Plane disaster 'wake-up' call for Europe: Obama

Jul 19, 2014

Plane disaster 'wake-up' call for Europe: Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama said the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in a Ukrainian region controlled by Russian-backed separatists should be a “wake-up call for Europe and the world” in a crisis that appears to be at a turning point and warned Russia of ...

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

Jul 19, 2014

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

An entire family of six that had been returning home after three years living abroad was among the 44 Malaysians killed in the Flight MH17 disaster, media reports said Saturday. Tambi Jiee, 49, and his wife, Ariza Ghazalee, 46, perished along with their four ...

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Jul 19, 2014

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed as they slept when an Israeli tank shell hit their home, burying 11-year-old Ahmed, 14-year-old Walaa ...

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Jul 19, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defenses in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands ...

Why were commercial planes still flying over Ukraine?

Jul 19, 2014

Why were commercial planes still flying over Ukraine?

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine has raised questions over why the company persisted in flying in conflict-zone airspace that many other Asian carriers had abandoned months ago. The air corridor over Ukraine has always been a crowded one ...

Jul 18, 2014

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

Syria’s Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday. The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic ...

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

Jul 18, 2014

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas’ rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels ...