Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

Feb 3, 2016

Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion ...

Feb 3, 2016

Syrian aid appeals routinely go underfunded

A look at growing gaps in aid for Syria, with needs rising faster than contributions by donors. U.N. figures show that the five-year-old war has so far displaced more than 11 million Syrians and that multi-billion-dollar aid appeals have routinely been underfunded. Funding gaps ...

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

Feb 2, 2016

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink mulled wine to the sound of techno music. On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of ...

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Feb 2, 2016

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Iraq’s 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong. One part of the unit moved forward too quickly across the open field of the military ...

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says

Feb 2, 2016

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says

Authorities dealing with Europe’s migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters, a senior official at the European Union’s police agency said Monday. Europol Chief of Staff Brian Donald ...

Poroshenko says Russia still sending troops, arms to east Ukraine

Feb 2, 2016

Poroshenko says Russia still sending troops, arms to east Ukraine

Ukraine’s president Monday accused Russia of sending troops and weapons into the ex-Soviet state’s conflict-torn east, and warned that a fragile peace deal was not being fully implemented. “It’s terrible that after the Minsk agreement … we still face serious security problems in the ...

Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming new airspace violation

Jan 31, 2016

Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming new airspace violation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow on Saturday that it would be forced to “endure the consequences” if its jets continue to violate Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported a new border infringement incident by a Russian plane. NATO-member Turkey said another Russian warplane ...