Only 10 years ago, the French were derided in Washington political circles for their rejection of plans to invade Iraq. Now the so-called "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" are standing by the U.S. on Syria — while the country's closest European ally, Britain, has rejected military action.
A quarter century ago, Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group investigated chemical attacks against civilians in Iraq, and says recent images from Syria bring back the "horrible events" of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., had sent a letter to President Obama urging him to seek congressional approval before any military action against Syria. Surprisingly, on Saturday, Obama agreed. Cole talks about what comes next.
Lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate are praising President Obama for seeking their authorization for any military action in Syria. Still, Congress isn't even scheduled to return to Washington until Sept. 9. And how might they vote? It's "kind of a gamble" says NPR congressional reporter Ailsa Chang.
President Obama said Saturday he believes the United States should take military action against Syria, in response to last week's deadly chemical weapons attack. But in an about-face, Obama has decided to first seek a vote in Congress authorizing a military strike. It's a gamble. While approval from Congress would strengthen the president's hand, he could also suffer a stinging rebuke from lawmakers, much as British Prime Minister David Cameron did.
The official MENA news agency denies reports that Mohammed Badie, who was arrested by Egyptian authorities earlier this month, has died.
President Obama, speaking from the Rose Garden, said he'd decided to use military force against Syria, but was also seeking congressional authorization for the action.
The government in Shanghai says 26 other people were also hurt in the leak and that six of them are in critical condition.
The man, who was 17 when the crime took place, is one of six accused in a case that has shocked the nation and sparked international outrage.
The former South African president and anti-apartheid leader is still in a Pretoria hospital with a lung infection despite reports that he'd returned home.
The Russian leader says claims made by the U.S. are "nothing more than a provocation" for a military strike on the regime.
Analysts say the case for military intervention in Syria lacks a legal basis, yet the White House argues it might be the right thing to do. While there may not be legal precedent under international law, it wouldn't be the first time the U.S. has taken military action on humanitarian grounds.
Our story on the food safety risks posed by rinsing raw birds — a step advocated by many chefs and cookbooks — inflamed passions and prompted many questions. Here, we tackle some of your most frequently raised concerns.
Despite more than two years of fighting that has left 100,000 people dead, President Obama has resisted intervening in Syria. But he appears to have concluded that the use of chemical weapons demands a response, even if it risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the conflict.
John Lewis is a congressman from Georgia, a pillar of the civil rights movement and an author. Add to that resume something slightly less expected — comic book writer. Lewis is getting ready to release March, the new graphic novel of his life.
Iraq and Afghanistan War vets have strong misgivings about the idea of military strikes in Syria, especially in the absence of congressional authorization.
Farmers have been blocking highways for 11 days, demanding a better business environment. Free trade agreements, they argued, leave them unable to compete with exports from the U.S. and Europe.
As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.
Microsoft's general counsel said negotiations with the government over the release of information were a failure.
As we look back at five years since the financial and housing crisis began, we see another possible bubble forming: student loans. But can the two really be compared?
"Those are two different stories that are going to end in two different ways," says Betsy Mayotte, director of regulatory compliance at the nonprofit American Student Assistance.
The biggest difference, Mayotte says, is that in the case of the mortgage crisis, there was a physical asset to walk away from -- or for the bank to foreclose on.
"Unless the NSA has invented some other program that I'm not aware of, there really isn't a way to repossess a diploma," Mayotte jokes. On the plus side though, there are a lot more options available to those who are struggling to pay off their student loan debt -- including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and income-based repayment.
Those options might be hard to see when you feel like you are drowning in debt -- or even just plain old misinformed. "Just remember, it's very common for student loans to change loan holders, regardless if it is a federal or private loan," she says. The best way to check? If it is a federal loan, you can find out by doing a quick search on the National Student Loan Data System. Have a private loan? Check your credit report. If you still have questions and don't seem to be getting answers, keep pushing.
"If you walk away with one thing from this story," Mayotte says, "I hope you remember this: always call. I see a lot of people that assume that nothing can be done for their situation so they sort of bury their head in the sand. And there's almost always something that can be done to relieve someone's situation if they can't afford their debt."