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Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid

By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East & elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara & the European Union essential & announced a…

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Terror raids disrupt ‘violent acts in Australia’

Sydney (AFP) – Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on Thursday detained 15 people & foiled an alleged plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", including beheading a random…

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British journalist purportedly shown in IS propaganda video

By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq & Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying…

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Who's who in coalition to defeat Islamist extremists

Washington (AFP) – The United States is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at repelling & defeating the Islamist extremists marauding across parts of Iraq & Syria. Jihadists…

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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that…

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US Congress authorizes Obama plan to train Syria rebels

Washington (AFP) – Congress on Thursday passed US President Barack Obama's plan to train & arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy…

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Sierra Leone Ebola burial team attacked despite lockdown

FREETOWN (Reuters) – A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as some residents defied a three-day lockdown aimed at…

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Mexican authorities say mine still leaking acid

Mexico City (AFP) – A Mexican copper mine which spewed millions of gallons of acid into a river last month is still causing pollution & the facility's owners are blocking…

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Spain to fly back missionary with Ebola from S.Leone

Madrid (AFP) – Spain is sending a plane to fly a Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus home from Sierra Leone, officials said Saturday. Brother Manuel Garcia Viejo,…

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Bill Clinton says must 'do whatever it takes' to fight Ebola

By Caren Bohan & Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France & other countries to assist fight the Ebola epidemic that has been…

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