HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters prepared face masks and goggles and police brought in supplies of tear gas and other riot gear as tensions grew Thursday in a standoff outside of the government headquarters.
HONG KONG — Student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory’s top official doesn’t resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.
BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border today, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.
MONROVIA, Liberia — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said today.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-led coalition warplanes destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria today, the U.S. military said, targeting the militants in a key oil-producing area that has generated millions of dollars in revenue for the extremist faction.
LONDON — Denmark and Belgium became the latest countries to join the U.S.-led coalition that is launching airstrikes on Islamic State group militants in Iraq. Lawmakers in Britain were also debating today whether to commit warplanes to the struggle.
PYONGYANG, North Korea — An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health isn’t deteriorating.
BEIRUT — U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group overnight and early today, killing at least 19 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in one of their strongholds, fearing further raids, activists said.
JERUSALEM — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early today and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s president said today that health workers found “many sick people and corpses” during a three-day lockdown of the country, which is battling an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.
SYDNEY — Police today said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone’s capital today stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa.
Militants in Iraq are seeking to blunt the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes by dispersing their forces into urban areas and increasingly adopting terror tactics such as suicide attacks and bombings, says a senior American military officer.