UN threatens S Sudan leaders with sanctions

2014-08-13 10:15

The UN has warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

Tanker catches fire amid clashes in Tripoli

2014-07-28 12:38

The Libyan government is appealing for 'international help' after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in Tripoli.

How Japan can use its military after policy change

2014-07-02 10:45

Japan's government has approved a reinterpretation of the war-renouncing constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries.

Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of Korean War

2014-06-26 06:22

North and South Korea marked the 64th anniversary of the war between them that ended in a truce and left the nations bitterly divided.

Cheney slams wrong US direction in Iraq

2014-06-25 12:21

Former vice-president Dick Cheney, an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq HAS defended his choices at the time, and slammed the current US course as opening the door to insurgents.

Ukraine rebels agree to ceasefire, Russia warned

2014-06-24 12:45

Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents have agreed to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president, as US President Barack Obama warned Russia it risks fresh sanctions.

Iraq's capital lives in fear, expects the worst

2014-06-23 13:02

Without a respite in decades, Baghdad is gripped again by fear and anxiety as militants advance.

Israel launches air raids on Syrian positions in Golan

2014-06-23 11:12

Israel carried out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights after a teenager on the Israeli side was killed in an attack from Syria, the army says.

Obama's tough options on Iraq

2014-06-19 14:29

Barack Obama is mulling a sheaf of rather problematic options as he faces demands in Washington and Iraq to check the brazen advance of Sunni extremist militants.

Iran leader's Twitter warns of "war in Muslim world"

2014-06-19 13:40

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that militants wanted to bring about a war in the Muslim world.

Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

2014-06-19 07:44

The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

Iraq sacks top officers as UN warns of break-up

2014-06-18 13:48

Iraq's premier fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking up the country.

Women under siege (graphic content)

2014-05-15 15:30

Women Under Siege have published testimonies from survivors to show the world what the truth behind political conflict looks like. We’ve listed a few.

Rwanda closes French cultural centre

2014-04-24 09:35

Authorities in Rwanda have forced the closure of the French cultural centre, just weeks after the two nations were in a major diplomatic spat over genocide commemorations.

World defence spending set to rise in 2014

2014-02-04 19:16

World defence spending will rise in 2014 for the first time in five years, a key study found, driven by arms races in Asia and the Middle East, as well as a resurgent Russia.

Pakistani army enraged by Islamist's comment

2013-11-11 08:54

The Pakistan army has demanded an apology from an Islamist leader for calling a dead militant a "martyr", saying his remarks "hurt the feelings" of the families of those who died fighting for their country.

Australia to pull out of Afghanistan

2013-10-29 09:20

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia's longest war at an end during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, with more than 1 000 troops to return home before Christmas.

US drone kills 3

2013-09-29 08:59

A US drone strike has killed three militants in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border.

113 countries sign pledge against sexual violence

2013-09-25 09:01

Ministers from 113 countries have signed a declaration pledging new action to end sexual violence in conflict.

Experts find large mass grave in Bosnia

2013-09-11 15:04

Authorities have discovered a mass grave that may contain dozens of remains of Bosniaks and Croats killed by Serb forces during their campaign to eliminate all non-Serbs during the Bosnian war.

US readies possible solo strike on Syria

2013-08-30 11:02

President Barack Obama has prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament.

Victims still fall 40yrs after Vietnam war

2013-08-14 14:03

40 years since the US dropped its final bombs in Southeast Asia, poor Vietnamese searching for scrap ordnance metal still fall victim to violent explosions which kill and maim.

Bomb kills 3 Pakistani soldiers

2013-06-09 13:23

Three soldiers have been killed and four wounded in two separate bomb attacks in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

Bomb in Damascus kills nine

2013-06-02 19:13

At least nine Syrian soldiers have been killed in a car bomb explosion in Damascus while warplanes bombed the embattled town of Ousayr.

Bomb explodes in Damascus

2013-06-02 09:01

A car bomb has exploded near a police station in the Jubar district of Damascus, killing at least eight Syrian security forces.


US restocks Israel with ammunition

2014-07-31 07:48

The US says it has restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a UN school in Gaza.

Syria weapons moved onto US ship for destruction

2014-07-02 16:45

Cargo containers carrying hundreds of tonnes of Syrian chemical weapons were loaded onto a US cargo ship for destruction at sea.

Ukraine seeks Putin help to save crumbling truce

2014-06-25 12:50

Ukraine's new Western-backed leader has sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin after rebels shot down an army helicopter despite ceasefire orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce.

Iraq battles militant onslaught as Kerry presses unity

2014-06-24 20:00

Pro-government forces held off attacks on a key Iraqi town and oil refinery as John Kerry pushed for unity against a militant onslaught the UN says left over 1 000 dead.

Bangladesh Islamist leader faces death penalty

2014-06-24 11:16

Bangladesh's war crimes court is set to deliver a verdict against the leader of the largest Islamist party, who could face the death penalty for his alleged crimes during the 1971 independence struggle.

Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters

2014-06-23 12:11

Human Rights Watch has urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes".

Over 50m driven from homes by war, crisis

2014-06-20 14:35

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency says.

Obama under pressure to respond to Iraq situation

2014-06-19 13:40

President Barack Obama has not decided how to respond to rampant Sunni militants grabbing swathes of Iraq, but is looking at every option short of sending US combat soldiers back to war.

Iraq appeals for US air strikes on advancing militants

2014-06-19 12:19

Baghdad has called for US air strikes on militants who attacked Iraq's main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north, putting Barack Obama under pressure amid warnings the country could unravel.

Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq

2014-06-18 17:01

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out.

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

2014-06-17 08:33

Nearly 300 American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure US assets as President Obama nears a decision on combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents.

Women under siege (Warning: graphic content)

2014-05-14 13:14

Women Under Siege have published testimonies from survivors to show the world what the truth behind political conflict looks like. We’ve listed a few.

China: Bigger soldiers causing cramped tanks

2014-02-18 19:47

China's military says its soldiers have grown taller and wider over the past two decades, leading to cramped tanks and other equipment problems.

Crisis looms in South Sudan

2014-01-12 14:17

The world's youngest nation was born with such high hopes, but four weeks since political rivalry spiralled into violence, little stands between impoverished South Sudan and all-out civil war.

Obama to meet Maliki as Iraq fighting continues

2013-11-01 14:46

President Obama is to meet with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss the ongoing war in Iraq, now that the US has withdrawn out of the country.

Violent conflict is not inevitable

2013-10-18 15:27

The understanding of the causes of war and violence can and should be used to promote peace and overturn the belief that violent conflict is inevitable.

Guatemala massacre officer in US trial

2013-09-27 19:01

Former Guatemalan soldiers have recalled the massacre details at the trial of a former colleague.

US troops killed in inside attack

2013-09-22 09:29

An Afghan wearing a security forces uniform has turned his weapon against US troops, killing three in eastern Afghanistan.

15 die in Nato airstrike

2013-09-08 08:17

Afghan officials say an apparent Nato airstrike has killed 15 people - nine of them civilians, including women and children.

Iraq violence less prioritised by US

2013-08-16 10:02

Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top US priority in the Mideast.

Budapest WWII bomb find evacuates 1 500

2013-07-17 13:07

Hungarian police have evacuated around 1 500 people in Budapest after a World War II bomb was discovered during construction work at an apartment block near Buda Castle.

Baghdad suicide bomber kills 7

2013-06-09 08:23

A suicide bomber has blown up his car at police checkpoint at the entrance of Baghdad's Shi'ite Kadhimiya district, killing at least seven people and wounding 16 more.

Civilians trapped in Syrian town

2013-06-02 13:49

Aid organisations have stepped up calls for civilians trapped in the flashpoint Syrian town of Qusayr to be evacuated, as rebel fighters braced for a fresh assault.

Syria rebels fight on

2013-05-26 08:34

A meeting of Syria's fractured opposition has headed into an unscheduled fourth day, while on the ground rebels kept up their resistance to a Hezbollah-backed government assault.

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