By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein
The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria. Twelve of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were "neutralized" on Thursday in
By Phil Stewart ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State. Carter
Democrats raised money to rebuild the office, and the state Republican Party later thanked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her statements of support. The state has become more than a must-win for Donald Trump. Other states are electoral battlegrounds, but none have North Carolina
Donald Trump is not the sort of candidate that often looks to precedent when defending his proposals. “President Obama has moved millions of people out,” said the Republican nominee on Wednesday night. To be sure, Mr. Trump has pledged to undo the tethers – fixed in place by directives from Mr. Obama
Thousands of Argentinians across the country and in dozens of cities worldwide donned black clothing on Wednesday and protested in the memory of Argentinian teenager Lucia Perez, a 16-year-old who was raped and murdered earlier this month. Lucia’s death occurred at a time when public outrage about violence
In the past 40 years, the United Nations has held only three conferences on the topic of cities. The latest one, which was held this week in Ecuador, revealed a remarkably different view from earlier ones. Instead of seeing cities as problems to manage, like a permanent scourge of humanity, the UN now
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides.
BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. Chinese meteorological services said the typhoon made landfall shortly after noon
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist party was preparing Friday for a crucial weekend meeting that could help end the country's political impasse by allowing the rival conservative Popular Party to form a minority government.
Congo's influential Catholic Church urged politicians on Friday to renegotiate a deal struck last week to ensure a presidential election is held next year and President Joseph Kabila is forbidden from standing for a third term. Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition and part of the
By Maher Chmaytelli and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq.
British journalist Mazher Mahmood, better known as the "Fake Sheikh" who caught out a string of celebrities in tabloid stings, was on Friday jailed for 15 months for perverting the course of justice. Mahmood, who conceals his identity after a series of alleged death threats, became a celebrity
The Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate"
LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he will no longer feel a sense of invincibility when he returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United on Sunday. Mourinho avoided a home league defeat in his first three-year stint at Chelsea and prior to a 1-0 Champions League victory there with
By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers called for a crackdown on anti-government extremists Friday in response to the killing this week of a police officer by an adherent of the so-called Reich Citizens Movement.
By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according
Canada's Bombardier said Friday it was cutting around 7,500 jobs by the end of 2018 as the aircraft and train manufacturer tries to cut costs and boost productivity as part of a turnaround plan. "The actions announced today will ensure we have the right cost structure, workforce and organization
By Ercan Gurses and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have seized territory
The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian banks are scrambling to contain the damage after more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.