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The media are misleading the public on Syria

By Stephen Kinzer Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why. For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: ... Read More »

North Korea: The country that cried wolf

By Robert Potter The North Korean relationship with the rest of the world appears to be reaching a plateau from which their leader will struggle to escape. The recent rise and decline in tensions between the North and South has essentially been treated as business as usual. The Kaesong Industrial Complex has closed, there are new sanctions incoming and the ... Read More »

Kabul bombing kills 13

At least 13 people, including nine civilians, were killed Monday in a suicide bombing targeting Afghan police which was claimed by Taliban insurgents in a remote area northwest of Kabul, authorities said.The bomber targeted a local police chief, injuring him on the eve of the latest round of quadrilateral talks to be held in Kabul in a bid to revive ... Read More »

Water rationed as India caste protest toll rises

At least 10 people killed as protesters from Jat community cut off water to New Delhi treatment plant, causing shortage. At least 10 people have been killed and 150 injured in protests by India’s agricultural Jat community in support of caste-based quota systems, according to police. The violence in the north Indian state of Haryana on Saturday and Sunday affected ... Read More »

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

Ambassador urges robust, comprehensive resolution; but no precedent of expulsion from UN Ha-young Choi South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week. Oh Joon, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the ... Read More »

US planes strike IS camp in Libya

US warplanes have carried out attacks on militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya, killing at least 38 people.The strikes hit an IS camp in Sabratha, around 70km (43 miles) west of Tripoli.US officials said it was “likely” that the strikes had killed senior Tunisian extremist, Noureddine Chouchane.Chouchane has been linked to two attacks that took place in ... Read More »

Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara attack, vows retaliation

France bomb IS headquarters in Syria

VICE News and Reuters A military convoy has been hit by a bomb in southeast Turkey, killing at least six troops and seriously injuring one more person — escalating tensions in an already febrile atmosphere following a deadly bomb blast in Ankara on Wednesday. The latest explosion happened on Thursday on a highway between the towns of Diyarbakir and Bingol. ... Read More »

Death toll rises to 28 in Ankara

Twenty-eight people were killed and dozens wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday when a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings.The Turkish military condemned what it described as a terrorist attack on the buses as they waited at traffic lights in the administrative heart of the NATO ... Read More »

Missiles hit Syrian schools and hospitals

At least 14 civilians were killed when missiles hit a children’s hospital, a school and other locations in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz near the Turkish border on Monday, a medic and two residents said.They said at least five missiles hit the hospital in the town center and a nearby school, where refugees fleeing a major Syrian army offensive ... Read More »

Turkey continues assault on Kurds in Syria

A Turkish assault on positions claimed by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria has continued into a second day.On Saturday, Turkey began shelling the militia, which it says is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).The YPG militia, which is based in Syria, has rejected a demand by Turkey to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if ... Read More »

France urges Russia to stop bombing civilians

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on Russia to stop hitting civilians in air raids in Syria.Mr Valls said an end to bombing civilians was the key to peace.His Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev said there was “no evidence of our bombing civilians, even though everyone is accusing us of this”.Late last month, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ... Read More »

Russian threat of world war if troops sent to Syria

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the deployment of foreign ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in a world war. Medvedev was quoted as saying in an interview published late on Thursday by the German newspaper Handelsblatt that “a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war”. Read More »

US, Russia, European powers agree to Syrian truce in week

(RFE/RL) — Major powers agreed on Saturday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, top diplomats said in Munich on February 12. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to reporters after an hours-long meeting with envoys from Russia and more than a dozen other countries ... Read More »

Ranking North Korean army officer executed?

Seoul -A senior North Korean military leader has been executed for “factionalism, misuse of authority and corruption,” a South Korean government official with knowledge of North Korean affairs told CNN Thursday. The official, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, declined to give further details on how or when General Ri Yong-gil, chief of the North Korean Army’s general ... Read More »

Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border

The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.Iranian backed-militias played a key role on the ground as Russian jets intensified what rebels call a scorched earth policy that has allowed the military back ... Read More »

Conservatives, progressives make case for S.Korean nukes

“It is time to possess a peaceful nuclear program for the right of self-defense.” This declaration came not from North Korean state media, but South Korean lawmaker Won Yoo-cheol of the ruling Saenuri Party on January 7, the day after Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test. More politicians from the ruling party have echoed this argument, saying “only South Korea is isolated ... Read More »

Russia Claims Turkey Planning Military Invasion Of Syria

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.“We are recording more and more ... Read More »

US drone strike kills top Qaeda chief in south Yemen: family

An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone in south yemen on Thursday killed a prominent chief of Al-Qaeda’s branch in the war-torn country, a family member said.Jalal Belaidi, alias Abu Hamza, a top commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with two guards in the air strike on the Maraqesha area ... Read More »

Syria conflict: Sides trade blame over talks’ suspension

Syria’s government and the opposition have blamed each other for the suspension of peace talks in Geneva.UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called a temporary pause, saying the talks would resume on 25 February.But the opposition HNC said they would not return until conditions improved on the ground, accusing government forces of bombing and starving civilians.The government said the opposition caused ... Read More »

Japan Ready to Shoot Down North Korean Missile

Japan put its military on alert on Wednesday to shoot down any North Korean rocket that threatens its territory, while South Korea warned the North it would pay a “severe price” if it goes ahead with a satellite launch that South Korea considers a missile test.Ballistic defense units were deployed by Japan’s Defense Ministry on land and sea after North ... Read More »

Israeli police kills three Palestinian at East Jerusalem

Three Palestinian men have been shot and killed by Israeli police after a shooting incident, which left a female police officer dead and another injured in occupied East Jerusalem.Police said the Palestinians were armed with guns, knives and explosives, and opened fire at Israeli authorities at the Damascus Gate on Wednesday.Two Israeli female police officers were injured during the shooting ... Read More »

Jordan King wants Int’l support to help refugees

The king of Jordan has warned the international community that it must give his country long-term aid to help cope with the huge influx of Syrian refugees, or the “dam is going to burst”.In an interview with the BBC aired on Tuesday ahead of an international donor conference, King Abdullah said the refugee crisis was overloading Jordan’s social services and ... Read More »

South Korea warns North against satellite launch

South Korea has warned the North it will “pay a harsh price” if it goes ahead with its plan to launch a satellite into space.North Korea said on Tuesday it intended to carry out the launch between 8 and 25 February.Critics say it is a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.Japan’s defence minister said he had issued an ... Read More »

Islamic State bombings kills 71

Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed 71 people and wounded dozens more on Sunday near a revered Shiite shrine outside the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitor said.The blasts, which came as the UN’s Syria envoy struggled to convene fresh peace talks in Geneva from which IS is excluded, tore a massive crater in the road, overturning and ... Read More »

Syria opposition threatens to walk out of Geneva talks

Syria’s main opposition bloc has threatened to pull out of United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva if what it called the “crimes” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government persisted.Representatives of the Saudi Arabia-based group, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), landed in the Swiss capital late on Saturday, a day after a delegation representing the Assad regime arrived and ... Read More »