Jul 25, 2014

Group divorced from reality: top Turkish cleric

The declaration of a so-called caliphate by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey’s top cleric, the successor to the last caliph’s most senior imam, said. The Islamic State last month declared its ...

Jul 25, 2014

'Caliphate' tours big business for jihadists

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its so-called caliphate. Running twice-weekly tours from the Syrian city of Raqqa to Iraq’s Anbar, Islamic State ...

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Jul 25, 2014

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before ...

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. appeals court deals blow to health law

President Barack Obama’s health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and ...

Jul 20, 2014

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad that were among a string of attacks Saturday that left at least 27 people dead. The group said in a statement posted online late Saturday that two of the attacks were ...

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 ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Widespread global opposition to U.S. electronic surveillance since the revelations of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has not badly harmed the overall image of the United States, and it remains far more popular around the world than rising power China, according to a ...

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 ...