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A cheetah cub with its mother in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Researchers called for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to change the cheetah’s status from vulnerable to endangered. Credit Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency
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Cheetahs in Danger of Extinction, Researchers Say

The cheetah, as swift as it is in the hunt, will not be able to outrun the threats to its survival without new conservation efforts, according to an international team of researchers who reported their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They found that the threat […]

A dock at a recreational compound owned by the Russian government near Centreville, Md., on Thursday. Credit Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Two Russian Compounds, Caught Up in History’s Echoes

WASHINGTON — A pair of luxurious waterfront compounds outside New York and Washington have for decades been a retreat for Russian diplomats, places to frolic in the water, play tennis and take lengthy steam baths. On Thursday, Obama administration officials described the compounds differently: as beachside spy nests sometimes used […]

A funeral procession in Capaya, Venezuela, for men killed after raids by the security forces. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

In a Brutal Year in Venezuela, Even Crime Fighters Are Killers

CARACAS, Venezuela — The soldiers barged into Rafael González’s home as his mother and girlfriend looked on. It would be a routine questioning, they assured him and others arrested that night, before hauling them off to a dark military barracks. What happened next was anything but normal, Mr. González recalled. […]

Members of a group called Jews United Against Zionism protested this week in New York in support of the Security Council resolution that condemned the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Credit Kena Betancur/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

American Jews Divided Over Strain in U.S.-Israel Relations

For Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-El on Staten Island, the Obama administration’s recent confrontation with Israel was a stunning turn for a president who had enjoyed support from many members of his congregation. “The word ‘betrayed’ would not be too strong a word,” he said. But in Los Angeles, […]

The Obama administration was riven for months by an internal debate about how much of its evidence to make public. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking

WASHINGTON — President Obama struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services. The administration also penalized four top officers of one of those services, the […]

A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah at the Souk Tawil market in Damascus, Syria, in February. Turkey said on Dec. 29, 2016, that Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to support Assad, should withdraw from Syria. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

Russia-Turkey cease-fire goes into force in war-ravaged Syria

A cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight Thursday, a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe. If it holds, the truce between the Syrian government […]

Sen. John McCain, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, seen here on Nov. 16, 2016, said the Obama adminstration's sanctions on Russia "are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia." (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

Republican response to Russia sanctions: Some praise for Obama, some praise for the hackers

President Barack Obama‘s administration’s move to name and sanction more Russians it accused of hacking Democratic campaign organizations had been previewed for days in leaks to reporters. But as they issued statements and appeared on news shows Thursday, Republicans offered a wide range of responses, from praise for the administration […]

Part of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Dec. 30, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not expel American diplomats in retaliation after President Barack Obama kicked out dozens of suspected intelligence agents and imposed sanctions in a furious dispute over alleged election interference by Russia. (Alexander Nemenov / AFP/Getty Images

Putin says he won’t expel American diplomats after Obama sanctions Russia over alleged election interference

The United States has unleashed a string of sanctions and ordered expulsion of 35 Russians in retaliation for alleged cyber-meddling against the U.S. election, but President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia won’t oust American diplomats in a retaliation for the move. The diplomatic showdown between Washington and Moscow, which […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting on Sept. 5, 2016, at the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, The U.S. ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, a sanction that is aimed to punish an alleged cyberhack into the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (ALEXEI DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / EPA)

How to be declared ‘persona non grata’ and get yourself kicked out of the United States

In response to Russian hacking of American political organizations, President Barack Obama announced a number of retaliatory actions on Thursday, including the expulsion of nearly three dozen Russian citizens from the United States. “Today the State Department declared 35 Russian government officials from the Russian Embassy in Washington and the […]

Inductees after the naturalization ceremony
Homeland News

34 African-Caribbean diasporans granted Ghanaian citizenship

Thirty-four members of the African-Caribbean diaspora in the country have been granted Ghanaian citizenship following the approval of the President John Dramani Mahama. At a ceremony in Accra yesterday to formalise the process, the 37 people were made to swear an oath of allegiance to the country to that effect. […]