Civil War

  • Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war 15-04-2014 10:32 PM

    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,...
  • Sri Lanka arrests LTTE members for allegedly reviving terror activities 10-04-2014 03:45 PM

    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...
  • Venezuelan beauty queen shot dead while protesting for her country's freedom 21-02-2014 10:29 AM

    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...
  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs 20-01-2014 08:28 AM

    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...
  • Cannibalism in Central African Republic, 'Mad Dog' eats a human leg 14-01-2014 04:25 PM

    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 02-01-2014 12:32 PM

    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 18-12-2013 10:28 AM

    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...
  • Syria death toll nearly 1,26,000: monitoring group 03-12-2013 01:34 PM

    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...
  • Vaiko asks traders to shut shops on Nov 12 09-11-2013 08:42 PM

    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...
  • HC moved to restrain Centre from attending CHOGM 04-11-2013 10:32 PM

    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...
  • Syria crisis: A generation in peril 20-10-2013 04:21 PM

    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 10-10-2013 04:47 PM

    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...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms 28-09-2013 07:29 AM

    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...
  • Diplomatic efforts intensify on corralling Syrian chemical arms 12-09-2013 09:25 AM

    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,...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN 11-09-2013 02:27 PM

    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,...
  • Keeping close watch on situation in Syria: Salman Khurshid 03-09-2013 05:26 PM

    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...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief 31-08-2013 04:14 PM

    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,...
  • UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks 31-08-2013 05:18 AM

    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...
  • Car bomb in Northern Iraqi city kills 11, injures 27 30-08-2013 01:33 AM

    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....
  • Watch: Story of young girl who survived shelling in Syria 26-08-2013 07:40 PM

    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? 26-08-2013 12:03 AM

    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...
  • Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli 24-08-2013 12:32 AM

    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...
  • White House calls for UN probe of alleged Syria gas attack 22-08-2013 03:57 AM

    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...
  • India must raise concerns with Lanka over rights violations, says comission 18-08-2013 07:13 PM

    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...
  • Car bomb kills 20, injures 120 in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold 16-08-2013 06:52 AM

    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...
  • Still negotiating with Syria on chemical weapons inquiry, says UN 14-08-2013 06:55 AM

    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...
  • United States considers a no-fly zone in Syria 15-06-2013 06:36 AM

    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...
  • United States holds high-level meetings on Syria 11-06-2013 06:24 AM

    Washington: The United States could decide as early as this week whether to arm Syrian rebels, US officials said on Monday, as Secretary of State John Kerry put off a Middle East trip to attend meetings on the subject. The battlefield has tilted against the rebels in the Syrian civil...
  • Tests prove Syria used nerve gas in civil war, says France 05-06-2013 06:32 AM

    Amman: France said on Tuesday it had performed tests that proved President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used nerve gas in Syria's civil war, a "red line" that the United States and other countries have repeatedly said would demand a response. Washington separately said it would deploy Patriot missiles and F-16...
  • UN rights body condemns Syria at heated debate 31-05-2013 08:33 AM

    Geneva: The United Nations urged Syria on Wednesday to cease heavy weapons attacks on civilians in the rebel-held town of Qusair, in a heated debate that underlined deep divisions among powers even as they seek to convene peace talks in the coming weeks. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a...