Turkey prepares to receive Russian missile system, as questions swirl over potential US punishment

The shipment of Russia’s highly-anticipated S-400 air defense missile system to Turkey is expected to roll out any day now, roiling the indignation of many U.S. officials and over what punishment will be slapped on the NATO ally. Despite the pressure, Turkey has refused to rescind.

Former Canadian UN worker and renowned humanitarian sentenced in Nepal for raping boys

For decades, Peter Dalglish, 62, held a distinguished reputation as one of Canada’s most esteemed and accomplished humanitarians devoted to the wellbeing of poor children. But on Monday, he was sentenced by a Nepali court to at least nine years behind bars for raping two young boys in a small village where he has lived arbitrarily for the past 17 years.

Former Miss Iraq and linguist for US troops still under rape, death threats after advocacy for Israel

It was an occasion that should have been marked by excitement, smiles, unification – and a little hairspray. But the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant in Las Vegas spiraled into death threats, rape threats and international outrage for Miss Iraq’s Sarah Adnan – the country’s first representative in 45 years.

More than 100 civilians killed by violence outbreak in South Sudan

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has once again descended into a wave of fresh fighting that is said to have claimed the lives of more than 100 civilians, according to the United Nations. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Wednesday that civilians had been “deliberately and brutally targeted” in Central Equatoria, marking a severe deterioration since a feeble peace agreement was signed between warring factions in September.

Kenya’s president blunt on scourge of al-Shabab: ‘I would be lying to you if I said that we had dealt with the problem’

Wedged in the middle of chaos, bordered by the long-running instability of South Sudan to the northwest and Somalia to the east, the East African nation of Kenya is striving to maintain the feeble balance of welcoming refugees while securing their borders from the infiltration of terrorists.

Female jihadists are just as ‘motivated’ to build an Islamic State as men, report concludes

Female jihadists are just as dedicated as their male comrades when it comes to bringing to life an “Islamic State,” the European Union’s police agency stated at Europol’s headquarters on Friday when presenting the findings of extensive analysis.

Afghanistan releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners without conditions

The Afghan government this month released 490 Taliban fighters and commanders from its prisons, as part of a goodwill gesture to persuade the militant group to come to the table for direct talks with the Ashraf Ghani-led administration. A total of 887 prisoners, according to National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, will be set free during the observance of the Islamic holiday Eid al Fitr.

Fears US weapons are falling into the ‘wrong hands’ during chaotic Yemeni war

As the smoke settles in the Gulf of Oman following an attack on two Japanese-operated oil tankers – which has speculation swirling around Tehran’s involvement – there is growing alarm over an escalation of tensions between Iran and its arch-nemesis Saudi Arabia inside Yemen, with U.S. weaponry in the center. 

Iraq handing out thousands of death sentences in hasty trials for ISIS fighters

As the dust from the years of ISIS occupation settles in a still damaged and bleeding Iraq, Baghdad has sentenced thousands of convicted Iraqi nationals and foreign fighters accused of membership to the brutal terrorist group to the gallows. But swift trials and shadowy evidence has many international watchdogs concerned that the quest for swift justice is not only in violation of human rights law and due process, but will serve as a precursor to further violence among factions in the near future.

UAE accuses ‘state actor’ for tanker attacks, but stops just short of Iran

The United Arab Emirates stopped just short of blatantly blaming Iran for “sabotage attacks” on four tankers off its coast on May 12, but told the UN Security Council in a closed meeting this week that a “state actor” was almost the orchestrator.

ISIS plotted to send westerners to U.S through Mexico border: report

The notion of terrorists infiltrating the United States either through the burgeoning migrant flows from Mexico, or via porous smuggling routes, has long been a cause for concern – and the harbinger of political debate – among U.S. officials. But a new report sheds light on a new ISIS plot exploiting the U.S border.