Beth Rosser

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Taste 10 great Irish coastal dining experiences - Independent.ie

Take your pick from a menu stuffed with restaurants perched over awesome cliffs and tucked along the rugged coastline. Make a real break of it and …

Ireland

Kilkenny: Where to eat, stay and play in the Marble City - Independent.ie

<b>Set the mood</b><p>The great thing about a town (oops, sorry, a city) like Kilkenny is that it sets the mood for you. Especially if you happen to visit on …

Ireland

Prince Charles visits scene where Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA

Charles gives deeply personal speech at Sligo village on Ireland’s west coast where 36 years ago his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was blown up<p>Of recent public gestures on Anglo-Irish reconciliation, the pilgrimage of remembrance by the Prince of Wales to Mullaghmore was undoubtedly the most …

Secrets of the bin Laden treasure-trove

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed.<p>The …

Terrorism

Islamic State militants 'smuggled to Europe'

<b>Islamic State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government has told the BBC.</b><p>Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding IS militants on boats filled with migrants.<p>Officials in Italy and Egypt have previously warned that IS …

North Africa

Iraq sends troops to Ramadi, largely held by Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has sent reinforcements to help its battered forces in Ramadi, a city now largely held by the Islamic State group after militants seized the main government compound the day before, a military spokesman said Saturday.<p>The spokesman of the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Saad …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Doubt cast on role of Isis leader killed by special forces in Syria

Defense secretary hails death of Abu Sayyaf as ‘significant blow’ Isis specialist says man killed was ‘very close’ to chief spokesman<p>US special forces kill Isis commander and capture wife in raid<p>US special forces entered Syria on Friday night and killed a mid-ranking leader of the Islamic State, in …

Middle East

10 Untold Stories Of America's First War On Terror

Fighting international terrorism isn’t new for the US. Hardly out of the womb of the Revolution, the young republic, a fresh and innocent newcomer on …

US military maintains its strategy against IS is working

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite major new setbacks in Iraq, the U.S. military command leading the fight against Islamic State militants insists that its strategy is working and that the militants' takeover of a key oil refinery and a government compound are fleeting gains feeding an IS propaganda machine.<p>…

Middle East

IS/ISIL/ISIS: State of fear outgrows insurgency label

This territory and population is administered by a government that includes not only military forces, but also civic officials responsible for public …

Middle East

National Geographic Travel

One incredibly unsettling possibility for what happens next in Syria

The regime of Bashar Assad suffered a string of defeats and fractures have begun to open up inside the government. Assad's military is running so short on manpower that Iran, the regime's most indispensable ally, has reportedly been forcing Afghan illegal immigrants to choose between prison and …

Middle East

American mother of three joins Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State jihadists

Twenty-five-year old Samantha Johnston reveals what it's like to be a foreign fighter in a Kurdish militia, posting selfies and daily updates on her Facebook from Iraq<p>In the months before joining a militia to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil) jihadists, Samantha Johnston had led the …

Name Your Own Price for a Plane Seat With This Brilliant New App

<i>by Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Around 30 international airlines, ranging from Austrian to Virgin Atlantic, have signed on with Plusgrade.<p>How much would you pay to upgrade your next flight? Online auction system Plusgrade lets you bid against other passengers for a better seat. But it's not …

Don't be fooled: ISIS isn't losing

Without a clear long-term strategy for the volatile region, reports of territory losses will likely be empty victories as the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) continues its brutal campaign to win over radicals in the Middle East.<p>This week, ISIS overran the provincial capital Ramadi in Iraq …

Middle East

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death

BOSTON -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for committing the Boston Marathon bombing, one of the worst acts of terrorism to take place on U.S. soil.<p>The same seven-woman, five-man jury that found the 21-year-old naturalized American citizen guilty in the April 15, 2013, attack reached …

Several Bosnians charged with joining 'Islamic State' fighters in Iraq, Syria | News | DW | 15.05.2015

The Bosnian nationals were charged with "becoming part of a terrorist group and illegally participating in conflicts in Syria in Iraq," according to …

Sci-Fi Jewelry Designer Takes Geek Chic To A Whole New Level

Walking into a jewelry store, one has a general idea of what might be waiting -- necklaces, watches, diamond earrings or rings. But what if there was a section of "Doctor Who" rings? Or "Captain America" necklaces? When you step into Paul Michael Design gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that's …

ISIS Releases Message From Its Leader Calling for Muslims to Join Him or Fight Where They Are

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Terrorists' Most Powerful Recruiting Tool: Boredom

The young man had wavy hair down to his shoulders, white teeth, and a charisma palpable even from across the street. My driver saw it, too: …

ISIS leader in new audio message: 'Islam was never for a day the religion of peace'

"And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah (emigration) to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be," he said.<p>The voice reading the half-hour speech appeared to match previous audio recordings of Baghdadi, the latest of which was released in mid-November.<p>As …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Islamic State releases 'al-Baghdadi message'

<b>Islamic State (IS) has released an audio message it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which if confirmed would be the first in months.</b><p>The message urges Muslims to emigrate to the "caliphate" it has proclaimed in areas of Syria and Iraq. A reference to the Yemen conflict means it is …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Obama to back Gulf allies against any 'external attack'

President Barack Obama has vowed to back Gulf allies against any "external attack," seeking to reassure them of Washington's commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over US-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.<p>Obama, hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit …

South Asia

Syrian War Set to Re-Explode. US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia In Alliance with Al Qaeda | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>The Syrian war stalemate appears to be over. The regional powers surrounding Syria — especially Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan — have</i> …

'Islamic State' advances on ancient Palmyra | News | DW | 14.05.2015

Fighters from the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group advanced to the gates of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, raising fears that …

700 'terror suspects' have travelled to Syria, Scotland Yard says

New figures show suspected terrorists are being arrested at a rate of almost one every day<p>More than 700 Britons of "significant concern" have travelled to <b>Syria</b>, the country's top counter-terrorism officer has disclosed.<p>Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, revealed the new …

Quirky sleeps: Sweden's top 10 unusual hotels

Sweden’s varied landscape, from the frozen reaches of the north to its vast forests and lakes, combines with cutting-edge design to inspire some unique lodgings. Here's our pick of the country's quirkiest sleeps, taking you underground, underwater, face-to-face with wildlife and beyond.<p>The Icehotel …

The year’s most breathtaking travel destinations, from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With over 23 million Instagram posts already hashtagged #vacation, competition is increasingly fierce for most photogenic holiday background. Those looking for a little inspiration might consider checking out the latest batch of travel photo submissions from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler …

Travel Photography