it’s a secret of the vast U.S. Treasury market, a holdover from an age of oil shortages and mighty petrodollars: Just how much of America’s debt does Saudi Arabia own? But now that question — unanswered since the 1970s, under an unusual blackout by the U.S. Treasury Department — has come to the fore as Continue Reading..

The Washington region shut down Friday as a winter storm of history-making magnitude that may paralyze the area for days swept in with the prospect that it would last for 36 hours and leave more than two feet of snow in some places. As night fell, most streets were deserted, restaurants were dark, and downtown Continue Reading..

For nearly a decade, Marina Litvinenko has been trying to conclusively prove who killed her husband — and why. His death was like something out of a spy thriller. Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-KGB officer, was poisoned in 2006 after drinking a cup of tea laced with a radioactive substance. As he lay dying in a Continue Reading..

LANDSTUHL, GERMANY:  It was the call that Yeganeh Salehi had been awaiting for more than a year. At 2 p.m. Saturday, she picked up the phone at her home in Iran and heard the voice of her husband, jailed American reporter Jason Rezaian. “I have been told I am leaving for the airport right now,” he Continue Reading..

WASHINGTON:  Washington DC, New York and other East Coast cities readied fleets of snow plows, thousands of flights were canceled or delayed and residents stocked up on groceries ahead of a winter storm expected to dump up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow on the region. At least five states had declared emergencies by Thursday Continue Reading..

“I’m not angry, I’m disappointed. This was one game we should have batted much better. I’ll take responsibility, I should have carried on but I got out,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni after India lost the fourth ODI in Canberra on Wednesday by 25 runs. (Scorecard | Match Report | Highlight) India were cruising to victory Continue Reading..

A group of at least six militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They then opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels. A security official unnamed by news agency Reuters said the death toll could Continue Reading..

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN:  At least 19 people were killed and several wounded when militants attacked a university campus in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, a senior government official said. Gunmen scaled the rear walls of Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsadda, just outside the city of Peshawar, around 9:30 a.m., firing into the air, witnesses said. Continue Reading..