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  • Car bombs driven by foreigners hit Iraq-Jordan border post 25 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am

    CLARIFYING IDENTITY OF MAN. A member of the Iraqi security forces aims his weapon to attack Islamic State group militants on al-Houz bridge on the Euphrates river in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 24, 2015. Iraqi security forces recaptured a key bridge from Islamic militants in the capital of western Anbar on Friday, said an Iraqi security official, as top Shiite cleric renewed calls for national unity among political groups in the face of Islamic militant group. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan Saturday killing at least four Iraqi soldiers, said Iraqi officials.


  • Three Islamic State car bombs hit Iraq-Jordan border crossing, four dead 25 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am

    BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a video, saying it had targeted a government complex, control point for the border crossing, and army patrol, according to monitoring group SITE. The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, but the Sunni militants struck back by attacking Ramadi, the Baiji refinery, and al-Thirthar dam.

  • Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow 25 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am

    An armed militiaman loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi keeps position during reported clashes with Huthi rebels in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb, on April 24, 2015Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks. The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas, have demanded a complete end to a month of Saudi-led air strikes against them as a condition for UN-sponsored talks. Clashes left at least 38 people dead on Saturday in towns in the south of the impoverished country, strategically located next to oil-rich Saudi Arabia and key shipping routes. Former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with the Shiite rebels, late on Friday urged the Huthis to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory they have seized.


  • Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow 25 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am

    An armed militiaman loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi keeps position during reported clashes with Huthi rebels in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb, on April 24, 2015Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks. The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas, have demanded a complete end to a month of Saudi-led air strikes against them as a condition for UN-sponsored talks. Clashes left at least 38 people dead on Saturday in towns in the south of the impoverished country, strategically located next to oil-rich Saudi Arabia and key shipping routes. Former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with the Shiite rebels, late on Friday urged the Huthis to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory they have seized.


  • IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing 25 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am

    An Iraqi soldier guards a checkpoint on the outskirts of Baghdad, on April 14, 2015The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel. The bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles, one of them a lorry, at checkpoints on the Iraqi side of the Turaibil crossing, said Sabah Karhout, the head of the Anbar province council. The deputy head of the crossing, Khaled Alwan, and army Colonel Jabr Khailan, both confirmed the attack but gave higher tolls. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group claimed the assault in a statement posted online, saying the bombers were from France, Belgium and Senegal.


  • Jordan increases security at border crossing with Iraq after car bombs: official 25 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am

    Jordan increased security at its border crossing with Iraq on Saturday after three suicide car bombs exploded on the Iraqi side, an official source said. "We have taken precautionary measures and beefed up security in such circumstances," the official Jordanian source said. An Iraqi police source said the attack targeted an army barracks near the crossing and was perpetrated by Islamic State.

  • Syria's former spy chief dies in unclear circumstances: source 25 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am

    Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon Ghazali leaves a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Mikati ...BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported. A Lebanese source with ties to Damascus also said that Ghazali had died on Friday. Ghazali, in his 60s, succeeded Ghazi Kanaan as head of military intelligence in Lebanon in 2002 during Syria's tutelage over Lebanon, which lasted until Damascus pulled its troops from the country in 2005.


  • Islamic State takes military barracks, dam in Iraq's Anbar: sources 25 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am

    Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued on Saturday, security sources and witnesses said. The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, in an attempt to build on an earlier victory against the group in the central city of Tikrit.

  • 100 years later, Australia remembers 'baptism of fire' at Gallipoli 25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am

    To many Australians the real birth of their nation took place not at federation on Jan. 1, 1901, but in the pre-dawn hours of April 25, 1915, when the first of 60,000 volunteer soldiers landed on the beaches of Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula. Australia actually suffered far greater casualties in the battlefields of France during the Great War, as it was called here. But it is the ANZAC legend, with its emphasis on heroism, fellowship, sacrifice, and egalitarianism, that has become the defining event in Australian history. Thousands more New Zealanders will also mark the anniversary of ANZAC Day — named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the unit that spearheaded the doomed assault against the well-entrenched Ottoman forces of Mustafa Kemal (later known as Ataturk). Robert Manne, professor of politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne, says the ANZAC campaign marked Australia’s first significant break with its British-defined conception as an erstwhile penal colony.

  • Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen: Pentagon's Carter 25 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am

    A flotilla of nine Iranian naval and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, and this should ease U.S. concerns, a Pentagon spokesman said. The Iranian state news agency IRNA, however, quoted Iran's top navy commander, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying on Saturday that the flotilla was still carrying out its mission in the Gulf of Aden. On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a small group of journalists traveling with him after a trip to California: "The (Iranian) ships have turned around ... Obviously what their onward plans are, we don't know. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier the flotilla was in international waters about midway along the coast of Oman on Friday and still headed northeast.

  • Former Yemeni president calls for political dialogue to end war 25 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am

    Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiraling conflict. Saleh's loyalists have been fighting alongside Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who toppled the central government, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus for peacemaking on the Houthis and their supporters to cease fire. Saleh also called for talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia, to be held under United Nations auspices in Geneva. He also urged the Houthis to accept an April 13 U.N. Security Council resolution calling on them to drop their weapons and quit cities they have seized, after Saudi-led forces stop their intervention in Yemen.

  • Gunmen kill activist in Pakistan after Baluchistan event 25 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am

    In this picture taken Friday, April 24, 2015, Pakistani police officers examine the damaged car of a prominent women's rights activist Sabeen Mehmud following an attack on Mehmud in Karachi, Pakistan Friday, April 24, 2015. Police in Pakistan say gunmen have killed the prominent women's rights activist in the hours after she held a forum about the country's restive Baluchistan region. Senior police officer Zafar Iqbal says gunmen attacked Sabeen Mehmud on Friday night as she returned to her Karachi home with her mother, who was wounded in the assault. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.


  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans 25 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am

    FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.


  • Military vets plan to summit peak in Memorial Day tribute 25 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am

    In this July 2014 photo released by Mission Memorial Day and Josh Jespersen, Margaux Mange poses for a photo on Mt. Rainier, Wash. Mange is one of four military veterans who are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley in Alaska, on Memorial Day. (Mission Memorial Day via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of hundreds of Americans who have died while serving their country.


  • Today in History 24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year.

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