May 21, 2016

At least 60,000 dead in Syria regime prisons: monitor

At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, Rami ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex ...

Philippine militants wound 22 soldiers in clash after freeing Italian

Apr 9, 2016

Philippine militants wound 22 soldiers in clash after freeing Italian

Some 22 Philippine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a firefight with Islamic militants, the military said, a day after the release of a retired Italian priest taken hostage in the Muslim-populated south of the country. The Philippine security forces have been hunting the militant ...

Apr 2, 2016

Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew: reports

Gunmen have kidnapped four Malaysians from a ship off the east coast of Sabah state in waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate, local media reported on Saturday. If the Philippine Islamist group is confirmed to be behind the kidnapping, it would ...

North Korea warns of strike on Seoul's presidential palace

Mar 26, 2016

North Korea warns of strike on Seoul's presidential palace

Upping its rhetoric a notch, North Korea has warned that it will attack Seoul’s presidential palace unless it receives an apology from South Korean President Park Geun-hye for “treason.” The warning is the latest threat against Washington and Seoul over joint U.S.-South Korean military ...

Mar 26, 2016

Iran denies supporting U.S. bank hacking

Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking dozens of American banks and a major dam. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had dangerous cyber actions on its agenda and ...

Mar 24, 2016

Syrian forces poised to retake IS-held Palmyra

Syrian government forces were on the verge Thursday of recapturing Palmyra, an ancient town in central Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, having pushed closer to its outer edges with the support of Russian airstrikes. The government forces were now within 1 kilometer ...

Feb 28, 2016

Russia halts all Syria bombing sorties to avoid 'mistakes'

The Russian military said its warplanes suspended all sorties over Syria on Saturday in line with a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and the United States, to avoid any “bombing mistakes”. The Russian and American militaries also exchanged maps of Syria, while fighting stopped ...