Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

Nov 22, 2014

Berlin says 550 Germans joined jihadist cause in Syria, Iraq

Hundreds of Germans have left their home country to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. “We estimate 550. Just a few days ago we had 450,” the minister told German television channel Phoenix on Friday. “These ...

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

| Nov 22, 2014

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, ...

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Nov 22, 2014

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Ukraine’s revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasingly unpopular government, activist reporter Mustafa Nayyem called for a rally on the country’s most famous square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti — Independence Square. “As soon as there are more ...

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Nov 22, 2014

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in the coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said a half-dozen ...

Nov 21, 2014

Myanmar army admits deadly attack on Kachin rebels

Myanmar’s army has admitted a heavy weapons strike in strife-torn northern Kachin state that rebels say killed over 20 people, government-backed media said Friday, as escalation of the fighting cast doubt over faltering peace talks. The military said its artillery hit a Kachin Independence ...

Nov 19, 2014

South Korea puts cost of economic unification at $500 billion

South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that developing North Korea’s moribund economy in the wake of eventual reunification would cost around $500 billion. Financial Services Commission (FSC) Chairman Shin Je-Yoon told a seminar in Seoul that the estimate covered a period of 20 ...

U.S. orders its troops in Europe to keep low profile when off base

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. orders its troops in Europe to keep low profile when off base

The U.S. military’s European Command (EUCOM) said Tuesday it has ordered its troops to avoid wearing their uniforms when off base and to make sure the security settings and geolocation functions on their social media pages aren’t “overly revealing.” EUCOM’s spokesman, navy Capt. Greg ...