Iraqi forces launched an operation on Tuesday to drive Islamic State militants out of Tikrit, hometown. They were advancing rapidly from the south but were slowed by landmines, roadside bombs and snipers in the west, said an army major and a police captain. via Iraqi forces mount operation against Islamic
Israeli troops on Monday demolished the homes of two Palestinians it suspects of the abduction and killing of three teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the army said. via Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens | Reuters.
If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance’s top commander said in an interview published on Sunday. via NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration: general | Reuters.
A Chinese national has been indicted in connection with an alleged computer hacking scheme to steal trade secrets from American defense contractors, federal prosecutors announced Friday. via Chinese national in custody for allegedly hacking into Boeing computer – LA Times.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, but his spokesman said that could only happen if Britain let him. via WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange hopes to exit London embassy
Russia on Monday said all objections to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress had been made in Berlin talks toward a ceasefire between government and rebel forces in the east of the country. via Russia says agreement reached on aid to Ukraine
Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have pushed Islamic State militants out of Mosul dam, state television reported on Monday. via Kurdish, Iraqi forces in control of Mosul dam: spokesman | Reuters.
Missouri’s governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police. via National Guard called in after second night of chaos in
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza’s future had to meet Israel’s security needs, warning Hamas it faced “harsh strikes” if it resumed firing into the Jewish state. via Netanyahu says undeterred by Hamas warnings | Reuters.
Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, among other things, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, Vedomosti daily newspaper said on Monday. via Russia may ban import of cars if West applies new sanctions: