BEIRUT Islamic State militants are stiffening their defences for a possible assault on their de facto capital of Raqqa, as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in retaliation for the Paris attacks. IS fighters are hiding in civilian neighbourhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing, former residents say.
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WASHINGTON In a new twist to an intensifying campaign to squeeze Islamic State oil revenues, U.S. warplanes have destroyed 116 oil-hauling trucks in eastern Syria that were a key part of a smuggling operation that brings the group an estimated $1.4 million a day.
LOD, Israel Israel’s antiquities authority on Monday unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors’ centre meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same location.
PARIS French police raided more than 150 locations overnight as authorities released the names of two more potential suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks one born in Syria, the other a Frenchman wanted as part of a terrorism investigation.
ANTALYA, Turkey Pressed for a strong answer to the Islamic State group’s assault on Paris, the world’s top industrial and developing nations are set to outline their co-ordinated response to what President Barack Obama has described as an “attack on the civilized world.”
A Chilean mother and her daughter, cut down in a concert hall while the daughter’s 5-year-old son survived. A young Italian woman, separated from her boyfriend and friends when the concert erupted in chaos. They were among the latest victims named as officials on Sunday continued the heavy task of identifying the 129 people killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Paris.
PARIS There was a moment, just a moment when the concert hall was eerily quiet. The rock band had stopped playing, and people had dived to the floor after realizing the sudden explosions hadn’t been part of the show. Everything was silent.
WASHINGTON A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John, according to American officials. Whether the strike killed the British man who appears in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages was not known, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of Eight men who had been held as slaves at South Korean salt farms for several years took the government to court on Friday for alleged negligence and police inaction they say largely caused and prolonged their ordeal.
SALT LAKE CITY Utah state officials are challenging a decision made by a Utah judge to a take a baby away from lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being.