Abbott attends vigil for Indonesia death-row inmates

Mar 5, 2015

Abbott attends vigil for Indonesia death-row inmates

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended an impromptu candlelight vigil outside the country’s parliament in Canberra on Thursday for two Australian drug smugglers who face execution in Indonesia. The vigil, which was also attended by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and opposition Labor Party leader ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Feb 17, 2015

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Here is a list of known killings by militants or movements linked to the jihadi Islamic State group, which announced Sunday it had beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The Islamic State, accused of crimes against humanity by the United Nations, has stepped ...

Feb 13, 2015

Burundi executed dozens of surrendered rebels: rights group

Burundian troops executed at least 47 surrendered rebels last month, part of a “broader pattern” of violence coming ahead of key elections, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, claims rejected by the government. Members of the ruling party’s youth wing known as the Imbonerakure also ...

Lawyers seek to save two Australians on death row in Indonesia

Feb 10, 2015

Lawyers seek to save two Australians on death row in Indonesia

Lawyers for two Australians facing execution in Indonesia on drug smuggling charges said Monday they plan to challenge the president’s rejection of their clemency appeals as a last resort. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are among nine Australians who were arrested in ...

Nov 26, 2014

Islamic State stones two 'gay men' to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organization’s first executions for alleged homosexuality. “The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,” the Syrian ...

Jihadists advancing on key Kurdish city in Syria near Turkey

Oct 2, 2014

Jihadists advancing on key Kurdish city in Syria near Turkey

Islamic State group fighters have advanced further toward the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, a monitoring group warned early Thursday, as local fighters retreated from one of the area’s fronts. “The IS have advanced southeast of Kobane and on the western front, from ...