Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

Aug 14, 2014

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday. Deputy national security adviser ...

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Jul 29, 2014

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What ...

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 14, 2014

Thai activists decry junta vow to deport Myanmar refugees

Thailand’s military government said Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations. Thailand’s military ...

Jul 8, 2014

Asylum requests in Europe hit all-time high

Almost half a million people requested asylum in Europe last year, 30 percent more than in 2012 and the highest number yet registered, official figures showed Monday. “We have in our immediate neighborhood a very worrying situation,” said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem ...