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With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

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ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history. | Video

Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

BEIRUT - A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. | Video

World, 26 Feb 2015

Syrian rebel gets five years in Sweden for 'torture-like' war crime

STOCKHOLM - A former Syrian opposition fighter was sentenced to five years in prison for war crimes by a Swedish court on Thursday for a "torture-like" assault in Syria that was filmed and posted on social media.

World, 26 Feb 2015

French lawmaker faces party sanctions for Syria trip

PARIS - A French lawmaker who went to Damascus for the first talks with Syrian officials since the 2012 closure of France's embassy there faces possible ejection from the ruling Socialist Party, its chairman said on Thursday.

World, France, 26 Feb 2015

Syrian Christian leader urges air strikes against IS in northeast

BEIRUT - A Christian leader in northeastern Syria urged U.S.-led air strikes to help repel an attack by Islamic State militants on villages where they are estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week.

World, 26 Feb 2015

U.S. charges three with conspiring to support Islamic State

NEW YORK - Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said. | Video

U.S., 25 Feb 2015

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

AMMAN - Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

World, 25 Feb 2015

Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq; fears for Christians mount

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group. | Video

World, United Nations, Iraq 25 Feb 2015

U.S. charges three with conspiring to support Islamic State

NEW YORK - Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said. | Video

U.S., 25 Feb 2015

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

AMMAN - Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

World, 25 Feb 2015

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Islamic State fighters smash priceless relics in Iraqi museum

Islamic State posts video of its fighters destroying priceless antiquities dating back thousands of years. Mana Rabiee reports.