1. Ukraine Pushes Offensive in East, Rebel Leadership in Disarray

    The speed of the Ukrainian army’s offensive seems to have taken the rebels’ leaders by surprise.

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops continued to drive rebels back in the east of the country, toward the border with neighboring Russia which has supported the separatist uprising. The speed of the offensive appeared to have taken the rebel leadership by surprise. Alexander Borodai, the…
  1. Dutch Hold Off on Military Mission to Ukraine Crash Site

    The Netherlands’ Mark Rutte fears military intervention would get in the way of repatriating the victims from a plane crash.

    The Dutch cabinet on Sunday ruled out sending a military mission to Ukraine to secure the area where a commercial airliner carrying 193 passengers from the…
  1. Australia, Netherlands Send Military Police to Ukraine Crash Site

    The two countries are sending military police and possibly elite forces to secure the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine.

    Australia and the Netherlands announced on Friday they would send military police forces to the area in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down last week. They also prepared to seek approval from the United Nations…
  1. Defying Pressure from Allies, France to Deliver Warship to Russia

    France will deliver at least one helicopter carrier to Russia but might cancel the second, President Fran├žois Hollande says.

    As European foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia following the crash of a commercial airliner in the east of Ukraine, France said it could not cancel the delivery of the first of two helicopter carriers…
  1. Israel Launches Gaza Ground Offensive Against Militants

    Israel sends infantry and tanks into the Gaza Strip to end rocket attacks and destroy tunnels used by terrorists.

    Israel expanded its military operations against Gaza militants late on Thursday, sending infantry and tanks into the coastal enclave from which hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and towns in recent weeks. The purpose of the ground offensive is not to topple Hamas,…
  1. Passenger Jet Crashes in Eastern Ukraine, Kiev Accuses Rebels

    Ukraine accuses pro-Russian militants of shooting down a commercial airliner that crashed in the east of the country.

    A commercial airliner crashed in the east of Ukraine on Thursday, apparently killing almost three hundred passengers and crew, in what the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, described as a terrorist attack. Ukraine's Interior Ministry specifically accused pro-Russian separatists of…
  1. Tripoli Airport Attacked as United Nations Pull Staff from Libya

    Fighting intensifies, forcing the closure of Tripoli’s international airport and convincing the United Nations to pull out.

    Security deteriorated in Libya on Monday when a rocket attack forced the closure of Tripoli's international airport and the United Nations evacuated their staff from the country. Fighting also intensified in the eastern city of Benghazi, the hotbed of the 2011 uprising against…
  1. With Protective Edge, Israel Changes Strategy Against Gaza Militants

    The operation marks a shift designed to lower Israel’s political costs. But has it already played into Hamas’ hand?

    As Operation Protective Edge enters its fourth day, it is unclear when and how it will come to an end. Yet some clear observations can already be made as to how the…