Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Jul 19, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defenses in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands ...

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

Jul 13, 2014

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. However, world powers and Iran appear set to extend the deadline to allow more time for ...

Jul 13, 2014

Iran says it may walk away from nuclear talks

Iran’s chief negotiator in nuclear talks in Vienna warned Saturday that Tehran is ready to walk away if “excessive” Western demands cause a failure, a day before foreign ministers were to try to inject momentum. Eight days before a deadline for a deal, Abbas ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

| Jul 13, 2014

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

A video on a boy’s phone shows him firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was ...

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 ...