The start of Iran’s nuclear program can arguably be pegged to December 8, 1953.
It was on that date that U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered what was later dubbed his Atoms For Peace speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
Eisenhower used the occasion to sell a wary world on the positives of nuclear power and to spell out a visionary plan to use it “to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of the world.”
Under the plan, Eisenhower said the United States would provide the necessary technology and expertise to nations eager to create civilian nuclear programs.
To make sure nuclear materials were not [...]
Internet users in Russia will no longer be able to access a massive database of cached webpages, apparently due to one single website authorities in Moscow don’t like.
Russia’s attorney general has ordered blockage of the site, known as “The Wayback Machine,” citing legislation that bans minors from accessing sites that contain pornography, sexual abuse, or extremist activities.
The Wayback Machine stores cached images of webpages around the world going back as far as 1996 and contains almost 500 billion stored images.
The Kremlin says the unprecedented block is needed to keep dangerous information from reaching minors online. But Russian free speech activists [...]
ATHENS—Greeks voted Sunday in a referendum on whether to accept the terms of a European Union bailout, which include further spending cuts. It remains unclear whether Greeks will vote for more economic austerity to get European bailout funds or reject EU demands and risk being thrown out of the eurozone.
Surveys going into Sunday’s snap poll show the vote is too close to call.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject the conditions, which include more tax hikes and spending cuts. He says a “no” vote will give Greeks a better negotiating position with European Union finance ministers.
To loud cheers from supporters, Tsipras [...]
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syria Saturday and Sunday have killed at least 23 Islamic State militants and wounded others.
In a statement issued early Sunday, the coalition said the airstrikes targeted structures and transit routes used by the IS group in and around Raqqa.
Coalition spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Gilleran says the airstrikes, which he called significant, were intended to deny the militants the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq.
The casualty figures were released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. An IS-affiliated website confirmed the strikes and said 10 people were killed and dozens [...]
MAHAMA, RWANDA—The white tents stretch almost to the horizon, lined up in neat rows across the red-clay and gnarled-tree landscape of eastern Rwanda, like an army encamped for invasion.
This, however, is an army of fear and uncertainty: tens of thousands of Burundians who have fled the deepening political chaos in their home country, and created one of Africa’s worst refugee crises.
Ruth Niyongere is one of at least 27,000 now living at the United Nations-administered camp near the town of Mahama, on the border with Tanzania. She says she has no need for politics; what she needs is soap, which is what she was standing in line for on a recent June morning.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday accused China of stealing commercial secrets and “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.”
Speaking at a campaign event in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, the former U.S. secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York said China is “stealing huge amounts of government information” as it looks for advantages.
She said the United States needs to remain fully “vigilant” about China, which she said is establishing military installations that threaten countries the United States has treaties with, such as the Philippines. She was referring [...]