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Ukraine crisis: NATO to create 'high-readiness force,' secretary general says

NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create "a very high-readiness force" to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine and other international conflicts, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.<p>In a speech on the NATO website, Rasmussen said the fighting force will …

UN considers emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Isis 'war crimes'

The UN human rights council is to debate demands for an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate alleged atrocities committed by Islamic State (Isis) militants, which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.<p>The special session, scheduled to begin on Monday morning, was requested by …

Americans detained in North Korea speak to CNN, ask for U.S. help

Three Americans detained in North Korea spoke out about their conditions and pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN.<p>Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were presented to CNN's Will Ripley at a Pyongyang hotel Monday. Each was given five minutes for an interview.<p>All three …

Israel's military says Patriot missile shot down drone from Syria

Israel's air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the nation's airspace over the Syrian border Sunday, Israeli military officials said.<p>According to an army statement, the drone crossed the border near Quneitra and was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile.<p>Defense Minister …

Vladimir Putin demands negotiations over 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Moscow deepens its involvement in the conflict and urges quick negotiations on the 'political organisation of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine'<p>Vladimir Putin demanded negotiations over “statehood” for eastern Ukraine as Moscow deepened its involvement in the bloody conflict between …

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Obama's 'cautious' approach on ISIS is panned

After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting the extremist terror group.<p>There's been the expected GOP criticism: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, said the President's statement was …

Siege of Iraqi town broken; U.S. lawmakers demand ISIS strategy

Iraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli, an Amerli resident and member of its self-defense force, told CNN on Sunday.<p>Iraqi state TV also reported that the siege had been broken.<p>The news prompted a wave of …

Family of American detained in North Korea issues plea to US diplomats

The family of an Ohio man detained in North Korea pleaded for diplomats to bring him home, in a public statement released on Tuesday.<p>Jeffrey Edward Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg was detained by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 7 May on charges that he violated his tourist visa. An attorney …

Aid and air strikes in Iraq as US backs new PM as 'promising'