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US issues terror warning to citizens in Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has issued a security warning, urging U.S. citizens to be vigilant against possible terrorist attacks in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In a warning issued late Wednesday, the embassy said there was no information about any specific threats but the possibility of terrorist attacks in Turkey “remains high.” It asked that ... Read More »

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, Experiences Rare Unscripted Moment

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, Experiences Rare Unscripted Moment President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has been busy since his arrival in New York for the United Nations General Assembly with interviews and speeches. He will address the General Assembly on Thursday morning. So far, he has been repeating his country’s talking points on nuclear negotiations with the six world powers, ... Read More »

Poland tests border protection in major exercise

Poland launched a major military exercise with international allies on Wednesday to test joint response to security threats at a time of armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine. Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said the original plan for the biannual Anakonda exercise was to involve only Polish command officers. But because of the Ukraine-Russia crisis and general fears that the conflict could ... Read More »

NATO Says Russia Pulled Some Troops From Ukraine

Russia has withdrawn a large number of troops from Ukraine, but maintains a significant force near the border that could quickly re-enter the country, NATO officials said Wednesday. The assessment signaled growing confidence that the conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels in the east and the south could be easing, at least for now. Still, a renewed bout ... Read More »

Leaders at U.N.: Ukraine conflict threatens world order

Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory and its support of separatist fighters confronting government forces in eastern Ukraine threaten to revive the Cold War and destroy a world order based on rule of law, world leaders said Wednesday. Speaking on the opening day of the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the conflict ... Read More »

An Orwellian nightmare for pro-Ukrainians in rebel-held east

Khutor and Nika move briskly on the sidewalk, but not fast enough to draw attention. They have tried to memorize the “wrong streets” — the ones where they know the pro-Russian rebels who seized this city now regularly stand guard in camouflage, AK-47s poised. But sometimes the two of them get it wrong. Like now. A muscular dirty-blond bearing a ... Read More »

Ukraine Picks Motley Group to Exchange for Prisoners

At first glance, the prisoner swap between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists appeared fair enough: On a deserted stretch of highway along the front line, each side released 28 captives, observing a principle of numerical parity. Under the watchful eyes of mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the prisoners walked past one another to freedom. ... Read More »

India Weighing Nuclear Powered Carrier

India is considering powering its second domestically built aircraft carrier with a nuclear propulsion plant, according to a Tuesday report by news agency Press Trust of India. The design of the carrier is ongoing and nuclear power is still an option for the carrier, said Director General of Naval Design Bureau, Rear Admiral Atul Saxena, in response to questions from ... Read More »

Abu Sayyaf Group threatens to kill German hostages

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a jihadist organization based in the Philippines that previously was tied to al Qaeda and is now loyal to the Islamic State, has released a statement in which it threatened to kill a German hostage unless Germany backs out of the coalition with the United States. In a message released on Twitter in Arabic and ... Read More »

Teenager Shot Shows Islamic State Threat in Australia

Mohamed Elomar stopped talking to his father two years before leaving Sydney for Syria, where he started posing on social media with the heads of soldiers who were on the wrong side of Islamic State’s fight. “He was beautiful,” a “marvelous boy,” Mamdouh Elomar said of his 29-year-old son. At some point, things changed. “He said he didn’t want to ... Read More »

Hong Kong students skip classes to demand democratic elections

Thousands of Hong Kong college students are skipping classes this week to join a civil disobedience campaign to protest the Chinese communist government’s refusal to allow free elections for the semi-autonomous city. After a march and three days of large rallies, student leaders threaten to surround government buildings Thursday if Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with ... Read More »

Chinese Leaders Discuss Replacing PBOC Chief

Chinese leaders are discussing replacing the central bank chief amid disagreements over the direction of financial policy, raising questions over how quickly and deeply Beijing wants to remake the economy amid slowing growth. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is considering removing Zhou Xiaochuan —the face of the Chinese economy to markets globally—as part of a wider personnel shuffle that comes after ... Read More »

French hostage Herve Gourdel beheaded in Algeria

France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday. Jund al-Khilafa killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq ran out. French President Francois Hollande condemned the killing as a “cruel and cowardly” act. He said that French ... Read More »

Jonathan Says Boko Haram Devastating for Northern Nigeria

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram’s insurgency is having a “devastating” impact on three of the country’s northeastern states, President Goodluck Jonathan said. The violence by the militants, concentrated in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the majority-Muslim north of Africa’s biggest oil producer, “is significant in terms of the killing and maiming of innocent people,” he said in an interview ... Read More »

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle of Ebola Contagion

The family of the sick man, who had endured Ebola’s telltale symptoms for six days, took him by taxi to treatment centers here in the capital twice, only to be turned back at the gate each time for lack of beds. He died at home, his arms thrashing violently and blood spewing out his mouth, in front of his sons. ... Read More »