Over 3,400 civilians killed in Afghan conflict in 2017: U.N. report

Feb 16, 2018

Over 3,400 civilians killed in Afghan conflict in 2017: U.N. report

At least 3,400 civilians died last year amid the war in Afghanistan, a slight decrease from the previous year, according to an annual U.N. report released Thursday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said there was a decrease of 2.3 percent from the year ...

Reports of Russian deaths underscore dangers of Syria's war

Feb 14, 2018

Reports of Russian deaths underscore dangers of Syria's war

It's a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria's multifront war: a confrontation in which U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, kill Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of ...

Feb 13, 2018

Duterte slammed over threat to shoot female rebels in the genitals

Human rights groups say the Philippine president's remarks about troops shooting female communist rebels in the genitals to render them "useless" can encourage sexual violence and war crimes. The left-wing group Karapatan said Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte "has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist ...

Myanmar's presence downplayed at Thai-U.S. military exercise

Feb 13, 2018

Myanmar's presence downplayed at Thai-U.S. military exercise

Thailand and the United States downplayed the presence of a Myanmar military officer at the opening Tuesday of the largest annual joint military exercise in Southeast Asia. Myanmar's military has been accused of massive human rights violations in its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, ...

Israel and Iran clash in Syria, in harbinger of wider war

Feb 11, 2018

Israel and Iran clash in Syria, in harbinger of wider war

In its most serious engagement in neighboring Syria since fighting there began in 2011, Israel shot down an infiltrating Iranian drone Saturday and struck Iranian targets deep in Syria before one of its own jets was downed. The sudden escalation offers what could be a ...