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Barack Obama authorises air strikes against Isis militants in Syria

Barack Obama announced an open-ended bombing campaign against Islamic State militants on Wednesday that will extend into Syria for the first time, despite acknowledging that the extremist group did not currently pose a direct threat to the US homeland.<p>In a markedly interventionist speech on the eve …

Obama, Iraq's Abadi discuss Islamic State threat in call: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday to discuss Washington’s commitment to help Baghdad’s new government fight Islamic State militants, the White House said.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question at a news conference at the …

Obama on ISIS in Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.<p>"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet."<p>Obama said he's asked America's top …

Isis: the three big questions for Britain

Crackdown on domestic extremism<p>Home secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a three-point plan to counter Islamic extremism in Britain. Proposals being considered include new powers to ban groups deemed to be extremist alongside civil court injunctions – dubbed "Asbos for terrorists" – which …

Isis surges towards the borders of Turkey as west mulls options

Islamic State extremists are pushing to secure the border between Turkey and north-western Syria as the main gateway for recruits to join the caliphate they have imposed across much of eastern Syria and western Iraq.<p>Large numbers of jihadists from Islamic State (formerly Isis) are moving this …

The Isis leader's vision of the state is a profoundly contemporary one

Just under a decade ago, a battered militant group then known as al-Qaida in Iraq decided it needed rebranding. A new structure and name were introduced to a sceptical public. The formation of the Islamic State of Iraq, complete with designated ministers, was announced.<p>The ISI's leaders lacked …

Islamic State militants seize Syrian airbase

Islamic radicals have seized most of an airbase in eastern Syria and are tightening a stranglehold on a minority Turkoman community north of Baghdad, as their pillage of the heartland of the Levant gains further momentum.<p>Militants from Islamic State (Isis) had breached the borders of the Tabqa …

Philippines signs deal with Muslim rebels

The Philippines and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have signed a historic peace agreement, after 17 years of negotiations and decades of fighting that killed at least 120,000 in the southern island of Mindanao.<p>The deal between the government of President Benigno Aquino and the Moro …

Security Council to meet on N Korea missiles

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door consultations to discuss a possible condemnation of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, UN diplomats said.<p>The request for a special session on North Korea came from the United States, council diplomats told the Reuters news agency on …

Top Kenyan MP: Homosexuality like terrorism

Homosexuality in Kenya is as bad a problem as terrorism, the ruling party's parliamentary leader said, but argued against stepping up legal sanctions on the grounds that existing laws were tough enough.<p>Aden Duale, the majority leader from President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee coalition, was …

David Cameron facing calls to expel jobless EU migrants

A German proposal to remove out-of-work EU migrants is prompting Tory demands for the Prime Minister to bring in a similar radical measure<p>David Cameron is facing Tory calls to expel out-of-work EU migrants after Germany drafted plans to adopt the radical measure.<p>A number of the party's MPs told The …

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U.S. says U.N. report lays blame on Syria government for hindered aid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. report on how Syria’s neediest civilians are often not accessible to humanitarian relief workers makes it clear that the government of President Bashar al-Assad shoulders most of the blame, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.<p>A month after the 15-member U.N. Security …

Philippines prepares for historic peace deal | US & Canada

<b>Cotabato City, Philippines</b> - Weeks before Benigno Aquino III was elected president of the Philippines in 2010, the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) hosted a secret meeting with a high-ranking US embassy official and two American dignitaries. The impending national elections and the …

6 basic questions about the war in Syria

By Amanda Erickson<p>Amanda Erickson<p>Foreign affairs reporter focusing on the post-Soviet world<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Syrian war has been a slowly unfolding catastrophe, one that has embroiled several of the world's major powers.<p>Early Saturday, the United States and its British and French allies conducted …

UNICEF Delivers Clean Water to 10 Million in Syria

UNICEF's efforts to deliver water to Syrian families and children are a critical part of what is now the largest humanitarian operation in history. …

UNICEF Report: Children Under Siege in Syria

<i>Under Siege – the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria</i> uses both statistics and stories to document the damage caused …

The Syrian Conflict Is Severely Disrupting The Lives Of 5.5 Million Children

<i>This story initially misidentified the anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict. It is March 15, not March 13.</i>

Middle East

US criticised by UN for human rights failings on NSA, guns and drones

The US came under sharp criticism at the UN human rights committee in Geneva on Thursday for a long list of human rights abuses that included everything from detention without charge at Guantánamo, drone strikes and NSA surveillance, to the death penalty, rampant gun violence and endemic racial …

Ukraine timeline in pictures: How protests developed into international crisis - Telegraph

'We Are Ready To Protect Our Country,' Ukrainian Leader Says

We're updating this post as the day continues.<p>While conceding that his nation can't come close to the military power of Russia, the interim prime minister of Ukraine said Thursday that "we are ready to protect our country" if Russia does not stop its "military aggression" in Crimea.<p>Arseniy …

World Bank postpones $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law

<b>The World Bank has postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda over its tough anti-gay law, which has drawn criticism from around the world.</b><p>World Bank officials said they wanted to guarantee the projects the loan was destined to support were not going to be adversely affected by the law.<p>The loan was …

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E.U. to Debate Making Buying Sex Illegal

Perched on high stools and tugging at tight uniforms of spandex, satin and lace, the women in the windows of Ghent’s red light district barely …

Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.<p>A man stands on a bridge where huge posters of Egypt's Army chief Field Marshal Abdel …

Exclusive: Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran - documents

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters - a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran.<p>Iraqi soldiers take part in an intensive security deployment in Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (99 miles) …

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.<p>The start of this year's military exercises overlaps with the first reunion for more than three years of families …

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