Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

Aug 25, 2014

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Sunday’s rival demonstrations ...

White House reviewing military-police equipment program: officials

Aug 24, 2014

White House reviewing military-police equipment program: officials

The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama’s call for more separation between the nation’s armed forces and civilian law enforcement. The examination comes in the ...

Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Aug 23, 2014

Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Iraqi Shiite militiamen machine-gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, ...

Hamas says it killed 18 suspected Gaza informers to deter leaks

Aug 23, 2014

Hamas says it killed 18 suspected Gaza informers to deter leaks

Militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one ...

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

The United States on Friday demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it has sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops ...

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

| Aug 22, 2014

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

by Peter Apps

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe, Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different from those of the latter half of the 20th century. The West then was ...

Aug 20, 2014

Gaza war rages on; Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Israeli airstrikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’ military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a cease-fire collapsed. Accusing Israel of opening a “gateway to hell,” Hamas ...