By Isabel Coles and John Davison MOSUL (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders
By Jane Wardell and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - It was almost a major faux pas in sports-mad Australia - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived at an Australian Rules football match in Sydney wearing the blue, black and white scarf of interstate rival Port Adelaide Power. Li later confessed wearing
The Shi'ite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns in a mediated deal between the warring sides, a pro-government source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
After the spectacular collapse of the repeal-and-replace effort last Friday, some Republicans contemplated reaching out to Democrats to fix Obamacare, which is still the law of the land. The White House emitted a few bipartisan signals from the press secretary about working on health-care reform. Rep
Washington was swarming with Russians last week. It is, after all, a relationship that affects the entire planet, regardless of what emerges from an FBI investigation into connections between President Trump’s associates and Russia. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about
With a flourish of his pen Tuesday, President Trump promised a full-scale assault on the Obama administration’s signature climate-change initiative. Mr. Trump's executive order starts the process of scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to reduce electric-utility emissions
It’s the UK City of Culture 2017, derelict buildings and dry docks are being refurbished, and a major wind turbine factory is on the rise. “The planets have never been more aligned,” says David Keel, chair of C4DI, a new incubator and co-working space in the waterside Fruit Market district. Going against
By Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the endurance of the European Union. Nine months after
Ex-England international Josh Lewsey Wednesday said the British and Irish Lions had a great chance to overturn the All Blacks this year with the rebuilding world champions not at the "peak of their powers". Lewsey, speaking at the official launch of next month's Hong Kong 10s tournament
President Jacob Zuma will not attend the funeral on Wednesday of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the government. While most of the country's leadership will be present, Kathrada's family asked Zuma to skip the
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Lionel Messi's four-match international suspension for insulting a linesman was "unfair and totally disproportionate."
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage.
GARASBALEY, Somalia (AP) — Tears fill Sahra Muse's eyes as she stares at her severely malnourished son, his thin arms crossed over his bloated stomach.
The maintenance work, which entails opening a spillway to relieve the pressure of water on the dam, will involve the engineers entering areas held by IS, a technician inside the complex told AFP. The fighting between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and IS has raised fears for the integrity of
Britain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European unity project. Just days after the EU's 60th birthday, Britain will become the first country ever to seek a divorce,
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Jacob Zuma says he is not attending the funeral of a South African apartheid-era leader after Ahmed Kathrada's family asked him to stay away.
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's president has condemned an overnight attack on the Polish Consulate in a western city that appeared to involve a shell fired from a grenade launcher.
By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government is working on a law to help regulate Buddhism, officials say, giving the junta far more say over a pillar of Thai society that has so far eluded its control. The proposed bill, which has not been
At least four suspected al Qaeda members were killed in an apparent U.S. drone strike on a vehicle in central Yemen, residents said on Wednesday, part of an escalating campaign against the Islamist militant group. Residents also reported hearing missile strikes on a suspected al Qaeda outpost in Wadi
Gleeful Brexit-backing newspapers raised a toast on Wednesday as Britain prepared to serve notice on its EU membership, but others feared turbulence and trouble ahead. Most carried a front-page picture of Prime Minister Theresa May signing the formal notice of Britain's intention to leave the bloc
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis demanded "urgent" action Wednesday to protect civilians in Iraq, saying forces involved in the battle for Mosul have an obligation to protect innocents following a recent spike in civilian casualties.
The EU blocked the blockbuster merger of the London Stock Exchange with Germany's Deutsche Boerse on Wednesday, snagged by competition concerns and the fallout from Brexit. "As the parties failed to offer the remedies required to address our competition concerns, the Commission has decided
PARIS (AP) — French centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of Socialist former prime minister Manuel Valls.
TOKYO (AP) — Let's say you're North Korea and you have this nuclear device you really want to test. And let's say you'd rather some of the more sensitive details remain private. Physicists, geologists, imagery analysts, some of the best militaries in the world, monitoring posts set up