Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

Dec 8, 2014

Canadian, British embassies in Cairo closed due to security concerns

Canada’s Embassy in Cairo was closed Monday until further notice because of security concerns, an official answering its emergency telephone line said, the second diplomatic mission to shut its doors this week. A message on the embassy’s website read: “The ability to provide consular ...

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

| Dec 8, 2014

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

The death of two hostages during a rescue attempt in Yemen shows how little room there is for bad intelligence or bad luck when U.S. forces go into action on such high-risk missions. Faulty intelligence doomed a raid in Syria earlier this year to ...

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Dec 8, 2014

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers is regularly ...

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

Dec 7, 2014

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

It is aimed at children, but instead of princes and princesses, fairies and magicians, the heroes of Lebanon’s Mahdi magazine are the “fighters who fell resisting the Israeli enemy.” Produced by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement for the last 11 years, Mahdi aims to teach a ...

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

Dec 6, 2014

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated veteran defense expert Ashton Carter as his defense secretary, a job that will require him to tackle messy wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan and try to fend off potentially damaging budget cuts. In Carter, Obama chose ...

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...

Dec 4, 2014

Kerry says any Iran strikes against Islamic State 'positive'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the group. Kerry, hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, said ...

Dec 4, 2014

Army kills six rebels near Indian Kashmir border

The army has killed six rebels in Indian Kashmir during a two-day gun battle that was believed to be an attempt by militants to disrupt elections in the region, a spokesman said Wednesday. An Indian soldier was also killed in the fighting, which started ...