Apr 27, 2015

U.S. may ease penalties for those who pay hostage ransoms

U.S. officials are expected to stop prosecuting families of American hostages who communicate with kidnappers abroad or raise funds and pay ransoms, ABC News reported Sunday. A National Counterterrorism Center advisory group, ordered by the White House, is expected to recommend what would mark ...

Two Swedish hostages held in Syria fly home

Apr 27, 2015

Two Swedish hostages held in Syria fly home

Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. The hostages, named in the Swedish media as Thomas Olsson, 50, and Martin Reen, 33, were freed with the help of ...

Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates

Apr 26, 2015

Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates

Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province. The takeover prompted retaliatory government air raids in the town center — as ...

Saudis say airstrikes over but Yemen positions bombed again

Apr 23, 2015

Saudis say airstrikes over but Yemen positions bombed again

Hours after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its coalition’s nearly monthlong air campaign in Yemen, new airstrikes Wednesday hit Iran-backed militants and their allies in two cities, and the rebels said they would welcome U.N.-led peace talks in the conflict that has killed ...

Apr 12, 2015

Man charged in US bomb plot called strange, troubled

Topeka Kansas AP John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the mosque he attended in the central state of Kansas. ...