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  • Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing trial
    Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing trial 9 hours ago

    Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages. More »

  • Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as thousands more displaced 10 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria. More »

  • Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate 13 hours ago

    By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The European Court of Human Rights ruled earlier this year that the Guantanamo inmate, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, had been held illegally in a CIA jail on Polish soil and later transferred into U.S. jurisdiction without due process. In a statement sent to Reuters, the Polish Foreign Ministry said that Poland's government "has taken steps to seek diplomatic assurances that the applicant (Nashiri) will not be subjected to the death penalty, first by engaging in diplomatic talks, and then by delivering an official note on the matter". The Foreign Ministry did not reply to questions from Reuters over whether there had been a response from U.S. authorities. More »

  • Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats
    Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats 13 hours ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that ... More »

  • Milan mosque row shows Italian divisions over integration 13 hours ago

    By Stephen Jewkes MILAN (Reuters) - One afternoon in 2009, over a thousand Muslims knelt before Milan's Duomo cathedral and prayed. The gesture, ostensibly about an Israeli bombing campaign, focused minds on the growing number of Muslims in Italy's business capital and their desire for a recognised place of worship. The mosque they were calling for was never built, mainly due to red tape and administrative inertia. "After Paris it's more urgent than ever to promote dialogue with Islam," said Milan's city manager for social policies Pierfrancesco Majorino. More »

  • Syrian army secures mountain area near Damascus - Syrian TV 14 hours ago

    The Syrian army has secured a mountain range near Damascus in an operation against insurgents, Syrian state television said on Tuesday, tightening control over an area important to President Bashar al-Assad after the state lost a city in the northwest. The army launched a campaign last week to reclaim the Zabadani region, 50 km northwest of Damascus. It is part of an area near the border with Lebanon where the army has often clashed with insurgents including al Qaeda's Nusra Front. "Units of the army are in full control of the western mountain range of Zabadani," state television said in a news flash quoting a military source. More »

  • IS 'executes at least 37 civilians' in central Syria
    IS 'executes at least 37 civilians' in central Syria 15 hours ago

    The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said. More »

  • Saudi Arabia disputes deadly airstrike on refugee camp in Yemen 16 hours ago

    “People in Al-Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions since 2009, and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” Pablo Marco, Doctors Without Borders' operational manager for Yemen, said in a statement. Saudi officials and others in the Sunni Arab coalition have threatened to send ground troops into Yemen. This has raised concerns that foreign occupiers could further destabilize Yemen, which is a haven for a powerful Al Qaeda affiliate. More »

  • Don't let the US try and solve Arab world problems
    Don't let the US try and solve Arab world problems 18 hours ago

    Air strikes, drones, cyber strikes or special operations won't check the anarchic forces the US itself helped let loose. More »

  • Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated
    Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated 19 hours ago

    A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead. More »

  • Philippines ends offensive against small Muslim rebel group 19 hours ago

    By Manuel Mogato MAMAPASANO, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military on Tuesday ended a five-week all-out offensive against a small but violent splinter group of its largest Muslim rebel group, allowing around 90,000 displaced residents to return home. Residents of the poor, marshy town of Mamasapano, 1,682 kilometres (1,045 miles) from the capital, Manila, chanted "Allahu Akbar" and applauded as the military chief said they could return to homes and farms, while the army hunts for members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group. "We will send army rangers to continue hunting down remnants of the BIFF because they operate at night," armed forces chief Gregorio Pio Catapang told reporters. Some members of the BIFF, as well as the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), were said to be behind the killing of 44 police commandos in a firefight in January, when police tried to arrest two al Qaeda-linked militants. More »

  • Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process
    Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process 21 hours ago

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. Progress towards highly sensitive talks appears to have stalled, in part over divisions within the Taliban. The U.S. announcement during Ghani's recent visit to Washington to slow the pace at which it would wind down a force of 9,800 soldiers, and allow them to stay through the end of 2015, could further complicate the process. More »

  • Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced
    Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Mohammad Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yemen's state news agency Saba, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi planes. "It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said. Hadi's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin earlier blamed Houthi artillery for the explosion. More »

  • Briton pleads guilty in NYC to trying to set up terror camp Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon that was likened to Afghanistan. More »

  • Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports
    Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president, in what appeared to be the most intense day of fighting since the air campaign began five days ago. More »

  • Why White House cannot afford to ignore Yemen civil war Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    With another civil war looming in the Middle East in Yemen, President Obama has been served another sharp reminder that reducing the weight of the Middle East in America’s national security portfolio is more easily envisioned than accomplished. The Syrian civil war is entering its fifth year, with the US remaining largely on the sidelines. Now fighting in Yemen between a government–on-the-run and Sunni tribesmen supported by Saudi Arabia on one side, and Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels on the other, threatens to turn into a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Two factors underscore why, and help explain why Obama’s vision of “rebalancing” US interests and foreign policy toward Asia is likely to fade further with war in Yemen. More »

  • Mentally ill British man pleads guilty to U.S. terrorism charges Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defence lawyer Peter Quijano had disclosed the outline of the deal in the court earlier this month, saying it would resolve the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. Under questioning from U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest before pleading guilty, the soft-spoken Aswat said he had suffered from symptoms of schizophrenia for the last 20 years and was currently being treated for the disorder. More »

  • Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with "Great Sata …
    Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with "Great Sata … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment, have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani’s pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said. More »

  • Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills one, wounds 30: state media
    Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills one, wounds 30: state media Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said. More »

  • Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp
    Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country. More »

  • Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan'
    Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan' Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment, have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani’s pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said. More »

  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos pol …
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos pol … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). More »

  • Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches hospital Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed hospitals. "We were not ready to face this kind of situation," said Valerie Pierre, coordinator for aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which runs a 45-bed hospital in Aden. One young man arrived in a van which screeched into the courtyard of the MSF hospital, where medics waited with stretchers. Doctors at the hospital have struggled to cope with more than 250 patients from Aden and nearby provinces in the 10 days since Iranian-backed Houthi fighters and allied army units pushed to Aden's gates in a campaign to topple Western-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. More »

  • Syrian military source alleges Turkish role in Idlib offensive Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend. The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and allies now control Idlib and said the Syrian air force bombed the city on Monday. The fall of Idlib, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, marks only the second time in the Syrian civil war that Damascus has lost control of a provincial capital. More »

  • Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process
    Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signalled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. Progress towards highly sensitive talks appears to have stalled, in part over divisions within the Taliban. Under the previous plan, U.S. forces were to have been cut to about half their current levels by year-end, and the change has angered the Taliban, which has stated that foreign troops against which it has fought must not be allowed to stay. More »

  • Syria's Assad: Islamic State has strengthened despite airstrikes Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    In a newly published interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the possibility of dialogue with the United States to end the conflict within his war-torn country, while warning that the self-declared Islamic State had only grown stronger since it came under attack from Western-led forces. With the rise of IS militants in the Syrian and Iraqi north, the removal of Mr. Assad's government has dropped in priority for Western policymakers, who are believed to have kept it informed of the operations of the US-led coalition attacking IS. US Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago also suggested that Washington would "have to negotiate in the end" with Assad to find a political solution in Syria, a move that Assad welcomed in an interview with US news program 60 Minutes. Assad also discussed the threat that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, poses in his country, dismissing arguments that it is being beaten back by Kurdish and Iraqi forces backed by US-led air support. More »

  • Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria'
    Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria' Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Fearful their homes may be hit, scores of residents have been leaving the capital for surrounding villages. More »

  • How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran
    How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Sanctions haven't turned Iranians against the government - worse, failed Arab uprisings have turned them off dissent. More »

  • Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher travel warning
    Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher travel warning Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others and said security conditions in the east African country were improving. Britain told its citizens in an updated advisory issued on Friday to avoid most Kenyan coastal resorts, citing such threats as al Shabaab Islamist militants who have killed more than 200 people in Kenya in the past two years. The downturn in visitors has put pressure on the Kenyan shilling and forced some hotels out of business. "We are shocked and concerned at the latest advisories given by our friends from the international community," Joseph Nkaissery, cabinet secretary for Interior and Coordination, told a news conference, in comments clearly aimed especially at Britain. More »

  • Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack
    Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman, shaking a country that has been praised as a peaceful democratic model since leading the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. A red-and-white sea of Tunisian crescent and star flags filled a major boulevard in the capital where several world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, came to rally under the slogan "Le Monde est Bardo" (The World is Bardo). "We have shown we are a democratic people, Tunisians are moderate, and there is no room for terrorists here," said one of the demonstrators, Kamel Saad. More »

  • Two policemen shot, injured in Saudi capital Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency quoted a police spokesman as saying on Monday. Saudi Arabia's security forces have in the past been targeted by Sunni Muslim jihadists such as al Qaeda and supporters of the Islamic State group across the country. Saudi authorities said on Thursday the security forces were on a heightened state of alert because of the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. More »

  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). More »

  • Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant
    Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central Crater district in which three people were killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed hands several times in recent days. The Health Ministry, loyal to the Houthi fighters who control the capital, said Saudi-led air strikes had killed 35 people and wounded 88 overnight. The Houthi fighters, representing a Shi'ite minority that makes up around a third of Yemen's population, emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country last year when they captured the capital Sanaa. More »

  • Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air s …
    Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air s … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group. Asked how much benefit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that began last September, Assad told CBS' "60 Minutes: "Sometimes you could have local benefit but in general if you want to talk in terms of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes." Assad, who has been fighting Islamist and other rebels since 2011, said in the interview aired on Sunday there were some estimates that Islamic State was attracting 1,000 recruits a month in Syria. Washington is seeking a negotiated settlement to Syria's civil war that excludes Assad, but has made clear its top priority in Syria is the fight against Islamic State militants. More »

  • Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis
    Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. More »

  • This handout image, courtesy of US Department of Justice/US Attorney?s Office ? District of Massachusetts, presented to jurors on March 23, 2015 in Boston, shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered as evidence in the Boston Marathon bombing trial
    Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing … AFP - 9 hours ago

    Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages. More »Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing …

    This handout image, courtesy of US Department of Justice/US Attorney?s Office ? District of Massachusetts, presented to jurors on March 23, 2015 in Boston, shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered as evidence in the Boston Marathon bombing trial

    Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages.

  • Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as … Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh … More »Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as …

    BEIRUT (AP) — International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria.

  • Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military … More »Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo …

    By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The European Court of Human Rights ruled …

  • State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton
    Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address … More »Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed …

    State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton

    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that ...

  • Milan mosque row shows Italian divisions … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Stephen Jewkes MILAN (Reuters) - One afternoon in 2009, over a thousand Muslims knelt before Milan's Duomo cathedral and prayed. The gesture, ostensibly about an … More »Milan mosque row shows Italian divisions …

    By Stephen Jewkes MILAN (Reuters) - One afternoon in 2009, over a thousand Muslims knelt before Milan's Duomo cathedral and prayed. The gesture, ostensibly about an Israeli bombing campaign, focused minds on the growing number of Muslims in Italy's business capital and their desire for a recognised place of worship.  …

  • Syrian army secures mountain area near … Reuters - 14 hours ago

    The Syrian army has secured a mountain range near Damascus in an operation against insurgents, Syrian state television said on Tuesday, tightening control over an area … More »Syrian army secures mountain area near …

    The Syrian army has secured a mountain range near Damascus in an operation against insurgents, Syrian state television said on Tuesday, tightening control over an area important to President Bashar al-Assad after the state lost a city in the northwest. The army launched a campaign last week to reclaim the Zabadani region, …

  • Rebel fighters sit on top of a tank as they head to the front line of battles against Syrian pro-government forces, near the city of Hama, on February 18, 2014
    IS 'executes at least 37 civilians' … AFP - 15 hours ago

    The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, … More »IS 'executes at least 37 civilians' …

    Rebel fighters sit on top of a tank as they head to the front line of battles against Syrian pro-government forces, near the city of Hama, on February 18, 2014

    The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said.

  • Saudi Arabia disputes deadly airstrike … Christian Science Monitor - 16 hours ago

    “People in Al-Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions since 2009, and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” Pablo Marco, … More »Saudi Arabia disputes deadly airstrike …

    “People in Al-Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions since 2009, and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” Pablo Marco, Doctors Without Borders' operational manager for Yemen, said in a statement. Saudi officials and others in the Sunni Arab coalition have threatened to send …

  • Don't let the US try and solve Arab world problems
    Don't let the US try and solve Arab … Al Jazeera - 18 hours ago

    Air strikes, drones, cyber strikes or special operations won't check the anarchic forces the US itself helped let loose. More »Don't let the US try and solve Arab …

    Don't let the US try and solve Arab world problems

    Air strikes, drones, cyber strikes or special operations won't check the anarchic forces the US itself helped let loose.

  • Police stand guard on March 31, 2015 at the scene in a suburb of Uganda's capital Kampala where acting assistant director of public prosecution Joan Kagezi was shot dead
    Uganda bombing trial stalls after top … AFP - 19 hours ago

    A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot de … More »Uganda bombing trial stalls after top …

    Police stand guard on March 31, 2015 at the scene in a suburb of Uganda's capital Kampala where acting assistant director of public prosecution Joan Kagezi was shot dead

    A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.

  • Philippines ends offensive against small … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Manuel Mogato MAMAPASANO, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military on Tuesday ended a five-week all-out offensive against a small but violent splinter group … More »Philippines ends offensive against small …

    By Manuel Mogato MAMAPASANO, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military on Tuesday ended a five-week all-out offensive against a small but violent splinter group of its largest Muslim rebel group, allowing around 90,000 displaced residents to return home. Residents of the poor, marshy town of Mamasapano, 1,682 kilometres …

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he participates in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York
    Council fears U.S. troop decision will … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized … More »Council fears U.S. troop decision will …

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he participates in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the …

  • Boys stand on a tank burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden
    Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen … Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Mohammad Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian … More »Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen …

    Boys stand on a tank burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden

    By Mohammad Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yemen's state news agency Saba, …

  • Briton pleads guilty in NYC to trying … Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon … More »Briton pleads guilty in NYC to trying …

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon that was likened to Afghanistan.

  • Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
    Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, … Associated Press - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of … More »Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, …

    Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president, in what appeared to be the most intense day of fighting since the air campaign began five days …

  • Why White House cannot afford to ignore … Christian Science Monitor - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    With another civil war looming in the Middle East in Yemen, President Obama has been served another sharp reminder that reducing the weight of the Middle East in America’s … More »Why White House cannot afford to ignore …

    With another civil war looming in the Middle East in Yemen, President Obama has been served another sharp reminder that reducing the weight of the Middle East in America’s national security portfolio is more easily envisioned than accomplished. The Syrian civil war is entering its fifth year, with the US remaining largely …

  • Mentally ill British man pleads guilty … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training … More »Mentally ill British man pleads guilty …

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defence lawyer …

  • A member of the Iranian media walks on a chess board at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
    Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers … More »Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but …

    A member of the Iranian media walks on a chess board at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran …

  • The rebel-held area of Jobar, in eastern Damascus, is seen through the look-out hole of the Syrian army Republican Guard commando battalion on March 25, 2015
    Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills … AFP - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said. More »Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills …

    The rebel-held area of Jobar, in eastern Damascus, is seen through the look-out hole of the Syrian army Republican Guard commando battalion on March 25, 2015

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said.

  • File photo shows displaced Yemenis at a camp set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mazraq in Yemen's Hajja region, 360 kms northwest of Sanaa, on September 10, 2009
    Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced … AFP - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the coun … More »Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced …

    File photo shows displaced Yemenis at a camp set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mazraq in Yemen's Hajja region, 360 kms northwest of Sanaa, on September 10, 2009

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country.

  • U.S. officials wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
    Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers … More »Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal …

    U.S. officials wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran …

  • U.S. President Obama pauses while speaking about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about … More »Republicans see Obama as more imminent …

    U.S. President Obama pauses while speaking about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of …

  • Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed … More »Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches …

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed hospitals. "We were not ready to face this kind of situation," said Valerie Pierre, coordinator for aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which runs …

  • Syrian military source alleges Turkish … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters … More »Syrian military source alleges Turkish …

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend. The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the …

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani enters before participating in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York
    Council fears US troop decision to hurt … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised … More »Council fears US troop decision to hurt …

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani enters before participating in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the …

  • Syria's Assad: Islamic State has … Christian Science Monitor - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    In a newly published interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the possibility of dialogue with the United States to end the conflict within his war-torn country, while warning that the self-declared Islamic State had only grown stronger since it came under attack from Western-led forces. With the rise of IS …

  • Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn … Al Jazeera - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria'

    Fearful their homes may be hit, scores of residents have been leaving the capital for surrounding villages.

  • How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped … Al Jazeera - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran

    Sanctions haven't turned Iranians against the government - worse, failed Arab uprisings have turned them off dissent.

  • Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Animals graze near tourists at sunset at the Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others and said security conditions in the east African country were improving. Britain told its citizens in an updated advisory issued on Friday to avoid most …

  • Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Tunisians wave their national flag during a march against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum

    By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed …

  • Two policemen shot, injured in Saudi … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency quoted a police spokesman as saying on Monday. Saudi Arabia's security forces have in the past been targeted by Sunni Muslim jihadists such as al Qaeda and supporters of the …

  • U.S. President Barack Obama holds rails as he almost slips on the steps of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of …

  • Smoke rises from an arms depot at the Jabal Hadeed military compound in Yemen's southern port city of Aden

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central …

  • Syria's Assad says Islamic State … Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    A Rebel fighter of al-Jabha al-Shamiya fires his weapon at the frontline against Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Mare town POL VIO WAR

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group. Asked how much benefit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that began last September, …

  • Arab League unveils joint military force … Associated Press - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the regi …