Iraqi Special Forces Begin Assault on Mosul District

(BAZWAYA, Iraq) — Fighting raged as Iraq’s special forces began their assault on Mosul itself on Tuesday, part of operations to drive the Islamic State group from the country’s second largest city. Troops opened up with artillery, tank and machine gun fire on ISIS positions on the edge of the Gogjali neighborhood, with the extremists …

Confidante of South Korea’s President Detained Under Emergency Regulations

South Korean prosecutors have detained a longtime confidante of President Park Geun-hye Monday, after questioning her for hours about allegations of meddling in the country’s affairs and siphoning funds. Under provisions for “emergency detention,” authorities have 48 hours to decide whether to formally arrest Choi Soon-sil, a cult leader’s daughter, who is alleged to have …