Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group. The Shiite boys and young men, some as young as 15, ran through its normally placid streets carrying out mock ...

Jul 28, 2015

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'

A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issued a stern warning Tuesday against the development of so-called killer robots. Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as ...

Jul 28, 2015

China 'not planning' to build military bases in Maldives

China is not planning to build military bases in the Maldives, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the Maldives allowed foreigners to own land despite opposition concern the reform could be used for military expansion by China. The Indian Ocean island nation passed legislation ...

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. working to identify remains of victims in Pearl Harbor attack

The U.S. military on Monday exhumed more caskets containing the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred five coffins from four grave sites at the National Memorial Cemetery of ...

Thailand remains blacklisted by U.S. for human trafficking

Jul 28, 2015

Thailand remains blacklisted by U.S. for human trafficking

Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery. The State Department said Monday that labor abuses in the Southeast Asian country’s seafood sector are persistent, abusive ...

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

Jul 27, 2015

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

The weapons of Afghanistan’s long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen’s shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play ...

Jul 27, 2015

Australian 'Islamic State nurse' remanded in custody

An Australian nurse who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terrorism charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants. Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father of five, is accused of knowingly providing support ...