Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

| May 25, 2015

Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadis, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army’s retreat ...

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

May 24, 2015

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose defense of the poor divided his nation and the Catholic Church, was beatified Saturday at a ceremony attended by vast crowds. An estimated 200,000 cheering worshipers from all over the world packed San ...

Rebel commander reportedly killed in eastern Ukraine

May 24, 2015

Rebel commander reportedly killed in eastern Ukraine

A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine was killed along with several other fighters after their car came under attack Saturday, rebel authorities announced. The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic confirmed that Alexei Mozgovoi, the commander of a police battalion in the war-torn ...

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

May 21, 2015

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

by Adrian Croft

Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults — all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training ...