Elite US military forces 'tried to rescue James Foley'
2014-08-21 05:52:25 UTC
Elite US military forces secretly invaded Syria recently in a risky and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to free an American journalist, James Foley, before he was killed by militants with the Islamic State (Isis), the Pentagon announced on Wednesd...
UK: Scotland Yard warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime
2014-08-21 05:50:34 UTC
Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.
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...
Hamas leader's wife and child killed in Israeli airstrike
2014-08-20 08:23:12 UTC
The wife and child of a Hamas militant leader have reportedly been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza which have left 11 people dead.
A Hamas official in Cairo said Israel had been targeting Mohammed Deif, the head of its armed wing.
ISIS Video Shows Execution of U.S. Journalist James Foley
2014-08-21 05:48:28 UTC
Militants from the Islamic State have released a video showing a jihadist speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist in what it says is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The chilling message in the v...
Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza and recalls team from ceasefire talk
2014-08-19 19:15:56 UTC
The temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was in jeopardy on Tuesday after rockets were fired from Gaza, triggering a swift military and political response from Israel.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it was targeting "terror sites ...
Julian Assange: I am leaving the Ecuadorian embassy soon
2014-08-18 11:02:04 UTC
Julian Assange has rebuffed reports that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in order to hand himself in to police, saying only that he will leave "soon".
Media reports had surfaced ahead of a press conference on Monday morning sugge...
Kurdish Peshmerga retake dam as Obama writes to Congress
2014-08-18 05:33:57 UTC
The US on Sunday launched two waves of air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in northern Iraq, in the most extensive American military operations in the country since the withdrawal of ground troops in 2011.
The strikes helped Kurd...
Assange could go to international court of justice
2014-08-17 20:47:31 UTC
Ecuador's foreign minister has accused the British government of having no real interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the confinement of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has spent more than two years in the country's embassy in Lon...
American preference to fight for Kurds rather than Iraqis
2014-08-16 17:28:37 UTC
Iraq's political class has watched with fear and envy in the last fortnight as American jets have slowed the Islamic State extremist group's advance towards the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil.
At the same time, the group, formerly known as Isis, h...
Germany 'spied' on U.S. Government and NATO Member
2014-08-16 17:03:13 UTC
German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.
The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry ...
German intelligence (BND) spied on Hillary Clinton
2014-08-15 20:53:56 UTC
German intelligence spied on Hillary Clinton on various occasions.
According to a report in the German news publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, German intelligence apparently spied on Hillary Clinton while she was in office and during various trip...
Hamas will only sign deal that meets Palestinian demands
2014-08-15 07:00:19 UTC
Hamas believes there is a "real opportunity" to reach an agreement with Israel in Cairo negotiations to end the conflict in Gaza, saying it is "not interested in more bloodshed".
The positive signals from the Islamist organisation, which has fo...
WHO: Ebola crisis vastly underestimated
2014-08-15 05:31:33 UTC
* Outbreak of an undetermined viral haemorrhagic fever begins in Guinea in February.
* Identified as Ebola in March.
* Researchers have since traced the first case to the death of two-year-old Guinean child in December 2013.
Ukraine crisis: Rebel head 'quits', 'Tsar' takes over
2014-08-14 16:55:33 UTC
<strong>The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.</strong>
Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the ...
Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire by five days
2014-08-14 16:41:49 UTC
Hamas and Israel have agreed five more days' truce to allow further talks after a tense final countdown to the end of the current 72-hour ceasefire on Wednesday night.
The current truce, which is the eighth bid to end the five-week long war, ha...
The power struggle in Baghdad and Nouri al-Maliki's fight for survival
2014-08-13 20:27:14 UTC
Nouri al-Maliki’s struggle to cling to power has reached its existential pinnacle, despite the designation of his apparent replacement in Haider al-Abadi.
Amid almost unilateral support for Abadi – who has been tasked with forming a new governm...
US marines to organise escape route for Yazidis refugees
2014-08-13 20:22:43 UTC
More than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mt Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by hunger and thirst.
The force flew in on V-22 Osprey ...
SAVE US FROM DEATH
2014-08-13 07:53:43 UTC
The US has sent 130 more military advisers to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.
The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defe...
Ebola: Nigeria confirms new case in Lagos
2014-08-12 06:52:53 UTC
Nigeria has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital, Lagos, bringing the total number in the country to 10.
The health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the latest confirmed case was a female nurse who came into contact with a Lib...
Russia to send convoy into Ukraine
2014-08-11 22:13:15 UTC
Russia is sending a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with the Red Cross, the Kremlin has announced.
Western leaders had previously warned Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, against using a humanitarian aid mission as a pretex...
Erdogan hails new era for Turkey
2014-08-11 09:45:39 UTC
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, and issued a message of unity, saying he would be a president for everyone.
“I will not be the president of only those who voted for me,...
Maliki attacks president Masum: Iraqi court supports Maliki
2014-08-11 10:03:03 UTC
A top Iraqi court has ruled that PM Nouri Maliki's bloc is the largest in parliament, state TV says, in a boost to his bid to stay on for a third term.
The decision means that President Fuad Masum, who Mr Maliki criticised for not intervening a...
Osun Poll: Omisore’s Running Mate, Obada, PDP Chairman, Lose Their Polling Units
2014-08-10 00:32:02 UTC
Against the acclaimed strength of many stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party in parts of Osun State, the results of the election triclking in have indicated that many of the leaders of the party lost the election in their respective polling un...
Barack Obama: "Iraq is going to be a long term project"
2014-08-10 00:31:32 UTC
US President Barack Obama has warned it is "going to take some time" to help Iraqis overcome the jihadist-led Sunni rebellion and stabilise their country.
It would be a "long-term project" to revamp and resupply the military and build support a...