At 8 AM on Monday, as students in Nigeria gathered for a school assembly, a suicide bomb attack targeted dozens of schoolboys.
Kiev (AFP) — Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact Tuesday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signaled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it […]
Mariupol (Ukraine) (AFP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on Monday that 1,200 captives held by pro-Russian rebels had been freed. “In the past four days, we have managed to free 1,200 of our prisoners,” Interfax-Ukraine quoted Poroshenko as saying as he made a visit of solidarity to the flashpoint southeastern port city of Mariupol. […]
By Tatiana Kalinovskaya and Amelie Herenstein Minsk (AFP) — Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed a ceasefire Friday in their five month conflict, which has plunged relations between Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. “A preliminary protocol to the ceasefire agreement has been signed in Minsk. This protocol should enter […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up Tuesday when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation’s security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported. The attack came two days after Egyptian forces raided a village in the northern […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — The United States announced Sunday that it was removing an undisclosed number of workers from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in a tacit acknowledgment that the situation in the Iraqi capital had become unpredictable and that violence seemed likely. The announcement came as the Islamic State of […]
Islamabad (AFP) – Negotiators representing the Pakistani government and Taliban insurgents are to meet for preliminary peace talks later Tuesday following a spate of killings, but there is skepticism about their chances of success. Two teams, nominated by the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are due to gather in Islamabad at 2:00 pm to […]
Despite what some believe to be measured progress on a military front in Afghanistan, the Taliban–and the multi-pronged conflict roiling the region–is taking a huge toll on the civilian population: Buried bombs killed 30 Afghan civilians in a 48-hour span in the latest grim illustration of the dangers faced by noncombatants as the season’s fighting […]