'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

Jan 1, 2015

'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

The Italian Coast Guard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country’s rocky shoreline with 768 people on board. In the second major maritime drama of recent days, officers revealed ...

Dec 30, 2014

Eight missing after migrant boat sinks off Turkey: reports

The Turkish Coast Guard was searching Monday for eight people believed to be Syrian migrants missing after their boat capsized off southwestern Turkey while on its way to Greece, news reports said. Rescuers have found two people alive but were still searching for eight ...

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Dec 26, 2014

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swaths of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS threatens not only Iraq’s and Turkey’s security but the entire region,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told a joint news conference ...

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Dec 15, 2014

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a U.S.-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, ...

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Dec 2, 2014

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for Southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. He said Russia can’t implement the South Stream project because of the European Union’s opposition to ...

Dec 2, 2014

Turkey starts vetting fighters for U.S.-backed force for Syria

Turkish authorities have started vetting candidates for a beefed-up Syrian opposition force under a joint initiative with the U.S., according to a Turkish official with knowledge of the process. The program will train as many as 5,000 fighters, another official said. The training will ...

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Dec 1, 2014

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and U.S.-led airstrikes, monitors said Sunday. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide ...

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Nov 28, 2014

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks. For more than 700 migrants, most of them fleeing the conflict ...

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

Nov 27, 2014

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions — to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.” Last week, the president issued a series ...