• spokesman November 28, 2019 4:36 pm

    40 Iraqi Protesters Slain in 24 Hours as Violence Spirals

    Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters in over 24 hours amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched. Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in the holy city of Najaf as violence continued into the night across southern Iraq, where security forces had killed...

  • Iraq November 27, 2019 5:30 pm

    Iraq Protesters Burn Down Iran Consulate in Najaf

    Anti-government protesters burned down an Iranian consulate building in southern Iraq on Wednesday, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence in the country, Iraqi officials said Wednesday. Protesters torched the consulate in the holy city of Najaf in the evening. One protester was killed and at least 35 people were wounded when...

  • Donald Trump October 26, 2019 2:18 pm

    Russia Calls US Move to Protect Syrian Oil ‘Banditry'

    Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday harshly criticized the United States decision to send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to protect oil fields, calling it “banditry.” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the move is aimed at keeping the fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants. The decision was the latest sign that...

  • Donald Trump October 25, 2019 3:38 pm

    Esper: US Troops, Armored Vehicles Going to Syria Oil Fields

    The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by American-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper described the added force as “mechanized,” which means it likely will include tanks and other combat vehicles such as Bradley armored infantry carriers. This...

  • Donald Trump October 24, 2019 4:05 pm

    Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

    Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said. The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of...

  • General September 19, 2019 2:33 am

    US Says Attack on Saudi Oil Site Was an Iranian ‘Act of War'

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations an “act of war” against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the U.S. it will...

  • DUBAI August 17, 2019 4:50 pm

    Yemen Rebel Drone Attack Targets Remote Saudi Oil Field

    Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the Shaybah oil field, which produces some 1 million barrels of crude oil a day near...

  • Walker November 5, 2018 7:30 am

    Prayers, Unity in Year Since Deadly Texas Church Shootings

    Almost a year has passed since the Nov. 5, 2017, shooting in this town southeast of San Antonio, a rural place anchored by the small church. The congregation, led by pastor Frank Pomeroy, 52, and his wife, Sherri, 49, has turned the sanctuary into a memorial while a larger church is being built next door.

  • Donald Trump October 18, 2018 4:01 pm

    Orange County, California's Diversity Emboldens Democrats

    Pushy midday shoppers nose their carts through the Korean market, stocking up on bottled kimchi and seaweed spring rolls. A few doors away, customers grab pho to go at a Vietnamese takeout counter. Across the street, lunchtime diners line up for tacos “al pastor” — spit-roasted pork — at a Mexican-style taqueria. It’s a snapshot of how much Orange County,...

  • Russia August 4, 2018 11:06 am

    Russian Airline Says 18 Killed in Siberian Helicopter Crash

    A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities said. The Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil aviation in much of the former Soviet Union, said the Mi-8 helicopter collided with the load being carried by another helicopter. Both had taken off from the same pad in Vankor, above the...

  • The Associated Press April 25, 2018 12:58 pm

    ‘They Did It Again': 1993 Amtrak Disaster Survivor Relives Each New Crash

    In the dark of night, three travelers advanced inexorably toward tragedy. Accompanied by her parents on her first train trip, 11-year-old Andrea Chancey couldn’t sleep despite the steady rocking of the Amtrak coach. Aboard the same train after missing a flight, Ken Ivory lounged nearby. Miles away, Willie C. Odom steered a towboat as it pushed barges up a river...

  • President February 8, 2018 10:54 am

    Syria Calls Rare US Strike an Effort ‘to Support Terrorism'

    Syrian state-run media said Thursday a rare U.S. strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort “to support terrorism.” The U.S.-led coalition said its action was in “self-defense,” citing a major attack on its allied forces and U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour province by at least 500 fighters, battle...

  • Iraq October 22, 2017 1:00 pm

    US-Allied Force Takes Syria's Largest Oil Field From ISIS

    U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq. The...

  • The Associated Press February 23, 2017 9:03 am

    Lawmakers Renew Push for Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge

    Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America’s largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation July 27, 2016 8:08 pm

    Fact-Checking Donald Trump's Press Conference

    Donald Trump made several false and misleading statements in an hour-long press conference — on Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton’s emails and more.

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