The UN special envoy for Syria faced an uphill task in Geneva yesterday to get talks to end the brutal civil war off the ground, as the opposition hesitated to join negotiations with the regime. The urgency to find a...
European governments have responded to fears of terrorism and an influx of Muslim refugees by cracking down on basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch warned yesterday. In a departure from previous years, the New York-based group’s annual report did not open...
The United Nations Security Council should place an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the oil-rich country’s President Salva Kiir and a rebel leader qualify to be sanctioned over atrocities in a two-year civil war, UN sanctions monitors said...
Sitting in the shabby parlour of his temporary home, Haaji Mohammed can barely bring himself to watch the Islamic State video playing on his mobile phone. The film was made just last month – yet the horrific scenes it shows...
Rising risks to the global economy and terror threats overshadowed yesterday’s opening of the annual meeting of the world’s rich and powerful in a snow-blanketed Davos resort in Switzerland. Even as Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio was helping get events under...
Seven people, including two civilians, were killed in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, security sources said on Monday, as the death toll from operations launched by security forces last month climbs into the hundreds. State security forces in December intensified operations...
Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from US president Barack Obama on a number of high-profile issues since starting her bid for the White House. Now, under pressure from left-leaning challenger Bernie Sanders, she is embracing him and his legacy with...
Indonesian police arrested three suspected militants in a pre-dawn raid and hunted down others across the country on Friday, a day after an attack by Islamic State suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Southeast Asian nation’s...
Suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital Djakarta yesterday, with a series of explosions and gunfire that tore through a Starbucks cafe and shook an embassy district. At least seven people were known to have died – including two who police...
President Barack Obama told Americans nervous about terror and a changing economy that they should not fear the future, in a farewell State of the Union address on Tuesday that drew sharp contrast with Republicans. In a primetime address that...
Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early yesterday and Shiite Muslim Iran’s top leader predicted “divine vengeance” for Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. Demonstrators, massed at the embassy gates to protest against cleric Nimr al-Nimr’s...
THE leader of the self-declared Islamic State issued a rare public message of defiance to his “Crusader” enemies one day after Christmas, as both the West and Russia claimed significant victories against his forces. In his first public statement in...
Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a military coalition of 34 countries to fight “terrorism” in the Islamic world. The regional Sunni power said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary. “Nothing is off the...
At least 44 people were killed in Saudi-led coalition air raids and fighting between Yemeni loyalists and rebels‚ medical and military sources said yesterday. The latest deaths came days before UN-brokered peace talks are due to take place between the...
A youth from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third gunman involved in the attack on Paris’s Bataclan music hall. Foued Mohamed Aggad, 23, had travelled to war-torn Syria with his brother and a group...
Syria expressed outrage yesterday after a suspected US-led coalition strike for the first time killed regime troops, but the coalition denied its warplanes hit an army base. In a letter to the United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,...
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the size of the refugee wave washing over Europe’s well-manicured shores present the continent with a host of challenges. Some in Brussels openly refer to an arc of instability in the neighbourhood. To...
Tunisia security officials said yesterday a suicide bomber carried out the attack on a presidential guard bus, killing at least 13 and forcing the government to impose a nationwide state of emergency. Tuesday’s blast on a main boulevard in the...
Gunfire and explosions shook the Paris suburb of St Denis early yesterday, as French police surrounded an apartment where a Belgian Islamist militant suspected of masterminding last week’s attacks in the French capital was believed to be holed up. A...
A female suicide bomber blew herself up and one other jihadist died in a police raid in Paris on Wednesday as explosions and automatic gunfire rang out in an operation targeting the suspected mastermind of last week’s attacks. The pre-dawn...
Russia's President Vladimir Putin vowed vengeance after Moscow yesterday confirmed that a bomb attack had brought down a passenger jet over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board. “It is not the first time that Russia confronts barbarous...
Reports of a Pinetown resident flying what appears to be the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag at his home in the Durban suburb surfaced on Tuesday just days after the militant group claimed responsibility for attacks...
AT THE sprawling Web Summit event last week, which attracted 42000 tech bosses, software engineers, media leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world to rainy Dublin, I glimpsed the future. To do it, I had to stand alone in a...
France staged pre-dawn raids on dozens of suspected Islamists and bombed Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria as the prime minister steeled the nation yesterday for more bloodshed after its deadliest ever terror attacks. As France prepared to observe a minute’s...
Two more suicide bombers in the Paris terrorist attacks have been identified, with one possibly coming from Syria, French prosecutor Francois Molins says in a statement. Fingerprints from one of the suicide bombers at the Bataclan concert hall match those...
Paris - One of the suspects in the Paris terrorist attacks was stopped by police driving through northern France but not detained, a report said Sunday, as security forces carried out more raids in the suburbs of the capital. Salah...
French police yesterday identified the first attacker of the three teams of gunmen who carried out the worst post-war attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more on Friday. The information came out of a number of...
US President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey yesterday for a G20 summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants to the top of the...
War veterans, compatriots, friends and family members of those who lost their lives in conflicts ranging from World War 1 to the South African liberation struggle, came together to honour their sacrifices yesterday. A large group gathered for Remembrance Sunday’s...
LEBANON was holding a day of mourning yesterday for 41 people killed in twin bombings on a busy shopping street in southern Beirut, the bloodiest such attack for years and claimed by the Islamic State group. More than 200 people...
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured US President Barack Obama on Monday that he remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as they sought to mend ties strained by acrimony over Middle East diplomacy and Iran. Meeting...
A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a US-funded security training facility near Amman, Jordan’s government spokesman said. Mohammad Momani told Reuters that the attacker...
Britain said yesterday there was a significant possibility that Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate was behind a suspected bomb attack on a Russian airliner that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula. Asked if he thought Islamic State militants were responsible...
The British government yesterday denied it was abandoning plans for a parliamentary vote to join air-strikes in Syria as an influential committee of MPs advised against action. Newspaper reports suggested Prime Minister David Cameron had abandoned plans to seek parliamentary...
Turkey's Justice and Development Party was preparing to head a single-party government with a decisive mandate yesterday after a surprise election turnaround that strengthens the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The AKP founded by the Turkish strongman 14 years...
Like everyone, I have spent recent months watching countless news reports of desperate Syrians trying to escape their country, and now shivering in the freezing cold on Europe’s borders. But unlike most people, I’ve seen what they are running...
The world would be a better place if dictators such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power, top Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired on Sunday. The billionaire real estate tycoon also told...
A masked swordsman who killed a teaching assistant and a boy and wounded two others, all with immigrant backgrounds, was driven by racist motives, Swedish police said yesterday.The 21-year old assailant walked through a school in Trollhattan, an industrial town...
  EU leaders met yesterday to try to persuade Turkey to help stem the flow of refugees towards Europe, with German chancellor Angela Merkel saying it was “unacceptable” that the short sea crossing to Greece was being controlled by people...
Investigators have concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, sources said yesterday, triggering a swift Russian denial. The findings are likely to exacerbate the tensions between Russia and the West,...
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday said the Islamic State (IS) extremist group was the prime suspect in the double suicide bombings in Ankara that killed up to 128 people and sparked anger over the authorities’ failure to ensure...
Syrian troops and allied militia backed by Russian air-strikes attacked rebels in the Ghab Plain in western Syria yesterday, and the army chief said a major offensive was under way to recapture territory from insurgents. The rebel advance into the...
The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria yesterday backed by Russian air-strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said. Russia’s air-strikes...
The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria yesterday backed by Russian air-strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said.   Russia’s air-strikes...
Nato  has called on Russia to stop air-strikes on the Syrian opposition and civilians, objecting that its violation of Turkish airspace risked inflaming tensions. Turkey on Monday also warned Moscow over further incursions after its F-16 jets intercepted a Russian...
Pressure mounted on Washington yesterday to come clean over the apparent US air-strike on an Afghan hospital that killed 22, an incident the Pentagon chief said was “confused and complicated” but which medical charity MSF branded a war crime. Doctors...
Saudi Arabia, a leading foe of President Bashar al-Assad, demanded his ally Russia end its raids on Syria, saying the strikes had caused civilian casualties while failing to target the hardline Islamic State militants Moscow says it opposes. In remarks...
European Union leaders held an emergency migration summit yesterday amid a growing east-west split after ministers forced through a controversial deal to relocate 120000 refugees.Overriding opposition from eastern European states, interior ministers approved plans on Tuesday that require all to...
Syrian pro-government forces and Islamist rebels agreed to begin a ceasefire from midday yesterday  in three battleground districts, a monitoring group and a local official said. The truce covers the two remaining villages in Idlib province in the northwest still...
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump came under heavy attack from his rivals in a contentious US presidential debate, and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina emerged from the back of the pack to lead the charge. Fiorina‚ a late addition to...