Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

Islamic State militants open office for potential wives - monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Top News, World, 28 Jul 2014

Syria retakes Homs gas field from hardline group

BEIRUT - Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month.

World, 27 Jul 2014

Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria

OSLO - A group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria, possibly heading towards Norway, police said on Friday.

World, Norway 25 Jul 2014

Jordan shoots down unidentified drone near Syria border

AMMAN - Jordan's air force shot down an unidentified drone near the north-eastern border with Syria on Friday, a government spokesman said, the first such event announced by authorities since Syria's crisis began in 2011.

World, 25 Jul 2014

Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

BEIRUT - The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.

World, 25 Jul 2014

First U.N. aid convoy enters Syria without government consent

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions of people in need as a tactic of war.

World, 25 Jul 2014

U.N. chief says arbitrary denial of aid a tactic of war in Syria

UNITED NATIONS - Warring parties in Syria are arbitrarily denying the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in need as a tactic of war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the United Nations Security Council.

World, 24 Jul 2014

All toxic chemicals removed from Syria now at destruction sites - OPCW

AMSTERDAM - All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday.

World, 24 Jul 2014

Islamists may be planning imminent attack in Norway - police

OSLO - Militant Islamists with ties to Syria may be planning an attack in Norway, the head of the Norwegian police intelligence service said on Thursday.

World, Norway, 24 Jul 2014

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