Nov 27, 2014

Merkel hits diplomatic dead end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the ...

Jian Ghomeshi, former Canadian radio host,  arrested in sex case

Nov 27, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi, former Canadian radio host, arrested in sex case

A prominent former radio host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has been arrested on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while the case that has rocked the country’s vaunted public broadcaster is heard in court. Jian Ghomeshi was charged with ...

Militia reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

Nov 26, 2014

Militia reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

State militia reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, a case that ...

In Ferguson, a riot foreseen but not avoided

Nov 26, 2014

In Ferguson, a riot foreseen but not avoided

It was a riot everyone saw coming. For three months police and protesters had drilled separately to prepare for the worst if the grand jury decided not to indict white policeman Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. The governor ...

Nov 25, 2014

Islamic State group raked in up to $45 million in ransom cash

The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday. Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Boko Haram slaughters 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram extremists ambushed and slaughtered 48 fish vendors near Nigeria’s border with Chad, the head of their association said, the latest violence to rock the country’s volatile northeast. “Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Islamic clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists

Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran’s holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Shiite-majority Iran has been helping Iraqi, Syrian and ...