Aug 26, 2015

In shift, U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe

The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month’s U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka’s government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary ...

Aug 26, 2015

Iran recruits Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria

The fate of two brothers from Kabul, one grievously wounded, the other killed fighting in Syria, spotlights Iran’s covert but active recruitment of Afghan refugees to buttress President Bashar Assad’s steadily depleting forces. Shiite Iran, Assad’s key military and financial patron, denies enlisting Afghan ...

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

Aug 26, 2015

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in a prison colony on terror charges in a trial condemned by Kiev, Western rights groups and top film directors. Oleg Sentsov, 39, was convicted of masterminding arson attacks on pro-Kremlin ...

Aug 26, 2015

First man from Ghana joins IS, family says

A 25-year-old Muslim from Ghana has traveled to an Islamic State training camp, becoming the first known recruit from the West African nation to join the militant group, his family said on Tuesday. The decision by university graduate Nazir Nortei Alema is likely to ...

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Aug 26, 2015

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that he is open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicated there is little chance of it happening among his enemies, casting further doubt on a Russian plan to forge an alliance against the ...

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Aug 26, 2015

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra. The images showed militants placing barrels and small containers, presumably containing explosives, into the temple, as well as similar containers placed on parts of its ...