Iraq

Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers.

Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

ROME/WASHINGTON - The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters.

World, 22 Aug 2014

Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice.

World, 22 Aug 2014

Iran says wants progress in nuclear talks before action on Islamic State

PARIS/DUBAI - Iran is ready to do something to help tackle Islamic State insurgents in Iraq but first wants progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

World, 21 Aug 2014

Insight - "Terrorists" help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

MAKHMUR Iraq - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

World, 21 Aug 2014

Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

BAGHDAD - Islamic State, a militant group that witnesses and officials say has executed hundreds of members of Iraq's Yazidis, has released a video that seeks to show it enlightened hundreds of members of the religious minority by converting them to Islam.

World, Syria, 21 Aug 2014

McCain calls for dramatic increase in US airstrikes against Islamic State

EDGARTOWN Mass. - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and said the attacks should also extend into Syria.

World, Syria, 21 Aug 2014

Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Islamic State's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to "destroy the American cross" suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks.

Top News, World, Syria, 20 Aug 2014

Bulgaria may extend Turkish border fence to bar Syrian, Iraqi refugees

SOFIA - Bulgaria may extend the fence at its border with Turkey to stop more refugees from Syria and Iraq entering illegally, a top interior ministry official said on Wednesday, while the foreign minister warned of "terrorism imports" to the EU member state.

World, Syria, 20 Aug 2014

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State -Le Monde

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for an international conference to discuss ways of tackling Islamic State insurgents who have seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria.

World, Syria, 20 Aug 2014