Saudi National Security Council head Prince Bandar bin Sultan has predicted that Saudi Arabia will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States to protest what Saudis regard as American inaction over Syria's civil war, among other factors.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, meeting with President Obama at the White House at the culmination of a three-day visit to Washington on October 23, asked U.S. President Barack Obama to end drone strikes on his country.
Speaking at a public ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Friday afternoon, President Obama nominated Jeh Johnson, a former General Counsel for the Defense Department, to become the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department.
Representatives from Iran and six world powers are meeting in Geneva on October 15 and 16 to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. The powers include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China.
Under an agreement reached with the Department of the Interior, the state of Utah will reopen five of its national parks on Saturday morning.
“Come on down to southern Utah. The parks are open,” Governor Gary Herbert said after signing the agreement.
Members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force captured al-Qaeda leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai — known by his alias, Anas al-Libi — in a raid in Tripoli, Libya, on October 5, reported the Indian newspaper the Post. Al-Liby is under indictment in the United States for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.
Since the suicide bombing attack at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday, September 22, Christians in Pakistan have lived in fear. The bombing killed 78 worshipers.
On September 21, the Department of Homeland Security tested a new facial recognition system at the 6,000 seat Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington, during the season home opener of the Tri-City Americans, a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League.
Voters in Switzerland will head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether the Alpine nation should continue with its military draft or rely solely on volunteers to man its military forces.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Syria’s government has provided Russia with new materials pointing to rebels’ involvement in a chemical attack that occurred outside Damascus on August 21.