Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

Feb 2, 2016

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink mulled wine to the sound of techno music. On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of ...

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Feb 2, 2016

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Iraq’s 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong. One part of the unit moved forward too quickly across the open field of the military ...

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says

Feb 2, 2016

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says

Authorities dealing with Europe’s migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters, a senior official at the European Union’s police agency said Monday. Europol Chief of Staff Brian Donald ...

Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming new airspace violation

Jan 31, 2016

Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming new airspace violation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow on Saturday that it would be forced to “endure the consequences” if its jets continue to violate Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported a new border infringement incident by a Russian plane. NATO-member Turkey said another Russian warplane ...

Germany's Merkel says refugees must return home once war over

Jan 30, 2016

Germany's Merkel says refugees must return home once war over

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday tried to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees, insisting that asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Merkel, despite appearing increasingly isolated over her policy, ...