Nusra Front demands to be taken off UN terrorist list in return for freeing 45 peacekeepers
2014-09-02 10:16:05 UTC
Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days, Fiji's military commander has said.
Brig Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the ...
New Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK
2014-09-02 08:05:13 UTC
The UK and US governments have criticised, in unusually strong language, Israel's decision to approve one of the largest appropriations of Palestinian land for settlement in recent decades.
The UK foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said he depl...
Ukrainian forces setbacks in Luhansk and Donetsk
2014-09-01 22:14:55 UTC
Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.
Officials said nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began.
Earlier the military said government f...
Nato to create 'spearhead' force to counter Russian threat
2014-09-01 21:36:04 UTC
WASHINGTON — As Ukrainian leaders warned on Monday of “a great war” with Russia, NATO leaders meeting in Wales this week were expected to endorse their most concrete response yet to increased Russian military intervention in Ukraine: establishing ...
US and Iran become unlikely allies in ISIS battle
2014-09-01 07:45:05 UTC
BAGHDAD — With American bombs raining down from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists over the weekend, punching through their defenses to break the weekslong siege of Amerli, a cluster of farming villages who...
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...
Putin 'urges talks on "statehood" for eastern Ukraine'
2014-08-31 13:54:16 UTC
President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report.
He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld".
His comments came after the EU g...
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)...
European Union gives Putin a one week Ultimatum
2014-08-31 13:48:41 UTC
The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petr...
Iran says US sanctions will hinder nuclear talks
2014-08-31 13:48:19 UTC
US sanctions against Iran will hinder talks over the country's nuclear programme, the Iranian foreign ministry has warned. The comments came as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said the country should "resist" the measures.
On Friday, the US i...
To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help
2014-08-30 16:14:40 UTC
IN a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a glo...
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...
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...
'Russian troops deployed' in Ukraine
2014-08-29 09:49:06 UTC
World powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe.
The UN security cou...
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...
GAZA: Israel and Palestinians agree a long-term truce
2014-08-27 10:38:06 UTC
The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven weeks of catastrophic loss of life and destruction, but on terms which are likely to leave many on both sides of the c...
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...
US launches reconnaissance flights over Syria
2014-08-26 15:56:49 UTC
The US has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria in preparation for a possible cross-border expansion of its aerial campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
The flights, involving both manned aircraft and drones, began on Tuesday, an...
US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes in Libya
2014-08-26 08:36:51 UTC
The US was "caught off guard" by air strikes against Islamist militia in Libya.
The attacks on militia positions around Tripoli airport were reportedly carried out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from bases in Egypt.
Egypt has denied any i...
Assad Asks for US and UK Help in Fight Against ISIS
2014-08-25 23:05:42 UTC
The Syrian government is ready to cooperate with international and regional efforts to fight terror, but efforts must be coordinated with it, the Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday.
Asked if Syria was ready to cooperate with ...
UN: ISIS Executed 670 Prisoners In Mosul
2014-08-26 17:23:41 UTC
The United Nations said on Sunday it had evidence that fighters from Islamic State (Isis) had killed as many as 670 prisoners in Mosul and had carried out further abuses in Iraq that amounted to crimes against humanity.
Navi Pillay, the UN high...
Ukraine troops battled Russian armoured column
2014-08-25 15:14:23 UTC
Ukraine's government has said its forces have clashed with an armoured column that crossed the border from Russia as Moscow ramped up tensions ahead of crunch talks by pledging to send in a new aid convoy.
The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshe...
Libyan capital under Islamist control
2014-08-25 05:49:40 UTC
Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war this weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented the world with yet another crisis.
Operation Dawn, ...
Iran shot down Israeli drone near nuclear facility
2014-08-25 04:30:58 UTC
Iran's Revolutionary Guards claimed on Sunday that an Israeli stealth drone had been brought down above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that Iran's elite forces had in...