There were elaborate floats and colorfully attired children dancing, ornate floral displays and lots of soldiers, tanks and missiles. Even a camel-mounted military force complete with its own marching band.
A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Sunday that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online video purporting to show that one had been killed “outrageous and unforgiveable.”
The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has fallen to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season threaten to hamper efforts to control the disease.
Yemen, for years a showpiece of U.S. counterterrorism efforts against the world’s most active al-Qaida branch, plunged into a dark and uncertain period Thursday with the resignation of the president and his cabinet after a militant takeover.
Leading a delegation of high ranking government officials from past Republican and Democratic administrations, President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet with King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud and express condolences on the passing of King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.