ERBIL, Iraq U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on an unannounced visit on Friday to Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, whose forces have emerged as one of America’s strongest partners in the fight against Islamic State.
The Israeli army had entered his home to arrest his son Mohammed, who was wanted on suspicion of security offences, but according to the reports, his father was caught up in the violence after he ran downstairs to see what was happening.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to seek assurances following reports that GCHQ has reversed a long-standing policy of not intercepting the communications of MSPs.
Russia, hosts for the 2018 World Cup, have repeatedly been criticised for failure to tackle racism in domestic soccer. The European draw is scheduled to take place after Africa so should begin relatively soon after proceedings get underway.
Carter, speaking at the end of a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad’s Green Zone, lauded the Iraqi leader’s efforts to foster inter-sectarian cooperation since becoming premier past year.
But Kerry, peering wearily over a pair of wire-rim glasses, encountered a tsunami of skepticism from Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, during a marathon four-and-a-half-hour hearing. It remains unclear whether GOP critics could surmount that obstacle, but if...