Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Oct 23, 2014

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas he apparently considers more crucial to the ...

Oct 23, 2014

Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California

One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at more than 6 pounds (2.8 kilograms), the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The San ...

Oct 23, 2014

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. Beginning next year, the use of cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted in the company’s offices, conference rooms and elevators. Lighting up already is prohibited on ...

Oct 23, 2014

Tribes in Baghdad suburb vow to keep Islamic State at bay

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond ...

Oct 23, 2014

U.S. to monitor all travelers coming from Ebola-hit nations

U.S. health officials said Wednesday that they would begin monitoring all travelers — even Americans — who come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations for 21 days, significantly expanding their vigilance. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Oct 23, 2014

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men ...

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Oct 23, 2014

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic State group. Kurdish officials said ...

Oct 22, 2014

Japan, U.S. to conduct joint military drill for island defense

The central government has said it plans to hold a bilateral military exercise with the United States in November to ensure smooth joint operations between the two countries’ militaries and to bolster island defense capabilities. The field drill, called Keen Sword, is held every ...