By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade. State media earlier
Israeli troops on Thursday shot dead a Palestinian whom they suspected had thrown rocks at them as they patrolled a main West Bank road, the military said. The Palestinian health ministry named him as 15-year-old Khaled Bahar from Beit Umar, near the city of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied
By Svetlana Reiter and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - On a Friday evening in June, German businessman Yuri Zyudheimer and Russian regional governor Nikita Belykh sat down in a private booth in Megu, an upscale Japanese restaurant in central Moscow. Zyudheimer placed a dark red plastic bag on the table
When officials at San Jose State University in California heard about a pair of sexual assaults last month, the school jumped into action. The suspected rapist was immediately questioned by the police and subsequently ordered to stay away from the two women he was accused of assaulting, moved into off-campus
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up two days of closing arguments late Wednesday in the trial of six men and one woman charged with conspiracy in the armed takeover and 41-day occupation of a wildlife preserve in rural Oregon earlier this year. As the jury began deliberating Thursday
A fleet of taco trucks made a “wall” in front of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday, in a celebration of immigrant labor that twinned one protest against Donald Trump’s candidacy with another against the hotel’s refusal to enter into negotiations with newly unionized culinary workers
Presidential debates are intended to “provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners,” according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. On Wednesday night alone, the candidates were asked to compare their economic policies, attitudes toward the Second Amendment, and positions on
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The site of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics headquarters could become a new home for a United States consular office.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors said on Thursday they charged 22 people, 21 of them for qualified homicide, for their roles in the collapse of a tailings dam at the Samarco iron ore mine last November that killed 19 people. Executives of the company, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — In the age of space travel, an American explorer is preparing to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to Australia using a reed boat built by Bolivian Aymara Indians.
Some 1,400 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean were rescued Thursday off the coast of Libya, according to the Italian coastguard, which coordinated the operations conducted mainly by aid ships. Attempts at the dangerous crossing are continuing despite worsening weather as winter approaches, with
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen violated international humanitarian law with a so-called "double tap" air strike on a funeral gathering in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, United Nations sanctions monitors told the Security Council.
The offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State jihadists has so far progressed faster than planners anticipated, but military experts fear the fighting could get tougher as US-backed Iraqi forces enter the city. - Will IS defend Mosul at any cost? Jihadists in Mosul are expected to put up a fierce
MADRID (AP) — Spain's top court on Thursday overruled a controversial local ban against bullfighting in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, saying it violated a national law protecting the much-disputed spectacle.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he could return to the turbulent country as early as next month, even if he has to enter the way he fled — on foot.
European Union leaders warned Russia at a summit on Thursday that they will consider sanctions over its role in the Syrian conflict if Moscow does not stop "crimes" in the devastated city of Aleppo. The leaders in a draft summit statement said the EU was weighing sanctions against supporters
Elite Iraqi forces Thursday retook a town on the eastern edge of Mosul while Kurdish peshmerga opened a new front in the offensive to wrest back the jihadists' last bastion in Iraq. France and Iraq were co-chairing the meeting on the future of Mosul, which observers have warned could raise even
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.
LONDON (AP) — Britain has deployed warships to monitor a Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels Thursday as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel reportedly en route to Syria's coast.
Rebel violations mean there is "no ceasefire" in Yemen, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said on Thursday, the first day of a truce under a UN plan. "There is no ceasefire at all," Major General Ahmed Assiri told AFP. Huthi rebels and their allies had breached the truce
By Stephen Kalin and Babak Dehghanpisheh EAST AND NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The offensive to seize back Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new military operation to clear villages on the city
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The bodies terrified Betchie Salvador, because she always knew her husband could be next. They had begun turning up in cities all over the Philippines ever since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year — so many that one local newspaper had
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulation authority said Thursday it was imposing a blanket ban on Bollywood films and other Indian content on its television networks and radio stations amid increasing tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals on the issue of the disputed region of Kashmir.