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America's 500th Drone Strike

The 13-year-old tactic, once intended to be rare, has become completely routine.<p>The most consistent and era-defining tactic of America’s post-9/11 counterterrorism strategies has been the targeted killing of suspected terrorists and militants outside of defined battlefields. As one senior Bush …

Second Patient Monitored for Ebola in Texas

Health officials in Texas are monitoring a second patient for Ebola, as they investigate over a dozen individuals who were in contact with the first …

Armed private contractor was allowed on elevator with Obama

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Barack Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.<p>Obama was not told of the lapse in …

Obama admits ISIS threat was misjudged as U.S. splits emerge

A week after U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria began, lawmakers continued to question President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the militant group ISIS, which he admitted in a televised interview Sunday was more powerful than the U.S. initially believed.<p>Echoing sentiments also expressed by James …

Air strikes on Isil are not enough, Syria's Kurds say

Refugees feeing to Turkey from northern Syria call for stronger military force to defeat jihadist group<p>If the fleeing and beleaguered Kurds of northern Syria derived any joy from this week's American-led air strikes against their jihadist tormentors, it has been painfully short lived.<p>Instead of …

WHO: Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency

Global health experts on Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.<p>Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has also spread to Nigeria. The virus has killed 961 people from the …

US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

The United States has warned Russia against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be "completely unacceptable".<p>The warning came after Russia proposed setting up humanitarian corridors to come to the aid of civilians in east Ukraine …

Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-old war.<p>Egypt later called for a resumption of the ceasefire, saying only a few points remained to be …

Gaza conflict: Violence continues as White House condemns renewed rocket fire

Despite hopes of continued peace in the region, rockets continued to be fired by both sides<p>Violence between Israel and Hamas erupted again on Friday after the collapse of efforts to renew a 72-hour ceasefire.<p>A barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel was met with heavy air, naval and artillery …

U.S. jet fighters, drones strike ISIS fighters, convoys in Iraq

U.S. fighter jets and drones repeatedly bombed Sunni Islamic extremists in northern Iraq on Friday, targeting what officials described as ISIS artillery units and convoys advancing on the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil.<p>The airstrikes ramped up America's involvement in Iraq where ISIS, which …

Militant takeover of Iraq’s largest Christian city, mountaintop siege fuel calls for aid

Iraqi militants seized control Thursday of the country's largest Christian city -- reportedly telling its residents to leave, convert or die -- while members of another religious minority remained trapped on a mountain without enough food or water, circumstances that fueled calls for the U.S. and …

Civilians die in latest Ukraine offensive

At least ten civilians have been killed in new fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists around the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk in east Ukraine, local officials say.<p>Six people were killed in shelling and gunfire on the outskirts of Donetsk, Deputy Mayor Kostantyn Savinov said …

U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.<p>"The Defense Department …

96 died in recent clashes in Uighur region, China reports

China reported that 96 people were killed in last week's clashes in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, making it the deadliest incident of ethnic unrest in the country since 2009.<p>After days of secrecy shrouding the incident in Shache, the official New China News Agency said Sunday that 37 …

China

Israel releases footage of airstrikes on Hamas tunnels as Benjamin Netanyahu warns organisation it will 'learn the hard way'

Israel releases footage of airstrikes on tunnels as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Hamas that they will pay an "intolerable price" if rocket attacks continue<p><b>Israel</b>'s military has begun redeploying along its border with Gaza after the government signaled it would reassess its operations.<p>A …

Associated Press News

Israel renews Gaza shelling, 30 dead

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 on Sunday in a U.N.-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon …

Syrian Rebels Kill Eight Lebanese Soldiers in Cross-Border Raid on Arsal

Syrian rebels who crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town have killed eight Lebanese soldiers, the military said Sunday, as clashes there continued overnight in the most serious spillover yet in the tiny country from its neighbor's civil war. The fighting took place in Arsal, some 90 …

Middle East

Associated Press News

Why did Hamas reject Palestinian proposal for cease-fire?

Is there anywhere in Gaza that's safe?

India landslide kills at least 17 people in Maharashtra state

A landslide has struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 17 people and leaving as many as 200 trapped, officials said.<p>Emergency services rushed to the remote village of Malin in the Pune district of Maharashtra state, where debris from a hill collapsed on to …

Israel to continue Gaza offensive despite pressure for ceasefire

Israel's security cabinet decided to continue military operations in Gaza on Wednesday night, ignoring international pressure for an immediate ceasefire after Hamas rejected a barely-observed pause in the three-week conflict.<p>Against a background of heavy fighting in Gaza, the Israeli prime …

Ukraine conflict: Donetsk fighting hampers MH17 investigation

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels around Donetsk has prevented international experts from reaching the MH17 plane crash site.<p>Government troops in eastern Ukraine say they have taken a strategic town near Donetsk amid heavy fighting with separatists.<p>Meanwhile G7 leaders …

Russia

Liberia ramps up Ebola prevention efforts as international concern grows

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining entire communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.<p>Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all nonessential …