Jan 25, 2015

Spain arrests four suspected Islamic extremists

Spanish police on Saturday arrested four suspected Islamic extremists who were prepared to launch attacks in Spain, the government said. Officers detained two pairs of brothers, Spaniards of Moroccan origin, in the Spanish territory of Ceuta bordering Morocco, the interior ministry said in a ...

Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

Jan 25, 2015

Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

The release and subsequent deletion of a new online video claiming that a Japanese hostage had been executed by militants of the Islamic State group has raised eyebrows, with some questioning the veracity of the recording. Japanese government officials said they had not confirmed ...

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

Jan 24, 2015

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

New Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud vowed to keep his conservative, oil-rich Muslim kingdom on a steady course and moved to cement his hold on power following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. Abdullah, a cautious reformer who led the U.S.-allied ...

Jan 24, 2015

First U.S. troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Adm. John ...

Jan 23, 2015

Partial list of Japanese hostage crises

The deadline set by Islamic militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom passed Friday with no news of their fate. Here are some key hostage crises that have embroiled Japanese nationals abroad in the past. September 1977: ...