Putin: Russian forces 'could conquer Kiev in two weeks'
2014-09-02 20:32:42 UTC
Vladimir Putin has said Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in two weeks if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.
Moscow declined to deny that the president had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation on Friday w...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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 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 ...
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...
The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
Russian convoy prompts Western anger
2014-08-23 00:30:36 UTC
Russia's decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West.
The EU and the US called for them to be withdrawn, saying their presence violated Ukraine's sovereignty....
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 ...
Pakistani female scientist 'on ISIS's list of demands'
2014-08-22 06:25:17 UTC
• Latest developments following beheading of James Foley:
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ISIS reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley.
According to the New...
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...
Former top general calls on Obama to wipe out ISIS
2014-08-21 18:46:18 UTC
An influential retired US general has called on Barack Obama to order the destruction the militant group responsible for murdering American journalist James Foley amid conflicting views in the administration on how to respond to the atrocity.
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...