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Syrian insurgents capture military base in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic insurgents overran a military base at a former factory in northwestern Syria on Monday, carting off tanks and other weapons in the latest blow to President Bashar Assad's forces in the region, activists said.<p>The opposition offensive in Idlib province has captured the …

Middle East

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

Momentum seemed to be swinging against ISIS. Then came an offensive in Iraq’s Sunni heartland.<p>ISIS is reportedly marching on the key Iraqi city of …

Middle East

Al Qaeda says downs Syrian cargo plane, army says fog causes crash | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian wing of al Qaeda, the Nusra Front, said on Sunday it had shot down an army cargo plane carrying food and ammunition overnight, but Syrian state television blamed the loss of the aircraft and its crew on bad weather.<p>Reuters could not verify either account due to …

Middle East

US opposes Israeli freeze on PA tax revenues

The United States has denounced a move by Israel to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for their bid to join the International Criminal Court.<p>"We're opposed to any actions that raise tensions. And obviously, this is one that raises tensions," US …

Israel

Islamic State: Kurds 'seize key Kobane district'

<b>Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) in Kobane, northern Syria, have seized a key district and now control 80% of the town, activists say.</b><p>Syrian Kurds backed by Iraqi Peshmerga forces captured the security district including the police HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>IS …

Human Rights

Ebola-ravaged Liberia to reopen schools

Schools in Ebola-ravaged Liberia will reopen in February, six months after they were closed in a bid to contain the spread of the killer virus, the education ministry has said.<p>"We ask all schools to take the necessary measures for the reopening of schools next semester, which is February," the …

Disease

Taking on South Korea's adoption taboo

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South Korea

Thousands flee homes in Kashmir as India-Pakistan clashes spread

About 6,000 civilians in Indian-controlled region leave homes as intense shelling reported along border<p>Thousands of Indians have fled their homes as fighting between India and Pakistan spread along a 124-mile stretch of the border in the disputed region of Kashmir.<p>Tension between the nuclear-armed …

Pakistan

Ghani's first 100 days: Deadlock over Afghan government

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the new Afghan president in September 2014 but he has still not formed a cabinet.<p>He cannot agree on the makeup of the government with his coalition partner Dr Abdullah Abdullah.<p>The continued political deadlock threatens the economic stability and security of the …

Afghanistan

Mexico missing: Organised crime charges for ex-mayor's wife

<b>The wife of the former mayor of the Mexican city where 43 students went missing has been charged with organised crime and money laundering.</b><p>Prosecutors say Maria de los Angeles Pineda's brothers were in a drug gang that operated in Iguala, Guerrero.<p>They said police handed the students over to the …

Mexico

Anti-Immigrant Protesters Rally Across Germany

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Protest

Turkish Airlines suspends all Libya flights amid security concerns | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Airlines, the last foreign airline operating in Libya, said on Tuesday it was suspending all flights to the north African country over concerns about worsening security.<p>Turkey’s flag carrier suspended all Misrata flights on Monday, and on Tuesday it said it would no …

North Africa

Israeli military divided over whether to probe wartime conduct by soldiers in Gaza

A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year's Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers.<p>The dispute has set off a firestorm in Israel, where many say the legal …

Latest World News, Videos & Photos

Toxic gases blamed for American family death in Mexico<p>French police officer Arnaud Beltrame is being remembered as a hero<p>Investigation continues …

Moon Jae-in

At least 12 Ukrainian servicemen killed in road accident | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - At least 12 Ukrainian serviceman were killed and more than 20 injured when some military trucks collided with their bus in eastern Ukraine, police said on Tuesday.<p>The accident took place late on Monday near an area of conflict with pro-Russian separatists who are fighting Ukrainian …

Russia

Gunmen kill two Egyptian policemen guarding Coptic church

Gunmen opened fire and killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo early on Tuesday, security officials said as the nation's minority Coptic Christians prepared to mark Orthodox Christmas Eve.<p>The attack took place in the provincial capital of Minya, about 220 kilometres (135 miles) …

S Korea activists launch anti-North balloons

South Korean activists have launched balloons carrying leaflets condemning Pyongyang across the border, an act that could derail fresh attempts to resume long-stalled dialogue between the two rivals.<p>Monday's launch - the first this year - came just days after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un said …

North Korea

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

TRADE DISPUTE Top U.S. trade agency dismisses massive duties against Bombardier<p>Apotex CEO quits, former boss takes over, as drug maker reels from founder’s death Subscriber content<p>TORONTO Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman ruled a 'targeted' double homicide<p>Inflation slows to 1.9% as consumers get a …

Germans take to the streets to oppose rise of far-right 'pinstripe Nazi' party

Anti-Pegida rallies in Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne and Dresden target racism and xenophobia to instead promote a message of tolerance<p>Simon Jenkins: Germany’s ‘pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated Estimated 15,000 people join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ on march in Dresden<p>Thousands of …

Far-right Politics

The Russian Who Claims Credit For Fanning The Flames In Ukraine

Last spring, eastern Ukraine was a struggling, rust-belt region of mines and metal works. Now it's a battle zone where armies face off with heavy weapons, and where nearly 5,000 people have died.<p>In Russia, one man claims to have touched off the conflagration, and he says he's proud of what he did. …

Russia

Pakistan's parliament votes for military courts to try insurgents | Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday passed legislation allowing military courts to try insurgents, one of a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children last month.<p>With the unanimous vote of all lawmakers …

Pakistan

Islamic State 'police' official beheaded: Syria monitor | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.<p>A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the …

Middle East

Tabloid, prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies | Reuters

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Top-selling German tabloid Bild and 50 prominent Germans called on Tuesday for an end to what they see as rising xenophobia, a day after thousands of protesters in several German cities rallied against Muslim immigration.<p>Participants of an alternative rally use brooms …

North Africa

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Canada

Angela Merkel shows Cameron how to play politics on the world stage

German chancellor’s visit to UK shows gulf in power and influence wielded by the two leaders is embarrassingly wide<p>Angela Merkel looks set to deliver a masterclass in international politics when she pays a flying visit to David Cameron in Downing Street on Wednesday. This is not to suggest the …

Europe