There's been relative peace and quiet between Israel and Syria for years. Sure, Israel would occasionally strike out at what it saw as Syria threatening its security, but things have mostly remained quiet. But, recently, as Syria's civil wars devolves into mayhem, the peace had been punctured with threats and missile strikes.
There's been a controversy brewing around the way the military handles sexual assault allegations. It's been amplified by recent controversies that have enveloped top military leaders who are supposed to oversee the military's handling of sexual harassment cases.
Mark Schneider is a big deal among the war re-enactor set. He's often tapped to play the role of Napoleon, and he's in the running to play Napoleon in the biggest re-enactment in years: the 200th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.
Late last week and over the weekend, Israel is believed to have conducted two airstrikes on Syria -- designed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of their Hezbollah enemies. But some have said this was really a proxy for an attack on Iran.
It's long been known that Hezbollah was supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in its battle to retain control of Syria. But this week, Hezbollah's leader came out publicly stating it was backing Assad. The announcement, though, could portend expansion of the Syrian conflict beyond Syria.
As more information comes out about Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons on its rebels, U.S. defense officials came forward Thursday and acknowledged they were actively considering providing weapons to certain branches of the Syrian rebels.
The United States still says Syrian government use of chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war would represent crossing a red line -- but at the moment the United States in unsure whether that line has been crossed. That's the latest after President Barack Obama spoke the media Tuesday.
At least three countries are convinced the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in his country's ongoing civil war. On Thursday, U.S. officials confirmed they too believed Assad had unleashed sarin gas. But its options are limited.
North Korea's young ruler has a singular mission, experts say, preserve the family dynasty. And in that context, Kim Jong Un's sabre-rattling and his invitation to have Dennis Rodman visit the isolated country all makes sense.
In most of South Korea, people are taking the North's sabre-rattling with a big grain of salt. But on islands along the border, especially on Baengnyeong Island, people are a bit more tense. And all of the strong words are hurting the islands' economy, as well.