U.S. believes Syria used chemicals The United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. But numerous questions remain about the origins of the chemicals and what impact their apparent use could have on the ongoing Syrian civil war and international involvement in it. More
S. Korea Hints At Nuclear Testing The American military commander in the region is staying there instead of returning to Washington--taking no chances as North Korea continues to make threats. More
Pyongyang rumblings have little effect on SKoreans Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar drumbeat. Separated from the North by a heavily fortified border for decades, they have for the most part lived with tough talk from Pyongyang all their lives. More
Siege of Sarajevo ‘Was War, Not Chess’ - Turkish Weekly A former Bosnian Serb officer told the trial of his military commander Ratko Mladic that his unit didn’t deploy ... He is also on trial for ... 09/1/2014 - 8:52 am | View Link
'Butcher' Mladic starts defense at Bosnia genocide trial Ratko Mladic launched the defense case in his long-running U.N. trial with the testimony of a former Serb army officer who claimed he was never ordered to fire on civilians Former Bosnian Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic contested charges on Monday of ... 09/1/2014 - 12:19 am | View Link
Former Military Chief Refuses to Testify in Bosnia Genocide Trial LONDON — Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander facing war crimes charges in The Hague, refused to testify on Tuesday at the trial of his former political ally, Radovan Karadzic, saying he did not wish to prejudice his own case and was ... 01/28/2014 - 4:46 am | View Link
Mladic Genocide Trial Reopens in The Hague The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic on Monday heard its first witness - a man who escaped a mass execution in 1992. Elvedin Pasic testified at The Hague, where he described the attack by Serb forces on his village in Bosnia ... 07/9/2012 - 7:37 am | View Link
Mladic on trial for Bosnian genocide A UN security guard towers over former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic at the start of his trial. Photo: AP TWENTY years after the opening shots of the Bosnian War, former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic has gone on trial at a ... 05/16/2012 - 2:39 am | View Link
Srebrenica Genocide Blog: RATKO MLADIC VIDEO DID YOU KNOW? -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. 09/2/2014 - 8:18 am | View Website
Bosnian Genocide Find out more about the history of Bosnian Genocide, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com 09/1/2014 - 4:33 pm | View Website
Srebrenica massacre The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide Bosnian: Genocid u Srebrenici), was the genocidal July 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Bosniaks, mainly ... 09/1/2014 - 10:35 am | View Website
GENOCIDE BOSNIA 1995 - before the genocide - the genocide - after the genocide - witness - issues. GENOCIDES NAMIBIA ARMENIA UKRAINE the HOLOCAUST CAMBODIA GUATEMALA 09/1/2014 - 8:48 am | View Website
Gendercide Watch: The Srebrenica Massacre Case Study: The Srebrenica Massacre, July 1995 [See also the case study of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Gendercide Watch photo gallery of the events surrounding the ... 08/31/2014 - 3:05 am | View Website
In this ancient oasis town in China's restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood.
China has blanketed parts of Xinjiang, home to Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs, with such heavy security that it resembles an occupied territory under martial law, complete with armed troops, spiked barricades, checkpoints and even drones.
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping introduced the high-stakes campaign to integrate — or some say assimilate — Uighurs with Chinese-language schooling, more jobs and greater mobility in May.
"All ethnic groups must understand one another, have mutual tolerance, appreciation, learn from one another, help one another and embrace one another like seeds of a pomegranate," Xi said at a high-level meeting.
China is trying to bring Uighurs into the fold by encouraging them to leave their hometowns and mix with Han communities, while pledging to share the rewards Beijing has reaped from the riches of Xinjiang's oil and gas deposits with more jobs and better infrastructure.
The strategy may include a reassessment of some of the policies that had favored ethnic minorities — such as limited exemptions to China's rules on how many children couples can have — in a bid to reduce distinctions between the ethnicities.
"The administration of Xi Jinping wants to make a bold and yet risky attempt to increase inter-ethnic mingling," said James Leibold of Australia's La Trobe University, who has studied Chinese ethnic policy for over a decade.
 Gardner Bovingdon, a Xinjiang expert at Indiana University, said the school only serves to project Chinese cultural influence into the fabled center of historical Uighur culture, with the government's top-down approach failing to address Uighur demands.
In an apparent nod to such views, the regional party chief Zhang Chunxian indicated last month that Uighurs in southern Xinjiang would no longer enjoy more lenient family planning rules that allow them to have up to three children in rural areas and two in cities.
Riding a wave of military gains by pro-Russia rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.
Prospects for a political settlement looked dim just a few weeks ago while the Ukrainian troops were methodically tightening their noose around pro-Russia rebel strongholds in the east, but Kiev's hopes for a quick victory were short-lived.
Hinting at a possible compromise, the rebels dropped their previous demand for full independence and expressed readiness to discuss keeping the eastern regions inside Ukraine in exchange for a blanket amnesty and broad autonomy.
Moscow wants Kiev to give the rebel regions sweeping powers that would let them keep close ties with Russia and allow the Kremlin to maintain leverage over Ukraine and prevent it from ever joining NATO.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised to delegate broad authority to the regions and guarantee citizens' the right to use the Russian language, but his plan lacked specifics and it has remained unclear whether Moscow would see it as sufficient.
Repeated attempts to negotiate a settlement have failed, prompting the West to introduce several rounds of economic sanctions that targeted officials and businessmen close to Putin and, finally, entire sectors of the Russian economy.
A sweeping modernization program has allowed the army to upgrade its arsenals, and a series of massive drills involving tens of thousands of troops and thousands of tanks have helped polish soldiers' skills in the past years.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups.