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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
No Arab countries following US call for 'allies against ISIS'
2014-08-27 22:14:15 UTC
No one is falling over themselves to respond to Barack Obama's quest for a new "coalition of the willing" to attack the jihadis of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – least of all, it seems, the Arab governments that are most immediately threate...
Political fraud case: Lagarde 'under investigation'
2014-08-27 10:55:47 UTC
IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.
She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro ($527m) compensation payout to bu...
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...
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...
Zaha Hadid suing NY Review of Books over Qatar criticism
2014-08-25 04:47:49 UTC
Leading British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books over an article she claims accuses her of "showing no concern" for the deaths of hundreds of migrant construction workers in Qatar, where she has designed a football ...
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...
UK foreign secretary: James Foley killing betrays Britain
2014-08-24 07:33:19 UTC
The apparent killing of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant believed to be from the UK is "an utter betrayal of everything the British people stand for", the foreign secretary has said.
Writing in the Sunday Times, Philip Hammond said ...
Opinion: Obama doesn't shirk difficulties
2014-08-22 16:03:36 UTC
<strong>By Miodrag Soric</strong>
The American people are willing to give their president a lot of leeway - except when it comes to letting the country appear politically or economically weak. That simply doesn't align with image Americans have...
First remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home
2014-08-22 07:02:01 UTC
Flags flew at half-mast in Malaysia on Friday as the remains of 20 of the country's nationals who perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The flight from Amsterdam was met by relatives...
WHO ups Ebola deaths to 1,350
2014-08-21 08:00:11 UTC
The total number of Ebola deaths spiked to 1,350 Wednesday, with the toll mounting fastest in Liberia, which now has at least 576 confirmed dead of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
On Wednesday, the UN health agency also w...
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.
Obama to James Foley's Family: 'Our hearts are broken'
2014-08-20 20:03:43 UTC
President Barack Obama denounced Islamic State (Isis) militants for murdering an American journalist in retaliation for US air strikes in Iraq, showing an anger he has rarely displayed in remarks about the Iraq conflict.
“No just god would stan...
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...
My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine
2014-08-20 09:29:06 UTC
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
ISIS Video Shows beheading of U.S. Journalist James Foley
2014-08-26 17:23:24 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...
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...
Missouri’s governor sends National guard troops to Ferguson
2014-08-18 10:32:58 UTC
The national guard in Missouri is to be deployed to the city of Ferguson after the most intense night of violence since the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, in which police used teargas against protesters hours before a midnight curfew came int...