Russia says downing of its jet won't deflect it from Syria mission

By Nick Tattersall and Vladimir Soldatkin ISTANBUL/NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. The downing of the jet...
Nov 25, 2015 |

Report says combination of errors led to U.S. bombing of MSF hospital: NYT

A U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from "human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions," the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation. "It's a combination...
Nov 25, 2015 |

France, Belgium widen probe into Paris attacks, Hollande meets with Obama

By Michel Rose and Philip Blenkinsop PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris widened on Tuesday when French prosecutors said a man who provided lodging to the suspected ringleader must have known of a militant plot, and Belgium issued a warrant for a new suspect. Painting a chilling picture of ringleader...
Nov 25, 2015 |

Obama meets with national security advisers on Islamic State threat: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met with his National Security Council on Tuesday to discuss the response to recent attacks by Islamic State militants, and told his team to "continue to intensify ongoing efforts" against the group, the White House said. "The president was briefed that there is currently no specific,...
Nov 25, 2015 |

Man who lodged suspected Paris attackers goes before judge

By Chine Labbé and Philip Blenkinsop PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The man who provided lodging for the presumed mastermind of the Paris attacks will go before an anti-terrorism judge on Tuesday as the hunt for suspected gang member Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive, entered its 11th day. Frenchman Jawad Bendaoud said before he was...
Nov 24, 2015 |

Iran says U.S. has plan to divide Iraq, pleads with Iraqis to resist

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans. Shi'ite Muslim power Iran wields great influence in Iraq, which has a majority Shi'ite population. Its...
Nov 24, 2015 |

Sweden tightens asylum rules to force EU action

Sweden will introduce tighter border controls and asylum rules in a bid to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the country, and force other EU countries to take in greater numbers of refugees, the government said on Tuesday. Sweden expects up to 190,000 asylum seekers to reach its borders this year and says its reception system cannot...
Nov 24, 2015 |

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation

By Tulay Karadeniz and Maria Kiselyova ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. It was the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian or...
Nov 24, 2015 |

French jets strike Islamic State as Britain offers help

By Leigh Thomas PARIS (Reuters) - French jets from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier struck Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria on Monday while Britain offered France the use of an air base in Cyprus to hit the militants group behind the Paris attacks. French President Francois Hollande met British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris on...
Nov 24, 2015 |

'Rambo' appeal, not the mosque, lures Brussels youths to IS

By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Khalid Ben Larbi lived a hedonistic lifestyle similar to other European youths and rarely went to the mosque in Molenbeek, the mainly Muslim Moroccan immigrant area where he and three of the suspected Paris attackers grew up in Brussels. It was the same inner-city disenchantment that leads other youths to...
Nov 24, 2015 |

Quake in Mexico shakes capital, no reported damage or injuries

A 5.5 magnitude quake hit Mexico City on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), shaking buildings and forcing office towers to be evacuated, although there were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The USGS said the 5.5. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera tweeted that there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Nov 24, 2015 |

U.S. issues global travel alert as manhunt continues for Paris attackers

By Arshad Mohammed and Chine Labbé WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Citing "increased terrorist threats" from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department issued a global alert on Monday for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali. The State Department has regularly...
Nov 24, 2015 |

Iran's leader calls U.S. regional policies a threat to Tehran and Moscow

Iran's supreme leader, at a meeting with Russian President Putin in Tehran on Monday, said U.S. policies in the region were a threat to both countries and called for closer ties between Tehran and Moscow. "The Americans have a long-term plot and are trying to dominate Syria and then the whole region...This is a threat to all countries,...
Nov 23, 2015 |

Stranded migrants block railway, call hunger strike

By Yannis Behrakis IDOMENI, Greece (Reuters) - Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. One Iranian man, declaring a hunger strike, stripped to...
Nov 23, 2015 |

Putin says Russian air strikes to last until plane bombers are punished

TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russian air strikes in Syria would last as long as was necessary to punish those guilty of blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt last month, an incident in which 224 people were killed. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
Nov 23, 2015 |

Exclusive: Kurdish rebel leader says Turkish intransigence harms fight against Islamic State

By Isabel Coles QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraq (Reuters) - Unperturbed by the Turkish fighter jets flying over the mountain where he sat, a top Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader said the conflict between his group and Ankara was undermining efforts to counter Islamic State. Cemil Bayik said the PKK and its Syrian affiliate had proven the most effective...
Nov 23, 2015 |

Soldiers patrol Brussels, guard EU buildings, as five held in raids

By Gabriela Baczynska and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Soldiers patrolled the streets of Brussels and police detained five more people on the third day of a security lockdown on Monday, as Belgium hunted a suspected Islamist militant who has been on the run since the attacks in Paris. Authorities are still warning of possible imminent...
Nov 23, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More