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About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity.
A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rattled Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains but causing no apparent damage or injuries.
The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons.
In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting "YES" on whether they approved of ISIS's conquests in the region.
The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.
Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in the country and shut them down.
Worried about Google snooping on your Web browsing or email? That may be the least of the Internet giant's intrusions if this patent for sensor-packed dolls and toys ever gets put to use in your kids' room. Filed in 2012 but just published Thursday, the patent describes "interactive electronics that support social cues." In other words, toys that watch and listen.
An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions.
Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops -- including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons -- in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.
Two years after President Bashar Assad agreed to destroy his chemical arsenal and joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, activists say they have documented 18 cases of chlorine gas used in the country's rebel-held north since March 6, when the United Nations issued a resolution determining that chlorine was used in Syria and warning of repercussions. They say the attacks have killed nine people and injured hundreds.
Greece warned Sunday it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting.
A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world's most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.
The Islamic State terror group is expanding operations in Southeast Asia where in Malaysia more than 100 Islamists, including some linked to the military, have been arrested in recent weeks, according to a State Department security report.
Saudi Arabia is making a bid to head the United Nations' Human Rights Council (HRC) just days after it posted a slew of new job openings for executioners who would help carry out beheadings amid a massive uptick in state-sanctioned killings in the country.
The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.
There is a "high likelihood" of capital controls being introduced in Greece, according to a report published by Moody's on Wednesday, starting with a deposit freeze at Greek banks.
If Ukraine deploys elements of US missile defense systems on its territory, then Russia will need to respond in order to ensure its own security, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
Ukraine's president has told the BBC his country is now in a "real war" with Russia -- and that Ukrainians should prepare for a Russian offensive.
Islamic State militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments.
Four major banks agreed to plead guilty on Wednesday to trying to manipulate foreign exchange rates and six were fined nearly $6 billion in yet another settlement in a global probe into the $5-trillion-a-day market.
On April 27, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen., Mohammad Ali Jafari lashed out at Saudi Arabia and its recent military intervention in Yemen, accusing the "treacherous Saudis" of "following in Israel's footsteps" by "shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and mass killing" the Yemeni people.
In his final years, Osama Bin Laden urged his followers to remain focused on attacking the US, newly released documents show.
Experts from Iran and six world powers are launching a new round of negotiations focused on reaching a deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program.
North Korea claimed Wednesday that it has developed the technology to miniaturize nuclear weapons, the rogue state's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
Irish voters will decide Friday whether the country will become the first to add same-sex marriage to their constitution through popular vote.
ore than 35 countries have been hit in a surge in bird flu outbreaks since early last year, killing tens of millions of poultry, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.
Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region.
The Islamic State's capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi is sparking renewed criticism of Obama administration policies in the region -- from the decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops in 2011 to the current anti-ISIS strategy that relies mostly on airstrikes.
Saudi Arabia has executed 85 people so far in 2015, already almost hitting the total number of executions in 2014. While Saudi authorities haven't explained what is behind this upward trend, don't expect it to end anytime soon: According to a job posting on a Saudi government website, the country is seeking more executioners to help with the workload.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he expects an agreement with the country's international creditors within the next week.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday accused the United States of only pursuing its own interests and of making the Middle East "insecure", The Associated Press (AP) reported.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships.
Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth, his latest exhortation on the environment ahead of his eagerly-awaited encyclical on climate change and its effects on the world's most vulnerable.
Egyptian security officials say bombs have targeted courthouses in two cities, wounding two people in what could be retaliation for the sentencing to death of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi the day before.
Smoke and the stench of bombs filled the skies over Yemen again Sunday as a five-day humanitarian cease fire ended. Saudi-led coaltion airstrikes resumed in four Aden districts, according to Ali al-Halemi, a security official in Aden, and another official who did not want to be named.
U.S. Special Operations forces carried out a major raid deep inside eastern Syria, killing a senior Islamic State leader who oversees illicit oil production and capturing his wife, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Saturday.
An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying "off the shelf" atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
Reflecting growing nervousness about recent aggressive moves from Russia, NATO's three Baltic members -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- said Thursday that they will ask the alliance to permanently deploy thousands of ground troops to their nations, prompting a quick and sharp condemnation from Moscow.
The Islamic State group on Monday released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen or heard from in months.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia has declined an invitation to participate in President Barack Obama's Gulf summit meeting in Camp David this week. Both the United States and Saudi Arabia are working to minimize the fallout from this decision, but from the Saudi standpoint, this summit does not hold much attraction. Only two other heads of the Gulf states are attending. Two are in poor health, but the other non-attendees may be following Riyadh's lead. Some of this reticence may derive from a festering series of policy disagreements that contribute to seriously frayed relations with the Gulf monarchies.
Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the 'maize belt' of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.
The Telica volcano in north-west Nicaragua has been spewing large clouds of ash. There have been more than 60 explosions since it started erupting on Thursday, covering nearby towns in a dusting of ash.
Human rights activists worldwide are demanding clemency for cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for taking part in Shia Muslim minority protests in 2011. They warn the execution could inflame the whole of the Middle East.
A senior Iranian official branded Saudi Arabia's King Salman a traitor to Islam on Thursday and equated the Gulf state's military assault on Iranian-allied fighters in Yemen with Israeli actions against Palestinians.
President Barack Obama's summit with Arab leaders doesn't seem to be going as planned. Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz attended the talks in King Salman's place. Then came today's big news: The New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries intend to match Iran's nuclear capacity if the US reaches a deal that allows some aspects of the country's nuclear program, including uranium enrichment and ballistic missiles research, to continue.
Iraq's defense ministry said on Wednesday the second most senior member of the Islamic State had been killed in a coalition air strike on a mosque where he was meeting with other militants in the north of the country.
It would be unethical and a "sin of omission" to prevent the genetic engineering of embryos, a leading scientist has argued.
A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.
Egypt is set to buy the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, a senior Israeli intelligence official told Reuters Wednesday, following an announcement from Moscow last month that it would deliver the advanced weapons system to Iran after lifting a ban on weapons sales to the Islamic Republic.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday called on lenders to break an impasse in cash-for-reform talks after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF.
The international community should criminalize anti-Semitism and establish a multilateral body to monitor it, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs legal adviser Amb. Alan Baker asserted on Monday in the text of a draft international convention being promoted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
International inspectors have found traces of banned toxic chemicals in at least three military locations in Syria, four diplomats and officials said, less than two years after President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle the country's chemical arsenal.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was to announce new laws to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" Wednesday in his first major policy announcement since winning last week's general election.
A U.S. Marine helicopter delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nepal was declared missing Tuesday after it lost radio contact with units on the ground, military officials said.
The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq's top antiquities officials is now saying the destruction is a cover for an even more sinister activity -- the systematic looting of Iraq's cultural heritage.
White House and Pentagon officials said Tuesday the U.S. is monitoring an Iranian-flagged cargo ship headed in the direction of Yemen -- coming just days after the U.S. tracked a suspected Iranian arms shipment in the region.
Nicaragua's Telica volcano, the country's most active, has spewed fiery rocks and gases, dusting nearby towns with ash. The volcano has registered 30 small eruptions since it rumbled to life on Thursday, the strongest yet occurring on Sunday night, according to the Nicaraguan Geological Institute.
NATO reportedly has moved to expel dozens of suspected Russian spies from its headquarters in Brussels in the latest sign of a renewal of tensions between the western military alliance and Moscow.
Germany's top security official says new statistics show a sharp rise in anti-Semitic offenses last year, as well as in crimes against foreigners.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has reportedly placed his top intelligence official under house arrest for conspiring with the regime's enemies to carry out a coup.
A U.N. attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.
Iran claimed Sunday that its warships had "shooed away" American and French military forces in the Gulf of Aden.
Yemen's Houthi rebels and their allies agreed Sunday to a five-day cease-fire offered by the Saudi-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes in the country, Yemen's state news agency reported.
Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente and said he was so impressed by the pontiff that he is considering a return to the Catholic Church's fold.
Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington's nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran's meddling across the Mideast look to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday's Camp David summit.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders, his foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday.
Britain's Conservative party is poised to secure an effective parliamentary majority, a BBC projection showed on Friday with more than 70 percent of results declared.
Iran has reportedly released the Maersk Tigris, a cargo ship it seized in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran nine days ago.
A US operation has killed the senior al-Qaida figure who issued the claim of responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, according to US sources familiar with the matter and a reported video posted by the group.
Saudi Arabia proposed a five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen on Thursday after weeks of airstrikes and fighting, but said a ceasefire depended on the Houthi militia and its allies also agreeing to lay down arms, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.
Two top Iranian generals on Thursday taunted the United States, saying the much-discussed military option to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities is "ridiculous," that Washington knows it can't be done, and that their country 'welcomes war with the US.'
With Iran emboldened and the United States seen in retreat, President Barack Obama faces the vexing task of restoring lost trust and influence when he hosts Gulf leaders at Camp David next week.
An Iranian naval fleet chased a U.S. warship and military planes through the waters off the southern coast of Yemen late Monday in yet another provocative encounter between the two nations, according to Iranian state media reports.
Hakone is only 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Tokyo, making it one of the closest to the over 13 million people living in the city. Now, the Japan has issued an alert for Hakone after signs of increasing unrest.The latest alert is based on new earthquakes recorded at Hakone since April 26th along with deformation of the land's surface at the volcano. On Tuesday May 6 alone, over 115 earthquakes were recorded.
Following reports of explosions and a military attack in Sudan early Wednesday morning, Arab media cited the Sudanese army as saying it shot down an Israeli drone in the Valley of the Prophet area north of the capital Khartoum.
Repeated concessions by the Obama administration during ongoing nuclear talks with Iran have all but guaranteed that the Islamic Republic will emerge as a nuclear threshold state that could build a weapon with little effort, according to arms control experts who testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Islamic and Western countries have begun their annual two-week military exercise in Jordan, named Eager Lion.
Greece has announced a surcharge on cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in an attempt to stop capital flight out of the country's banks and raise cash as the Greek government faces bankruptcy.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept nuclear talks under threat, state television reported, as Iran and world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal.
France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future nuclear accord between Iran and six major powers must be robust, verifiable and no threat to Tehran's neighbors, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Sounding an uncharacteristic note of pessimism, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that if the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad falls, then Hezbollah will fall too, according to a report today in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.
Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
The German town of Buetzow has been left extensively damaged by what residents described as a tornado that tore off roofs, overturned cars and ripped up trees, with more destruction reported in other parts of Germany.
Arab-language media is reporting before dawn on Wednesday that loud explosions were heard in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
The European Union said Tuesday that nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran would resume next week in Vienna.
Islamic State militants in Libya crucified three brothers of a local family after suspicions arose that they were supporting the local Libyan government, which under ISIS law is equivalent to apostasy.
France and Saudi Arabia said on Monday any future deal between Iran and major powers had to ensure that it did not destabilize the region further and threaten Iran's neighbors, the two countries said in a joint statement ahead of a summit in Riyadh.
A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage.
In Chile, thousands of people evacuated as volcano Calbuco erupted for the third time in two weeks.
A spokesman for U.S. Central Command (Centcom), which oversees American-led airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), told reporters that that the jihadist group was on the defensive and losing territory in Iraq.
The Iranian government is significantly boosting its presence and resources in Latin America, posing a national security threat to the region, according to a group of U.S. and Latin American officials who met earlier this week in Florida to discuss Iran's covert actions.
When ISIS beheaded two of Matthew VanDyke's friends, journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, he began to wonder what he could do to stop what he calls "this scourge on humanity."
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolted the South Island of New Zealand Monday afternoon, but there were no initial reports of major damage or injuries.
Germany's federal intelligence agency, the BND, provided the US National Security Agency (NSA) with complete audio and text records of telephone calls and emails of people it had spied on, the Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.
Four more people have been rescued from underneath rubble, days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, including a 101-year-old man.
In order to back a nuclear agreement with Iran, leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council are seeking new weapons technologies and major security guarantees from the White House to ensure the Sunni countries a military edge over Shi'ite Iran in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers intruded into the U.S. air defense zone near Alaska last week in the latest saber rattling by Moscow, defense officials said.
Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.
A minor leakage of radioactive water has been detected at Japan's crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co said. Radioactive liquid was detected under a storage tank with radiation-contaminated water.
Russia's military may be taking advantage of a recent lull in fighting in eastern Ukraine to lay the groundwork for a new military offensive, NATO's top commander told the U.S. Congress on Thursday.
The United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, US Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday.
The Chinese navy will hold joint exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean this month, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, a further indication of the closer ties between the two countries and of the navy's increasing ambitions.
The Syrian Army is facing its most serious challenges since the start of the Syrian Civil War.
The Calbuco volcano erupted again Thursday, sending dark bursts of ash and hot rock billowing 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) into the air and prompting Chilean officials to order a new evacuation of nearby residents.
St. Petersburg shipbuilders have launched an improved Kilo-class submarine for Russia's Black Sea fleet. Armed with cruise missiles, this diesel-electric stealth sub is believed to be the quietest in the world, and so was dubbed 'black hole' by NATO.
Earlier this week, Iranian forces seized a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris, while it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz.
Two Iranian destroyers, sent to the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships, have reached the entrance of Bab el-Mandab, a strategic strait between Yemen and Djibouti, Iran's navy said Thursday.
Roughly 160 women and children believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria have been rescued.
From the moon to the Mediterranean to the heart of Moscow, China and Russia in recent days have announced a striking number of moves to strengthen military, financial and political ties, raising the specter of a deeper alliance between the U.S. rivals.
Recent satellite pictures suggest that North Korea could have quietly restarted one of its key nuclear reactors, a US think tank said.
Vice President Joe Biden tacitly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night for his opposition to the emerging Iranian nuclear deal, saying that those who say that the deal will "pave Iran's path to a bomb...don't get it."
Iraq's besieged military was supposed to be flying front-line American F-16 fighters by now, joining other Arab forces in a daily air war against the Islamic State terrorist army controlling western and northern Iraq.
A court in Egypt has sentenced 69 Islamists to life in prison for setting fire to a church in a town near Cairo.
Hundreds of Nepalese Christians died as their churches crashed down upon them when last week's devastating earthquake hit during their weekly worship services.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), is reportedly in such bad condition after being wounded in an airstrike that he is unable to move.
The growth of the UK economy has slowed to its weakest pace in three years. Economists had forecast a fall but the figures were even worse than expected.
The European Union's top diplomat on Tuesday voiced the hope that Iran would play an important but constructive role in a renewed United Nations push to restart negotiations aimed at ending the four-year civil war in Syria.
Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State (IS) and foiled several plots, the interior ministry has announced.
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova told The Associated Press in a brief interview Monday that it was "heartbreaking" to see the destruction to the country's distinctive blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. Bokova said three of the seven places of worship in the extensive World Heritage site in and around Kathmandu have been severely damaged.
The United States on Monday announced plans to step up the dismantling of retired nuclear warheads and issued a stern warning to North Korea to give up its nuclear program or face deeper isolation.
Five journalists belonging to a Libyan TV crew have been found dead, eight months after they were kidnapped.
Saudi Arabia is a betrayer who is "following in the footsteps of Israel and the Zionists," the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Monday.
Iran on Monday demanded that countries possessing nuclear weapons scrap any plans to modernize or extend the life of their atomic arsenals, while branding Israel a threat to the region due to its presumed nuclear stockpile.
The world is "closer than ever" to reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.
Several of the world's worst terrorist groups, like ISIS and Al-Shabaab, aim to create societies governed by strict, distorted versions of Sharia law.
Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say.
Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country.
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naive about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.
The U.S. commander in South Korea said Thursday that he believes North Korea has the ability to fit a nuclear warhead to a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
US Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Tehran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi will resume talks about curbing Iran's nuclear program later on Thursday, Iranian media said.
Saudi Arabia has a response to the global surplus of oil: Raise output to near-record levels and then pump even more.
Fear is running amok yet again that the cash-strapped Greek government will default on its loans to its European partners and the International Monetary Fund. While its fate is still unknown, one thing has become clear this week: Greeks are scrambling to find assistance from wherever they can find it--its own government's coffers, and even with overtures to Washington and Moscow.
The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World."
Australians will no longer be able to claim a religious exemption for child vaccinations and still be eligible for certain government benefits, officials announced Sunday.
A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of Iran's Ground Forces lashed out at US foreign policy and rhetoric in a statement broadcast on Wednesday's "CNN Newsroom."
In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted -- rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month, about the ethical implications of such work.
Poland has announced a deal to buy US Patriot surface-to-air missiles, amid rising tension with Russia.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemen on Wednesday despite an announcement by Riyadh that it was ending its campaign of air strikes, while renewed fighting erupted on the ground between rebels and forces loyal to the exiled president.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was created in Iraq in 2006 "under the supervision of the Americans," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told French television in an interview broadcast on Monday.
An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.
President Obama said he sent a U.S. aircraft carrier into waters near Yemen to try to settle down the conflicts in the region with a show of American force.
Shares in Greece's stricken banks fell to an all-time low on Tuesday amid fears the European Central Bank was planning to finally pull the plug on the country's lenders.
More pressure has been heaped upon Athens, as reports suggested the European Central Bank is looking at placing greater restrictions on the use of its emergency lending facilities by Greece's domestic banks.
The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser into the waters near Yemen, officials said on Monday, heightening the U.S. maritime security presence as concerns mount over Yemen's escalating conflict.
To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin's F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.
FBI Director James Comey wasn't wrong when he said some in Poland were accomplices in the Holocaust, but his remarks -- which angered Poles and resulted in an apology Sunday night from America's top diplomat in Warsaw -- hit a raw nerve in a nation that suffered greatly at the hands of the Nazis, according to experts on the last century's darkest chapter.
Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes.
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ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, according to several Twitter accounts linked to the terror group.
The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia.
Egypt's ex-president Mohammed Morsi faces being sentenced to death Tuesday on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in the first verdict against him nearly two years after his fall from power.
Greece said it won't renege on election pledges to end austerity measures, even as creditors pressed for a compromise to free financing and avert a worsening crisis.
A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the country's armed forces Sunday to increase their "defensive preparedness," hitting out at a US warning of possible military action. He also reportedly called the US and Israel the most serious threat to the world.
The Iranian parliament's nuclear committee released a fact sheet on Wednesday regarding the framework agreement reached in Lausanne over its nuclear program, and it differs significantly from a previous US version.
The delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran will not affect America's ability to strike at Tehran's nuclear facilities if necessary, the top US military officer said Thursday.
Major world powers and Iran will hold fresh talks in Vienna on April 22-23 to build on the framework accord reached on Tehran's contested nuclear program, the EU announced Thursday.
Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal Thursday to grant President Obama fast-track trade negotiating authority, potentially paving the way for a massive free trade agreement with Asia and igniting what is likely to be the top fight of the 114th Congress.
Saudi Arabia's government insists it is not at war with Iran despite its three-week air campaign against Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen, but the kingdom's powerful clerics, and its regional rival's theocratic government, are increasingly presenting the conflict as part of a region-wide battle for the soul of Islam.
Iran poses a growing threat to America's computer networks and has launched increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and spying on US targets, according to a new report released Thursday.
Russia's top general warned European countries planning to host installations for a U.S.-led missile-defense shield that Russian forces would be forced to target them.
Computer hackers have begun targeting electric and nuclear power plants around the world, as well as other critical infrastructure sites in increasingly audacious attacks, a senior Israeli cyber security expert warned on Thursday.
Mexican authorities have issued an alert for five states after the theft of potentially dangerous radioactive materials.
Top Russian officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine.
Saudi Arabia and Iran's increasingly bitter dispute about Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca escalated after a senior Iranian cleric publicly called Saudi custodianship of Islam's two holiest sites as "servitude" and called for their "emancipation." Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, speaking to an Iranian seminary class, also denounced the Saudi government's ongoing military campaign in Yemen, Iranian media reported Thursday.
North Korea supplied several shipments of missile components to Iran during recent nuclear talks and the transfers appear to violate United Nations sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
The European Union will accuse Google Inc on Wednesday of abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, opening the U.S. tech company up to a risk of massive fines and enforced changes in its business model, the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday.
Yemen's al-Qaeda branch announced on Tuesday that its top cleric, a Saudi-national who has had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed, allegedly in a drone attack.
A senior Iranian military leader is claiming that the United States has conceded ground on a range of Iran's so-called nuclear redlines just weeks after agreement between the two sides sparked debates and disagreements in Washington, D.C., and Tehran.
Russia's Defence Ministry will be ready to swiftly deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran if it gets the green light to do so, Interfax news agency quoted an official at the ministry as saying on Monday.
Islamic State militants on Saturday launched suicide attacks against the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq's largest, a senior army officer said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption.
omments made by Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei downplaying a framework agreement between Tehran and world powers show that the nuclear accord is far from a done deal, France's foreign minister said Thursday.
The US suspects Iran is attempting to supply Houthi rebels in Yemen with surface-to-air missiles and an American destroyer this month boarded a Panamanian-flagged ship in the Read Sea it thought was carrying such weapons aimed for the war-torn country.
Iran's military sites will never be open for inspection under a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported a senior Iranian commander as saying.
An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, and gave a life term to a US-Egyptian citizen for ties to the Brotherhood.
France's culture minister is to call an urgent meeting of French media groups to assess their vulnerability to hacking after the public service television network TV5Monde was taken over by individuals claiming to belong to Islamic State, blacking out broadcasts as well as hacking its websites and Facebook page.
Khamenei accused the Obama administration of "lying" about the proposed terms, being "deceptive," and having "devilish" intentions, according to multiple published accounts of his speech, as well as posts on his official Twitter feed.
A surprise attack on the country's borders stuns the high command. Sensing imminent catastrophe, the defense minister instinctively reaches for the Bomb. He does not propose dropping it on the enemy, but staging a "demonstration" that will stop the enemy before the country is overwhelmed. Cooler heads in the system prevail. There will be no demonstration, no threat of the Bomb.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Saudi Arabia to cease airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen, calling the campaign "genocide" against the Yemeni people.
North Korea is armed with hundreds of ballistic missiles which have the potential to hit neighbouring countries, researchers have warned.
The Saudi-led coalition refused Iranian navy's fleet entrance into Yemeni waters suspecting Tehran of providing military support to the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen, ratcheting up tensions with Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition to quash a Shiite rebellion. The rebels, back by Iran, have deposed the US-backed Sunni leader and captured large swaths of territory in the embattled country in recent months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said they want to restore ties between their countries amid signs of a schism among some European Union states on whether to maintain sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
Iran's top diplomat met with Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday in an effort to push for peace talks to resolve the crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led airstrikes' campaign supported by Islamabad is battling a power grab by Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.
Time and again, President Barack Obama and his indefatigable secretary of state promised that they and their P5+1 negotiating partners would not sign a bad deal with Iran on its nuclear weapons program.
For the devout, there never has been any question that prayer has the power to heal. Now, more and more medical research from leading hospitals and universities across the U.S. has shown conclusively a belief in God really IS good for you, making you healthier and happier, and helping you live longer.
North Korea accused Mexico of illegally holding one of its cargo ships Wednesday and demanded the release of the vessel and crew.
Iran could build a nuclear bomb today if it wanted and is only refraining from doing so because of a fatwa (religious decree) issued by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, not because of international sanctions, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reportedly said on Tuesday during a closed hearing at the Iranian parliament, Majlis.
Iran and the United States have irritated each other with conflicting statements made about the nuclear framework agreement reached last week in Switzerland, the lead US negotiator said on Tuesday.
Iran will begin using its latest generation IR-8 centrifuges as soon as its nuclear deal with the world powers goes into effect, Iran's foreign minister and nuclear chief told members of parliament on Tuesday, according to Iran's semi-official FARS news agency.
The Chinese Navy has deployed three ballistic missile submarines at sea capable of striking the United States with nuclear missiles, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said Tuesday.
A French government fact sheet on the Iran framework deal, which has not been made public by Paris but which has been seen by The Times of Israel, provides for Iran to gradually introduce the use of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium after 12 years, in contrast to the US official parameters, which make no such specific provision.
One of France's top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country's millions of faithful.
Civilians have fled fighting in the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, officials say.
Despite promises by President Obama that Iranian cheating on a new treaty will be detected, verifying Tehran's compliance with a future nuclear accord will be very difficult if not impossible, arms experts say.
The terms delineated in the framework agreement will leave Iran as "a threshold breakout nuclear state for the next 10 years," and after that the remaining safeguards against a breakout to the bomb will begin to fall away, former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen warned Monday.
Saudi officials may have been masking their dismay over the framework nuclear agreement reached last week in Switzerland between world powers and Iran, but the kingdom's official media outlets are expressing a sense of betrayal loud and clear.
Despite President Obama's lofty rhetoric last week that he'd reached a "historic" nuclear understanding with Iran, the White House Monday tamped down expectations that a final deal is in sight, saying the two sides are still far apart on key sticking points.
The Saudi-organized coalition for Yemen and the announcement of a regional Arab force show that the Sunni states have finally picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the Iranians.
Russia aims to become the first country in the BRICS group of leading emerging economies to ratify an agreement on the foreign currency reserve pool, according to Russian Foreign Ministry Ambassador-at-Large Vadim Lukov.
When the Somali militant group Shabab attacked Garissa University College, Stanley Muli, 22, hid in a wardrobe, wondering why the army stationed nearby was taking so long to arrive.
The world's largest particle smasher restarted Sunday after a two-year upgrade that will allow physicists to explore uncharted corners of what makes up the universe, including dark matter and antimatter.
Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country's leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.
Hundreds of Palestinians fled their homes in the Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus in the past 24 hours as Islamic State said it was now in full control there.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are preparing for war in the event that negotiations to turn Thursday's framework nuclear agreement into a binding deal by June 30 collapse, an Israeli TV report said Sunday night, citing Arab intelligence agencies.
Two days after the US-led powers and Iran hailed a historic framework understanding designed to ensure Iran's nuclear program not enable it to build nuclear weapons, a leading Israeli analyst on Saturday highlighted six gaping areas of discrepancy between American and Iranian accounts of what the agreement actually entails.
The worsening Greek debt crisis has reanimated talk within the ruling Syriza party of a snap general election if discussions with creditors fail, as the country faces a Thursday deadline to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund.
It's not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah. In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam.
Celebrations broke out in Tehran on Thursday night as a landmark framework agreement for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was announced. Videos posted on social media showed cars driving through the streets of Tehran with honking horns and passengers clapping.
President Obama has agreed to a basic framework of a deal with Iran that is supposed to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. What details it may contain we don't yet know, and the president is apparently determined to see that neither we nor Congress will. That is unacceptable to the American people because the agreement will have a significant effect on America’s national security and that of our Middle Eastern allies.
President Obama and other world leaders on Thursday hailed what they said was a breakthrough accord setting the stage for a historic agreement that will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, even though Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium under the agreement and the schedule for easing international sanctions remains to be negotiated.
In the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution in which Islamic radicals seized power -- and American diplomats were held hostage for 444 days -- President Carter cut off ties with the nation. During his own administration, President Obama has upended decades of U.S. policy, elevating the status of Iran on the world stage, even as the nation's autocratic leader still calls for "Death to America."
Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen have captured a military base along one of the world's major oil lanes, the strategic Bab Al Mandeb waterway between the Red Sea and Arabian Sea.
Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.
Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria are using children as human bombs and targeting women and girls for particularly horrific abuse, including sexual slavery, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.
A new study out of Germany casts further doubt on the so-called global warming "consensus" by suggesting the atmosphere may be less sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide emissions than most scientists think.
Houthi fighters and their army allies advanced in a column of tanks on Wednesday into a central district of the southern city of Aden, the main foothold of loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, witnesses said.
An Iranian aircraft buzzed a Navy helicopter operating in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, a U.S. military official said Tuesday.
When people try to pinpoint the start of a 'new world order' they could look to March 2015.
China's new development bank, which was announced just five months ago, is becoming a massive headache for the US.
CERN engineers said on Tuesday they have resolved a problem that had delayed the relaunch after a two-year refit of the Large Hadron Collider particle smasher, which is probing the mysteries of the universe.
Russia conducted a flight test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month that some U.S. officials and security analysts say is a new violation of Moscow’s arms control treaty commitments.
U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday's self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran's economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal.
An adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at world powers amid negotiations to reach a preliminary nuclear accord in Switzerland Monday.
Men who eat more fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue have lower sperm counts and a lower percentage of normal sperm, according to a new study.
The eurozone is "untenable" in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a "United States of Europe", the manager of the world's biggest bond fund has warned.
Advanced weaponry, much of it supplied by Iran, is flowing into Syria and Lebanon, a senior Israel Navy source warned on Sunday.
A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.
Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants faced 18 airstrikes in a 24-hour period from U.S. and coalition forces, the Guardian reported Saturday.
The March 31 deadline for the Obama administration to complete a prized nuclear deal with Iran is just 72 hours away, intensifying the pressure on negotiators.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a nuclear agreement with Iran has been Tehran's refusal to answer questions by the IAEA about past nuclear activities that appear to be related to nuclear weapons development.
An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.
Top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Wednesday for down-to-the-wire Iran nuclear talks, with US officials cautious but saying a deal was in sight by March 31.
Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes, U.S. officials say.
CIA chief John Brennan said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that the Islamic State group is motivated by a violent -- and not a religious -- ideology, refusing to link the terrorist group to Islam.
Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes early Thursday in neighboring Yemen, heading a coalition of Arab nations in an effort to dislodge Houthi rebels sweeping through that country.
With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen.
Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.
Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia's government?
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency's concerns about the weapons potential of the country's nuclear program.
The United States is taking part in joint military operations with Iran, admitting it is providing aerial surveillance over the current battle for Tikrit.
Some 3,000 U.S. military personnel, including American "air, land, sea, and special operations components," have moved into the Persian Gulf region for a military exercise that coincides with the finalization of a nuclear agreement with Iran aimed at containing its nuclear arms program, according to officials from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
An Islamic preacher was leading congregants in a chant against America, Israel and Jews last week when a terrorist with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant blew himself up in their midst.
Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric called on Tuesday for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi again called on Sunday for a "religious revolution" against extremism within the Islamic world in an interview on a religious public radio station.
The woolly mammoth has been extinct for some 4,000 years ago, but now, researchers are attempting to bring it back to life.
The Jordanian government is set to sign a nuclear agreement with Russia later this month in order to build its first nuclear power plant, Jordanian media reported.
France's foreign minister said on Saturday that his country wanted an agreement over Iran's nuclear program that was sufficiently robust to guarantee that Tehran could not acquire an atomic bomb.
France passed legislation on Tuesday giving doctors new powers to place terminally-ill patients in a "deep sleep" until they die, sparking controversy over whether euthanasia should be fully legalised.
Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics.
Research that uses powerful gene-editing techniques on human embryos needs to be restricted, scientists agree -- but they are split over why.
About 100 U.S. Special Operations Forces have been ordered to evacuate Yemen because of a dramatic increase in sectarian violence, sources told NBC News on Saturday.
Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for "Death to America" on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a "historic opportunity" for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.
A shipment of 83,723 Spanish-language Bibles are headed for Cuba and will be distributed to a number of Southern Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern parts of the island nation, SBC's International Mission Board announced this week.
As the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq intensifies, the expansion of the group into North Africa and Nigeria has experts concerned. The last few months has seen groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in the Sinai peninsula pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the group.
The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of U.S. nuclear missile forces, confirmed on Thursday that North Korea is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering the Iranians immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled their economy, officials told the Associated Press on Thursday.
Suspected for years of plotting to dismantle the U.S. electric grid, American officials have confirmed that Iranian military brass have endorsed a nuclear electromagnetic pulse explosion that would attack the country's power system.
Many residents of Okuma, a village near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, are angry about government plans to dump some 30 million tons of radioactive debris raked up after the March 2011 nuclear disaster in a sprawling waste complex on their doorstep.
European Union leaders agreed on Thursday that economic sanctions imposed on Russia will stay in place until a Ukraine peace deal is fully implemented, effectively extending them to the end of the year if need be.
Fears that Shiite Iran will remain a potential nuclear threat under a mooted international deal have raised concerns that Tehran's Sunni rival Saudi Arabia could seek its own atomic capability.
Sweden's central bank took its key interest rate further into negative territory Wednesday in a surprise move aimed at supporting a return to inflation.
Violent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany's financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters Wednesday.
Syrian and Iraqi Christians pleaded for more international assistance Tuesday from new homes in Lebanon where they recently arrived after fleeing attack by militants from the Islamic State group.
Three former Venezuelan government officials who defected from Hugo Chavez's regime spoke to the Brazilian magazine Veja about an alleged alliance between Argentina, Venezuela, and Iran, which included a deal in which Argentina would get Interpol to remove from its database the names of Iranians suspected of bombing a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994.
First there was the earthquake. Then the volcano erupted. Finally came cyclone Pam, one of the most powerful storms to rip through the south Pacific.
Chilling new images released Monday show ISIS thugs advancing the Islamist army's dark agenda of eradicating Christianity from Iraq by smashing crosses, toppling statues and destroying sacred relics that have been in place for thousands of years.
A group of Iranian dissidents and political prisoners have lashed out at the Obama administration, lambasting its ongoing diplomacy with Iran, according to two open letters sent to the White House in recent days.
A top special operations aide to Iran's leader says his troops are in a global war that will one day bring "the banner of Islam over the White House."
As the eclipse plunges the UK and other places into darkness this Friday, two other rare if less spectacular celestial events will be taking place, too: a Supermoon and the Spring equinox.
Europe's power operators are bracing for potential disruption from the solar eclipse expected Friday, which will knock out almost all solar-generated electricity in an "unprecedented" test for the network.
The top UN envoy in Afghanistan says recent reports indicate the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) extremist group has moved into Afghanistan.
An annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.
Any terms that world powers grant Iran under a nuclear deal will be sought by Saudi Arabia and other countries, risking wider proliferation of atomic technology, a senior Saudi prince warned on Monday in a BBC interview.
The Obama administration said Friday it expects that as a matter of course, the UN Security Council would endorse any final nuclear agreement reached between world powers and Iran.
As the Islamic State continues their violent assault on the Christians in the Middle East, the terrorist group released a series of images showing militants vandalizing churches in Ninawa, Iraq on Monday.
Twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam which tore through Vanuatu, the UN says, as the Pacific nation's president pleads for help to rebuild the archipelago's "completely destroyed" infrastructure.
Warning of Egypt's possible collapse under economic pressures and the threat of rampant terror, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called on the United States over the weekend to resume military aid that has been partially frozen because of the political coup that brought Sisi to power and because of alleged human rights violations.
Some 1 million Brazilians took to the streets Sunday to demand the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff. Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported the biggest protest was in Sao Paulo, where more than 100,000 demonstrators braved rain to protest higher taxes, poor public services and increased prices for government-regulated items, including gasoline.
Afghanistan used about $US 1 million provided by the CIA to a secret government fund to pay Al-Qaeda in 2010 for a diplomat's release, The New York Times reports.
Since the end of the 2011 Nato-backed war that toppled Gaddafi, Libya has fragmented -- with two rival governments and their allied armed gangs vying for power. Nascent democracy has been supplanted by a system of repression and fear. Militias have become the most powerful players in a country devoid of the rule of law, of a national army or a police force.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday he hoped "in the next days" it would be possible to reach an interim deal with Iran if Tehran can show that its nuclear power program is for peaceful purposes only.
Republicans hammering the Obama administration about nuclear talks with Iran have stepped up their criticism on a second front: accusing President Barack Obama of being so keen to strike a deal that he's ignored Iranian moves to expand its influence across the Middle East.
The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh has canceled consular services for Sunday and Monday in the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran because of heightened security concerns.
Members of the Christian community rampaged through the streets of Lahore on Sunday after suicide bombers attacked two churches during morning services, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 70.
The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran's contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval.
A spokesperson for the Islamic State militants released a recording claiming the group was not deterred by reports that its forces were forced out of the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.
A high-level Russian official on Wednesday asserted again that the Kremlin has the right to move nuclear weapons into the disputed Crimean peninsula, which Russian troops invaded last year -- and suggested that a key nuclear arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia is in danger of breaking down.
The Italian weather Web site MeteoWeb reports that Capracotta, Italy, saw 100.8 inches of snow in just 18 hours on March 5 -- a total that, if verified, would set a new world record for snowfall in a 24-hour period.
Iraq's first Christian-only brigade of regular forces graduated Thursday to help retake the community's towns and villages from the Islamic State group.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday warned against "deceitful" world powers and branded a letter from Republican lawmakers as a sign of America's internal collapse just days before new nuclear talks.
Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram, his spokesman said in an audio message transmitted on Thursday.
Russia says it will no longer attend consultations related to a key European arms control treaty, accusing the West of stonewalling its demands.
The International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization, is reporting that some of its members in Syria were kidnapped by the Islamic State last week and told that if the adults do not deny their Christian faith, they will be decapitated and "their children burned alive in cages."
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that Moscow would respond to NATO military buildup near Russian border "in an adequate way."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying the deal establishing the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), according to a document published on Monday on Russia's official website for legal information.
Islamic State militants have destroyed ruins at the ancient city of Hatra, Iraqi officials say.
Islamic State militants attacked a string of predominantly Christian villages in northeastern Syria on Saturday, touching off heavy clashes with Kurdish militiamen and their local allies, activists said.
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been in an Iranian jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, is "shaken" as six of his fellow prisoners were executed around him this week, his wife, Naghmeh, says.
Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In a development significant both for its timing and its content, Iran unveiled on Sunday a new cruise missile that it claimed would extend the Islamic Republic's range by 25 percent, placing locales as distant as Budapest, Warsaw, and Athens within striking distance.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton email scandal picked up steam Sunday as the lead Republican investigator on Benghazi said there are "huge gaps" between emails received so far from her private server, and even a top Senate Democrat urged Mrs. Clinton to be more forthcoming.
Iran is on a roll in the Middle East, becoming a dominant military player in Iraq, rescuing the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria, bringing down a U.S. ally in Yemen and building its surrogate Hezbollah terrorist army into a political force in Lebanon and throughout the region.
Arabic media outlets reported Wednesday that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was hospitalized in critical condition, days after a different report indicated doctors had given the ayatollah only two years to live.
Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force -- the elite special operations wing of the hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) -- is now stirring alarm in Washington for doing something the Obama administration would ordinarily cheer: taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq.
At least 45 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants at dawn on Tuesday in a remote village of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military sources and authorized vigilante groups told Reuters.
Islamist militants are reported to have seized two oil fields in central Libya, as rival groups fight for control of the country.
The Obama administration is pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves the Islamic Republic a year away from obtaining a nuclear bomb and which, according to experts, gives the United States insufficient leverage to dismantle Tehran's nuclear infrastructure.
Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News.
Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities.
The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.
US President Barack Obama and his European counterparts agreed on Tuesday to act quickly to impose additional costs on Russia if peace agreements in the Ukraine conflict were not implemented.
Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.
The United Nations said on Monday that more than 6,000 people have now been killed in eastern Ukraine after almost a year of fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists.
Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.
Jordan's King Abdullah called the fight against Islamic State a third world war, in an interview on Monday about how to best respond to Islamic State.
A number of prominent Islamic State operatives were killed Thursday in intensive air-strikes by the US-led coaltion against the terrorist group in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim near the Syrian border, Al Arabiya reported.
The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.
The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.
Secretary of State John Kerry admitted before Congress on Wednesday that the United States is aware of a secret Iranian facility that an Iranian opposition group identified this week as part of an undisclosed parallel nuclear program.
Power supplies could drop suddenly next month when the UK is plunged into darkness with an eclipse of the sun.
The U.S. government's plan to enact strong net neutrality regulations could embolden authoritarian regimes like China and Russia to seize more power over the Internet through the United Nations, a key Senate Republican warned Wednesday.
Iran's armed forces launched a speedboat attack on a giant model of a US aircraft carrier on Wednesday as the Revolutionary Guard staged military exercises in the Gulf.
During testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry denied that the United States has proposed a final nuclear deal with Iran last only ten years. Although the ten-year limit has been leaked to many journalists, Ignatius confirmed that Obama officials want a deal with a "double-digit" duration of 10 to 15 years.
At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.
A Seattle missionary has been kidnapped in Nigeria and the U.S. government is getting involved to help secure her release, the church she works for said Monday.
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday.
South Korea and the US have announced that their annual military drills will begin on 2 March - a move that will anger Pyongyang.
Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant's operator announced today, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif met for two hours in Geneva on Sunday in another round of nuclear talks to try to narrow gaps as they pressed against a March 31 deadline to reach a political agreement.
Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program, the state defense company said Monday.
President Obama could still use ground troops in Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State and the next president could extend the war beyond the three-year limit no matter what Congress passes, lawmakers' research arm said this week in a legal brief that undercuts many of the key restrictions that Capitol Hill is demanding.
Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran's nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms.
Cellphones didn't just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days.
A bombing by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens in the eastern town of al-Qubbah.
Euro zone finance ministers agreed in principle on Friday to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months, averting a potential cash crunch in March that could have forced the country out of the currency area.
A senior figure in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps warned Saturday that should Israel launch an attack on his country, Tel Aviv would be destroyed instantly.
Geographically, while hundreds of kilometers separate Iran and Israel, in actuality the Islamic republic is already sitting on Israel's doorstep along the northern border, especially on the Golan Heights, according to a new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Extremist militias in Libya have taken over stashes of chemical weapons which belonged to the late ruler Muammar Gaddafi, sources in the country told London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat on Saturday.
The Somali al-Shabaab terror group linked to Al Qaeda has called on Muslims in the West to "answer the call" and attack "American and Jewish-owned" shopping malls in the UK, US and Canada.
Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow's Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said.
The Central Intelligence Agency secretly gave Iran doctored blueprints for nuclear weapon components 15 years ago, a revelation that could prompt the International Atomic Energy Agency to reassess its findings regarding the Islamic Republic's covert nuclear program, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.
The UN nuclear agency reported deadlock Thursday in its probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms -- an assessment that further dims hopes that Tehran and six world powers could negotiate a full nuclear deal by their June deadline.
Australia's northern coasts are being battered by two severe tropical cyclones on Friday, the first time meteorologists have seen twin storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous landfall.
The Shi'ite Houthi militia which is loyal to Iran and receives support from the Islamic regime has moved its conquest of Yemen into a new stage, opening its battle for the southern port city of Aden which controls access to the Red Sea and ultimately to Eilat and Israel.
Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.
After three days of talking about countering violent extremism, President Obama wrapped up the international conference Thursday with little to show aside from his appointment of a federal czar to wage digital war against terrorist propaganda.
The U.S. is training and organizing a force of up to 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi fighters to launch a major offensive against the Islamic State in the key northern city of Mosul in the spring.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said the Islamic republic was speeding up its nuclear program, adding that Tehran doesn't ask for permission from any other country to pursue technological advancement.
President Obama on Wednesday said that Islam was not to blame for the spread of terrorism, dismissing calls for him to link such violence to so-called Muslim extremism.
U.S. officials have little idea whether some illegal immigrants commit crimes or flee from authorities after being set free by law enforcement, a new report has found.
Italy has said it is ready to help monitor a ceasefire and train local armed forces to try and halt Libya's slide into chaos, as the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the crisis.
Russian-backed separatists kept up a barrage of shelling and made strategic territorial gains in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as a key cease-fire deadline came and went, triggering fresh speculation that Moscow hopes to carve out a land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula before Western powers take a military stand in the nation.
The United States has "a long tradition of welcoming refugees," and it expects to welcome thousands more of them from Syria in 2015 and 2016, despite concerns about foreign fighters, the State Department said.
Islamic State militants are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters have revealed.
Top U.S. counterterrorism officials say they worry a potential terrorist could be hiding among refugees who are looking to come to the United States after escaping the brutal war in Syria.
The Egyptian government launched a second wave of retaliatory airstrikes Monday against ISIS targets in Libya following the release of a chilling video over the weekend purporting to show members of the terrorist group beheading 21 Egyptian Christians who had traveled to Libya seeking work.
The beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya has brought Isis to the doorstep of Europe.
The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote a secret correspondence to President Barack Obama in recent weeks, responding to the American leader’s letter to Tehran in October, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
A Russian intelligence-gathering ship is again plying the waters off the southern United States in operations aimed at spying on U.S. ballistic missile submarines based in the area, defense officials said.
Israeli, American, and other Western intelligence agencies have been following the actions of the secret Iranian Unit 190.
A newly released video may show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
A report from a cybersecurity firm says an international hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the globe in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known.
320 U.S. Marines, contractors face 'threat' as ISIL again approaches air base in Anbar
Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political climbdown that could prevent its new leftist-led government running out of money as early as next month.
The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus deep into the night, while in Ukraine pro-Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting.
The Obama administration implied Tuesday that it will not act to block a new deal between Egypt and Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle Eastern country.
Greece's new prime minister struck a defiant tone on the eve of high-stakes negotiations with skeptical European creditors, saying there is "no way back" for his radical left-led government in its quest to rewrite the barely solvent country's bailout commitments.
Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old American woman held by the Islamic State, has been confirmed dead, her parents and the Obama administration said Tuesday.
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday called for $1 billion in lethal defensive aid to Ukraine as Congress increased pressure on President Barack Obama to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian-backed rebels.
Confusion abounded in Jewish and Israeli news and social media circles on Tuesday after the Obama administration may, or may not, have avoided characterizing the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris as anti-Semitic.
Iran's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations is facing criticism for his anti-Israel views and past comments urging Muslims to "unite around resistance" to the Jewish state.
The United Arab Emirates announced Saturday it is sending a squadron of F-16 fighter jets to Jordan, resuming its participation in U.S.-led airstrikes on The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Saudi Arabia and Hamas have been considering a reconciliation. Arab diplomatic sources said the Saudi leadership has renewed contact with the Hamas leadership. They said King Salman, who ascended to the throne on Jan. 23, was encouraging a reconciliation with the Palestinian Islamic movement.
At least 1,500 Russian troops and convoys of military hardware entered Ukraine over the weekend, the Ukrainian military said on Monday.
US President Barack Obama says that gaps in talks with Iran over its nuclear program have been "sufficiently narrowed and sufficiently clarified" that world powers can now present the Islamic Republic with an agreement.
In December 2014 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russia's Interfax news agency that because Crimea had been absorbed into Russia and was no longer part of Ukraine, Russia "has the right to manage its nuclear arsenal…in accordance with its interests and international legal obligations."
A top US official said a ground mission to counter Islamic State in Iraq could begin "within weeks."
President Obama soon may be forced to deal with an issue he has tried to avoid: Iran's aggression in the Middle East. Administration officials have tried to wall off talks on limiting Iran's nuclear program from the many crises in which Iranian actions play a role, from the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to the implosion of Yemen's government, to even Iran's prosecution of U.S. citizens on questionable charges.
When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records -- on which the entire panic ultimately rested -- were systematically "adjusted" to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.
"The question is not will they leave or won't they leave," said Alain Assouline, a prominent Saint-Mande doctor and president of a Jewish community center. "The question has become when they will leave."
The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone.
Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
North Korea has stepped up its biological and chemical warfare exercises, carrying out at least a dozen large-scale drills in the last year, according to South Korean intelligence estimates.
Western leaders launched an urgent, high-stakes mission Thursday to try to calm the resurgent conflict in Ukraine, as the prospect of U.S. weapons deliveries raised the pressure on a so-far unyielding Kremlin.
In the chamber of Iran's parliament recently, consternation mounted quickly over what hard-liners saw as a grave development: The foreign minister had taken a private stroll through a Geneva garden with his American counterpart, John Kerry, during a break in nuclear negotiations.
Britain voted on Tuesday to become the first country to allow a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step towards creating designer babies.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have employed at least 21 weapons and vehicles that were not previously found in the country, according to an arms research company, bolstering claims that Russia has equipped the rebels.
The ultra-violent Islamic State terrorist group is expanding beyond Syria and Iraq and is establishing a foothold in Libya, which is becoming a safe haven for terrorists, the nation's top military intelligence official told Congress Tuesday.
ISIS released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot it had captured in December. The Jordanian government confirmed on Tuesday that Islamic State militants had killed a captive Jordanian pilot and said this had happened on Jan. 3, state television reported.
Iran has admitted it exported its arms production know-how to Hezbollah and Palestinian groups, a top Iranian general said, in a bid to give them the skills they need to create their own arms.
With time for negotiations running short, the US and Iran are discussing a compromise that would let Iran keep much of its uranium-enriching technology but reduce its potential to make nuclear weapons, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.
Iran's hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday launched his official website, in a possible return to the political scene a year before legislative elections.
The Nigerian army says it has repelled an assault by Boko Haram Islamist militants on the strategic north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island's first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
The Russian central bank's rate drop last week will not be enough to prevent the country's banking system from posting heavy losses this year, which could run to as much as 1 trillion rubles ($14.5 billion; £9.6 billion).
A small southern eastern European country has announced a widescale programme of debt cancellation. No, it's not Greece, but Croatia. The Croatian government will be wiping off the liabilities of around 60,000 of its poorest citizens in a move to provide a "fresh start" for its indebted low-earners and get the economy moving again.
As the U.S. fights the Islamic State to a stalemate in Iraq, the terrorist army also is looking elsewhere, gaining ground in Syria and attracting more followers across the Middle East, analysts and officials say.
Eurozone officials are increasingly worried that Greece’s brinkmanship over its bailout will plunge the country into financial chaos after its finance minister said on Sunday that it would take up to four months to agree a "new contract" with creditors.
A 2013 European Union survey of "those who consider themselves to be Jews" in eight nations found that two-thirds believed anti-Semitism to be "a very big" or "fairly big" problem. In France and Hungary, half those questions believed it was a very big problem. And a quarter of all respondents believed that they'd been discriminated against within the previous 12 months because of their religion.
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included ISIL assaults on several Lebanese towns along the Syrian border.
Only a day after the World Health Organization announced that an end was in sight for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, scientists had less uplifting news: The virus may be mutating.
Brazil's south-east, home to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, is facing its worst drought since 1930 and the dry weather looks set to continue. More than 90 cities have imposed water rationing affecting close to 4 million people, according to media reports.
The terrorist group known as Daesh, "Islamic State," ISIS or ISIL has threatened to behead President Barack Obama and turn the United States into a Muslim province, installing sharia law and incorporating America into its fledgling caliphate.
The Lausanne Movement, the world's leading Christian evangelism movement, has once again taken aim at what it believes to be the sinful practice of Christian support for the State of Israel, or Christian Zionism.
The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say.
Islamic State called for more attacks in the West and praised previous attacks in Canada, France, Australia and Belgium in an audio message released this week through its Al-Furqan media outlet.
Apple reported the largest net income of any public company in history in the three months to December, as record iPhone sales of 74.5m units beat even the most bullish Wall Street forecasts.
The U.S. embassy in Yemen has closed. Less than a week after the Iranian-backed Shi'ite coup, the U.S. embassy in Sanaa said it would suspend services. The embassy also indicated that most of its staffers have left Yemen.
An Argentine prosecutor who died mysteriously last week told a reporter prior to his death that he had evidence tying Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed.
An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner took a bullet point-blank to his forehead, justice officials said Saturday.
Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead.
King Salman, Saudi Arabia's newly crowned monarch, has a controversial history of helping to fund radical terror groups and has maintained ties with several anti-Semitic Muslim clerics known for advocating radical positions, according to reports and regional experts.
Syria President Bashar Assad has claimed Israel is perpetrating attacks in the war-torn country in order to bolster radical Islamist forces that seek to topple his regime.
Russian security forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR on Monday, seizing equipment and telling employees they were looking for archival footage of an anti-Russia protest last year, station officials said.
A crisis in the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, generated by new sanctions, could lead to their breakdown and ultimately to a renewed round of negotiations with better results, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said Monday.
France is the "most dangerous country for Jews today," the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry asserted Sunday, as Minister Naftali Bennett presented the cabinet with a report on anti-Semitic trends over the past year.
With war raging in Syria and tensions with Iran increasing, Saudi Arabia is threatened by a disintegration of the national government in Yemen across its southern border and by the Islamic State militants who are dominating the Iraqi desert just over its northern border.
President Obama was "not surprised" the Yemeni government fell into the hands of rebels backed by Iran, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday.
A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.
The death toll in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on Sunday climbed to 15. Tight security in Cairo and other cities failed to contain protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. A further 35 were wounded, according to the report.
Senior Iranian military officials on Thursday continued to threaten "crushing responses" against Israel for the death of a top Revolutionary Guards officer in an airstrike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights earlier this week.
King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz of Saudi Arabia, known in the kingdom as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has died at an estimated age of 91. The cause of his death was not immediately released by the state.
Russian military forces are crossing into eastern Ukraine in larger numbers, according to Phillip A. Karber, a Georgetown University professor currently on a fact-finding tour of the region.
Republican senators warned on Thursday that the Obama administration's program to train rebels in Syria was inadequate and would likely fail to defeat the Islamic State.
Mario Draghi called on the European Central Bank to make its biggest push yet to fend off deflation and revive the economy by unleashing a debt-buying spree of 1.1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion).
Shi'ite rebels appear to have completed their seizure of the the government in Yemen.
The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.
A senior official in the State Department admitted on Wednesday that the Obama administration's goal during negotiations with Iran is delaying the regime's development of nuclear weapons rather than shutting down the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.
Members of Congress petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to oppose the recently announced sale by Russia of an advanced missile defense system to Iran, citing concerns that such a move would embolden Tehran's "pursuit of nuclear weapons," according to a copy of the letter exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Jurgen Todenhofer, the first Western reporter to embed with Islamic State fighters and not be killed in the process, spoke to Al Jazeera about his time with the terror group.
Observers in eastern Ukraine have warned of a serious deterioration in security as fighting intensifies in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Australia raised the threat level of a terrorist attack against law enforcement officers to "high" on Tuesday, federal police said, citing intelligence, discussions with international partners and recent high-profile attacks in Europe and Canada.
The recent early morning clash between a Saudi border patrol and extremists trying to enter Saudi Arabia from Iraq appears to be the latest indicator of the Islamic State's (ISIS) intent to expand its influence and control from its stronghold in Syria and Iraq south into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the rest of the Arab Gulf where there is oil and what ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his followers would consider the ultimate prizes: the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Chinese spies stole key design information about Australia's new Joint Strike Fighter, according to top secret documents disclosed by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters in Syria, massed close to the Lebanese border, are threatening to launch attacks across it, the Telegraph has witnessed.
Chinese equities plunged the most in five years, led by brokerages, after regulatory efforts to rein in record margin lending sparked concern that speculative traders will pull back from the world's best-performing stock market.
The $400 million of cumulative losses that Citigroup Inc. (C), Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays Plc (BARC) are said to have suffered from the Swiss central bank's decision to end the cap on the franc may be followed by others in coming days. Losses are expected to be in the billions when it's all said and done.
The Islamic State terror group reportedly has increased the amount of territory they control in Syria as the U.S.-led bombing campaign approaches its four-month anniversary.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said Sunday he has "no faith" in the Obama administration's nuclear talks with Iran, and called for new sanctions against the country.
Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.
Algeria plans to establish a network to monitor the flow of nuclear material along its borders.
Iran's chief for Iraq has said to have been seriously injured in an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
The brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization that has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria continues to impose Islamic Sharia law sprinkled with generous helping of executions - one of its favorite methods, crucifixion, was put on display this week in rare form.
Bowing to the inevitable, Switzerland has ditched an increasingly expensive policy to limit the export-sapping rise of the Swiss franc -- a decision that propelled the currency a whopping 30 percent higher against the euro within minutes.
The Rev. Franklin Graham told Muslims during a nationally televised interview on Fox News that they should convert to Christianity -- that Jesus Christ will forgive and save them.
Iran is permitted to build new nuclear reactors under the existing conditions of an interim deal with the United States meant to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon less than a day after Iran announced the construction of two new nuclear plants.
Iran and the US held more than six hours of talks Wednesday seeking to nail down a complex nuclear deal, but negotiators remained tight-lipped on what progress had been made as the clock ticks down to a third deadline.
Iranian military leaders admitted this week to building and operating missile-manufacturing plants in Syria, where it was also revealed that Tehran is helping to build a secret nuclear facility.
With the world's attention focused on Paris, analysts and intelligence officials are picking up an equally disturbing development on the global jihadi landscape: the growing connection between the Middle East-based Islamic State and the shadowy Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.
New sanctions legislation from Congress could bring a halt to talks on limiting Iran's nuclear program, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday, as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Geneva to prepare for the next round.
Banks and other financial institutions in Europe are stress-testing their internal systems and dusting off two-year-old contingency plans for the possibility Greece could leave the region's monetary union after a key election later this month.
The head of Europe's police organization Europol said on Tuesday the continent was facing its greatest security threat in more than a decade, with as many as 5,000 Europeans who have joined fighting in Syria posing a risk to their homelands.
The World Bank on Tuesday lowered its global growth forecast for 2015 and next year due to disappointing economic prospects in the euro zone, Japan and some major emerging economies that offset the benefit of lower oil prices.
Around 40 world leaders joined more than one million people in a march to honour the victims of the Paris shootings on Sunday.
The publishers of Charlie Hebdo said the Prophet Muhammad will be on the cover of the next issue, which comes out on Wednesday.
After days of razing villages and massacres, Boko Haram finished the week with its most chilling atrocity.
A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, following last week's terror attack on the magazine's Paris offices, was targeted by arsonists on Sunday.
The Prime Minister's Office confirmed late Sunday night that France was initially opposed to the idea of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending Sunday's historic march in Paris, believing the Israeli leader’s presence at the rally would be "divisive," as described in Israeli media.
Al-Qaeda in North Africa warned on Monday that France would face more attacks if it persisted in policies "hostile to Islam."
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview in a German news magazine on Saturday.
A priest in Dublin received a standing ovation from his congregation as he came out as gay after his sermon where he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland.
Frustrated by the failure of U.S.-brokered peace talks and under growing pressure from his people to confront the Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is launching diplomatic war against Israel, betting on a risky campaign to fully "internationalize the struggle" by moving toward the United Nations and away from the United States.
French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN terror analyst Samuel Laurent.
Islamic State militants have killed at least 24 members of the Kurdish security forces in a surprise attack in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials said, in one of the deadliest single battles for the Kurds since last summer.
Syria was said to have renewed efforts to produce nuclear weapons and maintains a secret facility near Lebanon.
If there ever was doubt about the strategy of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, its wealthiest members are putting that issue to rest.
Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told me we will not see $100-a-barrel oil again.
Both brothers who carried out the attack against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo travelled to Yemen via Oman in 2011 and had weapons training in the deserts of Marib, an al Qaeda stronghold, two senior Yemeni sources said on Sunday.
Millions marched against terrorism Sunday in the largest protests France has ever seen, led by world leaders in Paris uniting in tribute to the victims of Islamist attacks as the crowd cried "Not Afraid".
The Pentagon said Thursday it will close 15 bases in Europe to save an expected $500 million a year by the early 2020s after a two-year review of infrastructure requirements on the continent.
Iranian officials are touting the efficiency of a new national missile defense system that has been dubbed Iran's "real Iron Dome," a reference to the joint U.S.-Israeli missile shield that protects the Jewish state from incoming terrorist rockets.
In the wake of the terrorist attack on the offices of French satirist paper Charlie Hebdo, one Muslim cleric justified the murders under Islamic law.
North Korea has set up posts along its border with South Korea to be able to more quickly invade its neighbor, while also expanding its artillery and mechanized forces, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry.
Muslim slaughter of fellow-Muslims and "infidels" reached new modern heights in 2014. Though car bombings still likely have the lead in worldwide attacks, the number of suicide murderers -- virtually all them Muslims, and mostly from Sunni Salafist jihadi organizations affiliated with global jihad -- appears to be the next-most lethal weapon.
Scientists at Oxford University have begun immunising healthy volunteers with a new Ebola vaccine.
At least 18,000 people in the eastern German city of Dresden have taken part in rallies opposing Islamic influence in Western nations, prompting massive counter-protests in several cities.
A top figure in Islamic State's self-declared police force, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.
The Obama administration has been willing to tolerate just about anything from Iran -- even cheating -- to save talks about limiting the country's nuclear program, even as the White House rejects growing congressional support for tougher sanctions.
President Obama signed an executive order Friday imposing new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for that nation's suspected role in cyber attacks and threats against the movie industry.
President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, reportedly believes that the eurozone is now robust enough to cope with a potential exit of Greece.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is suffering from pneumonia and temporarily needed help to breath through a tube on Friday, increasing speculation on who could succeed him.
The most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate to the U.S. homeland is teaching fighters how to avoid detection by the Predator drone, the terrorist group's feared assassin flying over Yemen.
A senior source in the Revolutionary Guards' security apparatus on Saturday accused Israel of twice attempting to assassinate a nuclear scientist in the last two years. He made the comments in an interview with Iran's Fars news agency, and claimed his agents managed to foil the attempts.
Saudi Arabia said King Abdullah was taken to a hospital for medical checks, stoking concern about the health of the 90-year-old monarch and triggering a decline in the nation's stocks.
The leader of a unit of the Somali militant group al Shabab was killed by a U.S. air strike in Somalia, Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency said on Tuesday. "With the help of the Somali national security and intelligence agency and its U.S. counterpart, an al Shabaab leader was killed last night," the security agency said in a statement.
A suicide bombing apparently targeting Shiite Muslim rebels at a religious commemoration on Wednesday killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens more, security and medical officials said.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday to a 5-1/2-year low and ended with their second-biggest annual decline ever, down by half since June under pressure from a global glut of crude.
Russia on Tuesday angrily criticized the latest US sanctions, saying they could derail cooperation with Washington on dealing with the Iranian nuclear standoff and the Syrian crisis.
Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.
History provides ample evidence of ways in which the local church provides continuity, encouragement and support of family life and societal freedoms. It also reveals what happens when churches close: societal structures erode, crime escalates, and freedoms evaporate.
Brent crude plunged below $57 per barrel briefly on Tuesday, marking a new five-and-a-half-year low as traders bet that the global oversupply of oil will continue deep into 2015.
West Africa's Ebola crisis is likely to last until the end of 2015, says a leading researcher who helped to discover the virus.
Authorities say the Popocatepetl volcano located just southeast of Mexico City has registered an explosion that spewed a mix of steam, gas and ashes about 3.5 kilometres into the air.
The Islamic State militant group has killed 1,878 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organization said on Sunday.
The US military has slowly been stockpiling equipment and gear coming out of the war in Afghanistan in a Kuwait depot, ultimately destined for Iraq ahead of a possible spring offensive against the Islamic State.
Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year as Tehran has delivered desperately needed aid to Baghdad in its fight against Islamic State militants, say U.S., Iraqi and Iranian sources. In the eyes of Obama administration officials, equally concerned about the rise of the brutal Islamist group, that’s an acceptable role -- for now.
Searchers from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations resumed the hunt for a AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA) plane bound for Singapore that went missing off the coast of Borneo with 155 passengers and seven crew on board.
Iran's army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
Eight Islamist gunmen infiltrated the main African Union (AU) base in Mogadishu on Thursday and killed three peacekeepers and a civilian contractor, the AU mission in Somalia said.
Russia's international reserves plunged the most in six years, losing $15.7 billion last week as the government and central bank pledged measures to support banks and defend the currency.
Congress will be so disappointed: A comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the West will not lead to a larger rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, according to one senior Iranian official.
As ISIS continues to attract more supporters to its cause, Israel is reportedly strengthening its military forces in Golan Heights to counter the growing threat of the terror group expanding its territory. A senior official in the Israeli army has revealed government forces are currently regrouping along the border areas of Israel.
The Islamic State (IS) is turning Christian churches in Syria and Iraq into torture chambers and selling stolen holy artifacts on the black market in the process, according to recent reports.
Iran has seized on Washington's historic rapprochement with Cuba after five decades of Cold War standoff as proof that big power sanctions do not work.
North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.
A driver screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great") appeared to deliberately mow down about a dozen pedestrians in the French city of Dijon before being arrested on Sunday, officials said.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. will respond to North Korea's cyber-assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment "in a place and time and manner that we choose," adding that he thought the studio made a mistake by canceling the release of a movie linked to the attack.
The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the "sole entity" in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News on Thursday.
The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.
North Korea's alleged ability to hack into Sony Pictures Entertainment is extending Kim Jong Un'sreach far beyond the range of his missiles.
At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said Sunday.
Unfazed by the string of economic pressures from the West, as headlined by the fresh sanctions announced Friday by U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian leader Vladimir Putin revealed this week that Moscow will acquire 50 more intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) by end of 2015, further increasing the drumbeats of war.
Fifteen thousand people marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday (15 December) in protest against "asylum cheaters" and the rising "Islamisation" of the West.
U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.
Suspected Islamic militants -- believed to be Boko Haram -- stormed a village in Nigeria and captured at least 185 young men, women and children, witnesses revealed Thursday.
Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, played a key role in the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, it emerged on Wednesday.
The Church of Scotland has moved another step closer to allowing congregations to appoint gay ministers.
The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Cuba, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Iran's ballistic missiles, radars and satellites against its enemies are all geared up, according to the deputy commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps or IRCG Hossein Salami. The warning comes after the United States announced extended deadline for the Iran nuclear negotiation to July 2015.
In the wee hours of a Moscow morning, Russia took a massive step toward protecting the ruble and defending its ailing economy against a currency crisis. The country's central bank, in a surprise move, raised its key interest rate to 17% from 10.5%, effective today. That's the biggest bump since the government defaulted on debt back in 1998.
A bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan has ended, police said Tuesday, with all six attackers dead.
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama will sign a bill imposing further sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine.
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls a third of Iraq, killed at least 21 police officers when the jihadist movement seized the Anbar town of Wafa.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he would try to clinch a nuclear deal with world powers despite opposition from some quarters in Iran.
In a blitz-style assault early Tuesday, Australian riot police ended a 16-hour hostage crisis as frightened captives rushed onto the streets amid intense gunfire that fatally wounded the self-styled Muslim cleric who held them.
A self-declared police force loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria decapitated four men in western Syria after accusing them of blasphemy, a rights group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday.
Egypt's most active jihadi group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has disclosed its allegiance to Islamic State, becoming one of the largest militant bodies to pledge loyalty to Isis outside its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia.
This price plunge has been driven by Saudi Arabia, OPEC's dominant power. While it's true that part of Riyadh's actions respond to the energy renaissance in North America, the greater motivation is breaking Iran's will. The Saudis believe they can no longer rely on the US to contain Tehran's imminent nuclear threat, so they're out to do what our lukewarm sanctions couldn't.
Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.
Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.
Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin got straight down to talks today on boosting nuclear and defence cooperation at a summit aimed at reviving an old friendship that has faded over the years.
Poland's Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Thursday that he was concerned by the extent of Russia's recent military action over the Baltic Sea.
Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than currently die from cancer - by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says.
The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.
Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday it had no information about the illicit procurement of equipment for the Arak research reactor as alleged in a report by a UN panel of experts and based on a briefing by a member country.
Leaders of the terror group Hamas traveled to Iran this week to rebuild relations with one of its top benefactors and leading weapons suppliers, according to regional experts and reports.
From across Iraq and neighboring states, millions of Shi'ite pilgrims are heading this week to the city of Kerbala for a religious ceremony that authorities say radical Sunni fighters are targeting for attack.
China on Wednesday confirmed that it carried out a third flight test of a new hypersonic strike vehicle that U.S. officials say is part of efforts by Chinese nuclear forces to penetrate U.S. strategic missile defenses.
The torture of al-Qaeda suspects by the CIA shows that the US government is a "symbol of tyranny against humanity," Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
Armed conflicts driving millions to flee their homes have intensified over the last year and created an "unprecedented" refugee crisis that will require $16.4 billion to address next year, United Nations aid agencies warned Monday.
Washington has discreetly accused Iran of violating United Nations-imposed restrictions on purchasing materials for a nuclear facility, a US magazine reported Monday.
China is preparing to arm its stealthiest submarines with nuclear missiles that could reach the U.S., cloaking its arsenal with the invisibility needed to retaliate in the event of an enemy strike.
An alleged weapons maker for the Islamic State (IS) claimed that a "radioactive device" has been smuggled into an undisclosed location in Europe, according to an intelligence brief released Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group.
The United States has privately accused Iran of purchasing components for its heavy water reactor in Arak in violation of UN nuclear sanctions, Foreign Policy reported on Monday.
American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harboring those responsible for 9/11.
Jordan's King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups is "our third world war."
Typhoon Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides.
The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida's chief in Libya.
The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in "real" terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion -- compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A.
Iran's Supreme Leader has found the reason for socio-economic problems in the United States. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that the Americans' problems are due to Israel's "domination" of the United States' government.
An Al Qaeda affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula threatened to execute an American hostage in Yemen in a video released Thursday.
Rodriguez told reporters at the Pentagon that the US Army was monitoring camps set up by "Islamic State" (IS), although he added it was not clear just how many were operating.
Young Christians in Iraq are taking a stand against the Islamic State (ISIS) -- even if it costs them their life.
An Iraqi Christian man from Mosul, who fled from violence in their country, reads a book at the Latin Patriarchate Church in Amman August 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes since the militant Islamic State group swept through much of the north and west of Iraq in June, threatening to break up the country.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend: American-made F-4 Phantom jets purchased by Iran prior to 1979's Islamic Revolution are now being used in airstrikes against the Islamic State group.
A car bomb killed three people at the Iranian ambassador's residence in Yemen on Wednesday, an attack claimed by al Qaeda militants who oppose Iran and the Yemeni Shi'ite rebels who control the capital Sanaa.
In report released by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations titled Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age, author Gregory D. Koblentz, an expert on arms control and non-proliferation, identifies South Asia as the region "most at risk of a breakdown in strategic stability due to an explosive mixture of unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals."
Iran has conducted air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in eastern Iraq during recent days, a Pentagon spokesman says.
Global oil prices continued to plunge on Monday, aiding U.S. consumers at the pump while delivering a blow to oil-rich foreign adversaries.
Iran will convert more of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel under an extended nuclear deal with six world powers, making the material less suitable for building atomic bombs, a diplomatic source and a US think-tank said on Monday.
Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there.
Fighting has intensified in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish forces have been holding Islamic State at bay since September.
Professor Francois Nosten ran his finger over a map showing clusters of tiny dots -- each marking a border village that make up ground zero for what experts fear will become the next global health emergency.
Nearly 8,000 people have resigned from the Lutheran Church since parliament on Friday approved a law allowing same-sex marriages. The Archbishop of Turku and Finland, Kari Mäkinen, had earlier made comments supporting gender-neutral marriage.
The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed.
During Pope Francis' visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara's Grand Mufti -- a moment of "interreligious dialogue" which mirrored that of his predecessor.
A strong undersea earthquake hit eastern Indonesia on Saturday, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage.
Planes were flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tore through Australia's east coast, leaving multi-million pound bill as the army helped clear up Friday.
In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula -- presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.
Nato's top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian "militarisation" of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.
OPEC Gulf oil producers will not propose an output cut on Thursday, reducing the likelihood of joint action by OPEC to prop up prices that have sunk by a third since June.
A bubonic plague outbreak in Madagascar that has seen more than 130 confirmed cases and claimed 47 lives is spreading to the island nation's capital, officials have warned.
The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.
Pope Francis said on Tuesday that while it was "almost impossible" to have a dialogue with Islamic State insurgents, the door should not be shut.
The CIA was spying on arms shipments from Libya to Syrian rebels at the time of the 2012 attack on its Benghazi facility, according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Oil slumped on Wednesday as expectations that Opec will cut production faded following dovish remarks by cartel kingpin Saudi Arabia, which could signal the beginning of a price war.
Iran's unwillingness to move on its positions during recent rounds of nuclear negotiations indicates Tehran's negotiators may be incapable of sealing a comprehensive agreement, veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross said Tuesday.
St. George's church, one of the oldest churches in Mosul has been destroyed by ISIS militants. The church was originally built in the late 1600s, then rebuilt in 1931.
The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.
An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July, the UN humanitarian chief said Tuesday.
"In the nuclear issue, arrogants have made their best to bring Iran to its knees but they were not able and will not be able to do so," an English-language Twitter account believed to be run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted on Tuesday, a day after world powers failed to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran by the self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline.
Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.
The Shi'ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen's military and security forces.
China's nuclear forces are expanding and details about the nation's strategic weapons programs remain hidden by Beijing's secrecy, according to the annual report of the congressional U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.
US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed ways to defeat Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition.
North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang's recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program.
Iran never halted its clandestine nuclear weapons program despite repeated assurances to the West, according to a report that sheds new light on Tehran's current and ongoing research into the creation of a nuclear warhead.
A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March, because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and Western powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday.
NATO warplanes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe not seen since the Cold War, the alliance's chief said on Thursday.
The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension of operations of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which connects Iraq to Turkey. The ministry said the pipeline stoppage, which began in March 2014, resulted in an oil export decline of up to 400,000 barrels per day.
Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.
A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group known as the Islamic State (Isis) possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years.
The amount of individuals that hold more than $30 million in assets has climbed to a new record in 2014, according to a global survey on Wednesday, which also warned that a lack of diversification meant that this wealth is not protected from shocks to the financial system.
A baby boy born with four arms and four legs has been nicknamed "God Boy" and drawn thousands of excited people to the city of Baruipur in eastern India. The boy's family is overjoyed because the birth defect makes him resemble a Hindu god, according to the Daily Mail.
"Egypt's musical-chairs government faces enough challenges. So why is a construction project almost 3,000 kilometers from Cairo provoking fears over Egypt's national survival? Egypt and Ethiopia are butting heads over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion hydroelectric project that Ethiopia is building on the headwaters of the Blue Nile, near the border between Ethiopia and Sudan. Cairo worries the mega-project, which began construction in 2011 and is scheduled to be finished by 2017, could choke the downstream flow of the Nile River right when it expects its needs for fresh water to increase."
The beheading of Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, the third American to lose his life at the hands of ISIS, leaves the militants with two known remaining Western hostages -- one of them an American woman.
After months of efforts, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has begun attacks on Baghdad International Airport.
China and Australia have sealed a major free trade agreement, as Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare address to parliament in Canberra.
With nasty cold fronts thrusting an icy and early winter across the continental U.S. -- along with last winter described by USA Today as "one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record" -- climatologist John L. Casey thinks the weather pattern is here to stay for decades to come.
A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake that struck off the New Zealand coast Monday morning rattled much of the country but did not result in any initial reports of damage or injuries.
The leadership of Islamic State (IS) has no intention of standing still. In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter.
Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
The United States’ top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was "starting to turn", but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years.
Ukraine's top priority is to build an army strong enough to stop Russian military aggression, Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk says as he plans new coalition government.
Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.
China will double its investment in Iran's energy projects, an Iranian official said Sunday, ahead of a deadline for a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.
The two most brutal terror groups in Syria reportedly have struck an alliance, in a deal that poses serious problems for the Obama administration's efforts to prop up "moderate" rebel factions in the country.
Russia plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow's latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks in Saudi Arabia, said his caliphate was expanding across the Arab world, and called for "volcanoes of jihad" in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday.
Negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran may require more time than planned, officials involved in the talks began suggesting on Thursday.
Spain's parliament will hold a symbolic vote on November 18 over recognition of a Palestinian state, according to a report in Spanish newspaper El País.
Nearly $420 million in weapons and other "sensitive items" have gone missing from U.S. Army bases in Afghanistan and are not likely to be recovered due to mismanagement and improper accounting, according to an internal report by the Pentagon's inspector general obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Iran's foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said this week that the United States must bow to Iran's "inalienable nuclear rights" and hinted that Western countries are being fooled about the extent of concessions being made by Tehran in talks, according to regional media reports.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called over the weekend for the destruction of Israel, stating that the "barbaric" Jewish state "has no cure but to be annihilated."
The US and China on Wednesday (12 November) announced an unexpected climate deal in a move that may ease European industry fears that the EU's climate goals are risking its competitive edge.
The Islamic State movement's "meteoric rise" in global popularity presents a direct challenge to what intelligence officials describe as the al Qaeda movement's "original core" in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, according to a new report citing an "exceptional level of flux" recently among Pakistani militant groups.
The group found traces of cesium-134, a radioactive element released by the power plant, 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, California.
A few brief encounters between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in China on Tuesday spoke volumes about the chilly state of relations between the United States and Russia.
Russia will build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed in Moscow on Tuesday.
A chillingly detailed guide to "the proper way of eliminating Israel" -- tweeted out by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- is threatening to throw nuclear talks with Tehran into chaos.
China unveiled a sophisticated new stealth fighter jet at an air show on Tuesday, a show of muscle during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama for an Asia-Pacific summit.
Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas has grown by 8 percent to nearly 8.4 tonnes in about two months, U.N. atomic inspectors say, an amount world powers probably will want to see cut under any nuclear deal with Tehran.
Close military encounters between Russia and the west have jumped to cold war levels, with 40 dangerous or sensitive incidents recorded in the past eight months alone, according to a report published on Monday.
Iran's version of a United States stealth drone it captured three years ago is now fully operational, the Islamic Republic said Monday.
American and Iranian negotiators in Oman "talked late into the night" to try to reach a breakthrough in talks for a deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program by the November 24 deadline set by the P5+1 worlds powers.
The US and Iran reportedly held secret talks to potentially renew diplomatic ties if a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran to curb Iran's atomic program is reached and sanctions are lifted.
Only hours after a firebomb was hurled at a kosher restaurant in the 17th district of Paris, a group of French teenagers assaulted a Jewish boy outside of his school.
More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday. Pentagon officials said the department will now expand its outreach to veterans and establish a toll-free hotline for reporting potential exposures and seeking medical evaluation or care, the newspaper said.
Iran is failing to address suspicions it may have worked on designing an atomic bomb, according to the latest report by a UN watchdog, potentially complicating efforts by world powers to reach a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program.
Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday.
An Iranian opposition group claimed Friday to have new information showing Iran is still working toward nuclear weapons.
Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas has grown by 8 percent to nearly 8.4 tonnes in about two months, U.N. atomic inspectors say, an amount world powers probably will want to see cut under any nuclear deal with Tehran.
Ukraine's military accused Russia on Friday of sending a column of 32 tanks and truckloads of troops into the country's east to support pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces.
On its official website, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs announced that the UN's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) "will enter into force on 24 December 2014."
U.S. and Iraqi officials are working to determine if recent airstrikes may have injured or killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was targeted along with other senior members of the Sunni extremist group.
After speaking out against statements of Pope Francis that appear to be very lenient toward homosexuals in the church, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been removed from his position as leader of the Vatican's highest court.
Iran continues to provide "calibrated lethal aide to the Taliban" in Afghanistan to help the group conduct attacks on U.S. and Western security forces operating in the country, according to a new report published by the Pentagon.
Russia is sending additional military forces toward the border with eastern Ukraine, including units equipped with ballistic missiles, as part of Moscow's ongoing destabilization effort in support of pro-Russian rebels.
The European Central Bank is ready to pump up to €1tn (£782bn) of fresh stimulus into the flagging eurozone economy to ward off a dangerous deflationary spiral, Mario Draghi has signalled.
US President Barack Obama reportedly sent a secret letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month offering to work together against the Islamic State terror group in exchange for a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
Russia test-fired a Sineva intercontinental missile from a submerged submarine in the Barents Sea on Wednesday as part of a check on the reliability of the navy's strategic forces, the Defence Ministry said.
A new group of sunspots that has come into view of Earth has the attention of the US Space Weather Prediction Centre.
Russian troops are moving closer to the border with Ukraine and Moscow continues to train rebels in the east of the country, providing them with equipment, NATO's secretary-general said on Tuesday.
Russia could play a significant role in the West's effort to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold country after Tehran has reportedly agreed to ship much of its uranium to Moscow, officials and diplomats involved with nuclear negotiations told The New York Times in a story published on Tuesday.
Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia cut the price of oil sold to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.
Opposition sources said U.S.-trained and -equipped rebel militias were driven out of their strongholds in northern Syria. They said at least two major militias aligned with the Free Syrian Army fled an advance by Al Qaida's Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant in November.
Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from America to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to Al-Qaeda.
The EU lodged its fourth formal complaint against Russia to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday in the latest round of the trade battle between the two blocs.
North Korea is believed to have completed a homegrown submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles -- a move set to significantly extend the rogue state's nuclear reach.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most active militant group, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, a statement from Ansar said Monday night.
The US dollar has surged to a four-year high against a basket of currencies and has punched through key technical resistance, marking a crucial turning point for the global financial system.
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been engaged in its biggest campaign in Lebanon.
The United States remains "the great Satan" and Iran's "number one enemy" Iranian military and defense officials said over the weekend in statements that also called for "the prosecution, trial, and punishment of the White House."
Boko Haram laughed off Nigeria's announcement of a ceasefire agreement, saying there is no such deal and schoolgirls abducted in April have been converted to Islam and married off.
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.
Canadian warplanes involved in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against militants in Iraq have launched their first airstrikes since deploying to the region.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged for the first time Thursday that the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State are benefiting Syrian President Bashar Assad -- highlighting a strategy that sources close to the White House say was hotly contested by some of President Obama's national security advisers.
Putin's Russia has revived its once flagging global arms sales business and is using those sales to revive its defense industrial base. Second to only the United States with about a 26 percent share of the global arms market -- the United States has a 30 percent share -- Russian arms sales in 2013 generated some 13 billion dollars for government coffers according to the pro-government Russia Today.
Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a "foreign country" for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying.
France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF.
Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the Borey-class Yury Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Radical Islam poses a critical security threat to Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned on Tuesday, saying the number of people capable of staging attacks in the country stood at an all-time high.
Nato has reported an "unusual" increase in Russian military aircraft conducting maneuvers over European airspace over the last two days.
ISIS has released a new video of British hostage John Cantlie, this time showing him in the Syrian border city of Kobani.
Top U.S. and British counterterrorism officials said Tuesday that the growing number and variety of foreign fighters streaming into Syria is unprecedented in recent history.
Al Qaeda is urging jihadists to conduct attacks on U.S. and foreign oil tankers and strategic sea lanes in a new global campaign of economic warfare against the United States, according to the terrorist group's latest English-language magazine.
Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.
Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
An advanced surface-to-air missile believed to have been supplied to Syrian rebels by Qatar against American wishes has been filmed in the hands of Isil jihadists, raising the threat to allied operations in Iraq.
Noting that both God and Christ are commonplace in nature, Pope Francis says the "Big Bang" theory behind evolution is not contrary to the religious theory of creation.
Syria almost lost its second city to the jihadists of Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra last night when hundreds of fighters stormed into the provincial capital, Idlib, captured the newly installed governor's office and began beheading Syrian army officers. By the time government troops recaptured the building, at least 70 soldiers - many senior officers - had been executed, leaving one of the oldest cities in Syria in chaos.
Iran executed a record-shattering 411 citizens in the first half of 2014 and a total of 852 people in the last 15 months, including at least eight juveniles, according to a new United Nations report that will be introduced to the organization's General Assembly Tuesday.
Pro-Western parties prevailed in Ukraine's parliamentary elections over the weekend, but the country's armed forces continued to suffer casualties amid fighting with Russian-backed separatists in the east.
Fighting in central Yemen between Shiite Houthi rebels and an influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people over three days of clashes, security officials said Monday.
The European Central Bank announced Sunday that 25 big banks had failed its stress tests meant to identify weaknesses in the financial system.
The number of Islamic extremists in Germany is growing rapidly, the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said Saturday.
Two attacks in Egypt Sinai Peninsula killed 33 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.
Suspected Boko Haram militants abducted 60 women from two villages in northeastern Nigeria, a security official said, less than a week after the government announced it had reached a truce with the Islamist group.
More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
Police in Germany used water cannons and pepper spray against protesters after a demonstration organized by far-right groups in the western city of Cologne turned violent Sunday.
Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people.
Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin's forces.
The amount of oil Saudi Arabia supplied to markets fell last month, according to a person familiar with the country's oil policy. Its production climbed.
The United States plans to sell munitions for Iraq's main battle tank fleet which sustained heavy losses to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant this summer.
A gunman who reportedly was a recent convert to Islam launched an attack Wednesday in Ottawa, killing one soldier guarding a war memorial before barging into the capital city's Parliament amid a hail of gunfire and spawning increased vigilance in Washington and Ottawa, where officials wondered how he managed to get into the government building armed.
More than 1,000 Iranians took to the streets across Iran early Wednesday to protest a rash of so-called "acid attacks" against women who do not strictly follow Islamic law, according to Iranian opposition members and video of the mass demonstrations.
At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much.
Western governments will reluctantly consider an extension of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program should world powers fail to clinch a comprehensive deal by November 24 -- a move Israel would support, sources told The Jerusalem Post this week.
A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.
The man suspected of crashing his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring the other, was being actively investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and had had his passport taken away, officials said Tuesday.
Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday.
US military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the US Central Command said.
Kurdish militias defending the northern Syrian town of Kobani waited Tuesday for Turkey to allow promised reinforcements across the border, as Islamic State fighters posted video of militants opening crates of weapons presumably airdropped by U.S. forces.
The United States has reported the destruction of scores of main battle tanks captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Many of the tanks were reportedly of U.S. origin.
ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.
The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet.
The US military said Sunday night it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
For a synod on family issues that started so positively, the end came amid division over the issues of homosexuality and divorce -- with Pope Francis stating that the Catholic Church should not be afraid of change.
A strong earthquake rattled parts of Ecuador and southern Colombia Monday afternoon, sending frightened residents running outdoors. There are no reports of structural damage, but early reports indicate one person may be trapped in a landslide.
While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring "Caliphate."
Inflation is crumbling across Europe. In fact, in several countries, it's already negative. Economists are increasingly worried that the whole continent is going to drop into deflation.
Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.
The New York Times reported on Oct. 14 that U.S. troops in Iraq had between 2004 and 2011 repeatedly encountered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Meanwhile, voters back home and the world at large had been repeatedly told precisely the opposite by U.S. media reports. The Republican administration of George W Bush was condemned on a daily basis by partisans in and out of government for executing a war in Iraq on the false premise that such WMD existed and posed a threat to Iraqis and the region at large.
Both President Obama and his top infectious disease experts tried to calm Americans' fears about Ebola this week by saying the current outbreak cannot be transmitted through the air. But less than 30 miles from where top government officials made their declarations in Washington, scientists a quarter century ago did in fact prove that an Ebola strain contained to monkeys could spread airborne.
France is making a grave mistake in saying it will recognize a Palestinian state if peace talks fail, French lawmaker Meir Habib said.
A former commander of the British Army's chemical and nuclear weapons protection forces has warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has the capability of making battlefield dirty bombs.
The last time an Icelandic volcano made headlines around the world was when the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajokull spewed tons of ash into the air in 2010, halting thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion in lost revenue.
The amount of radioactive water near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has risen to record levels after a typhoon passed through Japan last week, state media outlet NHK reported on Wednesday.
A senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said the Ukraine crisis threatens nuclear "strategic stability" and global "economic health".
Global central bankers, eager to see the economy stand on its own feet, faced the rude reality this week of market turmoil threatening already faltering growth and prolonging world reliance on easy money.
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday joined a rising number of Republicans in calling on the Obama administration to ban west African travel to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Now, with economic growth slipping close to zero, Russia is reeling from sanctions by the U.S. and the European Union over its land grab in Ukraine. The decline in oil prices may be depriving Russian President Vladimir Putin of his biggest ally.
The UN says the ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an "unprecedented" situation for which there is no plan.
American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilize Turkey.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, however, added that if the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians failed, Paris "would not shirk its responsibilities" and recognize Palestine as a state.
Egyptian military forces operating in the Sinai uncovered a large cache of weapons near the border with Israel on Tuesday, according to Channel 2.
An indictment Tuesday of a Libyan militant already behind bars for the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans confirms that computers with sensitive and classified information were stolen from the consulate during the assault.
A powerful 7.4-magnitude quake shook the Pacific coast of Central America on Tuesday, causing some damage and killing at least one person in El Salvador.
Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.
Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Hussein's old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.
Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday claimed control of a key military training camp in Anbar province -- which Iraqi officials called a "tactical retreat" -- as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday blamed the United States and the "wicked" British government for creating the Islamic State in his first speech since undergoing prostate surgery last month.
Turkey will let US and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, American defense officials said Sunday.
A triple suicide bombing killed 26 Kurdish security forces northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and a roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar province, dealing major blows to Iraqi security forces struggling to combat the Islamic State extremist group.
As Islamic State troops move closer to Baghdad, Iraqi officials have issued a plea for American ground troops to return to the country.
The Islamist extremist destruction of historical treasures in the Middle East is nothing less than a crime against civilization. News accounts do not do justice to the loss these barbarians cause as they work their way across Syria, destroying anything that doesn't fit into the world as they see it.
Sen. John McCain said the United States is losing its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and must expand its campaign against the militant group, but stopped short for calling for U.S. ground troops to become directly involved.
The State Department is warning travelers to Uganda of the dangers of exposure to a deadly Ebola-like disease in that country following the death of a healthcare worker in the country's capital.
Hong Kong government officials called off talks with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday as the city's embattled chief executive faced potential prosecution regarding a new corruption scandal.
Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants head-on.
America's top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state.
A Spanish nurse, who is the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa, may have touched her face with the gloves of her protective suit while caring for a priest who died of the disease, a doctor treating her said.
Two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets based out of Lithuania intercepted a Russian military aircraft as it flew over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning.
The UN Security Council has been told that Syria has revealed for the first time the existence of four more chemical weapons facilities.
People around Australia were treated to the rare sight of a blood-red lunar eclipse on Wednesday night, as the Moon passed through the Earth's shadow for an hour.
Iran has dismissed criticism by the International Atomic Energy Agency of its refusal to let one IAEA expert into the country as part of a team investigating allegations of nuclear weapons research.
Around noon Wednesday, warplanes believed to be of the US-led coalition bombed positions of the Islamic State group near the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, near the Turkish border. One airstrike, visible from the border, hit a hill and an open space near the town.
Satellite images taken of Iran's Parchin military compound after a blast reportedly tore through it show "damage consistent with an attack" at the site, which has been linked by Western intelligence to nuclear missile fuse trials, according to a report by the Israel Defense website.
Carnage may soon befall the people of Kobani, a Syrian enclave hosting Christian, Kurdish and Turkmen refugees of the Syrian civil war, as Islamic State fighters pincered the city limits on Tuesday with the stated intention of killing its inhabitants.
A parish priest and a number of Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said on Tuesday.
Observers of Wednesday morning's total lunar eclipse might be able to catch sight of an extremely rare cosmic sight.
A prominent Nigerian reverend has revealed Islamist terror group Boko Haram destroyed over 180 churches in the West African country following its capture of towns and villages in the north-eastern states of Borno and Adamawa.
An Egyptian jihadist group has released a video showing the execution of four men, including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and for Israel's Mossad intelligence service.
The United States appears to be losing its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, experts say, as the jihadist group adapts to U.S. airstrikes and advances toward Baghdad and a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
The US military is flying Apache helicopters against Islamic State rebels in Iraq for the first time, exposing US troops to greater risk from ground fire as they help Iraqi forces battle the Islamist group that has overrun parts of the country.
Two workers were killed in an explosion that took place at a military explosives factory southeast of Tehran, near the suspected nuclear reactor in Parchin, IRNA, the official Iranian news agency, reported Monday.
In the first known transmission of the outbreak of Ebola outside West Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital has tested positive for the virus, Spain's health minister said Monday.
Next week will be a significant one for celestial events, with a total lunar eclipse, a meteor shower and the brightening of a planet all expected on Oct. 8, according to the Taipei Astronomical Museum.
A manifesto purportedly written by one of the Islamic State's senior military commanders details an unlikely plan that would see the brutal Sunni Islamist group gain Iran's nuclear secrets with Russia's help, London's Sunday Times reported.
Ashoka Mukpu, an American cameraman covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News, is the latest U.S. citizen stricken with the deadly Ebola virus.
The Islamic State holds just about the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. began a bombing campaign to whittle down the terrorist army and support Iraqi ground troops trying to retake territory.
For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department.
The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he must make sure that any final nuclear deal with Iran does not leave it at the "threshold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.
Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Islamic State is moving toward an alliance with the Nusra Front, the largest Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition continues strikes against IS positions in the northeastern part of the country.
The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human, Rights Rami Abdulrahman, said five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, made the comment in the booklet Would You Baptise an Extraterrestrial?, which he wrote with astronomer Father Paul Muller.
The White House says it wants to work with Syria's moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs.
With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy.
The UK and US economies may be on the mend at last, but that's not the pattern elsewhere. On a global level, growth is being steadily drowned under a rising tide of debt, threatening renewed financial crisis, a continued squeeze to living standards, and eventual mass default.
Iran today rejected as baseless accusations levelled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group.
The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC.
An al Qaeda splinter group said it launched a rocket toward the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, wounding several guards, to retaliate for a purported U.S. drone strike in a northern province of Yemen the day before.
US-led air strikes in Syria disrupted the Islamic State group's lucrative oil-pumping operations as Britain's parliament on Friday debated joining anti-jihadist raids in neighboring Iraq.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday railed about Israel's "absolute war crimes" and "genocide" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said he'd seek a UN resolution to end Israel's presence in the Palestinian territories.
The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
The US armed forces chief says Islamic State (IS) militants are being damaged by air strikes in Syria but air power alone is not enough to defeat them.
Top diplomats from the United States, the European Union and Iran held a second day of talks Friday aimed at reaching a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam".
A general in the Iranian military said Saturday that his forces are prepared to attack inside Iraqi territory to strike at militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as Daesh, ISIS or ISIL, should they come too close to Iran's western border.
The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
As the United States mobilized against new Islamist enemies this month, the voice of an aging adversary echoed in the distance.
The Middle East is "burning in the fires of extremism and radicalism," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday at his UN General Assembly speech.
US President Barack Obama on Thursday touted the longstanding relationship between the United States and Egypt as a cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East.
A volcano in western Indonesia has sent a new, powerful burst of hot ash into the air.
US authorities said they had no knowledge of a supposed plot by Islamic State radicals to attack subway systems in the United States and Paris, following reported comments by Iraq's leader about such a threat.
Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Israel said on Wednesday that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.
President Obama is playing too nice in the air war against the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group, critics say, pointing to a spared bombing target in Syria as an example.
The U.S. Treasury and State Department labeled several individuals "specially designated global terrorists" in an effort to disrupt the financial activities of foreign fighters, as well as their travel in and out of Syria.
U.S. and coalition warplanes pounded ISIS positions in eastern Syria on Wednesday, targeting what a Pentagon official described as mobile oil refineries being used by the so-called Islamic State terror group to help finance its operations.
President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of "international norms." But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam -- a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America's role in it.
The United States said Arab militaries have joined in operations against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region.
Russia is set to renew the country’s strategic nuclear forces by 100 percent, not 70 percent as previously announced, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Estonia to make a symbolic show of solidarity with Eastern Europe in the face of a Russian-backed military offensive in Ukraine.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.
A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place, a top Ukrainian official said Monday.