Mar 22, 2015

Nine British medical students believed to have traveled to Syria

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had ...

Mar 19, 2015

Iran plays down likelihood of nuclear deal this week

Marathon talks to draw up the outlines of a landmark Iran nuclear deal by March 31 looked set Wednesday to go down to the wire as Tehran’s foreign minister played down chances of finishing the job this week. Mohammad Javad Zarif, in talks in ...

Will Iran deal mean acceptance by the rest of the world?

Mar 18, 2015

Will Iran deal mean acceptance by the rest of the world?

As world powers edge toward a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the debate has been dominated by the question of whether it leaves an opening for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. But an accord could have another profound impact: Is this the beginning ...

Mar 16, 2015

Former Iranian president's son gets 15-year prison sentence

A son of influential former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to 15 years in prison over security and corruption charges, authorities said Sunday. Judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi did not offer the specific charges on which Mahdi Hashemi Rafsanjani was ...

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Mar 16, 2015

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Coalition airstrikes are needed to retake Tikrit, where die-hard jihadis are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, Iraqi officers said Sunday. Two weeks into Baghdad’s biggest operation yet against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces have a complete stranglehold on ...

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Mar 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan ...