The Free Syrian Army has received US patronage in its fight against Syria's dictatorship. But the rise of Islamist militias in the rebels' ranks has led Jordan, a US ally, to switch its focus to counter-terrorism.
A Libyan coast guard commander says he has fewer than 10 boats to patrol one 300-mile stretch of coastline favored by smugglers. Over 25,000 asylum seekers have sailed from Libya and Egypt so far this year.
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A cosplayer dressed as 'Star Wars' character Yoda looks at a mobile phone at a Star Wars Day fan event in Tokyo Monday. Fans celebrate May 4 as Star Wars Day, a pun that comes from an iconic quote in the movie: 'May the Force be with you.'
The northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour was captured by Islamist militants, including the Nusra Front, on Saturday. It's the latest in a series of setbacks for Syrian government forces in the south and the north.
Less than three months before a deadline for an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program, questions remain about how the S-300 missiles deal will affect strategic calculations in Russia, Iran, the US, and Israel.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed by Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen in a government operation to the east of Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, the Salahuddin provincial governor, Raed al-Jabouri, told The Associated Press.