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Mexican vigilantes drive out religious drug cartel from gang-held city

Vigilantes who have driven a quasi-religious drug cartel from a series of towns in western Mexico entered a gang-held city on Saturday and were working with government forces to clear it of cartel gunmen, a leader of the movement has said.<p>Dozens of vigilante group members, who wore white T-shirts …

Afghanistan troops urge Karzai to sign security deal with US

Officers in the Afghan army fighting to contain the Taliban insurgency have called on the country's President, Hamid Karzai, to sign a security agreement that would keep a small number of American troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year.<p>The Washington Post reports that soldiers have …

Olympic committees receive Sochi threats

The German Olympic Committee said it has received emails threatening attacks at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, similar to letters and emails received by its Hungarian, Slovenian and Italian counterparts.<p>"We take all tips on security questions seriously and are in close contact with the …

Syria Geneva II peace talks highlight gulf over Assad

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Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History

<b>Listen · 4:27</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>With less than a month to go before the Winter Games, Russian officials are putting the finishing touches on what they say will be the tightest Olympic security in history.<p>After a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in the region, the authorities are …

Syria says West talks to Damascus about Islamist rebels

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Olympics 2016: Rio's golf challenge

Any debate over the legitimacy of golf as a modern Olympic sport is a worthwhile one. A gold medal would never usurp major titles as the pinnacle of the career of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott or Rory McIlroy. In fact, McIlroy may yet opt not to compete at all at the 2016 Rio Games because of the …

Luxembourg Is the Most Generous Country in the World (for Foreign Aid)

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Sorry Sweden, Luxembourg is now the most generous country in the world.<p>That’s according to a recent …

Syria’s Humanitarian Disaster: How Aid Has Become a Weapon of War

Syria has become the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. More than 2 million Syrians have fled the country, another 6.5 million inside Syria are …

Al-Qaeda-linked fighters push into Iraqi city

Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have advanced into new areas of Iraq's Ramadi city and have managed to hold part of Fallujah despite efforts from the country's army and tribesmen to regain control.<p>Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which operates in both Iraq and …

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Britain sends warships to aid destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, agreed to destroy his country's chemical weapons stockpile following international condemnation of the sarin gas attacks on his own people<p>Britain is sending Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose to assist in the international effort to remove Syria's chemical …

Karzai condemns US shooting of Afghan child

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned US troops for accidentally killing a four-year-old boy in the southern province of Helmand, in an incident set to add fresh strain to troubled relations between the two countries.<p>Naeem Baloch, Helmand's governor, told Karzai about the shooting on Friday …

Rebels clash in north Syria, bodies pile up in hospital: monitors

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An al Qaeda affiliate in Syria battled rival rebels across the country’s north on Saturday and dozens of bodies piled up in a hospital in an insurgent-held city, a monitoring group said.<p>A week of infighting between the al Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the …

Bilateral Security Talks with Afghanistan Are Not Going So Great

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to classified cables obtained by <i>The Washington Post</i>, the outlook on the United States …

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Four-year-old boy 'accidentally shot dead' by US forces in Afghanistan

Child killed by Marines in Helmand after troops mistook him for enemy amid dusty weather, provincial governor says<p>US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four-year-old boy, Afghan officials said on Friday, the latest violence to strain ties between the uneasy allies.<p>The Afghan-US …

US general: Not time to send American troops back to Iraq

A U.S. Army general who led the war in Iraq until late 2010 said Tuesday that this is not the time to send American troops back there even as the government is struggling to regain control of some cities.<p>Gen. Ray Odierno said the U.S. trained the Iraqi security forces and they should be the first …

First batch of Syrian chemical weapons material leaves the country

BEIRUT -- The first batch of Syrian chemical weapons material has left the country, according to international officials overseeing the removal and destruction of the government's toxic arsenal.<p>"A first quantity of priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the [Syrian] port of Latakia …

US sends troops and tanks to South Korea

The United States is to deploy more troops and heavy tanks in South Korea as part of a military rebalance at a time of raised tensions on the Korean peninsula.<p>Forty M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, 800 soldiers and 40 Bradley fighting vehicles from the 1st US Cavalry Division will be sent on …

Mexico vigilantes take over government building, hold 11 officers

MEXICO CITY – Vigilantes who took over the main government building of a small Mexican city in Michoacan state after a weekend shootout with suspected criminals were refusing to release 11 police officers held as prisoners, officials said Tuesday.<p>Michoacan, an important agricultural state in …