Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

Jul 10, 2014

Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got under way. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Jul 8, 2014

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. “He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” said Boudreau. “There ...

Kurds dream of independence amid Iraq chaos

Jul 8, 2014

Kurds dream of independence amid Iraq chaos

A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, ...

Jul 8, 2014

Isis mobile wallet abandons name to terrorist group

Mobile wallet service Isis is changing its name to distance itself from one acronym used to refer to a terrorist group rampaging through Iraq and Syria. The group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is also known as the Islamic State of ...

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Jul 8, 2014

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Three weeks before Ukraine’s army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia. “A week will pass, two, three, maybe a month, and the rebellion’s best fighters will be bled ...

Violence against railway workers on decline

Jul 8, 2014

Violence against railway workers on decline

Cases of violence by train passengers against railway workers totaled 760 in fiscal 2013, down by 68 from the previous year, according to the latest tally by an industry group. In a report released Monday, the Association of Japanese Private Railways said 29 railway ...

States eye gun seizure laws after shootings

Jul 7, 2014

States eye gun seizure laws after shootings

As state officials across the U.S. grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 ...

Jul 7, 2014

U.S. gun makers migrate to firearm-friendly South

The first gun manufacturer to leave Connecticut after it enacted tough new gun-control laws last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings presented a commemorative rifle last week to the governor of South Carolina, its new home. PTR Industries Inc. is among ...

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Jul 6, 2014

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces on Sunday pursued retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a cease-fire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko called the moment when his troops hoisted the Ukrainian ...