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Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 20, 2014 and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, speaks with Syrian citizens during his visit to Ain al-Tineh village, near Damascus, Syria. Assad visited on Sunday a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels. AP

Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine’s fugitive leader warns of civil war

This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych addressing the nation on a live TV broadcast in Kiev, Ukraine. The fugitive president said in a statement published by three Russian news agencies that he is asking Russia's protection from "extremists." Yanukovych, who fled from Ukraine's capital Kyiv last week, said in the Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, statement that he still considers himself to be the legitimate leader. (AP Photo/Andrei Mosienko, Pool, File)

Ukraine’s fugitive president has accused his country’s new government of fomenting a civil war and criticized the West for supporting it.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Timeline: 3 years of Syrian turmoil

Destroyed buildings, including the Dar Al-Shifa hospital, bottom, lie in ruins following airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria, in this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. In the summer of 2012 fighting spread to the former commercial capital, Syria's largest city Aleppo, with rebel forces controlling some neighborhoods, but the battle for overall control continues to this day and much of the city lies in ruins.  AP PHOTO/NARCISO CONTRERAS

It started as a challenge to Bashar Assad, scrawled in graffiti on a school in a small Syrian border town. Security forces swept into the school and rounded up a handful of boys.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Thousands’ killed as South Sudan slides towards civil war

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S.  AP

Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed in over a week of violence with reports of bodies piled in mass graves, the UN said Tuesday, amid ongoing battles threatening to slide into civil war.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Clowns help Syrian camp children smile for moment

Moises Queralt, a clown from Mabsutins, a group of clowns from Spain, acts weak as a Syrian refugee child in a karate uniform pulls his arm during their show at Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. AP

At this sprawling desert camp in Jordan, home to thousands of children who fled Syria’s civil war, a few found a moment to smile Sunday watching a troop of clowns.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Gettysburg Address event to mark 150th anniversary

A family descends the steps of the Pennsylvania monument at the Gettysburg National Military Park, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa. Nov. 19th marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's short speech that has gone on to symbolize his presidency and explain the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces during the U.S. Civil War. AP

On the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces, historians and everyday Americans are gathering to ponder what the Gettysburg Address has meant to the nation.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU member states fear Syrian refugee influx

In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, Syrians who fled their homes due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels shout slogans as they march toward the Turkish side of the border, during a protest asking the Turkish government to let them enter to their refugee camps, at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, near the Syrian town of Azaz. Al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, following heavy clashes with mainstream, Western-backed rebels in the area, prompting Turkey to close a nearby crossing, activists and Turkish officials said. AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File

European Union governments are bracing for a surge in Syrian refugees that threatens to become a flood as hopes fade for a quick end to the bloody civil war.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Iran’s Khamenei wary of civil war in Egypt

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. AP FILE PHOTO

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Friday that the political crisis in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi could spark a civil war.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Children used as human shields in Syria war – UN

Smoke rises from a fire as a result of fighting in the Syrian village of Quneitra near the border with Israel, as seen from an observatory near the Quneitra crossing  June 6.  AP FILE PHOTO

Children are being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syria war, the United Nations said Wednesday, in a report that added Mali to its child soldier list of shame.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Bayan clears NPA: No extortion, it’s civil war

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It’s not a case of extortion but a reflection of an ongoing civil war. Renato Reyes, secretary general of the leftist group Bayan Muna, on Tuesday dismissed military claims that the New People’s Army (NPA) attack on the convoy of Mayor Ruth Guingona was a “case of plain extortion.”

Posted: April 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Obama skeptical of Assad claim on chemical weapons

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is investigating whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria, but he’s “deeply skeptical” of claims by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime that rebel forces were behind such an attack.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Attackers kill 3 South Korean doctors in Nigeria

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Officials say attackers in northeastern Nigeria have killed three South Korean doctors, beheading one in the assault.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN envoy worried after talks with Syria’s Assad

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, meets with UN Arab League deputy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. The international envoy tasked with pushing to end Syria's civil war said the situation is still "worrying" after discussing the crisis with President Bashar Assad on Monday. The remarks gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution to the conflict. AP/SANA

The international envoy to Syria said after talks with the country’s leader Monday that the situation was “worrying” and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war.

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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