Apr 14, 2015

Right group's report says Syria may have used toxic chemicals in attacks

An international human rights group says evidence “strongly suggests” that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several “barrel bomb” attacks in northwestern Syria last month. Human Rights Watch quoted rescue workers as saying the attacks in Idlib province from March 16 to March ...

Apr 14, 2015

Turkey deports 9 young Britons who tried to enter Syria

Turkey on Tuesday deported nine Britons, including the son of a local councillor, two weeks after arresting them for attempting to cross into Syria to join jihadists, the official news agency said. The nine were taken by minibus from custody cells in the Hatay ...

Iraqi leader to seek arms with deferred payment on U.S. visit

Apr 12, 2015

Iraqi leader to seek arms with deferred payment on U.S. visit

Iraq’s prime minister will seek President Barack Obama’s help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight the Islamic State group during a U.S. visit this week, a senior Iraqi official said. Facing a cash crunch due to a ...

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Apr 7, 2015

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Malaysia’s lawmakers passed an anti-terrorism bill Tuesday after more than 10 hours of heated debate over a law that reintroduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked. Opposition members of parliament proposed several amendments to the legislation, under which individuals can be ...

Apr 7, 2015

Photographer seeking to enter Syria may be allowed limited travel

The Foreign Ministry is considering issuing a new passport that would allow limited travel overseas to a freelance photographer after it confiscated his previous one to stop him from going to Syria, a diplomatic source said. The passport would likely prevent Yuichi Sugimoto, 58, ...

IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

Apr 7, 2015

IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. The mass killings last June of Shiite soldiers ...

Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...