In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Nov 29, 2014

In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State ...

Nov 28, 2014

West struggles to deal with 'ambiguous' Russian threat

When Russian soldiers crossed the border to fight with rebels in Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said they had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time. When Estonia was the victim of a cyberattack in 2007 and blamed Moscow, the ...

Nov 27, 2014

Merkel hits diplomatic dead end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the ...

U.K. spies lacked info to stop slaying of soldier Lee Rigby: report

Nov 26, 2014

U.K. spies lacked info to stop slaying of soldier Lee Rigby: report

Britain’s intelligence agencies were monitoring two al-Qaida-inspired extremists who killed a British soldier on a London street, but did not know about a key online exchange that could have alerted authorities to the impending attack, lawmakers said Tuesday. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said ...

U.S. may place heavy armor in Eastern Europe

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. may place heavy armor in Eastern Europe

The U.S. Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year, and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said Tuesday. The move is part of a U.S. effort dubbed ...

Russia infuriates Georgia with deal that 'annexes' rebel Abkhazia

Nov 25, 2014

Russia infuriates Georgia with deal that 'annexes' rebel Abkhazia

Russia cemented control over neighboring Georgia’s independence-minded Abkhazia region Monday with a “strategic partnership” deal which the Georgian government said amounts to annexation. President Vladimir Putin signed the “alliance and strategic partnership” agreement, which formalizes Russian dominance of the tiny separatist region’s foreign policy, ...

Nov 25, 2014

Islamic State group raked in up to $45 million in ransom cash

The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday. Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the ...

Russia says it will lose $40 billion a year due to sanctions

Nov 24, 2014

Russia says it will lose $40 billion a year due to sanctions

Russia is set to lose around $40 billion per year due to Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Monday. “We are losing around $40 billion per year due to geopolitical sanctions and we are losing some $90 billion to ...