August 10, 2014
A Travel story last Sunday misstated the location of Canada's Gaspé Peninsula. It is in the province of Quebec.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops. Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to the Associated Press.
July 5, 2013 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Syrian military dropped leaflets on opposition-held territory in the country's north Wednesday, urging rebel fighters to surrender as the two sides fought for control of a major highway. The psychological tactics are part of a relentless regime offensive against rebel forces that have recently acquired shipments of badly needed advanced weaponry from Gulf Arab states. Similar campaigns in the past to reach out to rebels through leaflets and text messages failed to achieve results.
July 1, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Rebels captured a major army post in the southern city of Daraa on Friday after nearly two weeks of intense fighting, as battles raged between troops and opposition forces in the province that borders Jordan, activists said. Daraa, the provincial capital of a region that carries the same name, is the birthplace of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that started 27 months ago. Rebels hope to one day launch an offensive from the area to take the capital, Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists around the country, said Islamic militants led by members of the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, captured the checkpoint after a two-week siege.
February 25, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered all U.S. Special Operations forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of "innocent people. " A presidential office statement that followed a meeting of Afghanistan's National Security Council also demanded an immediate halt to special-forces activity in Wardak province west of Kabul, a hub of counterinsurgency operations. The action comes after Karzai last week banned his forces from calling in NATO air strikes in populated areas, citing civilian casualties.
February 17, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai announced Saturday that he intends to ban Afghan ground forces from calling in NATO air strikes on residential areas - even though his country's fighters have had to rely on such air power in operations against the Taliban. "Our forces ask for air support from foreigners, and children get killed in an air strike," Karzai said in a speech at a military academy here, reinforcing his often truculent posture toward the U.S.-backed international coalition that has long supported his government.
December 27, 2012 |
RAMADI, Iraq - Large, noisy demonstrations against Iraq's government flared for the third time in less than a week Wednesday in Iraq's western Anbar province, raising the prospect of a fresh bout of unrest in a onetime al-Qaeda stronghold on Syria's doorstep. The rallies find echoes in the Arab Spring. Protesters chanted "the people want the downfall of the regime," a slogan that has rippled across the region and was fulfilled in Tunisia and Egypt. Other rallying cries blasted Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government as illegitimate and warned that protesters "will cut off any hand that touches us. " While the demonstrators' tenacious show of force could signal the start of a more populist Sunni opposition movement, it risks widening the deep and increasingly bitter rifts with the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
December 20, 2012 |
ASSIUT, Egypt - A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern province too afraid to participate in last week's referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is raising Christians' worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives. Nearly a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.
November 28, 2012 |
The Rev. Joseph A. Duffey, 87, of Villanova, a retired pastor and former Augustinian provincial, died Friday, Nov. 16, of heart failure at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. From 1981 to 1990, Father Duffey headed the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. The province sponsors Augustinian ministries on the East Coast, including those at Villanova University, Merrimack College, two high schools, and more than 15 parishes. Augustinians who are members of the province work with laymen and lay women to staff inner-city ministries in the United States, and missions in Japan and Peru.
June 28, 2012
Italy's lawmakers ease hiring, firing ROME - The Italian parliament Wednesday gave its final approval to a package of labor laws aimed at making it easier for businesses to hire and fire workers, arming Prime Minister Mario Monti with a victory as he arrived in Brussels for a critical summit of European leaders. Monti has been arguing for greater measures to stir growth and burden-sharing in Europe, steps Germany has been unwilling to take because of a lack of proof that the continent's ailing countries are willing to take strong steps to transform their economies.