Downed Malaysian jet claimed victims from 13 countries

Jul 19, 2014

Downed Malaysian jet claimed victims from 13 countries

The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian soccer club and a Dubai cake store. ...

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

Jul 19, 2014

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

An entire family of six that had been returning home after three years living abroad was among the 44 Malaysians killed in the Flight MH17 disaster, media reports said Saturday. Tambi Jiee, 49, and his wife, Ariza Ghazalee, 46, perished along with their four ...

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Jul 19, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defenses in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands ...

Jul 18, 2014

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

Syria’s Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday. The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic ...

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Jul 17, 2014

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Insurgents bade tearful farewells Wednesday as they loaded their families onto Russia-bound buses and began hunkering down for what could be the next phase in Ukraine’s conflict: bloody urban warfare. While the pro-Russian rebels in the east have lost much ground in recent weeks ...

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

Jul 16, 2014

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing home as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Their psychological scars show. Some act out. Others cling to their mother or withdraw, ...

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

Jul 16, 2014

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

In Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in raging summer temperatures. Although the water is filthy, the war-weary children of the country’s one-time commercial capital ...