German spy agency helped U.S. find bin Laden, report claims

May 17, 2015

German spy agency helped U.S. find bin Laden, report claims

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, where U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaida leader, according to a German news report published Sunday. The BND spy service provided a tipoff that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, with ...

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

May 17, 2015

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the cicada, ...

Islamic State extremists seize key Iraqi city, kill dozens in Syria

May 16, 2015

Islamic State extremists seize key Iraqi city, kill dozens in Syria

Islamic State extremists made key gains Friday, seizing a government compound in the strategic Iraqi city of Ramadi hours after allegedly massacring dozens of civilians as they closed in on Syria’s ancient metropolis of Palmyra. Women and children were among 23 people executed in ...

Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence seen more as symbolic  judgment

May 16, 2015

Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence seen more as symbolic judgment

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death Friday. But his execution may not happen for decades — if ever. A lengthy appellate process, an effective moratorium on federal executions and declining support among Americans for capital punishment all suggest that Tsarnaev’s death ...

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

| May 16, 2015

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

AFP-JIJI Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death on Friday, appeared to be on course for a normal American life before he launched his attack on crowds watching a marathon. Calling himself Jahar, he appeared to be an undisciplined but well-adjusted university ...

Canada high court rules Guantanamo ex-inmate a child offender

May 15, 2015

Canada high court rules Guantanamo ex-inmate a child offender

Canada’s high court Thursday rejected Ottawa’s bid to treat former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was just 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield, as an adult criminal. The government had brought the legal challenge to prevent Khadr’s transfer from a Canadian ...

May 13, 2015

ICC prosecutor wants probe of Islamic State group in Libya

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Tuesday her office wants to investigate alleged crimes by groups claiming allegiance to the Islamic State and other extremist groups in Libya. Fatou Bensouda said in a briefing to the U.N. Security Council and an interview ...

Pakistani defector key in Bin Laden killing: officials

May 13, 2015

Pakistani defector key in Bin Laden killing: officials

Two former senior Pakistani military officials told AFP Tuesday that a defector from Pakistani intelligence assisted the U.S. in its hunt for Osama bin Laden but denied the two countries had officially worked together. The officials’ accounts come after the publication of a controversial ...