable anyone who contributed to the error. Read more…


300,000 Troops and 900 Tanks: Russia’s Biggest Military Drills Since Cold War

Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that the exercises in Russia’s far east would be the “biggest drill to take place in Russia since 1981.” That was the year large exercises known as Read more…


With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific

The roots of China’s focus on sea power and “area denial” can be traced to what many Chinese viewed as humiliation in 1995 and 1996. When Taiwan moved to hold its first democratic elections, China fired missiles near the island, Read more…


Europe Benefits by Bankrolling an Anti-Migrant Effort. Niger Pays a Price.

DIRKOU, Niger — The heavily armed troops are positioned around oases in Niger’s vast northern desert, where temperatures routinely climb beyond 100 degrees. While both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have branches operating in the area, the mission of Read more…


Singapore Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Skipped Military Service

HONG KONG — The author of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the best-selling novel on which the new hit film is based, never fulfilled his national service obligations in Singapore and could face a fine or potential prison term, the country’s Ministry Read more…