Apr 7, 2015

Flee Yemen by sea, U.S. tells citizens

The United States admitted Monday that it has no immediate plans to rescue its nationals stranded in war-torn Yemen and urged them to flee the raging conflict by sea. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf could not tell reporters how many American civilians are thought ...

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. ...