Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Jan 28, 2015

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who ...

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. In ...

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Jan 2, 2015

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country’s civil war, spending New Year’s Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood, state media said Thursday. State TV footage showed Assad having dinner of baked beans ...

Dec 15, 2014

U.N. says death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April, and more than a quarter of the recorded deaths have come since a much-ignored ceasefire, U.N. rights investigators said Monday. A new report from the U.N. ...

Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

Nov 7, 2014

Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama has presented the highest U.S. military honor to a Union Army officer who was killed more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg, often described as the turning point of the American Civil War. Obama says he’s aware he ...

New wealth rises in Mogadishu as millions suffer

Nov 6, 2014

New wealth rises in Mogadishu as millions suffer

The first ATM and the construction of modern buildings and trendy restaurants are exciting signs of growth for those living in Somalia’s capital. That is, if you have money. Even as war-torn Mogadishu makes strides forward, thousands of residents are facing the prospect of ...

Yemen leader warns of civil war; rebels cry victory

Sep 24, 2014

Yemen leader warns of civil war; rebels cry victory

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned Tuesday of “civil war” in Sunni-majority Yemen and vowed to restore state authority as Shiite rebels in apparent near-total control of Sanaa hailed their “victory.” Yemen “is facing a conspiracy” and “the danger of slipping into civil war,” ...