The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:03:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:03:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Pro-Russia militants ignore agreement between Russia, Ukraine</strong><br />Saying they do not take orders from Washington or Moscow, pro-Russia militants refused to end their occupation in eastern Ukraine on Friday. Russia, the European Union, Ukraine, and the United States signed an agreement in Geneva meant to help stabilize relations in the region, but the protesters said they would not abandon their mission while Ukraine's current government remains in place. Tensions had already mounted again between Moscow and Washington on the deal's language, with the U.S. ultimately deciding to deploy ground troops...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:03:00 -0400The week's best editorial cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p ><br /></p><p ><strong>**See more cartoons**</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0400The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> A woman leaves after casting her vote inside a polling station in Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. | (<em>REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</em>) <br /><br /><br /> <br /> A vessel involved in salvage operations passes the upturned South Korean ferry "Sewol" in the sea off Jindo. The accident killed at least 28 people and has left nearly 270 missing, most of whom were teenagers on a school trip. | (<em>REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</em>)<br /><br /><br /> <br /> Fans shield their eyes from the sun during the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London. | (<em>REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth</em>) <br /><br /><br /> <br /> A gaucho rides a wild horse during the annual celebration of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 18, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Russia agrees to deal on easing tensions in Ukraine</strong><br />Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union struck a deal Thursday calling for pro-Russia separatists to surrender local government buildings they seized in eastern Ukraine. The agreement also spells out steps to defuse tensions. President Obama said the deal was promising but if it fizzles the U.S. still could impose more sanctions on Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to rule out sending troops if violence escalates. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:54:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 17, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Separatists attack Ukraine base as Geneva crisis talks begin</strong><br />Pro-Russia separatists attacked a military base in eastern Ukraine on Thursday as diplomats gathered in Geneva for crisis talks. Three separatists were killed in the clash, making it the deadliest yet in the 10-day uprising. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kiev's attempt to crush the protests by force was pushing the country into an "abyss." The White House threatened Russia with fresh sanctions if it doesn't defuse tensions. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:55:00 -0400How Captain America won over China<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>SHANGHAI &mdash; Last week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor. The Marvel superhero sequel <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>&mdash; which (spoiler alert) sees World War II hero Steve Rogers adjusting to life in the 21st century after a 70-year-long sleep, all while battling nefarious elements including spies and Nazis within his employer, a government agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. &mdash; has cleaned up at the Chinese box office, selling over 5.6 million...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Warner BrownThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:59:00 -0400Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the U.N. censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper <em>Haaretz</em> reported that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene:</p><p >A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed Israel's behavior as ungrateful, in light...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:00 -0400How Ukraine can fend off the Russians, in 7 simple steps<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ukraine hangs at a precarious moment, twisting in an uncertain wind. Russian troops are still massed along the eastern border, and President Vladimir Putin seems intent on keeping his options open: Will he choose invasion, destabilization, or negotiation? The most likely path forward seems to be a Russian attempt to destabilize Ukraine through a covert campaign. The United States and its NATO allies should lean in to help the Kiev regime prepare to conduct counterinsurgency operations, given what appears to be obvious Russian support to violent separatists.</p><p>Step one should be assessing the potential...</p> <a href="">More</a>By James StavridisWed, 16 Apr 2014 08:28:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 16, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ferry sinks off South Korean coast</strong><br />At least four people died and 295 were missing Wednesday after a South Korean passenger ferry carrying 450 people capsized and sank off the country's south coast. About 320 of the people on board were high-school students traveling with teachers to the resort island of Jeju. Search vessels and helicopters hurried to the scene to pluck people from the stricken ship. Authorities said they could not immediately determine what went wrong. [<em>CNN</em>, <em>The Guardian</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 15, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. The <em>Post</em> and <em>The Guardian</em> win a Pulitzer for Snowden stories</strong><br /><em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian</em> were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their articles on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Columbia University announced Monday. The articles resulted in a review of the NSA's mining of telephone and internet communications data, and sparked a debate on balancing privacy rights with the need to thwart terrorists. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:50:00 -0400