Asia Pacific Oct 23, 2018

Australia issues sanctions against five Myanmar generals

Australia's government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar's powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya ethnic group. Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets ...

World Sep 18, 2018

Russia blames Israel for loss of aircraft to Syrian fire

Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a military jet to Syrian fire — which killed all 15 servicemen on board — and threatened a response. Israeli pilots carrying out attacks on Syrian targets "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it ...

World Sep 4, 2018

Israel signals it could launch attack on Iranian weaponry in Iraq

Israel on Monday signaled it could attack suspected Iranian military assets in Iraq, as it has done with scores of airstrikes in war-torn Syria. Citing Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources, Reuters reported last week that Iran had transferred short-range ballistic missiles to Shiite allies in ...

War and Ebola: Eastern Congo faces down deadly twin nightmare

World Aug 19, 2018

War and Ebola: Eastern Congo faces down deadly twin nightmare

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them. Now Ebola, a name almost as dreaded as death itself, has come. In the Beni region, in Congo's eastern province of Kivu, the twin peril has bred ...

World Aug 1, 2018

Italian police arrest pro-Russia mercenary recruiters for Ukraine war

Italian police say they have arrested three men accused of recruiting mercenary fighters to take part in the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Three more people are being sought. In a statement Wednesday, carabinieri police said they searched the homes of another seven people as ...

Asia Pacific May 29, 2018

Russia says won't be pushed around over downing of flight MH17

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday it was inappropriate for Australia and the Netherlands to issue Moscow with ultimatums over compensation for relatives of people killed in the downing of flight MH17, RIA news agency reported. The Malaysian Airways jet was shot down over ...