Oct 19, 2014

Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting ...

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Oct 18, 2014

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. The ...

Oct 17, 2014

EU hopeful of Ukraine progress after Putin talks

European Union leaders expressed optimism on the chances of progress toward a resolution of the deadly crisis in Ukraine after talks in Milan with Vladimir Putin on Friday. “In general, I am really positive after this meeting,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told reporters ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobani one month into Islamic State assault

Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of U.S.-led airstrikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobani as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month. The militants have also been beaten back this week from Amriyat al-Fallujah, ...

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused  of covering up IRA child rape

Oct 17, 2014

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused of covering up IRA child rape

Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA ...

Cambodian tribunal opens 1st genocide case against Khmer Rouge

Oct 17, 2014

Cambodian tribunal opens 1st genocide case against Khmer Rouge

A U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal began hearing the first genocide case against the country’s brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime on Friday, another step toward justice for an estimated 1.7 million people who died from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, the regime’s head of state, ...

Oct 15, 2014

Conflicts the Kurds are currently involved in

Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran all have large Kurdish minorities seeking varying degrees of autonomy from central government after decades of state repression. Here is an overview of their status. History Kurds are a non-Arab, mainly Sunni Muslim people, speaking a language related to ...