Jun 30, 2015

South Sudan army raped, burned girls alive: U.N. human rights report

South Sudan’s army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity,” a U.N. rights report said Tuesday. Rights investigators from the U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warned of “widespread human rights abuses” ...

Jun 30, 2015

Afghan Taliban lose ground to IS loyalists

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State have seized substantial swaths of territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province ...

Jun 30, 2015

One year later, Islamic State's 'caliphate' extends its global reach

The Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate entered its second year Monday with the jihadis expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming to be behind attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. The extremist group headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced ...

Gloves off as Kurds gain ground near Turkey

Jun 30, 2015

Gloves off as Kurds gain ground near Turkey

As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish ...

Jun 29, 2015

Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound ship

Israel’s navy intercepted a vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of Gaza early Monday and was redirecting it to an Israeli port, the military and activists on board the ship said. The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered ...

Jun 28, 2015

Shaken tourists flee Tunisia after seaside massacre

Planeloads of shocked foreign tourists flew home from Tunisia Saturday after a beach-side massacre claimed by the Islamic State group killed 38 people and prompted a major security clampdown. The North African nation, which relies heavily on tourism, announced plans to deploy troops at ...