• With Hagel Out, Past Contenders Eyed As Next U.S. Defense Chief
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s abrupt announcement of his resignation on November 24 leaves a top cabinet position open in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, and early speculation suggests that candidates previously considered for the job could be tapped to lead the Pentagon. The possible successors to Hagel, who Obama said will stay on until a replacement is confirmed by the Senate, include U.S. Senator Jack Reed (Democrat-Rhode Island), former Deputy...
  • Oxfam Says Women Excluded From Peace Talks With Taliban
    The aid agency Oxfam says Afghan woman are being excluded from efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and warned that hard-won rights for women could be bargained away unless more is done to include women in the peace process.
  • Diary Of An Islamic State Wife: British Woman In Syria Tells Of Husband's Death In Kobani
    The diary offers insights into how and why Western women are going to join IS in Syria and Iraq; the extremist Sunni group’s attitudes toward women's roles; and how women are taught to react when their husbands or male acquaintances are killed in the fighting.
  • RFE/RL Video Roundup Nov. 24
    Nationwide rallies after a politician is assassinated in Pakistan, Syrian Kurds in Turkey monitor Kobani fighting, Syrian Kurdish women train to battle Islamic State fighters, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
  • U.S. Defense Chief Hagel Resigning
    U.S. President Barack Obama has confirmed that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was stepping down after less than two years in office.
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