Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

Sep 6, 2014

Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

The Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that the Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending ...

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

Sep 6, 2014

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. With the militants spreading ...

Sep 5, 2014

Obama taps Google exec as new technology officer

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday named Google vice president Megan Smith as his new chief technology officer, charged with unleashing the power of data and computers inside the fusty world of government. Smith fronted Google’s acquisition of major platforms including Google Earth, Google ...

Hanks, Sting lead list of Kennedy Center honorees

Sep 5, 2014

Hanks, Sting lead list of Kennedy Center honorees

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and British rock-pop legend Sting are among the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the highest U.S. award for living performing artists. U.S. actress Lily Tomlin, soul singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride round out the list of ...

Sep 4, 2014

Canadians held Americans hostage in Syria: report

Three Canadians were directly involved in the kidnapping of two American journalists by Islamist militants in Syria, Canada’s public broadcaster reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said the trio — whose identities are unknown — forced captives Theo Curtis and Matt ...