Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Aug 27, 2014

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent cease-fire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic. The first talks between the two leaders since June were described by ...

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said Tuesday. “We were ...

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

Aug 26, 2014

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockworklike regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia. The convoys were seen three times last week by Associated Press reporters, and one of them carried ...

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Aug 25, 2014

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadist group, activists and state media said. Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, ...

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Aug 25, 2014

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast ...

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

Aug 25, 2014

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Sunday’s rival demonstrations ...

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Aug 24, 2014

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the ...

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

Aug 24, 2014

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting. Ahead of a much-anticipated meeting on Tuesday between the presidents ...

Aug 24, 2014

U.K. Muslims lash out at 'jihadi cool' after beheading

A British Muslim leader has called for action to tackle a jihadi subculture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. In Washington, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department had opened a criminal ...