The Latest: More than $10 billion pledged for Syria – Washington Post

LONDON — The latest on fighting in Syria and Thursday’s Syria aid conference (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Britain’s prime minister says a major international donor conference in London has raised more than $10 billion to help millions of Syrians displaced by war. David Cameron, who co-hosted the one-day meeting attended by leaders from some […]

WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘arbitrarily detained’ in Ecuador’s London embassy, UN panel to say – Reuters

STOCKHOLM/LONDON WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid rape investigation in Sweden amounts to ‘arbitrary detention’, a United Nations panel will rule on Friday. Assange, a former computer hacker who has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012, told the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention […]

Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade Syria – Fox News

MOSCOW –  The Russian military said Thursday that it has “reasonable grounds” to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria. There was no immediate comment from Turkey. Images of a checkpoint on the border between the Turkish town of Reyhanli and the town of Sarmada in Syrian […]

Russia ignores Kerry plea to stop Syria bombing, sends advanced fighter jets – Fox News

Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses […]

Russia accuses Turkey over Syria as donors pledge aid – Reuters

BEIRUT/MOSCOW/LONDON Russia said on Thursday it had serious grounds to suspect Turkey was preparing a military incursion in Syria as a Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces that are advancing with Russian air support. Turkey, which has backed the Syrian rebellion, meanwhile called for the United […]

Pro-Europeans shouldn’t exaggerate the significance of David Cameron’s EU deal –

Meanwhile, the issue that Cameron himself has made such a song and dance about – denying EU migrants in-work benefits for four years – is largely a red herring. The convoluted scheme now on the table probably won’t stop many people crossing the Channel. But we shouldn’t be so concerned to stop them in the […]

US, allies conduct 20 air strikes in Iraq, six in Syria: US military – Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and six in Syria on Monday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement. The strikes in Iraq included six near Qayyarah, three near Kisik and four each near Ramadi and Mosul, where they destroyed an Islamic State homemade […]

Migrants set out on foot along Greek highway to Macedonia – Reuters

POLIKASTRO, Greece Hundreds of migrants set out on foot along a major north-south highway in Greece on Tuesday, heading north for Macedonia after being stranded for days by farmer and taxi driver protests on either side of the frontier. At least 80 buses packed with migrants, many of them women and children fleeing the war […]

ISIS Rebuffed in Iraq, Syria but Now Threatens Libya: Kerry –

ROME — The international war on ISIS is “making a difference” in Iraq and Syria but the terror group is resurgent in Libya and could seize that nation’s oil wealth, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday. Kerry credited the deployment of U.S. Special Forces inside Syria, training programs for anti-ISIS fighters and upgraded intelligence […]

N. Korea, Planning Rocket Launch, Getting Better at Stealth – New York Times

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