ap.com. “Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech” - President Barack Obama is drawing on his own experience as a minority as he gently nudges India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual."
politico.com. “Will Hillary Clinton run for the Democratic nomination unopposed?” - Hillary Clinton is reportedly now 100 percent sure to run, and will announce in early April. She came to that decision right after Christma, and plans to announce her campaign in early April.
reuters.com. “Argentine president plans to dissolve spy agency after prosecutor's death” - President Cristina Fernandez plans to disband Argentina's intelligence agency amid suspicions that rogue agents were behind the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.
“Ukraine rebels move to encircle government troops in new advance” - Russian-backed rebels advanced to encircle a Ukrainian army garrison town on Monday in a new offensive that has again unleashed all-out war after a five-month ceasefire and brought threats of new Western sanctions against Moscow. The United States and the European Union are considering new measures after accusing Russia of openly supporting the latest rebel advance with money, arms and troops on the ground. Ambassadors of NATO countries and Ukraine met in Brussels on Monday to discuss a response to the fighting, their first such emergency meeting since August.
“Argentine president plans to dissolve spy agency after prosecutor's death” - President Cristina Fernandez plans to disband Argentina's intelligence agency amid suspicions that rogue agents were behind the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. In her first televised address since Alberto Nisman was found dead with a single bullet to the head, Fernandez said on Monday night she would send Congress a bill creating a new security body that would be more transparent.
eurasianet.org. “Orthodox Church leader Reflects on the Religious Dimension of the Ukrainian Crisis” - Patriarch Filaret heads the Kyiv Patriarchate, the branch of Ukrainian Orthodoxy that is loyal to President Petro Poroshenko’s administration. He recently sat down with EurasiaNet.org to discuss religious affairs in Ukraine and how the ongoing conflict between Kyiv and Moscow is extending into the spiritual sphere.
“Armenia: Eight Things That Don’t Add Up About Gyumri Murders”- Two weeks after the killing of a family in the northern Armenian town of Gyumri, there are more questions than answers concerning the actions and motives of the individual accused of committing the mass murder, 18-year-old Russian army private, Valery Permyakov. Some answers may seem straightforward, while others, given the case’s sensitivity, may never be disclosed by Armenian and Russian investigators.