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Low Expectations as Syrian Government and Rebels Meet for Peace Talks in Astana
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:50:00 GMTRepresentatives of the Syrian government and rebel factions met Monday for the first time in a year for peace talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The talks are expected to focus on maintaining a cease-fire reached on Dec. 30 rather than a long-term ...

Trump, Netanyahu Have ‘Very Warm’ Conversation, Don’t Discuss Embassy Move
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:44:00 GMTIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a "very warm" conversation with President Donald Trump on Sunday, with the men agreeing to a White House visit next month. In a statement, Netanyahu's office added that, during their first phone call since ...

U.S.-backed forces brace for ISIS' last stand in Iraq
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:29:00 GMTMOSUL, Iraq-- President Trump has promised since his days on the campaign trail to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and while it’s still unclear how he’ll change U.S. policy to try and make good on that vow, the U.S.-backed fight ...

French presidential hopeful Valls suggests tax on US imports
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:48:00 GMTPARIS – France's presidential hopeful Manuel Valls, who seeks the Socialist nomination, has pledged to tax U.S. imports if President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the global climate deal reached in Paris in 2015. Valls proposed a carbon tax on ...

Giant Panda Twins Make Debut in Southwest China
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:48:00 GMTAdorable 6-month-old giant panda twins made their debut at a zoo in China. This is the first time they've left their nursery for open-air enclosures.

British Missile Failure Off Florida? Officials, Prime Minister Won’t Say
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMTLONDON — Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about a June 2016 test of Britain's nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year — yet the prime minister's office would neither confirm nor deny a newspaper report that one ...

Body of missing Icelandic woman found; death being treated as murder, which is extremely rare
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:47:00 GMT(NEWSER) — The largest search and rescue operation in Iceland's history met a grim end Sunday with the discovery of a 20-year-old's body on a beach on the south coast. Birna Brjansdottir had been missing for 8 days, and the AFP notes the country ...

US orders first drone strikes under Trump
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:20:00 GMT(CNN)The US carried out "targeted drone strikes" in Yemen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, killing a handful of al Qaeda militants, according to a US official and the Pentagon. The strikes were aimed at al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and were the first ...

Here’s Everything Donald Trump Has Done So Far as President
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:25:00 GMTHis first full day of work follows an acrimonious weekend of "alternative facts" President Trump may have said that Monday would be his first day actually on the job, but he’s already taken a number of steps as commander-in-chief since his inauguration ...

In Cuba, the post-Fidel era began 10 years ago
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:47:00 GMTEver since Fidel Castro died in November 2016, foreign observers – journalists, political tourists, and the like – have flocked to the streets of Havana. Let's go and see communist Cuba before it is too late! they reason. What this reaction misses is ...

Israel approves east Jerusalem settlements after Trump inaugurated
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:44:00 GMTJan. 23 (UPI) --The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has approved 671 new housing units in several occupied neighborhoods located beyond the pre-1967 border. Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman said the move was a direct response to ...

UK communications spy chief announces resignation
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:43:00 GMTLondon (AFP) - The head of Britain's communications spying agency announced he was resigning on Monday, after just over two years in the post, for personal reasons. Robert Hannigan, the head of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), informed ...

Protests Over Bull Riding Turn Violent in India
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:33:00 GMTNEW DELHI — In the traditional bull-wrestling sport of jallikattu, men compete for prizes based on their ability to ride or hold onto a bull that is released into a crowd. But after years of complaints about cruelty to the animals, the Supreme Court ...

Top Hamas Leader in Gaza Visits Egypt, 1st Trip Since 2013
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:39:00 GMTThe top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt's army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013. Ismail Haniyeh arrived ...



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