Jan 28, 2015

Israel violated rules of war in shelling of Gaza homes: rights group

An Israeli rights group said Wednesday that the majority of Palestinians killed during Israel’s bombardment of Gaza during the 2014 conflict with Hamas were women, children or the elderly, and that some of the strikes violated the rules of war. The B’Tselem group called ...

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

Jan 28, 2015

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an almost 8 percent boost in money for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 ...

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

Jan 28, 2015

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. Police in Brazil’s biggest city said Tuesday that the engineless tanks were found inside a warehouse in Sacoma, a low-income district in Sao Paulo. ...

Jan 27, 2015

China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'

China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to “frighten Japan.” Communist China generally shies away from the ...

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Jan 27, 2015

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ...

Jan 27, 2015

Israeli spy unit boots soldiers who refused to snoop on Palestinians

Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said. The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General “A,” barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

Jan 27, 2015

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told reporters. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense ...

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

Jan 27, 2015

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

The U.N. said Monday that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior U.N. official told an emergency Security Council ...

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Jan 26, 2015

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a revolution initially sparked by police brutality. The photos ...