China army paper warns of lost wars and shame if no reform

China's military risks losing wars and bringing millennia of shame upon itself if it drags its heels on reform, the army's official newspaper said on Friday, warning that modernization of the armed forces was behind that of advanced foreign counterparts. President Xi Jinping unveiled a broad-brush outline of the reforms last month,...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Vatican says Catholics should not try to convert Jews, should fight anti-semitism

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major document drawing the Church further away from the strained relations of the past. It was the latest move on a host of issues, such as gay rights and re-marriage, that the...
Dec 10, 2015 |

Iraqi forces dislodge Islamic State militants from two key areas in Ramadi

Iraqi security forces have made advances on two fronts in the city of Ramadi, clearing Islamic State militants from a key military command base and a sprawling neighborhood on its western edge, army officials said. Capture of the sprawling western Ramadi district of al-Taamim and the Anbar Operations Command headquarters on Wednesday could advance...
Dec 10, 2015 |

North Korean leader Kim's H-bomb claim draws scepticism

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared on Thursday to claim his country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a step up from the less powerful atomic bomb, but outside experts were skeptical. Kim made the comments as he toured the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site, which marks the feats of his father who died in 2011 and his grandfather, state founder and...
Dec 10, 2015 |

Iran says groups linked to IS are at Riyadh talks

Iran said on Thursday groups linked to Islamic State were involved in talks on forming a delegation for negotiations on the future of Syria, the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported. Delegates from Syrian opposition and rebel groups agreed in Riyadh on Thursday to bring together political and armed factions in a single body in...
Dec 10, 2015 |

U.S. ready to send advisers, helicopters to Iraq to help retake Ramadi

By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is prepared to deploy advisers and attack helicopters if requested by Iraq to help it "finish the job" of retaking the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter's remarks were the latest sign of U.S....
Dec 10, 2015 |

Another Paris attacker named, had been in Syria

By Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - The third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old French national who went to Syria two years ago, according to officials involved in the inquiry into the multiple attacks on the French capital. Investigators identified Foued Mohamed-Aggad as one of...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Shi'ite militias threaten Turkey over incursion into Iraq

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite paramilitary groups with ties to Iran threatened to use force against Turkey on Wednesday unless it withdraws its troops from Iraqi territory, after a 48-hour deadline set by the government expired. Turkey deployed a contingent of troops to a camp near the frontline in northern Iraq last week,...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Palestinian shot dead after wounding two Israelis in West Bank stabbing: army

A Palestinian was shot dead by security forces after wounding an Israeli soldier and a civilian when he stabbed them in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday, the Israeli army said. A statement from the military said the Palestinian attacked the victims during a "routine security check" in Hebron, a hotspot in the spate of...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Turkish PM accuses Russia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria

By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister accused Russia on Wednesday of attempted "ethnic cleansing" in northern Syria, saying Moscow was trying to drive out the local Turkmen and Sunni Muslim populations to protect its military interests in the region. Ahmet Davutoglu's comments could further harm...
Dec 9, 2015 |

U.S. prepared to deploy advisers to bolster Iraq's battle for Ramadi

The United States is prepared to deploy advisers and attack helicopters if requested by Iraq to help it "finish the job" of retaking the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter's remarks were the latest sign of U.S. preparations to intensify its military involvement in the battle...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Exclusive: Australian police raid Sydney home of reported bitcoin creator

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, a Reuters witness said. The property is registered under the Australian electoral role to Craig Steven Wright, whom Wired outed as the likely real identity of Satoshi...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Australia, SE Asia need to 're-double' efforts to avoid Paris-style attacks

Australia and Southeast Asia must re-double efforts to share intelligence and make sure Paris-style terror attacks can't be replicated in the region, Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan said on Wednesday. Hundreds of Indonesian Islamic State sympathizers and some Malaysians and Singaporeans are believed to have gone to fight in Syria...
Dec 9, 2015 |

China military paying 'close attention' to U.S. plane deployment

China's military is paying "close attention" to an agreement between the United States and Singapore to deploy the U.S. P8 Poseidon spy plane to the city state and hopes the move does not harm regional stability, the defense ministry said. The foreign ministry of China, which is at odds with Washington over the South China Sea, said...
Dec 9, 2015 |

U.S. conducting 'serious review' of alleged Iran missile test

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is reviewing and seeking to confirm reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday. "The U.S. is conducting a serious review of...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Kerry says aiming for New York Syria meeting on December 18

By Lesley Wroughton PARIS (Reuters) - Countries involved in the Syrian peace process are set to meet in New York on Dec. 18 but the talks may hinge on efforts to unite Syrian opposition groups in the coming days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Russia, the United States, European and Middle Eastern countries agreed last month on...
Dec 8, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More