Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

Jul 20, 2014

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad that were among a string of attacks Saturday that left at least 27 people dead. The group said in a statement posted online late Saturday that two of the attacks were ...

Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Jul 19, 2014

Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 325 and diplomats scrambled to revive cease-fire efforts. The Israeli military said it had ...

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 19, 2014

NYC man dies during arrest caught on video

A New York City man died during an arrest — partially captured on amateur video — during which a police officer placed him in what appeared to be a choke hold as several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him ...

Jul 18, 2014

Libya seeks U.N. help, warns of collapse

Libya asked the United Nations for help Thursday to build up its security forces, with the foreign minister warning that his country could turn into a “failed state.” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the U.N. Security Council to dispatch experts to train the ...

Jul 17, 2014

607 rescued from Mexican shelter

Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday that victims told horrific tales of sexual abuse, beatings, hunger and filth in a once well-regarded group home where authorities freed a total of 607 adults and children in a raid. Some were forced into sex by shelter employees and ...

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 ...

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

Jul 16, 2014

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick ...

Jul 15, 2014

Islamic State fighters dislodge rival rebels in east Syria

Militants from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized opposition-held areas of a provincial capital in Syria near the border with Iraq on Monday after expelling rival fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, activists said. The ...

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

Jul 14, 2014

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria’s remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders. But growing evidence that Boko Haram, or other violent groups ...