Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Aug 23, 2016

Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said on Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.” Reporters pushed press ...

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Aug 22, 2016

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops began a military exercise simulating an all-out North Korean attack Monday, as Pyongyang issued bellicose threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes in retaliation. The two-week annual Ulchi Freedom exercise is largely computer-simulated, but still involves around ...

Aug 22, 2016

China stages live-firing drills in Tonkin Gulf amid tensions

China’s coast guard launched live-firing exercises in the Tonkin Gulf on Monday, the latest in a series of military drills that come amid renewed tensions among disputants to territory in the South China Sea. The Maritime Safety Administration said ships and boats were barred ...

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

Aug 21, 2016

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South. With tensions also high before a large-scale South Korea-U.S. military exercise starting Monday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Pyongyang was bent on provocation. ...

Suicide bomber at Turkish wedding kills at least 30; 94 injured

Aug 21, 2016

Suicide bomber at Turkish wedding kills at least 30; 94 injured

A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killed at least 30 people and wounded 94 others, authorities said Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the “barbaric” attack in the city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday ...

Justice elusive for slain aid workers worldwide

Aug 21, 2016

Justice elusive for slain aid workers worldwide

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In a massacre that shocked the world’s humanitarian community, 17 aid workers were killed a decade ago outside their office in northeast Sri Lanka — executed at point-blank range with automatic weapons in one of the worst attacks on humanitarians. Justice remains elusive for ...