Devil is in the detail before new round of Syria peace talks

By John Irish and Karin Strohecker VIENNA (Reuters) - Two weeks after they jointly called for a political solution to Syria's civil war, foreign ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan. As those officials returned to Vienna ahead...
Nov 14, 2015 |

U.S. 'reasonably certain' that British Islamic State militant Jihadi John killed in strike

By Phil Stewart and Mariam Karouny WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday it was "reasonably certain" a drone strike in Syria had killed Jihadi John, a British citizen who became the public face of Islamic State and a symbol of its brutality after appearing in hostage execution videos. U.S. and British...
Nov 14, 2015 |

British IS leader Jihadi John 'probably' killed in air strike

By John Davison and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States targeted British Islamic State leader "Jihadi John" in an air attack in northern Syria which Britain said would "strike at the heart of Islamic State" if the militant's death is confirmed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the death of Mohammed...
Nov 13, 2015 |

Kurdish forces seize Iraq's Sinjar town from Islamic State

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by U.S. air strikes seized the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State on Friday, a Reuters witness said, in one of the most significant counter-attacks since the militants swept through the north last year. "ISIL defeated and on the run," the Kurdistan regional...
Nov 13, 2015 |

Palestinian gunman kills two Israelis in West Bank: army

A Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis in the southern West Bank on Friday, the military said, while in the nearby city of Hebron Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian involved in stone-throwing clashes, medics said. The gunman opened fire on a family traveling near the Jewish settlement of Otneil, which is close to Hebron, Israel medics and...
Nov 13, 2015 |

U.S. carries out Syria strike targeting 'Jihadi John'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has carried out an air strike in Syria targeting Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" who participated in gruesome videos showing the killings of Western hostages, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The United States was still assessing the effectiveness of the strike,...
Nov 13, 2015 |

Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

By Mariam Karouny and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah. The explosions were the first attacks in more...
Nov 13, 2015 |

Kurds expect to enter and clear Sinjar soon

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces who have launched an offensive to retake Sinjar from Islamic State militants expect to enter and clear the northern Iraqi town soon, the Kurdistan regional security council said on Thursday. More than 150 square km (58 square miles) have been seized from the ultrahardline Sunni group...
Nov 13, 2015 |

U.S. bombers flew near China-built island in South China Sea: Pentagon

By Yeganeh Torbati and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. B52 strategic bombers flew near artificial Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this week and were contacted by Chinese ground controllers but continued their mission undeterred, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The latest U.S. patrol in the disputed South China Sea...
Nov 13, 2015 |

Brazil president surveys dam disaster site; government vows probe, audit of other dams

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Marta Nogueira MARIANA, Brazil (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday flew over a devastated part of Brazil's southeast region where two dams burst at an iron ore mine last week, killing at least seven people and swamping a vast area with mud and mine waste. The moves by federal officials toughen the...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Kurdish forces launch battle to retake Iraq's Sinjar town

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga forces have started clearing parts of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar and have established positions along an Islamic State supply route between its two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the coalition said on Thursday. Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Kurds...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Undercover Israeli troops raid hospital, kill Palestinian

Israeli undercover forces raided a hospital in the West Bank on Thursday, shooting dead a Palestinian during an attempt to detain another man suspected of carrying out a stabbing, the Palestinian health ministry and doctors said. The Israeli army confirmed the raid and shooting but did not have details of the man's condition. It said the raid...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Islamic State video threatens attacks in Russia 'very soon': site monitoring group

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State has released a video threatening attacks in Russia "very soon", the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday. Al-Hayat Media Center, Islamic State's foreign language media division, released a Russian language video with chants of "Soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean", SITE...
Nov 12, 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