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. ...

Jun 25, 2014

Jihadis hone social media skills to win Iraq

Supporters of a powerful jihadi group are waging an online propaganda war in tandem with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swaths of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important ...

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

Jun 25, 2014

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s ...