China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

Jan 11, 2017

China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that China’s only aircraft carrier had transited the Taiwan Strait amid soaring tensions between Beijing and Taipei. The ministry said the Liaoning carrier had passed through the 160 kilometer-wide (100-km-wide) waterway that separates Taiwan from southeastern China. It said ...

More nuclear weaponry means more risk

Jan 9, 2017

More nuclear weaponry means more risk

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As with guns, Americans are divided on the issue of nuclear weapons. One side is motivated by a “more is better” philosophy — a deep, intuitive belief that the best way to stop bad guys is to get more weapons to the good guys. ...

Blast in Syrian town on Turkish border kills nearly 50

Jan 8, 2017

Blast in Syrian town on Turkish border kills nearly 50

A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border Saturday, killing nearly 50 in a huge explosion that damaged buildings and left rescuers scrambling to find survivors amid the wreckage, opposition activists said. Rescuers and ...

Ukraine hit by 6,500 hack attacks, sees Russian 'cyberwar'

Dec 30, 2016

Ukraine hit by 6,500 hack attacks, sees Russian 'cyberwar'

Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months, including incidents that showed Russian security services were waging a cyberwar against the country, President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. In December, Ukraine suffered attacks on its finance and defense ...

Dec 27, 2016

Nigerian troops foil suicide attack in restive city

Nigerian troops on Monday foiled an attempt by two female suicide bombers to attack a cattle market in the restive city of Maiduguri, a frequent target of Boko Haram jihadis, the emergency service said. Ibrahim Abdulkadir of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in ...

Boko Haram has been crushed, Nigeria says

Dec 25, 2016

Boko Haram has been crushed, Nigeria says

The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria’s president declared Saturday. His victorious statement came as the Islamic State group, with which one faction of ...

Ukraine rebels agree to new indefinite truce

Dec 24, 2016

Ukraine rebels agree to new indefinite truce

A top Ukrainian insurgent said Friday the rebels had agreed to an indefinite cease-fire negotiated by Moscow and Kiev that would go into effect this weekend. The latest truce was hammered out with the help of European monitors and came after a surge in ...