Senior ISIS Leader Killed in Airstrike

An airstrike has killed a senior ISIS leader who, as the group's minister of information, produced some of its gruesome execution videos, the Pentagon announced today. A U.S. official described "Dr. Wa'il" as one of ISIS 's top leaders who had special access to ISIS 's senior leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The confirmed death of …

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UN Has ‘Problem’ Getting Aid to Syria: Lack of Government OK

The United Nations faces "a problem" in shipping humanitarian aid into Syria , the U.N. envoy for the war-torn country said Thursday, pinning the blame on the lack of authorization from Bashar Assad's government that has even disappointed Russia, the Syrian president's key backer. Staffan de Mistura said a U.S.A and Russia-brokered cease-fire deal agreed …

South Africa’s Zuma Faces Accusations Over Chartered Planes

The office of South African President Jacob Zuma is countering opposition accusations that he is wasting millions of dollars on chartered jets at a time when the country's economy is struggling. The statement Wednesday says Zuma has had to use chartered aircraft because there are no reliable planes in the air force for official trips. …

New Law Stops Gore at Spanish Bull-Spearing Festival

A small group of local people and anti-bullfighting activists scuffled and exchanged insults Tuesday at a centuries-old Spanish festival where for the first time in its history the gory killing of a bull was banned, and the beast was unharmed. Mounted police intervened before hundreds of people ran alongside a lone bull and taunted it …

Philippine President Wants US Forces out of Restive South

The Philippine president says he wants U.S.A forces out of his country's restive south and blamed America for the restiveness of Muslim militants in the region and for the killings of Muslim Filipinos during a U.S.A pacification campaign in the early 1900s. President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that Americans would constantly be in danger in …

Turkish Warplanes Kill 20 Islamic State Group Fighters.

‚Äč Turkey's military said Sunday its warplanes have killed 20 Islamic State group fights in an attack on targets in northern Syria , while Turkey's president renewed a pledge to destroy the group. The Chief of General Staff's office said in a statement that warplanes had struck three buildings identified as belonging to the ISIS …

Airstrikes in Northern Syria After US-Russia Agreement

Syrian government warplanes bombarded rebel-held areas around the country Saturday while insurgents shelled government-held neighborhoods in violence that left dozens killed or wounded hours after a new U.S.- Russia agreement was reached to try and reduce violence in the war-torn country. The United States and Russia announced a deal that foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting …

Sri Lankan Court Gives Death Sentence to Ex-Lawmaker

A Sri Lankan court has sentenced a former lawmaker to death over the killing of a rival politician in an election-related attack five years ago.The court sentenced Duminda Silva and four suspected accomplices to death on Thursday. They were charged with shooting to death Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and three of his supporters. The case was …

Pledging US Help, Obama Says Laos Living in ‘Shadow of War’

Acknowledging the dark aftershocks of the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to survivors maimed by some 80 million unexploded bombs America dropped on Laos decades ago and pledged U.S. help to finally clean them up. Touring a rehabilitation center in Vientiane, Obama said the U.S. had a "profound moral and humanitarian obligation" …