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Russia, US, Turkey and Saudi fail to agree on Syria

No consensus on fate of Syrian president during meeting held in Vienna, exploring options to end five-year war.<p>Saudi, Turkey, Russia and the US have not reached consensus on the political fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting held exploring how to end the five-year conflict that …

Bashar al-Assad

Typing On The Dead #147: Happiness Is My Dead Wife

<i>By Jared Cornelius</i><p>Welcome back to <i>Typing on The Dead, Bleeding Cool’s</i> recap and dissection of the latest issue of <b>The Walking Dead</b>. Last month was a …

Report: ISIS Lays Mines Around Ancient Sites In Palmyra

Islamic State militants have sown landmines around ancient ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, captured by the Islamist group in May, according to a British-based monitoring group.<p>It wasn't clear, however, whether the move is a prelude to destroying the Roman-era sites or securing them from Syrian …

Analysts: ISIS video 'sign of desperation'

Like a wounded animal lashing out in fury, ISIS is betraying hints of desperation in its latest video, which purportedly shows the aftermath of the beheading of U.S. hostage Peter Kassig, analysts said Sunday.<p>And if there's news worse than the apparent brutal death of Kassig, it's that we should …

Newest Islamic State Video ‘Sign of Desperation,’ Analysts Say

Analysts said the Islamic State is showing signs of desperation in its latest video, which — among other barbaric acts — displayed a severed head the group claimed was that of captured U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, CNN reported. The White House confirmed Kassig’s death Sunday after reviewing the …

U.S. pledges troops, equipment for NATO rapid response force

MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it would contribute special operations forces, intelligence and other high-end military assets to a new NATO rapid response force that aims in part to deter any future actions by Russia.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Washington …

Microsoft sends mixed signals about free Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft has managed to confuse us (again) about its Windows 10 upgrade policy. Last week, it said Insider Program preview users would "receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated." The offer sounded too good to be true since it meant that virtually anyone could get a free copy …

Software

Tripoli forces hit Islamic State in Libya with air strikes

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya’s self-declared government in control of the capital Tripoli has launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters in the city of Sirte, officials and witnesses said on Monday.<p>Officials said the late Sunday night attacks were on a building where fighters had gathered, but …

U.S. Defense Department to develop UK hoverbike

The dream of a manned, truly functional hoverbike is a step closer to reality after British and American engineers announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and build the vehicle in the States.<p>Developers Malloy Aeronautics says its Hoverbike prototype is built to do many of …

How to Defeat 'Revenge Porn': First, Recognize It's About Privacy, Not Revenge

Americans value privacy. It is why we have laws to protect us against unauthorized disclosures of many kinds of personal information -- financial data, medical records, driver's licenses, home addresses -- and why trespass and voyeurism are considered not only violations of social norms but …

FBI Investigating Purported ISIS Hacks Of Western Websites

Someone hacked into several U.S. and European websites over the weekend, claiming to be affiliated with ISIS.<p>The FBI is investigating the attacks, which changed websites' homepages to show a black ISIS flag with the words, "Hacked by ISIS, we are everywhere." At press time, the banner was up on The …

Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants back from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Monday, in an advance backed by heavy air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition.<p>Speaking to a local television channel near the frontline, Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim, who …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

War

Islamic State: Egyptian Christians held in Libya 'killed'

<b>A video has emerged apparently showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.</b><p>The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls being forced to the ground and then decapitated.<p>President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said Egypt reserves …

Video purports to show IS militants beheading hostages

CAIRO (AP) — A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya affiliated with the …

U.S. And U.N. Condemn "Despicable" ISIS Beheading Of Egyptian Christians In Libya

View this post on Facebook<p>His brutal murder unleashed a wave of anger in Jordan, with the government promptly executing three convicted terrorists who had long been on death row.<p>Last week, the U.S. government confirmed the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, an American woman who died after more than a …

UN Security Council

McCain on ISIS Fight: We Should Not Restrain the President

News<p>Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday that Congress should not restrict the president’s broad authority in authorizing the use of military force against the terrorist group known as ISIS.<p>“If we don't like what the commander-in-chief is doing, we can cut off his funds …

ISIS Recruiter Speaks

First day of Ukraine ceasefire deal still sees fighting

The fighting in east Ukraine dropped in intensity on Sunday, but the first day of a ceasefire deal still saw fighting, especially around the contested town of Debaltseve.<p>The deal to end the conflict, which has killed more than 5,000 people since it flared up last spring, was agreed after marathon …

Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned that his country would respond to the deaths as it saw fit.<p>Speaking on national television hours after the release of the …

Kurds, Syrian rebels edge into Islamic State stronghold: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces backed by Syrian insurgent groups took control of a hill inside the provincial stronghold of the militant Islamic State group on Sunday after deadly clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>The Kurdish forces, supported by U.S.-led air strikes, drove …

Ukraine ceasefire under strain within hours of coming into effect | DW | 15.02.2015

In a live broadcast Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued a ceasefire order for all the country's armed forces to hold their fire from one …

Scores dead in intensified fighting in southern Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Intense clashes in southern Syria have killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, a group monitoring Syria’s war said on Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears.<p>Syria’s army and allied combatants from Lebanon’s Hezbollah …

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

World<p>ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under …

Ukraine ceasefire 'generally' observed despite shelling | DW | 15.02.2015

Despite the ceasefire which began at midnight local time on Sunday (2200 UTC), both the Ukrainian military as well as the separatist rebels were …

U.S. copters support Iraqis fighting ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. helicopter gunships supported Iraqi ground forces battling ISIS militants in al-Baghdadi, military sources said, an action that brings U.S. troops closer to combat.<p>On Saturday, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi was "contested," as Iraqi forces fought back.<p>The U.S. military Friday …

Iraqi army, militia repel Islamic State attack on dam north of Baghdad: sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite Muslim militias repelled an early morning assault by Islamic State insurgents on a dam area north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said on Sunday.<p>Fighters from the ultra-radical Islamist group attacked pro-government …