Islamic State car bomb kills 56, including 20 Iranians, in Iraq

Nov 25, 2016

Islamic State car bomb kills 56, including 20 Iranians, in Iraq

A car bomb tore through a gas station south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 56 people, including 20 Iranians, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police and hospital officials confirmed the toll and said another 45 people were wounded ...

Obama 'not optimistic' on Syria as Aleppo pummelled

Nov 21, 2016

Obama 'not optimistic' on Syria as Aleppo pummelled

U.S. President Barack Obama said he is “not optimistic” about Syria’s future, as the U.N. warned time is running out to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo, which has been pounded by airstrikes for nearly a week. Government forces launched a ferocious assault last ...

U.S. proposes U.N. arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan

Nov 18, 2016

U.S. proposes U.N. arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan

The United States circulated on Thursday to the 15-member United Nations Security Council a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions amid warnings by a senior U.N. official of possible genocide. Political rivalry between South Sudan’s President ...

Nov 16, 2016

Kerry announces Yemen cease-fire over objections of government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Yemen’s Houthi group and the Saudi-led coalition fighting it had agreed to a cease-fire from Thursday as Washington presses for an end to the war before President Barack Obama leaves office. The internationally recognized ...

Nov 14, 2016

Myanmar says 34 people killed after they attacked troops

Myanmar’s government says 34 people were killed after they attacked government troops in western Rakhine state over the weekend, but villagers belonging to the Muslim Rohingya minority say the victims were unarmed civilians. The government has been conducting counterinsurgency operations since nine police officers ...

Nov 13, 2016

Russian warship flotilla now off Syrian coast: military

A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia’s military in the area, a naval commander said on state television. The commander of Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Sergei Artamonov, said ...