Wars and Military Conflicts


  • Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    DONETSK, Ukraine— For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance. Yet if the government of President Petro Poroshenko hopes to turn people in eastern Ukraine against the separatist leadership, evidence on the ground suggests the strategy may only be hardening...

  • 2 female bombers kill up to 30 in Nigeria Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 7:47 AM ET
    Sacks of grain on display at Dawanau grain market, the largest grain market in west Africa, on the outskirts of the northern Nigerian city of Kano

    Two female suicide bombers blew themselves in a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people.

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    France is suspending the planned delivery of a warship to Russia, citing the "current situation" in eastern Ukraine.

  • Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    TUNIS, Tunisia— A veteran politician from the previous regime that ran on a platform of restoring the prestige of the state took the lead in Tunisia's first free and fair presidential election Sunday, according to exit polls. Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, replicated the success of his Nida Tunis party in last month's legislative elections by taking 47 percent of the...

  • China defends land reclamation in South China Sea Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    BEIJING— Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London- based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors. Its deployment of an oil rig near the Paracel Islands...

  • UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON— The head of London's police force said Sunday that as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told the BBC that normally security services disrupt one plot annually. Police have become increasingly concerned about...

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov 23- For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. "How do you save innocents in Syria?

  • Israel weighs strike vs. Iran: Report Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    The nuclear pact being negotiated with Iran is unpalatable to Israel, and may hasten a confrontation with Tehran, according to a report.

  • US, Turkey stay at odds over ISIS, Syria Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    Top officials from the U.S. and Turkey emerged from a meeting offering no indication that the two countries had bridged their differences.

  • California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    COARSEGOLD, Calif.— When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. The National Indian Gaming Commission, which regulates Indian casinos, and a federal judge...

  • Friday marks one year since protests erupted in Kiev, which snowballed into the biggest upheaval Ukraine has seen since the end of the Soviet Union.

  • Afghanistan's first fun park brings joy amid war Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    For the thousands of families who have visited Kabul's City Park since it opened during a national religious holiday weekend in October, it is a rare escape from lives blighted by war, death and misery. Inside, they find large friendly characters that look almost, but not quite, like Minnie Mouse and Tom the cat from Tom and Jerry— all dancing together and dispensing...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 20- The number of reports of suspicious transactions in Canada possibly related to terrorist financing have jumped in the wake of two deadly attacks on the country's soldiers last month, an official said on Thursday. The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre, set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensure the compliance of...

  • Russia has little to offer in oil price war Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    *Russia needs oil price of $100 to balance budget. MOSCOW, Nov 20- Russia can do little to shore up slumping global prices even if OPEC wants it to. Before next week's meeting of OPEC, Russia has already spoken to group member Venezuela about the need to "coordinate actions in defence" of oil prices and it plans to send a high-ranking delegation to press the message.

  • Ukraine crisis: No clear solution yet     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble talks about how severe the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is becoming with around 13 people a day are dying.

  • AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. But after an internal debate that has not been...

  • Police chief: Very strong risk of City cyberattack Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET
    A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014.

    There is a very strong likelihood that Islamist terrorists will launch a cyberattack, the head of the City of London police warned. The FT reports.

  • Trouble for markets in 2015?     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:45 AM ET

    Chad Morganlander, portfolio manager at Stifel says that whilst the S&P500 continues to move higher, geopolitical concerns and global growth deceleration may cause trouble in 2015 for markets.

  • China will never eclipse US: Report     Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:21 PM ET

    The mainland will never become the dominant power in Asia, according to a report by Australia's not-for-profit think tank Kokoda Foundation. CNBC's Samantha Loring has more.

  • Senate blocks NSA phone records measure Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and...