West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

Feb 23, 2015

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

The West sounded more forceful warnings over Ukraine’s battered truce Sunday as fighting raged around the port city of Mariupol and the warring sides wrangled over withdrawing heavy weapons. The volatility was underlined by a bomb blast in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv ...

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Feb 22, 2015

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid Saturday into neighboring Syria, evacuating dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and moving the crypt back to Turkey on Sunday after ceremonially planting the country’s crescent-and-star flag. The mission, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stranded for months ...

Feb 22, 2015

Suicide bomber kills four in Assad clan's hometown

A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed four people Sunday in an unprecedented attack on a hospital that took Syria’s civil war to the ruling Assad clan’s hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said. The attack came as the Syrian Observatory for ...

Defeat narrows options for Ukraine's Poroshenko

Feb 22, 2015

Defeat narrows options for Ukraine's Poroshenko

by Richard Balmforth

The loss of the key town of Debaltseve to Russian-backed separatists, the latest in a string of big battlefield defeats for Ukraine, narrows the options for President Petro Poroshenko in his dealings both with Moscow and with the West. No sooner did the strategic ...

Feb 22, 2015

Come home, families beg Syria-bound U.K. schoolgirls

The families of three British schoolgirls feared to be traveling to join the Islamic State group in Syria issued emotional appeals for them to come home Saturday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

Feb 21, 2015

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that ...