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Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebels

posted: 03/26/2015 10:56 a.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a new front in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace

posted: 03/26/2015 9:30 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the vote, have killed more than 1,000 civilians this year.

Troops launch final phase of Tikrit offensive, Iraq official says

posted: 03/26/2015 7:45 a.m. Discuss

TIKRIT, Iraq — The commander of Iraq's military operations in Salahuddin province said government forces have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit.

Alone at controls, co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane

updated: 03/26/2015 10:30 a.m. Comments 10

PARIS — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" sent the plane full speed into a mountain in the French Alps, ignoring the pilot's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.

U.S. sends jets against group in Tikrit fight

updated: 03/26/2015 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said.

In U.S., Ghani vows Afghan self-reliance

posted: 03/26/2015 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-torn country will be self-reliant within this decade.

Cockpit audio studied for clues

posted: 03/26/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

French investigators cracked open a mangled black box and extracted audio from its cockpit voice recorder Wednesday but said they gleaned no explanation for why a German plane dropped unexpectedly and smashed into a mountain, killing all 150 on board.

Ukraine president boots out governor

posted: 03/26/2015 4:16 a.m. Discuss

Ukraine's president dismissed the billionaire governor of his country's Dnipropetrovsk region, escalating a clash that has potential to complicate the government's efforts to counter pro-Russia rebels and fix an economy devastated by war.

U.S. Senate OKs bid to cut U.N. funding in Israel fray

updated: 03/26/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

With no objections, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that would allow Congress to cut off funding to the United Nations if the international governing body forces a resolution between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank.

Turkish court shuts jihad recruiting site

posted: 03/26/2015 4:12 a.m. Discuss

A website popular with jihadists that has been used to recruit Turks to the Islamic State was blocked by a court Wednesday, after years of publishing extreme Islamist content and evading Turkey’s strict Internet regulations.

Saudis strike in Yemen

updated: 03/26/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore the deposed government, and the White House said the U.S. had provided logistical and intelligence support to the military operation.

Nigeria says group using kids, adults as human shields

posted: 03/26/2015 4:05 a.m. Discuss

An unknown number of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday.

Australia says 230 foiled in bid to join jihad

posted: 03/26/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadists from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday.

The World in Brief

updated: 03/26/2015 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Iranian is upbeat returning to talks TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's atomic-energy chief said Wednesday that good progress has been made in nuclear negotiations with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported.

In the news

updated: 03/25/2015 10:49 p.m. Discuss

Zayn Malik announced that he is leaving chart-topping boy band One Direction "to be a normal 22-year-old" as the group, currently on a world tour, said it would continue with the four remaining members and record an album later this year.

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