Germany to host fresh Ukraine talks

May 1, 2016

Germany to host fresh Ukraine talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev. “It is necessary to give new momentum (to efforts) to surmount obstacles between Kiev ...

Fighting rages in Aleppo; other parts of Syria calm

May 1, 2016

Fighting rages in Aleppo; other parts of Syria calm

The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day. Contested Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and ...

Iraqis storm parliament, demanding political reform

May 1, 2016

Iraqis storm parliament, demanding political reform

Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months. Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holding demonstrations ...

North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

Apr 30, 2016

North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

North Korea has tightened security ahead of its ruling party’s congress, South Korea said Friday, with authorities keen to avoid any “mishap” at the gathering, at which advances in the drive for nuclear weapons will likely be hailed. Thousands of delegates are expected in ...

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Apr 30, 2016

U.N. proposal demands combatants protect hospitals

A U.N. resolution that could be adopted in the coming week demands that all parties to conflicts protect medical workers and facilities against violence — and face justice if they don’t. The draft resolution, circulated Friday, expresses concern that the number of attacks is ...