May 30, 2015

Syrian Christian beheads jihadi in revenge killing

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group militant to avenge people “executed” by the jihadis in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where the ...

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

| May 30, 2015

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

The Islamic State group’s monstrous truck bombs — easy to make, hard to stop and capable of destroying a city block — are reshaping the battlefield. The jihadis used about 30 explosives-rigged vehicles in the Iraqi city of Ramadi this month, blasting their way ...

May 27, 2015

South Korea's Park to meet Obama at White House next month

President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, at the White House on June 16, officials announced Tuesday. The meeting, which White House officials said was designed to “underscore the strength and breadth” of relations, comes amid rising tensions with North ...

At least 15 killed in Texas, Oklahoma storms; Houston flooded

May 27, 2015

At least 15 killed in Texas, Oklahoma storms; Houston flooded

Torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including three in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is ...

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

May 25, 2015

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...