Turkey seizes over 2,250 institutions in post-coup crackdown

Jul 23, 2016

Turkey seizes over 2,250 institutions in post-coup crackdown

In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey on Saturday announced it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also sharply criticized Western countries ...

Jul 16, 2016

Bangladesh police deny rescued foreign hostages still in their custody

Police in Bangladesh denied Saturday that they’re still holding a British man and a University of Toronto student who have been missing since being rescued during this month’s bloody attack on a restaurant by radical Islamists, saying they’ve questioned and released the men. Hasnat ...

Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies after alleged torture: family

Jul 9, 2016

Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies after alleged torture: family

A Bangladeshi teenager who police say was a suspect in last week’s deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe has died in custody, with his family insisting he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces. Zakir Hossain Shawon, 18, a kitchen assistant at ...

Beheaded Canadian's body dug up in southern Philippines

Jul 2, 2016

Beheaded Canadian's body dug up in southern Philippines

A Philippine military official says troops have dug up what they believe is the body of Canadian hostage Robert Hall, who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf extremists more than two weeks ago in the south after a ransom deadline lapsed. Regional military spokesman Maj. ...

Moscow denies strikes on U.S.-backed rebels in Syria

Jun 19, 2016

Moscow denies strikes on U.S.-backed rebels in Syria

Russia’s defense ministry on Sunday denied bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria earlier this week. In a video conference with Russian military officials, the Pentagon said Saturday that it had expressed “strong concerns about the attack on the coalition-supported counter-ISIL forces at the Al-Tanaf ...

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 ...