January 28, 2015 RSS feed / World

Human smugglers ferry fleeing Syrians on cargo ships

ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR   The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.  More...

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot

AMMAN, Jordan   Jordan said today it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.  The statement by Jordanian government spokesman Moham More...

Japan seeks Jordan’s help in gaining hostage’s release

TOKYO   A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.  More...

Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Kobani

BEIRUT   The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said today, marking a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.- led coalition targeting the More...

Obama takes in India’s Republic Day parade

NEW DELHI   President Barack Obama today took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festiviti More...

I.S.-linked militants say ‘countdown has begun’ for Japan hostages

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the “ countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages.  The posting which appeared today shows a clock counting down to zero More...

One mom’s appeal to save her son

TOKYO   Junko Ishido told the assembled media she wanted to talk about her son.  More...

I.S. group threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

CAIRO   The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages today unless they receive $200 million in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Japan’s premier during his visit to the Middle East. More...

On Paris terrorist’s turf, fears of more in the pipeline

GRIGNY, France   The housing project that was home to Amedy Coulibaly is a concrete labyrinth so scary that doctors refuse to make house calls and mail workers won’t deliver parcels. More...

Houthi rebels seize Yemen state media, battle soldiers

SANAA, Yemen   Rebel Shiite Houthis battled soldiers near Yemen’s presidential palace and elsewhere across the capital today, seizing control of the country’s state-run media in a move an official called “a step toward a coup.& More...

Belgian authorities say 15 arrested in sweep

BRUSSELS   More than two dozen suspects have been arrested in Belgium, France and Germany in continuing searches for suspected terrorists, authorities said today.  More...

France cyberdefense chief: 19K cyberattacks on websites in last week

PARIS   In what France’s cyberdefense chief calls an unprecedented surge, about 19,000 French websites have suffered cyberattacks since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead in Paris last week.  More...

Officials: problem in space station no danger to crew

MOSCOW   A problem in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station today prompted its six-person crew to quickly lock it up and move to a Russian module, but they aren’t in danger, Russian and U.S. official said.  More...

As new Charlie Hebdo issue fronting Muhammad sells out, comic detained

PARIS   Charlie Hebdo’s defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris today, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad. More...

French president comforts, unites nation in crisis

PARIS   French President Francois Hollande comforted and united his nation during its worst terrorist attacks in decades, transforming himself from the most unpopular leader of modern France into the “father of the nation” and a stat More...

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka and backs search for wartime truth

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka   Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation as well as justice as he arrived today in Sri Lanka at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil More...

France, Israel mourn; man linked to Paris attacker held

PARIS   With a printing press, medals of honor and ceremonies thousands of miles apart, France and Israel paid tribute today to those killed in the Paris terrorist attacks. More...

Court ruling may free Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak from custody

CAIRO   Egyptian authorities have exhausted all legal grounds to keep deposed President Hosni Mubarak in detention after an appeals court today ordered his retrial in a corruption case, a judicial official said.  More...

Activists see public shift on dolphins in captivity

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla.   Ric O’Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public’s mind about dolphins in captivity.  More...

Amid hunt for attack accomplices, France deploys 10K troops to streets

PARIS   France today ordered 10,000 troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead.  More...