Jun 24, 2014

Syria teens 'recruited to fight,' report says

Syrian rebel factions have recruited teenagers as young as 15 to fight in the country’s civil war, using them in roles ranging from soldiers and snipers to stretcher bearers and suicide bombers, a rights group said. Human Rights Watch said rebel groups across the ...

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Jun 24, 2014

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes. The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international ...

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists and staff in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, prompting an investigation by federal authorities. Researchers working in a high-security bioterror response lab at the ...

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

Jun 19, 2014

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security survey reported Wednesday. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in particular helped drag ...

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Jun 11, 2014

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Syrian President Bashar Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said Tuesday. The list has been handed to the International Criminal Court, citing for ...

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Jun 10, 2014

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Syrian President Bashar Assad announced an unprecedented prisoner amnesty Monday, less than a week after his re-election, the most wide-ranging since the revolt against him began. Announced five days after Assad was returned to office with nearly 90 percent of the votes in a ...