Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Jan 28, 2015

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free ...

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

Jan 28, 2015

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

About 1,100 children are living rough in underground shelters in Ukraine’s rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. “We were able to assess 12 bomb shelters where there are adults and parents with the children,” UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine Giovanna ...

Jan 27, 2015

Israeli spy unit boots soldiers who refused to snoop on Palestinians

Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said. The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General “A,” barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

Jan 27, 2015

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told reporters. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense ...

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

Jan 27, 2015

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

The U.N. said Monday that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior U.N. official told an emergency Security Council ...

Jan 26, 2015

U.N. Security Council condemns Japanese hostage's murder

The United Nations Security Council on Sunday condemned the murder of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group and called for the immediate release of a second fellow national held captive. In a unanimous declaration, the 15 members of the security body spoke ...

Jan 26, 2015

Philippine police clash with Muslim rebels; 30 killed

Heavy fighting in the southern Philippines between police and Muslim rebels on Sunday left at least 30 elite policemen dead, a military spokesman said. Col. Restituto Padilla said the clashes happened at a remote camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro ...

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Jan 26, 2015

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russian-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people, President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday during an emergency meeting of his Security Council. U.S. President Barack ...