Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

Jul 26, 2014

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates” to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the Islamic ...

Jul 21, 2014

In Damascus, semblance of normal life returns

Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favorite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria’s capital before war broke out. “We get together to chat, smoke a hookah (water pipe), ...

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

Jul 16, 2014

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

In Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in raging summer temperatures. Although the water is filthy, the war-weary children of the country’s one-time commercial capital ...

Jun 24, 2014

Syria teens 'recruited to fight,' report says

Syrian rebel factions have recruited teenagers as young as 15 to fight in the country’s civil war, using them in roles ranging from soldiers and snipers to stretcher bearers and suicide bombers, a rights group said. Human Rights Watch said rebel groups across the ...

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Jun 24, 2014

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes. The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international ...

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists and staff in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, prompting an investigation by federal authorities. Researchers working in a high-security bioterror response lab at the ...

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

Jun 19, 2014

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security survey reported Wednesday. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in particular helped drag ...