Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries

Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington. The video, which appeared on a site used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday's Paris shootings in which at...
Nov 16, 2015 |

Obama rules out putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight Islamic State

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said the United States would stick to its current strategy in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, again ruling out putting U.S. troops on the ground in a fighting capacity. "There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward but the...
Nov 16, 2015 |

G20 vows more intelligence sharing; divisions remain on Syria

By Kylie MacLellan and Humeyra Pamuk BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - World leaders promised to tighten border controls, step up intelligence sharing and crack down on terrorist financing at a summit in Turkey on Monday, but there was little sign of a dramatic shift in strategy against Islamic State in Syria. The G20 summit in Turkey's coastal...
Nov 16, 2015 |

France police raid homes, vow it's 'just the beginning'

By Chine Labbé and Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight arresting 23 people, and investigators identified a Belgian national living in Syria as the possible mastermind behind Friday's attacks in Paris. Much of France came to a standstill at midday for a minute's...
Nov 16, 2015 |

France launches air strikes in Syria; Paris investigation widens

By Emmanuel Jarry and Robert-Jan Bartunek PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombings and shootings, which...
Nov 16, 2015 |

Obama urges Russia to join renewed effort to eliminate Islamic State

By Matt Spetalnick and Dasha Afanasieva BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia's Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria. A White House official said Obama and Putin agreed...
Nov 16, 2015 |

Argentine ruling party candidate jabs hard in presidential debate

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's ruling-party presidential candidate, Daniel Scioli, lagging in opinion polls, came out swinging in Sunday's debate against his business-friendly rival, but switched to defense when confronted by the incumbent government's record. Scioli, the governor of Buenos Aires province, has...
Nov 16, 2015 |

Exclusive: U.S. delivers ammunition to Syrian Arab fighters battling Islamic State

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has carried out a fresh delivery of ammunition to fighters from the Syrian Arab Coalition battling Islamic State in northern Syria, pushing ahead with a strategy that initially unnerved ally Turkey, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The delivery of ammunition represented only the second...
Nov 16, 2015 |

France names first attacker as carnage reignites refugee row

By Bate Felix and Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - French police questioned on Sunday relatives of one of the suicide attackers who brought carnage to Paris as a row over Europe's refugee crisis re-ignited, with conservatives demanding an end to "the days of uncontrolled immigration". Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters...
Nov 15, 2015 |

Obama vows effort to eliminate Islamic State as G20 seeks common Syria strategy

By Matt Spetalnick and Jan Strupczewski BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists. Speaking at a G20 leaders...
Nov 15, 2015 |

Suicide attack on foreign convoy in Afghanistan kills one: police

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign forces just outside the city of Lashkar Gah in the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing one civilian and wounding 12 others, local officials said on Sunday. Afghan security forces have been fighting Taliban insurgents for weeks in the area around Lashkar Gah and in surrounding...
Nov 15, 2015 |

Syria talks produce election road map after Paris attacks

By Francois Murphy and David Brunnstrom VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East outlined a plan on Saturday for a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years, but differences remained on key issues such as President Bashar al-Assad's fate. A day after gunmen and suicide...
Nov 15, 2015 |

Lebanon arrests five Syrians, one Palestinian suspect in Beirut bombings: security source

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese authorities arrested five Syrians and a Palestinian in connection with the twin suicide bombings in central Beirut on Thursday that killed 43 people, a senior security source said on Saturday. The bombings in a busy residential and commercial area that is a stronghold for Lebanese Shi'ite movement...
Nov 15, 2015 |

France in shock after Islamist attacks kill 129

By Ingrid Melander and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - French prosecutors said on Saturday that three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out a wave of attacks across Paris that killed 129 people in what President Francois Hollande called an "act of war" by Islamic State. Hollande declared a state of emergency,...
Nov 15, 2015 |

After Paris attacks, pressure builds for big military response to Islamic State

By Phil Stewart, Warren Strobel and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Paris terror attacks are likely to galvanize a stronger global military response to Islamic State, after a U.S.-led air war that has lasted more than a year has failed to contain a group now proving itself to be a growing worldwide threat. The United States, long accused...
Nov 15, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More