Civil War

  • As Libya teeters near chaos, United States keeps hands-off policy June 25, 2014

    Washington: Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya. Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi help fuel the bloody conflict in Syria....
  • Car bombing in central Syria kills 34 June 20, 2014

    Damascus: A powerful car bombing on Friday in a government-held village in central Syria killed at least 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others, Syria's state-run news agency and an opposition activist group said. SANA said that the explosion went off in Horrah village in the countryside near the central...
  • As civil war rages, Syrians vote for President June 4, 2014

    Against a backdrop of civil war, tens of thousands of Syrians voted in government-controlled cities and towns Tuesday to give President Bashar Assad a new seven-year mandate, with some even marking the ballots with their own blood. The carefully choreographed election was ignored and even mocked in opposition-held areas of Syria...
  • Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war April 15, 2014

    Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses...
  • Sri Lanka arrests LTTE members for allegedly reviving terror activities April 10, 2014

    Over 60 LTTE cadres, including 10 women, have been arrested for trying to revive the banned terror group in Sri Lanka, police said on Thursday. "We arrested 65 of them over the last month. Five of them later came to be released due to lack of evidence," police spokesman and Superintendent...
  • Venezuelan beauty queen shot dead while protesting for her country's freedom February 21, 2014

    A local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound on Wednesday, the fifth fatality from Venezuela's political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government. Tensions have risen in Venezuela since Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, turned himself in to...
  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs January 20, 2014

    Tripoli: Libyan security sources say an army chief of staff has died in clashes with gangs south of Tripoli, the latest official killed in the country's ongoing unrest. Mohammed Karah died on Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head, after participating in an offensive against gangs who had been stealing...
  • Cannibalism in Central African Republic, 'Mad Dog' eats a human leg January 14, 2014

    Bangui (Central African Republic): The Central African Republic (CAR) which is witnessing the bloodiest sectarian violence has also seen cannibalism. According to some reports from the capital of the war torn country Bangui, there have been several instances of human flesh eating. But, an incident which has been captured live...
  • South Sudan President declares state of emergency ahead of talks January 2, 2014

    The president of south Sudan has declared a state of emergency in two states on Wednesday even as the government and rebel groups meet to end a two-week-old conflict. ...
  • UN told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: Diplomats December 18, 2013

    United Nations: The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup". "Two hospitals have...
  • Syria death toll nearly 1,26,000: monitoring group December 3, 2013

    Beirut: The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The pro-opposition monitoring group also appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and...
  • Vaiko asks traders to shut shops on Nov 12 November 9, 2013

    As protests continued in Tamil Nadu demanding India's boycott of Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next week, MDMK leader Vaiko on Saturday urged traders to shut shops on November 12 pressing among others expulsion of the island nation from the 53-member grouping. Opposing Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government...
  • HC moved to restrain Centre from attending CHOGM November 4, 2013

    A PIL petition seeking to restrain the Centre from sending delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled in Sri Lanka from November 15, was filed in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday. A bench comprising Justices M Jaichandren and S Vaidyanathan, after hearing the...
  • Syria crisis: A generation in peril October 20, 2013

    More than two million people have fled their homeland since civil war broke out in Syria more than two years ago. ...
  • Libyan PM freed after stunning abduction October 10, 2013

    Tripoli: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was freed from captivity just hours after gunmen abducted him Thursday at dawn from the hotel where he resides in the capital, Tripoli, according to the state news agency. The brazen abduction - apparently in retaliation for the US special forces' raid over the weekend...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Diplomatic efforts intensify on corralling Syrian chemical arms September 12, 2013

    Geneva: Diplomatic efforts to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control intensified on Wednesday while UN rights investigators detailed what they called war crimes carried out largely by Syrian government forces in the civil war. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone, the...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN September 11, 2013

    Geneva: UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory from rebels this year. Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have also perpetrated war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling of civilian neighbourhoods, the...
  • Keeping close watch on situation in Syria: Salman Khurshid September 3, 2013

    India on Tuesday said it was keeping a close watch on the situation in Syria amidst an increased likelihood of a military intervention by Western powers in the civil war raging in the country. "We are in touch with our Mission (in Syria)... We also have our line of credit and...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief August 31, 2013

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Saturday, criticised the Sri Lankan government, saying the country is becoming "increasingly authoritarian" despite the end of a civil war four years ago. In a hard-hitting statement at the end of a week-long visit to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, Pillay...
  • UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks August 31, 2013

    A team of UN experts finished gathering evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, the United Nations announced on Friday, though envoys said analyzing the samples may take weeks. The announcement the UN inspectors will not be releasing their findings...
  • Car bomb in Northern Iraqi city kills 11, injures 27 August 30, 2013

    A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded 27 in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Thursday, police and medical sources said, in the latest of an intensifying series of attacks. The parked vehicle blew up in a busy market in the city, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad. More than...
  • Watch: Story of young girl who survived shelling in Syria August 26, 2013

    Even as Syria grapples with the aftermath of an alleged chemical attack that left thousands of people dead in Syria, a young girl survived the shelling in Deraa. Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the civil war. ...
  • Madras Cafe: How neutral and realistic is the film? August 26, 2013

    New Delhi: 'Madras Cafe' has been released amidst controversy about the portrayal of LTTE in the film. Shoojit Sircar, the director of 'Madras Cafe', talks about the idea, controversy and premise of the film in a candid chat with IBNLive. Q: Quite clearly, 'Madras Cafe' is not about the complexities of...
  • Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli August 24, 2013

    Bombs hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The apparently coordinated blasts - the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon's...
  • White House calls for UN probe of alleged Syria gas attack August 22, 2013

    Washington: The White House on Wednesday called on the United Nations to urgently investigate allegations of massive deadly chemical weapons use by Syrian government forces, an attack which if confirmed could increase pressure on President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war. Syria's opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists of...
  • India must raise concerns with Lanka over rights violations, says comission August 18, 2013

    India must raise serious concerns with Sri Lanka over human rights violations during and after the end of the nearly three decades long civil war, a leading rights group said on Sunday. India must raise serious concerns with the Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs G L Pieris, on his scheduled...
  • Car bomb kills 20, injures 120 in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold August 16, 2013

    A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group on Thursday, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping many others inside damaged buildings, witnesses and emergency officials said. The blast, a month after another car bomb wounded more than 50 people in the same district of...
  • Still negotiating with Syria on chemical weapons inquiry, says UN August 14, 2013

    UN experts are ready to visit Syria to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during the country's two-year civil war, but a deal has not yet been reached with the Syrian government on safety assurances, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "The devil is in the details and the details are...
  • United States considers a no-fly zone in Syria June 15, 2013

    Ankara: The United States is considering a no-fly zone in Syria, potentially its first direct intervention into the two-year-old civil war, Western diplomats said on Friday, after the White House said Syria had crossed a "red line" by using nerve gas. After months of deliberation, President Barack Obama's administration said on...