Dec 7, 2014

Yet another extension for Iran

Rather than declare international negotiations to cap Iran's nuclear ambitions failed, seven countries have agreed to extend the talks for another seven months.

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...

Dec 4, 2014

Kerry says any Iran strikes against Islamic State 'positive'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the group. Kerry, hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, said ...

Dec 3, 2014

Islamic State leader's wife, son detained: Lebanon

Lebanese authorities detained a suspected wife and young son of the Islamic State group’s leader, and were questioning the woman and conducting DNA tests on the boy, two senior Lebanese officials said Tuesday. Both officials refused to give further details about the woman believed ...

Dec 2, 2014

Kurds deny Canadian-Israeli woman captured by Islamic State militants

A Kurdish official in Syria denied Monday previous reports that Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg was captured by militants from the Islamic State group and a Facebook message on her page read “I’m totally safe and secure.” Rosenberg, 31, a civil aviation pilot who enlisted in ...

For Syrian rebels, push forward in south yields rare success

Nov 29, 2014

For Syrian rebels, push forward in south yields rare success

Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad’s seat ...

In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Nov 29, 2014

In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State ...

Nov 27, 2014

Iran arrests beggar with thousands in pockets, more in bank

A beggar arrested in Iran on Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said. The unidentified 64-year-old, a former street vendor, was stopped by a police patrol cracking down ...

Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

Nov 26, 2014

Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country. The remarks were the first by ...

Nov 25, 2014

Islamic State group raked in up to $45 million in ransom cash

The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday. Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the ...