With Schengen under threat, Greece accepts EU help

By Alastair Macdonald and Alexandros Avramidis BRUSSELS/IDOMENI (Reuters) - Greece asked for European help on Thursday to secure its borders and care for crowds of migrants, defusing threats from EU allies to bar it from the passport-free Schengen zone if it failed to get a grip. Hours before EU interior ministers are to meet on Friday to consider...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Syrians linked to Islamic State in Thailand 'to attack Russian interests'

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Ten Syrians "related to" Islamic State entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests, Thai police said in a leaked document citing information from the Russian Federal Security Service. In the document, Special Branch police urged an intensification of security around "target areas...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Turkey dismisses 'Soviet propaganda', says trying to secure Syria border

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu dismissed Russian allegations that Turkey was buying oil from Islamic State as "Soviet-style propaganda" on Thursday and said the NATO member was doing all it could to secure its border with Syria. Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday it had proof that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and...
Dec 4, 2015 |

Air strikes alone won't defeat Islamic State, Kerry warns

By Arshad Mohammed BELGRADE (Reuters) - Syrian and other Arab ground forces must be found to take on Islamic State, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, warning the militant group would not be defeated by air strikes alone. Kerry was speaking hours after Britain launched bombing raids against Islamic State targets in Syria, joining...
Dec 3, 2015 |

Britain joins Syria air war; Putin vows more sanctions on Turkey

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain joined U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, but Vladimir Putin issued bitter new denunciations of Turkey for shooting down a Russian plane, demonstrating the limits to international solidarity. British Tornado jets took off from the Royal Air Force...
Dec 3, 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 3, 2015 |

Turkey row leaves Russia stuck with abandoned gas pipes worth billions

By Svetlana Burmistrova and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gas pipes worth 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion) are to be left stranded on the shores of the Black Sea after Russia's decision to suspend work on the Turkish Stream pipeline, a potent symbol of Moscow's falling out with Ankara. Russia has set out to punish Turkey after it shot...
Dec 3, 2015 |

Turkey seeks to diversify gas supplies amid dispute with Russia

By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk BAKU/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's leaders have mounted a charm offensive among regional energy producers in an effort to diversify supplies as relations with major natural gas provider Russia crumble following the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish airforce. President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister...
Dec 3, 2015 |

British bombers make first air strikes on Syria after UK parliament vote

By Michele Kambas and Guy Faulconbridge AKROTIRI, Cyprus/LONDON (Reuters) - British bombers made their first strikes on Syria on Thursday, just hours after Britain's parliament voted to target Islamic State targets in Syria, a government source said. Tornado bombers took off from the RAF Akrotiri air base in Cyprus and made strikes on targets...
Dec 3, 2015 |

Australia says stepping up hunt for MH370, confident of search area

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will step up search efforts in an area they believe holds the best hope of finding a missing Malaysia Airlines jet, whose disappearance last year sparked one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history, officials said on Thursday. An Australian-led underwater search, the most expensive ever conducted,...
Dec 3, 2015 |

New U.S. force for Iraq to number around 100: U.S. military

A new force of special operations troops being deployed by the United States to Iraq will likely number around 100, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Wednesday. "It will be ... probably around 100, maybe a little bit less," said Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State. A cap on the number of U.S....
Dec 3, 2015 |

EU presses Greece over migrants, weighs Schengen threat

By Paul Taylor and Alastair Macdonald ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece hit back on Wednesday at threats from some EU states to suspend it from the Schengen zone of open border travel because of its failure to control large numbers of migrants entering Europe. Diplomats and European Union officials say some governments have raised the possibility...
Dec 3, 2015 |

Russia says it has proof Turkey involved in Islamic State oil trade

By Maria Tsvetkova and Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday it had proof that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family were benefiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from Islamic State-held territory in Syria and Iraq. Moscow and Ankara have been locked in a war of words since last week when a...
Dec 2, 2015 |

Iraqi politicians, militias warn Abadi against U.S force deployment

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling alliance and powerful Shi'ite militias say Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi would be digging his own political grave and undermining the fight against Islamic State if he permits the deployment of a new U.S. special operations force in the country. Washington said on Tuesday it would send...
Dec 2, 2015 |

Russia unlikely to meet Ukraine peace deal deadline, NATO says

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO's top commander warned on Wednesday there was little chance that Russia would meet a year-end deadline for a peace deal in eastern Ukraine, saying the calmer situation there did not mean the end of the conflict was near. Spelling out what many Western officials believe, NATO Supreme Allied Commander...
Dec 2, 2015 |

Iraq briefed on U.S. special forces plan, Kerry says

By Arshad Mohammed and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Iraqi government is fully briefed on U.S. plans to deploy American special forces to Iraq and the two governments will consult closely on where they will go and what they will do, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday...
Dec 2, 2015 |

In Erdogan insult case, Turkish court asks: is 'Hobbit' character Gollum evil?

A Turkish court has asked experts to determine whether the "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum is good or evil to decide whether a doctor insulted Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, the defendant's lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday. Erdogan's lawyers are sueing Bilgin Ciftci, a physician from the western city of Aydin,...
Dec 2, 2015 |

U.S. deploying new force to Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, in a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the...
Dec 2, 2015 |

Indonesia says faulty part, crew action factors in AirAsia crash

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Problems with a glitch-prone rudder component and the way pilots tried to respond were major factors in the crash of an Indonesian AirAsia jet last year that killed all 162 on board, investigators said on Tuesday. The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a...
Dec 2, 2015 |

In first step to power, Suu Kyi holds talks with Myanmar president

By Aung Hla Tun and Timothy Mclaughlin NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with President Thein Sein on Wednesday, the first of two key meetings as her election-winning party prepares to take power in a country crippled by decades of military rule. The Nobel laureate's National League for Democracy...
Dec 2, 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