Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Jan 28, 2015

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who suffered ...

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. In a ...

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Jan 2, 2015

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country's civil war, spending New Year's Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood, state media said Thursday. State TV footage showed Assad having dinner of baked beans and ...