Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Aug 1, 2015

Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

American intelligence agencies have concluded that despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago. U.S. military commanders on the ground ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan mulls lifting sanctions against Iran

The government is considering lifting its sanctions against Iran, depending on Tehran’s progress in fulfilling the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached recently with six world powers, according to informed sources. Iran is an important energy supplier for Japan and is exploring the ...

Jul 27, 2015

Australian 'Islamic State nurse' remanded in custody

An Australian nurse who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terrorism charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants. Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father of five, is accused of knowingly providing support ...

Jul 23, 2015

More than 200 teachers arrested in Iran during protest, say activists

More than 200 teachers were arrested on Wednesday during a protest outside the parliament in Tehran, an activist group said. The teachers were demanding the release of their colleagues from jail. Authorities launched a crackdown after over 2,000 teachers from across Iran gathered outside ...

Obama's unlikely Iran deal MVP: Energy Secretary Moniz

Jul 23, 2015

Obama's unlikely Iran deal MVP: Energy Secretary Moniz

As negotiators were grasping for a landmark nuclear deal, they hit a roadblock over Iran’s once-secret enrichment site at Fordo, a fortified bunker buried deep in a mountainside — potentially impervious to U.S. or Israeli airstrikes. The United States wanted the facility shuttered, but ...