Somali officials say U.S. struck where al Shabaab were meeting

 An air strike by U.S. military forces struck an area where leaders of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked militants were meeting, intelligence sources said on Tuesday, but it was unclear whether any insurgent commanders were killed. The...

End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five...

UK raises terror threat level

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the "root cause" of the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom is "Islamist extremism." He said the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley is clear evidence that ISIS'...

Syria’s al-Qaeda repelled from Shiite villages

Reuters - Syria’s al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other Sunni Muslim militants fought during the night to capture two Shiite villages in the country’s north but were repelled, activists on both sides of the war and...

16,000 children in South Sudan forced into fighting this year: UN

AFP - Up to 16,000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said Friday. Despite an peace agreement in August,...

Witnesses to Everest avalanche: ‘I knew I had to survive’

AP - At least 17 people were killed and 61 injured when an avalanche set off by Saturday’s massive Nepal earthquake swept down the Himalayas. The snow and ice ripped through key Mt. Everest...

U.S. urges Iran to stick by U.N. arms embargo on Yemen

AFP - The United States on Tuesday called on Iran to abide by the terms of a new U.N. embargo imposed on Shiite militias in Yemen. “Obviously Iran plays a role here given their support...

Pakistan votes for insurgents to face military trials

BBC - The lower house of Pakistan's parliament has voted in favour of military trials for terror suspects. The move is the latest in a raft of measures aimed at stepping up Pakistan's anti-terror operations after...

19 killed as militants battle police in Chechnya’s capital

AFP - Fighting between heavily-armed militants and police in the center of Chechnya’s capital Grozny on Thursday left 10 officers and nine militants dead, officials said. Militants barricaded themselves in a school and police cordonned off...

Nigerian girl says parents volunteered her as suicide bomber

BBC - A 13-year-old Nigerian girl has told how her parents gave her to Boko Haram militants to be used as a suicide bomber. The girl, speaking at a news conference organised by police, said...

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