Russian's Lavrov calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine
2014-09-01 07:43:22 UTC
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said the negotiations taking place in Minsk on Monday to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine should seek an immediate ceasefire.
Lavrov added that Ukrainian forces must pull back from positions from...
US senators urge arms 'to fight Russia'
2014-09-01 21:41:15 UTC
Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".
Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a co...
NATO plans five new bases in Eastern Europe
2014-09-01 07:35:21 UTC
LONDON — Caught off guard by the crisis in Ukraine, NATO plans to create a “spearhead” rapid deployment force and a “more visible” presence in Eastern Europe to assuage concerns about Russian intentions, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the alliance’s secre...
Iraqi forces 'reach besieged Amerli'
2014-08-31 13:48:32 UTC
Iraqi forces have reached the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq, where thousands have been trapped by jihadists, military officials say.
The apparent breakthrough comes after the US carried out air strikes overnight on Islamic State (IS)...
Three million refugees have fled Syria, says UN
2014-08-29 09:38:08 UTC
More than three million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees – a million of them in the past year alone, the UN said on Friday.
"Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today [Friday] surpass a record three...
Netanyahu faces political turbulence after a seven-week war
2014-08-28 22:47:12 UTC
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is facing a bout of political turbulence after leading Israel through a seven-week war against Hamas in Gaza – a conflict that has caused a rift in his cabinet and drawn deep public scepticism.
Obama on ISIS in Syria: We don't have a strategy yet
2014-08-28 22:29:46 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday he's building a "broader regional strategy" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
But that strategy in Syria is not in place yet, Obama said, and he explicitly tamped down expectations that ther...
UN: Syria and ISIS committing war crimes
2014-08-27 18:16:32 UTC
The Syrian government and Islamic State ISIS insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN investigators have said.
Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas, including some believed to con...
Response to Putin: NATO plans east European bases
2014-08-27 05:12:25 UTC
Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary gene...
Putin sent 'accidentally' soldiers to east Ukraine
2014-08-27 01:30:03 UTC
MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Unidentified, heavily-armed strangers with Russian accents have appeared in an eastern Ukrainian village, arousing residents' suspicions despite Moscow's denials that its troops have deliberately infiltrated the frontier...
Hollande took the biggest gamble of his presidency
2014-08-25 21:38:37 UTC
French president François Hollande took the biggest gamble of his two-year-old presidency on Monday by ordering his reformist prime minister to form a new government which will exclude Socialist dissidents demanding an end to economic austerity po...
ISIS seized a strategic Syrian airbase after heavy fighting
2014-08-25 04:39:07 UTC
Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say.
The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province..
State TV confirmed that government...
UK close to identifying ISIS killer of James Foley
2014-08-24 18:08:05 UTC
Security services are close to identifying the jihadi captor who beheaded American journalist James Foley, the British ambassador to the United States has said.
Speaking on US television, Sir Peter Westmacott, said voice recognition technology ...
US looks at options for pressuring ISIS in Syria
2014-08-23 11:17:27 UTC
Western powers are coming under mounting pressure to do more to confront Islamic State (Isis) in its stronghold in Syria, as the heavily armed militants edged closer to taking an important air base that would cement their domination over a swath o...
Kurdish forces launch attacks to recapture towns from ISIS
2014-08-22 16:00:54 UTC
Kurdish peshmerga fighters have launched attacks to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State ISIS militants, as Western governments consider how to mount an effective response to the threat posed by the extremist group that has redrawn ...
Pentagon: ISIS is 'beyond anything we've seen'
2014-08-22 06:32:33 UTC
Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was suffic...
The Ukrainian government claims wins in rebel stronghold Luhansk
2014-08-21 05:28:54 UTC
The Ukrainian government has announced control of the rebel stronghold Luhansk. The news follows a day of heavy fighting around the eastern city of Donetsk that left at least 40 people dead.
With street battles ongoing on Wednesday, Ukrainian t...
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
Refugee convoy hit by Pro-Russian rebels rockets
2014-08-18 21:47:41 UTC
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed on Monday when a convoy carrying refugees was hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
Government forces and pro-Russian rebels accused...
1,200 Ukraine rebels 'trained in Russia'
2014-08-16 17:16:32 UTC
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTub...
Ukraine destroyed Russian vehicles after crossing border
2014-08-15 22:27:09 UTC
Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country's east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.
Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron in a phone call that his country's armed force...
Shells hit Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid Russia convoy row
2014-08-14 15:59:57 UTC
Heavy shelling has hit the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, amid a continuing row over a controversial Russian aid convoy.
People poured out of offices in the city centre after an evacuation warning sounded. At least one person has died.
US denies role in plot to oust Iraqi PM Maliki
2014-08-11 23:34:58 UTC
American officials have denied participating in a plot to oust Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, despite a series of phone calls made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to support the appointment of his successor.
Obama welcomed the selection of ...
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: New three-day ceasefire holds
2014-08-11 09:34:52 UTC
Gaza was hit by an Israeli strike at sunset - ahead of the new ceasefire, as Orla Guerin reports
The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt.
If the truce continues to hold, Israel...
US aircraft strike 'ISIS' artillery in Iraq
2014-08-08 18:32:01 UTC
US aircraft have struck targets of the 'Islamic State' militant group in Iraq. US President Barack Obama had earlier authorized airstrikes in northern Iraq following militants' rapid advances.
The Pentagon said on Friday that two F/A-18 aircraf...