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  • John Paul II: beloved pope who left reformists cold
    John Paul II: beloved pope who left reformists cold 4 hours ago

    Pope John Paul II, who will be made a saint on Sunday along with John XXIII, was a charismatic leader who helped topple communism but was criticised for failing to tackle the scourge of child sex abuse by priests. More »

  • Syrian warplanes target crowded market
    Syrian warplanes target crowded market 5 hours ago

    Airstrikes kill at least 30, as Assad government nearly finishes surrender of its chemical weapons stockpile. More »

  • Irish revolution at Grenoble continues as Farley confirms management role
    Irish revolution at Grenoble continues as Farley confirms management role 9 hours ago

    The former Connacht lock has decided to call time on his playing career but will remain with the Top 14 club. More »

  • Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy
    Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves. More »

  • UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability 10 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out. More »

  • Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria - sources
    Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria - sources 10 hours ago

    By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme. OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu has the authority to launch an investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in member states, including Syria, without the need to seek a formal request from a member state, sources told Reuters on Thursday. More »

  • UN names 21 countries with rape in conflict 10 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria. More »

  • Move to curb foreign fighters in Syria
    Move to curb foreign fighters in Syria 11 hours ago

    Officials of at least seven countries are to meet in attempt to stop their young citizens from fighting in Syria's war. More »

  • Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30
    Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30 11 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. More »

  • UN names 21 countries where rape in conflict 11 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts — from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria. More »

  • Jordan amends anti-terror law to face Syria fallout
    Jordan amends anti-terror law to face Syria fallout 11 hours ago

    Controversial amendments to Jordan's anti-terrorism law seek to curb the influence of homegrown Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists fighting the regime of the kingdom's northern neighbour Syria, analysts said. More »

  • ‘There’ll be plenty of people ringing in sick on Monday, with the help of G …
    ‘There’ll be plenty of people ringing in sick on Monday, with the help of G … 11 hours ago

    Munster’s James Coughlan feels his side must avoid over-thinking their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon. More »

  • A look at deeds and words of John Paul II
    A look at deeds and words of John Paul II 12 hours ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood: More »

  • Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 27
    Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 27 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. More »

  • UK asks Muslim women to report would-be Syria jihadists
    UK asks Muslim women to report would-be Syria jihadists 13 hours ago

    British police launched a campaign on Thursday urging Muslim mothers to inform the authorities if they fear their children may go to fight in Syria, although critics warned that families were often the last to know. More »

  • Syria chemical handover nearly complete
    Syria chemical handover nearly complete 13 hours ago

    Syria has nearly completed surrendering its chemical weapons stockpile, a joint task force in charge of the operation said Thursday, as UN Security Council members called for a fresh probe into alleged gas attacks. More »

  • Businessman second hopeful for Syria presidential vote
    Businessman second hopeful for Syria presidential vote 13 hours ago

    A businessman who studied in the United States on Thursday became the second hopeful to register for Syria's controversial June presidential election which is expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to office. More »

  • Syria air raid kills 27, as presidential race gets new candidate
    Syria air raid kills 27, as presidential race gets new candidate 14 hours ago

    Syria's air force killed 27 civilians Thursday in a raid on a market in an Aleppo provincial village, as a businessman became the second hopeful to register for the country's controversial presidential election. More »

  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
    10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos 14 hours ago

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. More »

  • Syrian air strikes kill dozens at market near Aleppo -report 14 hours ago

    A Syrian air force raid on a rebel-held town near Aleppo on Thursday killed and wounded dozens of people at a vegetable market, activists said. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have stepped up their aerial bombardment of Aleppo and surrounding towns after making gains around Damascus and in central Syria. The Britain-based anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said planes bombed the market in the town of Atareb on Thursday morning, killing 27 people and seriously wounding many others. Video footage from the aftermath of the strike, about 30 km (20 miles) west of Aleppo, showed charred bodies in a street among rubble and burning debris. More »

  • Syria fighters appeal 'not helpful'
    Syria fighters appeal 'not helpful' 15 hours ago

    An unprecedented police appeal calling on Muslim women to urge their relatives not to fight in Syria has been criticised as not helpful by a relative of a Briton killed in the war. More »

  • Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 25
    Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 25 16 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said. More »

  • Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide
    Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide 17 hours ago

    Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognise World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, apparently brushing off Ankara's first ever offer of condolences for the tragedy. More »

  • Anonymous' Airchat Aims to Allow Communication Without Needing Phone or …
    Anonymous' Airchat Aims to Allow Communication Without Needing Phone or … 17 hours ago

    Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced that it is working on a new tool called Airchat which could allow people to communicate without the need for a phone or an internet connection - using radio waves instead. Anonymous, the amorphous group best known for attacking high profile targets like Sony and the CIA in recent years, said on the Lulz Labs project's Github page: "Airchat is a free communication tool [that] doesn't need internet infrastructure [or] a cell phone network. The idea is that people all over the world, including those in rural areas and developing countries, will one day be able to communicate for free without the need for a mobile phone network, phone line or internet access. While the project is workable at the moment, it is simply a proof of concept at this stage and Anonymous has revealed Airchat in the hope to get more people involved in developing the technology as well as raising funds. More »

  • French jihadists in Syria and cyber-indoctrination
    French jihadists in Syria and cyber-indoctrination 17 hours ago

    Rising number of French nationals in Syria is more about teen angst than genuine religious convictions. More »

  • CIA Arms and Trains Syria Rebels Through Secret Jordan Programme
    CIA Arms and Trains Syria Rebels Through Secret Jordan Programme 17 hours ago

    The United States is siphoning weapons and providing combat training to moderate Syria rebels via a secret Central Intelligence Agency programme in Jordan. Growing US involvement has been propelled by continued strikes on rebel strongholds by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces. The secret training programme may become more public in coming months, according to National Public Radio (NPR) sources. The covert strategy by American intelligence officials is geared towards pressuring a political settlement out of the Syrian regime as worries continue over Assad's growing strength in the three-year civil war. More »

  • Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria
    Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria 17 hours ago

    A sharp rise in the number of people being arrested for travelling to Syria has prompted a new campaign. The campaign comes after several Britons are thought to have died in Syria in the last few months. Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years to train in camps or take part in the fighting, with an estimated 20 having died. Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball, said: "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict. More »

  • UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels 18 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there — part of a Europe-wide effort to discourage would-be combatants. More »

  • Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18
    Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18 18 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said. More »

  • Syrian refugees cling to stability in Iraq
    Syrian refugees cling to stability in Iraq 18 hours ago

    Finding relative stability in northern Iraq, many Syrian refugees are in no hurry to return to their war-torn country. More »

  • Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of ‘crimes against its own peopl …
    Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of ‘crimes against its own peopl … 18 hours ago

    Vladimir Putin has warned of “consequences” to the military action. More »

  • FBI Informant Sabu Organises Cyber-Attacks on Government Websites in Iran, Syria …
    FBI Informant Sabu Organises Cyber-Attacks on Government Websites in Iran, Syria … 18 hours ago

    New information suggests the FBI has been using renowned Anonymous hacker Sabu (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur) to direct other hackers to attack thousands of foreign websites to steal sensitive data, including details from websites of governments in Iran, Syria and Brazil. In two weeks times Monsegur is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Loretta Preska in New York to be sentenced for multiple counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking. Despite pleading guilty to all 12 charges against him, Monsegur could face a hugely reduced sentence thanks to his cooperation with the US authorities who arrested him over 1,000 days ago. Is has been widely known that Sabu has been helping the FBI since his arrest, but details of just what this entailed has - until now - been a closely guarded secret, with court documents relating to Monsegur's sentencing being heavily redacted. More »

  • Activists: Government airstrikes on vegetable market in northern Syria kill … 19 hours ago

    Activists: Government airstrikes on vegetable market in northern Syria kill at least 18 people. More »

  • Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq
    Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq 21 hours ago

    A car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing eight people, as Iraq struggles with daily violence ahead of an election next week. More »

  • Greece: The murky moat of fortress Europe
    Greece: The murky moat of fortress Europe 21 hours ago

    Europe can no longer portray itself as a bastion of humanitarian values if it doesn't address the issue of migration. More »