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  • Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates
    Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates 4 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province. More »

  • Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout in northwest Syria
    Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout in northwest Syria 5 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's coastal heartland to rebel attack. More »

  • Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib
    Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib 6 hours ago

    Security units withdraw after Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib falls to Nusra Front and its allies, Syrian Observatory says. More »

  • Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys
    Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys 7 hours ago

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict. Opposition fighters and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the town, on a road between the coastal city of Latakia and city of Aleppo, was now fully controlled by insurgents "All of Jisr al-Shughour is now liberated, there is no more regime there," Ahmad of the media office of the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group, which is taking part in the battle, told Reuters. More »

  • If Ramadi falls?
    If Ramadi falls? 9 hours ago

    In his weekly look at global security issues Imran Khan takes a look at what the situation in Anbar means. More »

  • Former Yemeni president calls for political dialogue to end war 10 hours ago

    Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict. Saleh's loyalists have been fighting alongside Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who toppled the central government, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus for peacemaking on the Houthis and their supporters to cease fire. Saleh also called for talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia, to be held under United Nations auspices in Geneva. He also urged the Houthis to accept an April 13 U.N. Security Council resolution calling on them to drop their weapons and quit cities they have seized, after Saudi-led forces stop their intervention in Yemen. More »

  • Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim
    Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim 11 hours ago

    At least 28 killed in fighting between Houthis and Hadi loyalists near Aden despite appeals by ex-president for calm. More »

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans
    Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. More »

  • Quotations in the News 14 hours ago

    "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman." — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner about his gender identity in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT 15 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. A spokesman for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Park Seong-shik, said that more than 30,000 people were expected at a series of afternoon rallies denouncing policies they fear will reduce wages, job security and retirement benefits for state employees. More »

  • Today in History 17 hours ago

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. More »

  • Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy
    Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy 18 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially. More »

  • Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back
    Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back 19 hours ago

    Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin. More »

  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
    Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths 22 hours ago

    MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes. More »

  • U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May
    U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May 23 hours ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked de Mistura earlier this month to "focus much more to re-launch a political process" after his attempt to broker a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo failed to materialise. "There is nothing new telling us today that the political process will succeed or not," de Mistura told reporters. More »

  • Former Yemen president calls for political dialogue to end war 23 hours ago

    Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the United Nations in Geneva, he said. The Saudi-led coalition announced on Tuesday an end to its bombing campaign in Yemen but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthis as necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthis needed to stop fighting, which could lead to the end of Saudi air strikes and the opening of a political dialogue. More »

  • UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead
    UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead 23 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday. More »

  • Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said. Depending upon the results of the CIA watchdog's investigation, U.S. President Barack Obama could establish an outside investigative panel to examine the drone attacks, and broader U.S. drone policy, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The White House has revealed few details about the reviews, declining even to identify the CIA Inspector General as the office doing the initial probe. More »

  • After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy
    After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. More »

  • Obama vows 'we're going to review what happened' in hostage death …
    Obama vows 'we're going to review what happened' in hostage death … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    President Barack Obama told members of the intelligence community on Friday that he wants to see whether changes are needed after a counterterrorism operation on an al Qaeda compound inadvertently killed two aid workers held hostage. More »

  • Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error." More »

  • Bin Laden allies suspected of Vatican plot arrested in Italy
    Bin Laden allies suspected of Vatican plot arrested in Italy Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Italian police said Friday they had dismantled an Islamist network they have linked to Osama bin Laden, one of Pakistan's deadliest attacks and, more loosely, a possible plot to bomb the Vatican. More »

  • French think suspect in thwarted church attack not alone Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says a formal terror investigation has been opened after the arrest this week of a computer science student who authorities say planned an attack on a church and is suspected in the shooting death of a woman. More »

  • Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday
    Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs. More »

  • Canadian judge orders release of ex-Guantanamo detainee Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes, including killing a U.S. soldier. More »

  • White House seeks to smooth information for hostage families Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status. More »

  • White House considering cross-agency team to handle hostage situations Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The White House is considering assembling a cross-agency team to handle situations involving American hostages being held abroad, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. The idea is being floated in the midst of a review of the U.S policy towards hostages, which was criticized on Thursday by the family of Warren Weinstein, the American hostage killed in a U.S. strike while being held by al Qaeda on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. More »

  • Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot
    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican. Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Though the 18 suspects were plotting attacks mainly in their native countries, phone taps suggest the Vatican was also a target, said Mauro Mura, chief prosecutor of the Sardinian city of Cagliari, where the group had its headquarters. Mura said officials had indications of a possible plot for an attack against the Vatican in 2010 by members of the group, who had continued to operate across Italy for years after that. More »

  • Qaeda, allies advance on Syrian regime bastion: monitor
    Qaeda, allies advance on Syrian regime bastion: monitor Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and other Islamist fighters made gains on Friday in a joint offensive on the last major regime bastion in the northwest province of Idlib, a monitor said. More »

  • Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'
    Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday. More »

  • Guantanamo ex-inmate granted bail in Canada, May release likely
    Guantanamo ex-inmate granted bail in Canada, May release likely Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A Canadian court on Friday granted bail to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield in 2002 and sent to the US jail in Cuba. More »

  • Iran ships 'turn back' from Yemen as fighting rages
    Iran ships 'turn back' from Yemen as fighting rages Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    An Iranian naval convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Shiite rebels in Yemen has turned back, US officials said, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up air strikes on anti-government forces. More »

  • Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack
    Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. More »

  • Saudis seize bombs, accuse IS of killing police
    Saudis seize bombs, accuse IS of killing police Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Saudi Arabia said Friday it had foiled a bomb plot by the Islamic State group and blamed the jihadists for shooting dead two policemen in the capital earlier this month. More »

  • Italy terror sweep: Alleged Al Qaeda cell said to have targeted Vatican Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Italian police said Friday they were conducting a major anti-terror raid aimed at 18 Al Qaeda-linked suspects who had planned an attack against the Vatican. The expansive raid, carried out in seven provinces, highlights the threat of “sleeper” militants who live double lives in Europe. Mario Carta, the lead investigator, told NBC News that it was a "very well-structured terrorist network" that had been operating out of the island of Sardinia since 2005. All the suspects are Pakistanis or Afghans, and two of the men were purported to be former bodyguards for Osama bin Laden, the slain Al Qaeda leader, the Associated Press reports. More »

  • This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Saturday, April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows Nusra Front fighters walking in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. Hard-line Syrian rebel groups entered the strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen them take nearly all of a crucial province. Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed some 220,000 people, and wounded at least 1 million. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP)
    Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as … Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have … More »Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as …

    This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Saturday, April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows Nusra Front fighters walking in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. Hard-line Syrian rebel groups entered the strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen them take nearly all of a crucial province. Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed some 220,000 people, and wounded at least 1 million. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP)

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province.

  • Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces stand on a huge portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian city of Idlib on March 29, 2015,
    Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout … AFP - 5 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's … More »Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout …

    Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces stand on a huge portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian city of Idlib on March 29, 2015,

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's coastal heartland to rebel attack.

  • Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib
    Reports: Syria government loses stronghold … Al Jazeera - 6 hours ago

    Security units withdraw after Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib falls to Nusra Front and its allies, Syrian Observatory says. More »Reports: Syria government loses stronghold …

    Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib

    Security units withdraw after Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib falls to Nusra Front and its allies, Syrian Observatory says.

  • Rebel fighters celebrate with their weapons as they pose in Jisr al-Shughour town after they took control of the area
    Islamist fighters seize Syria's … Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on … More »Islamist fighters seize Syria's …

    Rebel fighters celebrate with their weapons as they pose in Jisr al-Shughour town after they took control of the area

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict. Opposition fighters and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the town, on a road between …

  • If Ramadi falls?
    If Ramadi falls? Al Jazeera - 9 hours ago

    In his weekly look at global security issues Imran Khan takes a look at what the situation in Anbar means. More »If Ramadi falls?

    If Ramadi falls?

    In his weekly look at global security issues Imran Khan takes a look at what the situation in Anbar means.

  • Former Yemeni president calls for political … Reuters - 10 hours ago

    Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict. Saleh's loyalists … More »Former Yemeni president calls for political …

    Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict. Saleh's loyalists have been fighting alongside Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who toppled the central government, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus …

  • Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim
    Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue … Al Jazeera - 11 hours ago

    At least 28 killed in fighting between Houthis and Hadi loyalists near Aden despite appeals by ex-president for calm. More »Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue …

    Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim

    At least 28 killed in fighting between Houthis and Hadi loyalists near Aden despite appeals by ex-president for calm.

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Deaths raise questions about ways to … Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones … More »Deaths raise questions about ways to …

    FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with …

  • Quotations in the News Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman." — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner about his gender identity in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. More »Quotations in the News

    "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman." — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner about his gender identity in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and handling of a ferry … More »Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. A spokesman for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Park Seong-shik, said that more than 30,000 …

  • Today in History Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. More »Today in History

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year.

  • Three freed Guantanamo Bay detainees, who were resettled in Uruguay, pray during their protest outside the U.S. embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, April 24, 2015. From left to right Omar Abdelahdi Faraj and Ali Husain Shaaban, both of Syria, and Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia. The men are protesting after they were asked to leave a hotel where some stayed periodically, and demand Washington help them financially. They say the house where they were initially resettled didn't have enough space for all of them. The men spent 12 years at the U.S. military prison but were never charged, and were released after officials determined they were no longer a threat. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garrido) URUGUAY OUT - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY
    Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest … Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave … More »Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest …

    Three freed Guantanamo Bay detainees, who were resettled in Uruguay, pray during their protest outside the U.S. embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, April 24, 2015. From left to right Omar Abdelahdi Faraj and Ali Husain Shaaban, both of Syria, and Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia. The men are protesting after they were asked to leave a hotel where some stayed periodically, and demand Washington help them financially. They say the house where they were initially resettled didn't have enough space for all of them. The men spent 12 years at the U.S. military prison but were never charged, and were released after officials determined they were no longer a threat. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garrido) URUGUAY OUT - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.

  • Yemeni boys hold weapons as they sit on a pick-up truck during a demonstration by supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement in Sanaa on April 22, 2015
    Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to … AFP - 19 hours ago

    Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can … More »Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to …

    Yemeni boys hold weapons as they sit on a pick-up truck during a demonstration by supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement in Sanaa on April 22, 2015

    Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin.

  • President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Obama defends US intelligence after … Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's … More »Obama defends US intelligence after …

    President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.

  • United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria de Mistura speaks to media during a news conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
    U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition … More »U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva …

    United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria de Mistura speaks to media during a news conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed …

  • Former Yemen president calls for political … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis … More »Former Yemen president calls for political …

    Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the …

  • FILE -  In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 file photo, Yemenis search for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen. With the combatants pounding each other in residential areas and Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombarding from the sky, Yemen’s war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 dead the past month, including at least 115 children, according to the UN. So far, relatively muted international outcry has put little pressure on the warring sides to stop. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
    UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; … Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking … More »UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; …

    FILE -  In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 file photo, Yemenis search for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen. With the combatants pounding each other in residential areas and Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombarding from the sky, Yemen’s war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 dead the past month, including at least 115 children, according to the UN. So far, relatively muted international outcry has put little pressure on the warring sides to stop. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday.

  • Several U.S. probes likely of drone … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations … More »Several U.S. probes likely of drone …

    By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. …

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    After drone killings, pressure for a … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones … More »After drone killings, pressure for a …

    FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with …

  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence In McLean
    Obama vows 'we're going to review … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    President Barack Obama told members of the intelligence community on Friday that he wants to see whether changes are needed after a counterterrorism operation on an al … More »Obama vows 'we're going to review …

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence In McLean

    President Barack Obama told members of the intelligence community on Friday that he wants to see whether changes are needed after a counterterrorism operation on an al Qaeda compound inadvertently killed two aid workers held hostage.

  • Italy seeks info from US in drone strike … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan … More »Italy seeks info from US in drone strike …

    ROME (AP) — Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."

  • More than 100 people were killed and over 200 injured in the 2009 bombing of the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan
    Bin Laden allies suspected of Vatican … AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Italian police said Friday they had dismantled an Islamist network they have linked to Osama bin Laden, one of Pakistan's deadliest attacks and, more loosely, a possible … More »Bin Laden allies suspected of Vatican …

    More than 100 people were killed and over 200 injured in the 2009 bombing of the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan

    Italian police said Friday they had dismantled an Islamist network they have linked to Osama bin Laden, one of Pakistan's deadliest attacks and, more loosely, a possible plot to bomb the Vatican.

  • French think suspect in thwarted church … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says a formal terror investigation has been opened after the arrest this week of a computer science student who authorities … More »French think suspect in thwarted church …

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says a formal terror investigation has been opened after the arrest this week of a computer science student who authorities say planned an attack on a church and is suspected in the shooting death of a woman.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay. The vote was 56-43 in the Senate Thursday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues … More »Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general …

    FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay. The vote was 56-43 in the Senate Thursday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.

  • Canadian judge orders release of ex-Guantanamo … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes, … More »Canadian judge orders release of ex-Guantanamo …

    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes, including killing a U.S. soldier.

  • White House seeks to smooth information … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status.

  • White House considering cross-agency … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The White House is considering assembling a cross-agency team to handle situations involving American hostages being held abroad, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. The idea is being floated in the midst of a review of the U.S policy towards hostages, which was criticized on Thursday by the family of Warren Weinstein, …

  • Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    Still image from video shows Italian policemen detaining a man suspected to be member of armed organisation inspired by al Qaeda

    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican. Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, …

  • Islamic fighters from the Al-Nusra Front wave their movement's flag as they parade at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on July 28, 2014

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and other Islamist fighters made gains on Friday in a joint offensive on the last major regime bastion in the northwest province of Idlib, a monitor said.

  • Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    The undated photo provided by German aid group Welthungerhilfe shows Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto. US President Barack Obama said Thursday, April 23, 2015 Lo Porto who was held hostage by al-Qaida was killed in a January air strike in what the U.S. believed was an al-Qaida compound with no civilians present. (Welthungerhilfe via AP)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • Canadian national Omar Khadr was granted bail on April 24, 2015 after being captured on the Afghan battlefield in 2002 at the age of 15

    A Canadian court on Friday granted bail to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield in 2002 and sent to the US jail in Cuba.

  • Iran ships 'turn back' from … AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    The USS Theodore Roosevelt is one of 12 American warships operating close to Yemen, in a region stretching from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea

    An Iranian naval convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Shiite rebels in Yemen has turned back, US officials said, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up air strikes on anti-government forces.

  • Italian authorities: Terror suspects … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

    MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.

  • Saudi police stand guard during a 2006 terror raid on suspected jihadists in Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia said Friday it had foiled a bomb plot by the Islamic State group and blamed the jihadists for shooting dead two policemen in the capital earlier this month.

  • Italy terror sweep: Alleged Al Qaeda … Christian Science Monitor - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Italian police said Friday they were conducting a major anti-terror raid aimed at 18 Al Qaeda-linked suspects who had planned an attack against the Vatican. The expansive raid, carried out in seven provinces, highlights the threat of “sleeper” militants who live double lives in Europe. Mario Carta, the lead investigator, …