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BEIRUT | Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

BEIRUT— Syrian state media and a war monitor say airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on a town held by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded dozens. State news agency SANA said the airstrikes on Sousa Thursday and Friday left several people dead or wounded. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a … Continue reading BEIRUT | Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

PARIS | Financial watchdog: Regulate cryptocurrencies now, or else

PARIS — A global financial body says governments worldwide must establish rules for virtual currencies like bitcoin to stop criminals from using them to launder money or finance terrorism. The Financial Action Task Force said Friday that from next year it will start assessing whether countries are doing enough to fight criminal use of virtual … Continue reading PARIS | Financial watchdog: Regulate cryptocurrencies now, or else

ROME | US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

ROME  — A senior U.S. diplomat has briefed the leader of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, USAID administrator, said Wednesday that he disagreed with the claims Cardinal Louis Sako made at … Continue reading ROME | US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

BEIRUT | IS kidnaps scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT  — A U.S.-backed Syrian force and a war monitor say members of the Islamic State group have stormed a settlement for displaced people in the country’s east and kidnapped scores of civilians. The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that fighting Friday night in the Hajin camp for displaced persons left 20 IS … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS kidnaps scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT | Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

BEIRUT— The U.S.-led coalition’s failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is “a slap in the face for survivors” trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a news conference in the Lebanese … Continue reading BEIRUT | Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

OSLO, Norway | Nobel Peace laureates demand end to sexual violence in war

OSLO, Norway — Raped after being forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State group, Nadia Murad did not succumb to shame or despair — the young Iraqi woman spoke out. Surgeon Denis Mukwege treated countless victims of sexual violence in war-torn Congo and told the world of their suffering. Together, they were awarded the … Continue reading OSLO, Norway | Nobel Peace laureates demand end to sexual violence in war

OSLO, Norway | The Latest: Alternative Nobel head lauds peace prize choice

OSLO, Norway — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The head of the foundation behind the award known as the “alternative Nobel” says giving the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege “is a fantastic choice,” because he “not only helps mend (women) physically but … Continue reading OSLO, Norway | The Latest: Alternative Nobel head lauds peace prize choice

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Norway convicts man of providing terror attack instructions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  — A man has been convicted of terror offenses in Norway for providing online instructions on how to carry out attacks and sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. A district court west of Oslo ruled that the 51-year-old engineer of Iranian descent had urged others to commit terror acts. The court also … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Norway convicts man of providing terror attack instructions