Dramatic appeals as Syrian forces poise to take Aleppo

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a war monitor based in Britain, confirmed the continued fighting in the last pockets of rebel territory. But it does not end the conflict: Significant parts of Syria are still outside government control and huge swaths of the country are a devastated waste-land.

Mitt Romney out of state secretary race

Mitt Romney out of state secretary race

In a Facebook post , Romney stated , "It was an honor to be considered for secretary of state of our great country". Mitt Romney (L) leaves after meeting with United States President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (unseen) at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making

The spokesman appealed to those countries and organizations which vowed to provide humanitarian aid for Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said militants had earlier taken strategic heights overlooking Palmyra and captured the northern part of the historic ancient city and major silos and mountains around it.

Paris attacks planners "killed in Syria"

Two of the planners behind the 2015 Paris terror attacks have been killed in air strikes in Syria, the Pentagon has announced. The trio had been working in a network under another Islamic State terrorist plotter, Boubaker Al-Hakim, who was killed in a November airstrike, Cook said.

Civilian death toll in ISIS fight underreported by US-led coalition: watchdog

Civilian death toll in ISIS fight underreported by US-led coalition: watchdog

Insurgents in Falluja, the first Iraqi city to fall to Islamic State in January 2014, put up only limited resistance in June, military officials said at the time, in contrast to the fierce defense the jihadists have put up in Mosul . In Bahrain on Saturday, Carter announced he is sending another 200 troops to Syria to train and advise local fighters combatting IS. Carter told an global security conference in Bahrain that the battle for Mosul and for the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto ...

Afghan bag shirt boy meets his idol Messi

Murtaza Ahmadi has finally met Lionel Messi! Despite the upheaval, he added at the time: "Murtaza hopes that one day he would be able to meet his hero, Messi". The six-year-old then received a signed shirt from the Barcelona superstar. "Life became a misery for us", said the father at the time, speaking to The Associated Press over the telephone from the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the family had settled.