Saudi Arabia reportedly deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Jul 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia reportedly deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday. But Baghdad denied the report, saying the frontier remained under its full control. The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia shares an ...

Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates

Jul 3, 2014

Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates

By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad. Fresh from success in Iraq, the Islamic State ...

French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

Jul 1, 2014

French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, has agreed to pay nearly $9 billion to resolve criminal allegations that it processed transactions for clients in Sudan and other blacklisted countries in violation of U.S. trade sanctions, the Justice Department announced Monday. The bank pleaded guilty to ...

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

Jun 30, 2014

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

French bank BNP Paribas has agreed to pay U.S. authorities an $8.9 billion fine to avoid being tried in court for dealing with U.S.-blacklisted countries, sources close to the matter said. The deal ends months of haggling which saw French President Francois Hollande pressing ...

ISIL crucifies eight rebels in Syria's Aleppo: NGO

Jun 30, 2014

ISIL crucifies eight rebels in Syria's Aleppo: NGO

A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the jihadists, a monitor said on Sunday. The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the Islamic State of Iraq and ...

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Jun 27, 2014

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught. ...