Jul 28, 2014

Xinjiang extremists may have joined Iraq conflict, China envoy says

Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the conflict there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed ...

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

Jul 28, 2014

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely autonomous in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the ...

Jul 28, 2014

Russia fired rockets into Ukraine: U.S.

The U.S. stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the ...

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

Jul 28, 2014

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coast guard should he run into ...

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Jul 28, 2014

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull ...

Malaysia PM: Agreement reached with Ukraine separatists on MH17 access

Jul 27, 2014

Malaysia PM: Agreement reached with Ukraine separatists on MH17 access

An agreement has been reached with separatists in Ukraine to enable international police to oversee a site where a Malaysian plane was downed and investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Sunday. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of the ...

Ukraine launches offensive to retake rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Jul 27, 2014

Ukraine launches offensive to retake rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently ...

Jul 27, 2014

Nusra Front video shows smiling American suicide bomber in Syria

An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country’s civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late ...

Jul 27, 2014

Destroy Hamas? Worse would follow

A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict. The remarks by Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the ...

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

Jul 27, 2014

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

by Julie Pace

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration’s case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were ...