At least 32 Islamic State fighters killed in strikes in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

At least 32 Islamic State fighters were killed and 40 more wounded in Syria's Raqqa province on Sunday, in a series of air strikes believed to be carried out by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. More than 15 explosions hit Islamic State positions in the countryside of Raqqa province and near its capital,...
Dec 6, 2015 |

Knife attacker slashes man in London metro 'terror incident'

(Note strong language in paragraph 14) By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - A man wielding a knife slashed a man in an east London metro station on Saturday, reportedly screaming "this is for Syria", before police used a stun gun to detain him in what they described as a terrorist incident. A pool of blood near the ticket barriers at the...
Dec 6, 2015 |

Iraq summons Turkey's ambassador over troop deployment near Mosul

By Ahmed Rasheed and Ayla Jean Yackley BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iraq's Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador on Saturday to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw hundreds of troops deployed in recent days to northern Iraq, near the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul. The ministry said in a statement the Turkish forces had...
Dec 6, 2015 |

Chad says suicide blasts kill at least 15 in Lake Chad

By Madjiasra Nako N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Four female suicide bombers attacked the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130 in an attack blamed by security sources on militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The swampy maze of islands in the border areas between Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria...
Dec 6, 2015 |

Climate talks enter next phase, toughest decisions ahead

By David Stanway and Richard Valdmanis PARIS (Reuters) - Global climate change talks in Paris moved into a new, tougher phase on Saturday as negotiators agreed to a draft accord that still leaves hundreds of points of dispute for ministers to resolve next week. While a largely procedural step in the four-year quest for a binding deal to slow global...
Dec 5, 2015 |

Turkish energy projects unharmed by row with Russia, says Erdogan

Turkey's row with Moscow over the downing of a Russian jet over Syria has not affected joint energy projects, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Russia has imposed trade sanctions against Turkey, including freezing investment projects and restricting food imports, after the Turkish air force last week shot down a Russian...
Dec 5, 2015 |

Taliban says will issue audio message from Mullah Mansour soon

The Taliban's main spokesman said on Saturday that he had received an audio statement from Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Taliban leader reported to have been wounded or killed in a gunfight in Pakistan this week, and would release it shortly. The statement on Twitter followed days of uncertainty over the fate of Mansour, after multiple reports...
Dec 5, 2015 |

Report links Paris militant group to Britain, police cautious

The militant network behind last month's attacks in Paris had links to people in Britain, the Wall Street Journal has said in a report that British police described on Saturday as "speculative". Several people suspected of having connections to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Islamic State militant and alleged ringleader of the Nov. 13...
Dec 5, 2015 |

Turkish deployment inside Iraq violates international law: Iraq president

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum on Saturday called the deployment of several hundred Turkish troops inside Iraq near the northern city of Mosul "a violation of international norms and law". A Turkish security source said on Friday the forces would provide training for Iraqi troops near Mosul, which is controlled by Islamic State.
Dec 5, 2015 |

Exclusive: U.S. puts request for bigger Turkish air role on hold

By Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week, the United States has quietly put on hold a long-standing request for its NATO ally to play a more active role in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State. The move, disclosed to Reuters by a U.S. official, is aimed at allowing just...
Dec 5, 2015 |

U.N. council to meet next week on human rights in North Korea: U.S.

The United Nations Security Council will meet next week on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, the United States said on Friday. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. (1430 ET), the spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Hagar...
Dec 5, 2015 |

Thais celebrate king's birthday amid widening royal insult probe

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thais marked the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, early on Saturday, by giving alms at temples around the country. Celebrations in Thailand, where the monarch's birthday is also national Father's Day, come amid a widening police investigation into a...
Dec 5, 2015 |

EU might take charge of Europe's borders

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is considering a measure that would give a new EU border force powers to intervene and guard a member state's external frontier to protect the Schengen open-borders zone, EU officials and diplomats said on Friday. Germany's Thomas de Maiziere, in Brussels...
Dec 4, 2015 |

German parliament approves military campaign against Islamic State in Syria

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's lower house of parliament on Friday approved government plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Of the 598 lawmakers who took part in the vote, 445 voted for, 146 against and seven abstained. The mission will include sending six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to help protect the...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Preventing Iran bomb more important than past nuclear activity: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that preventing Iran developing a nuclear weapon in future was more important now than "ambiguities" about its past military efforts. Kerry said it would be premature to comment on a leaked report by the U.N. atomic watchdog that strongly suggested Tehran had a nuclear weapons program for...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Russian air force hit 1,458 targets in Syria over week: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force flew 431 sorties and hit 1,458 "terrorist targets" in Syria in the week of Nov. 26 - Dec. 4, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Friday. Russian jets hit targets in Syria's Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor provinces, the ministry...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Israel trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece: sources

By Dan Williams and Karolina Tagaris JERUSALEM/ATHENS (Reuters) - Israel has quietly tested ways of defeating an advanced air-defence system that Russia has deployed in the Middle East and that could limit Israel's ability to strike in Syria or Iran, military and diplomatic sources said. The activation allowed Israel's warplanes to test...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Obama says additional U.S. forces will help "squeeze" Islamic State

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said his decision to send more U.S. special forces to combat Islamic State in Iraq is not an indication that the United States is headed for another invasion like the one in 2003 that locked it in a long, violent conflict. Obama has said his strategy to fight the militant group in Iraq...
Dec 4, 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