The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels, the military said on Wednesday, warning the number of residents killed by rebel 'atrocities' could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.
Russia denounced a US warning to the Syrian leadership that it will pay a heavy price for any chemical weapons attack, and dismissed White House assertions that a strike was being prepared as 'unacceptable.'
The Philippines ruled out negotiations on Tuesday with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police.
A White House warning late on Monday night about 'potential preparations' by the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack comes at a particularly tense time in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's Russia ally a week ago effectively warned that it could shoot down U.S. aircraft there.
The Russian Northern Fleet's Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
It may be too soon to write OPEC's obituary, but the oil producer club appears in urgent need of late-life care. It shows little understanding of where it is, how it got there or where it's going. While it still manages to collect new members here and there, its core group looks more fragile than at any point in nearly 30 years.
A study, ordered by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary to examine a government scheme, reveals that over 40 foreign terrorists have used human rights laws to stay in the U.K., which has witnessed three terror attacks in recent months.
Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.
A day after the US president said China's efforts on North Korea had failed, his secretary of state has asked for Beijing's help. The situation has been complicated by the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang.
India's population is expected to surpass China's in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a UN report said Wednesday.
Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
Law enforcement officials around the world are on high alert this week as ISIS calls for a surge of civilian attacks during Islam's 'Night of Power,' the holiest day on the Islamic calendar, which this year begins Wednesday evening.
Belgian police have shot a suspect after a small explosion in Brussels' main railway station. Prosecutors have described the incident as a 'terrorist attack,' and said the person who was shot had died.
Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading Iranian opposition group said Tuesday.
Tehran's much-heralded ballistic missile strike against Islamic State targets in Syria came up short, with most of the Iranian missiles either missing their marks inside the terror group's haven in Deir-e-Zour, or missing Syria altogether and landing inside Iraqi territory.
Amid a sharp escalation of tensions among the various parties drawn into Syria's civil war, the Pentagon's top military officer tried to defuse a clash with Russia a day after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter jet attacking coalition forces engaged in the battle to defeat the Islamic State group.
Pressing 'pause' on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government. He clamped down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened.