Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes 'imminent': diplomat

Mar 24, 2015

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes "imminent": diplomat

Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition said Tuesday. If the coalition accepts the request, it would see ...

Mar 24, 2015

Islamic State has recruited 400 kids since January: Syria monitor

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” military training and hard-line indoctrination, a monitoring group said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged ...

Mar 24, 2015

Topless protestor chased around Canada parliament

A topless woman raged against a proposed anti-terror law in Canada’s parliament Monday, saying it will infringe on civil rights. The woman is a member of the Paris-based radical feminist protest group Femen. She was chased around the public gallery of the House of ...

In Tunisia's tourist heartland, the anxious wait after attack

Mar 24, 2015

In Tunisia's tourist heartland, the anxious wait after attack

The European visitors strolling Tunisia’s Hammamet resort are an encouraging sign for a government determined to minimize the fallout of last week’s shooting of 20 tourists in the nearby capital. But there is anxiety about the future in the five-star hotels, trinket shops and ...

Mar 24, 2015

China executes three over Kunming knife attack that killed 31

Authorities in southwestern China on Tuesday executed three men convicted of masterminding a knife attack a year ago that killed 31 people outside a railway station in the city of Kunming. Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death after China’s ...

Mar 24, 2015

Canada to extend anti-Islamic State mission, strike targets in Syria

Canada’s prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said Monday. The official said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the extension ...

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Mar 24, 2015

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city ...

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Mar 23, 2015

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras — a largely Shiite minority killed in their thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line ...

Bodies of Japanese slain in Tunisia to return Tuesday

Mar 23, 2015

Bodies of Japanese slain in Tunisia to return Tuesday

The bodies of three Japanese tourists killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia last week were scheduled to return to Japan by air late Tuesday afternoon, a source close to the matter said Monday. The bodies of Machiyo Narusawa, 66, of Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, ...

Mar 23, 2015

Tunisian president says third suspect in museum attack on the run

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi said on Sunday that a third gunman involved in an attack that killed 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, at a Tunis museum last week was on the run. The shootings at the museum inside Tunisia’s parliament compound was one ...