Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

Jan 23, 2015

Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

by Reiji Yoshida

The presumed 72-hour deadline for paying the exorbitant ransom demanded by the Islamic State group apparently expired at 2:50 p.m. Friday without any hint about what would happen to the two Japanese hostages in its grasp. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the No. 2 ...

Jan 22, 2015

180 Australians backing Islamic State group, says minister

Australia called Wednesday for a broader international coalition, led by the U.S., to combat the “terrifying challenge” of jihadi groups that are challenging governments and aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she’s “deeply troubled” by ...

Jan 21, 2015

Briton who faked own death in Syria admits terrorism offenses

A Briton who fought with an Islamist group in Syria and then faked his own death in the hope of being able to return home undetected has admitted to terrorism offenses in a London court. Imran Khawaja, 27, of Southall, west London, traveled to ...

Jan 20, 2015

Syria starts razing chemical weapons sites: watchdog

Syria has begun destroying its remaining chemical weapons production sites, despite being hampered by bad weather and logistical problems, the world’s chemical watchdog said Monday. “Destruction operations commenced in December,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Peter Sawczak told AFP in ...