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 ...

Russia threatens Ukraine after man dies in cross-border shelling

Jul 13, 2014

Russia threatens Ukraine after man dies in cross-border shelling

Russia on Sunday threatened Ukraine with “irreversible consequences” after a man was killed by a shell fired across the border from Ukraine, describing the incident in warlike terms as aggression that must be met with a response. Although both sides have reported cross-border shootings ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

| Jul 13, 2014

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

A video on a boy’s phone shows him firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was ...

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 ...