White House Wars and Military Conflicts

  • WASHINGTON— Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The legislation, known as JASTA, gives victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that...

  • WARRI, Nigeria— Shell Nigeria refused Monday to confirm a report by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that it has bombed the company's Bonny oil pipeline and again crippled its exports. Friday night's bombing breaks a month-long ceasefire between militant groups and the government and comes days after repairs from an earlier attack had allowed...

  • LONDON— Turkish financial markets took a battering Monday after ratings agency Moody's downgraded the country's credit grade to junk status to account for a series of shocks to the economy that included a string of bombings and an attempted coup. The sell-off is largely due to Moody's statement late Friday that it was cutting Turkey's government debt rating...

  • Smoke billows from buildings during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake control of the rebel-held district of Leramun, on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, on July 26, 2016.

    Any hope of salvaging the short-lived ceasefire in Syria has been well and truly dashed over the weekend. Here’s a quick guide to what’s going on.

  • Kwangson Banking Corp. was ordered closed under U.N. sanctions imposed in March in response to the North's nuclear tests but kept operating in secret in the border city of Dandong, Joongang Daily reported, citing unidentified sources. China's Foreign Ministry and its bank regulator did not respond to requests for comment. Beijing has long been North Korea's...

  • Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif (R) meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) in Lahore, Pakistan on December 25, 2015.

    China has been drawn into the conflict given its major strategic interests in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, the SCMP reports.

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The comments follow the Sept. 18 attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan.

  • Proponents of a new intelligence law, passed by the Federal Assembly a year ago but not enacted, say the measure is needed to help Switzerland to catch up with other countries that have far stronger legal arsenals against cyber-crime, snooping or extremist attacks. Sunday's referendum, part of Switzerland's system of direct democracy, was called by opponents...

  • TUNIS, Tunisia— Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating new social tensions and threatening farming, a pillar of the economy. A lack of rain, combined with years of bad resource management, has left reservoirs and dams at exceptionally low levels that could lead to...

  • NEW YORK— Moody's has downgraded Turkey's credit rating to "junk" status, a further blow to an economy shaken by terrorist attacks, a failed military coup and a diplomatic spat with Russia. The rating agency on Friday lowered its rating on Turkey's debt one notch, stripping it of investment-grade status. Moody's indicated it expects Turkey's economic growth to be...

  • A French fighter jet, the Dassault Rafale, performs an aerial display.

    India on Friday signed an $8.78 billion deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets

  • NEW DELHI— India on Friday signed an $8.78 billion deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in "ready to fly" condition, meaning they will be made in France. Talks between France and India over the purchase began four years ago. France has used Rafales in several combat missions in recent years: over Libya in 2011, in Mali last year and currently as part of the...

  • UNITED NATIONS— Responding to increasing attacks on airports and aircraft, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved its first-ever resolution to address extremist threats to civil aviation and urge beefed-up security. "The Security Council has delivered a resounding call to action for the international community," said Britain's...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's central bank cut a key interest rate for the seventh month in a row on Thursday as it tries to shore up an economy that has been shaken by a series of bombings and an attempted coup. Turkey's economy has suffered this year in the face of a string of extremist attacks and uncertainty following the failed coup on July 15 that saw more than 270...

  • Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2016 in New York City.

    Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue with Pakistan.

  • RENO, Nev.— A pioneer cemetery on the edge of downtown Reno where the remains of Civil War soldiers, city founders and a tribal chief have rested for more than a century has been anything but restful in recent weeks. Reno residents and heirs of the dead are outraged, calling the cemetery a Nevada historical treasure that should not be disturbed.

  • US believes Russian aircraft bombed Syrian convoy

    US officials have concluded that two Russian warplanes attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo.

  • India and Pakistan tussle over assault in Kashmir

    Gunmen broke into the headquarters of an Indian army brigade on Sunday, killing 18 soldiers.

  • The announcement about Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. in Dandong, a northeastern border city in Liaoning province, was unusually explicit for Beijing, whose dealings with the North are shrouded in secrecy. Beijing has long been North Korea's main source of aid and diplomatic support but President Xi Jinping's government has shown growing...

  • In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft fly over USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) on April 12, 2016 in the Baltic Sea.

    The U.S. believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said.