Aug 23, 2015

Yemen officials say al-Qaida seizes key areas of Aden

Al-Qaida militants have seized control of key areas in and around Yemen’s port city of Aden, high-ranking security officials said Saturday, a major gain for the group which has been making inroads amid the chaos of the country’s civil war. The move, part of ...

Aug 23, 2015

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks

The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev’s pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have put enormous political onus on ...

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Aug 22, 2015

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

A black teenager shot and killed by white St. Louis police officers this week died from a single gunshot that entered his back and struck his heart, a medical examiner said on Friday, which appears to contradict the police account of the shooting. News ...

Long taboo, Kurdish culture sees a renaissance in Syria

Aug 13, 2015

Long taboo, Kurdish culture sees a renaissance in Syria

Driving through parts of northeastern Syria, Vian Khouzy points proudly to dozens of new road signs printed in Kurdish. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. The 33-year old works as a taxi driver in areas controlled by the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern ...

Heavily armed 'Oath Keepers' inject new unease in riot-hit Ferguson

Aug 11, 2015

Heavily armed 'Oath Keepers' inject new unease in riot-hit Ferguson

Four civilians carrying automatic rifles and sidearms patrolled a riot-torn street in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday, saying they were there to protect a media organization but drawing swift criticism from police and protesters alike. The appearance of the four men, all white, quickly drew ...

Texas killing of black teen by rookie cop raises questions

Aug 10, 2015

Texas killing of black teen by rookie cop raises questions

Texas police on Sunday were trying to figure out what prompted a black teenager to drive his car into a car dealership, and why a white police officer still in training fatally shot the unarmed 19-year-old four times. Christian Taylor became the latest unarmed ...

Aug 9, 2015

Anti-Houthi forces take strategic city in Yemen, UAE troops killed

Fighters backed by an Arab military coalition seized the key city of Zinjibar in southern Yemen on Saturday, residents and militia sources said, dealing another major blow to the dominant Houthi group. The capital city of Abyan province on the Arabian Sea had been ...