Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

| May 23, 2016

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

Jihadi militants in Syria including al-Qaida are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, was excluded ...

Security tightens in Tokyo and Mie ahead of summit

May 22, 2016

Security tightens in Tokyo and Mie ahead of summit

The superintendent-general of the Metropolitan Police Department has called for public cooperation in keeping the capital safe during the Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture later this week. “If you notice anything suspicious, please call the police immediately,” Superintendent-General Kiyotaka Takahashi said Saturday ...

Top U.S. commander makes secret visit to Syria

May 22, 2016

Top U.S. commander makes secret visit to Syria

On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab ...

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

May 22, 2016

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, who according to U.S. officials was probably killed in a drone strike, took over as head of the insurgent movement last July following the revelation that the group’s founder, Mullah Omar, had been dead for two years. He was ...

Despite improvements, airport security is fallible

May 22, 2016

Despite improvements, airport security is fallible

Explosives in the form of paper, or concealed in a medicine-sized bottle and looking like salt. Tiny electric detonators. Security agents at the main airport in Paris are trained to detect all manner of increasingly sophisticated devices that could doom a flight. But the ...

U.S. airstrike may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

May 22, 2016

U.S. airstrike may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday against Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He ...

May 21, 2016

At least 60,000 dead in Syria regime prisons: monitor

At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, Rami ...