Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Jul 5, 2014

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukraine’s forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday, chasing them from one of their strongholds in the embattled east of the country. Rebels fleeing from the city of Slovyansk vowed to regroup elsewhere and fight on. President Petro Poroshenko said in ...

Al-Maliki signals intent to remain

Jul 5, 2014

Al-Maliki signals intent to remain

Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed Friday not to abandon his bid for another term as prime minister and pledged to stay on until the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country are defeated. The sharp ...

Ukraine claims winning ground in rebellious east

Jul 5, 2014

Ukraine claims winning ground in rebellious east

Fighting in eastern Ukraine left at least nine Ukrainian soldiers dead Friday as government troops pressed their offensive against pro-Russian insurgents using heavy artillery and combat jets and prospects of a truce appeared dim. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine was ready to conduct ...

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Jul 5, 2014

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands mourned at the funeral for an Arab teen who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. Palestinian militants, meanwhile, fired rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza ...

Saudi Arabia reportedly deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Jul 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia reportedly deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday. But Baghdad denied the report, saying the frontier remained under its full control. The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia shares an ...

Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates

Jul 3, 2014

Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates

By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad. Fresh from success in Iraq, the Islamic State ...

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Jul 1, 2014

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Ukraine’s Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Kiev’s forces will resume a military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after he opted not to prolong a shaky cease-fire. “After examining the situation I have decided, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, not ...

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Jun 30, 2014

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. He also said Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in ...