On Tuesday, Ukraine finally approved the agreement that precipitated the deposition of a president, the annexation of a peninsula, and the breakout of war. In Kiev, protesters took a fitting symbolic action: They tossed a legislator in a dumpster.
Sweden's elections are over, the victorious Social Democrats are scrambling to form a government, and the country's third-largest party is a populist right-wing group with roots in the country's neo-Nazi movement.
How much of a threat does the Islamic State militant group pose? That's a question that depends very much on whom you ask.
With American diplomats assembling an international coalition to launch air strikes against the brutal group -- which has murdered more than 1,700 unarmed Iraqi soldiers, threatened minority groups with genocide, crucified numerous Iraqi civilians and beheaded a trio of Westerners -- senior members of the Obama administration have sometimes struggled to get on the same page in describing the militants. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said the Islamic State was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen" and "beyond just a terrorist group." Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey has called the group a "trans-regional and global threat." But counterterrorism chief Matthew Olsen maintains that there is "no credible information" that the militants are planning to strike the U.S. homeland or have the capabilities to do so.
If and when American troops arrive in Iraq and Syria to carry out ground combat operations, is this the document that we will look back on as having started it all?
Kiev wants its combat dolphins back, but now they're swimming for Russia.
After annexing the Crimean peninsula in March, Russia announced that it would press Ukraine's combat dolphins, stationed at a facility in Sevastopol, into service for Moscow. That time has come: The Crimean State Oceanarium, the dolphins' home base, is now under full Russian control.