Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

Aug 31, 2014

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was ...

Aug 31, 2014

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from ...

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Aug 31, 2014

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hard-line Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days in August, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali ...

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

Aug 31, 2014

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

European Union leaders on Saturday chose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair the European Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc’s foreign relations as it prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the ...

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

Aug 30, 2014

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. The assessment by Shelter Cluster, chaired by the Norwegian Refugee Council with the ...