Politics

Pentagon enjoying greater leeway under Trump - 03/27/2017

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES- The Pentagon under President Donald Trump is enjoying greater freedom to run its wars the way it wants -- and not constantly seek White House approval on important...

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck - 03/27/2017

CAIRO, EGYPT- An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 56 people to prison terms of between seven and 10 years over the deaths at sea of at least 202 migrants in September, judicial officials said. The...

Syria US-backed fighters take IS-held airport: spokesman - 03/27/2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON- Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday seized a military airport from the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Syria, a...

Coalition says it hit Mosul site where civilians reportedly killed - 03/26/2017

BAGHDAD, IRAQ- The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said Saturday that it struck a location in west Mosul where civilians were reportedly killed by aerial bombing. "An initial review...

UN Syria envoy urges foreign powers to help restore ceasefire - 03/26/2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- The United Nations' Syria envoy sent an urgent appeal Saturday to Russia, Iran and Turkey seeking help to restore a ceasefire, warning that escalating violence was threatening...

Syrian rivals tackle governance, terrorism at UN talks - 03/25/2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- Syrian rivals will tackle all agenda items at peace talks this week, including political transition, the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said Friday, warning not to...

Final push on Syria's Raqa to begin in days: France - 03/25/2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON, Rouba El Husseini- The international coalition battling the Islamic State group will begin a final push on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold Raqa in the coming days, French Defence...

US military helping op to seize strategic dam near Syria's Raqa - 03/22/2017

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES- The US military provided air and artillery support -- and transported local forces -- in an offensive for a vitally important dam near the Islamic State group's stronghold...

UN chief heads to Arab summit after row over Israel 'apartheid' report - 03/22/2017

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres travels to Jordan next week to attend an Arab summit following a row over the release of a UN report accusing Israel of being an...

Russia summoned Israeli ambassador over Syria strikes - 03/20/2017

MOSCOW, RUSSIA- Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned Israel's ambassador over air strikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. Deputy foreign...
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