Mali landmine kills U.N. peacekeeper, wounds four others

BAMAKO - A landmine explosion hit a vehicle carrying U.N. peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in northeastern Mali on Sunday, killing one and seriously wounding four others, the U.N. mission in Mali said.

U.S. banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant

PARIS - The United States says it is "comfortable" it can forge an international coalition to fight Islamic State, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

World, 13 Sep 2014

U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants.

World, Africa, 05 Sep 2014

U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

WASHINGTON/NIAMEY - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. military and Defense Department officials said.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Landmine kills four U.N. soldiers, wounds 15 in northern Mali

BAMAKO - Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday and a further 15 were wounded when the convoy they were traveling in struck a landmine in an area of northern Mali where attacks are on the rise, a spokesman for the country's U.N. mission said.

World, Africa, United Nations 02 Sep 2014

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

TUNIS - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months.

World, Tunisia 01 Sep 2014

Mali rebel factions agree to end hostilities ahead of Sept talks

OUAGADOUGOU - Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali agreed on Thursday in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early September.

World, United Nations, Africa, 28 Aug 2014

Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethink

BRUSSELS - Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive U.S. defense secretaries have failed to do -- persuade European NATO members to spend more on their armed forces.

World, Russia 27 Aug 2014

Washington to give Tunisia military aid to battle Islamists

TUNIS - The United States will give Tunisia $60 million worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy, a senior American official said on Tuesday.

World, Tunisia 26 Aug 2014

Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills two

BAMAKO - Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday.

World, Africa, 16 Aug 2014