By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government peace negotiators hit back on Thursday at critics of a deal to end half a century of war with leftist FARC guerrillas, saying the cost of bringing the rebel fighters into society was much lower than spending on the conflict. The government
By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart peace talks Yemen with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations
By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening
A woman from the Czech Republic has been rescued from the frozen New Zealand wilderness, where she survived an entire month after her partner fell to his death and she became lost in the snow. Police inspector Olaf Jensen told the Associated Press that the woman was admitted to a local hospital and
After more than five decades of conflict and nearly four years of peace negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC, the oldest guerrilla group operating in the Western Hemisphere, announced Wednesday night that they had reached a final peace accord. The pact with the FARC, the Revolutionary
After 49 people were killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, the deadliest mass shooting ever in the United States, some Orlando residents have found hope in the city's show of unity and generosity. "I'm still trying to grasp the enormity of it, but at the same time it'
It was Italy, the day after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake devastated towns and villages in a mountainous region in the centre of the country. Italy has a reputation for dysfunction and inefficiency in many spheres of life, from almost endemic tax evasion to revolving door governments and a bloated and
Ethiopia's haul of eight track medals with just one gold at the Rio Olympics was not satisfactory, according to legendary distance runner Haile Gebreselassie, who blamed the under-par performance on the country's athletics federation. The 43-year-old Gebreselassie won gold in the 10,000m at
PARIS (AP) — French mayors are drawing international anger for banning the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit worn by a small minority of Muslim women. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy.
By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb and a gunfight was still ongoing, police and the insurgent group said on Thursday. "A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there
Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict. Syria's army has surrounded rebels and civilians and blocked food deliveries
BEIRUT (AP) — After four years of grueling bombardment and crippling siege, the remaining residents and rebels of a Damascus suburb agreed to surrender and evacuate under the terms of an agreement reached Thursday, Syrian government and opposition activists said.
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2
The intention of four Iranian vessels that approached a U.S. warship in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz this week were not clear, but such actions can escalate tensions, the White House said on Thursday. "At this point, it's not clear what the intentions of the Iranian ships were
A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached and circled two U.S. Navy ships and a Kuwaiti vessel in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, CNN reported on Thursday. It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave after a
Big spending English clubs have shattered the Premier League's transfer spending record after the total splashed out reached Â£880 million ($1.1 billion, 1 billion euros) on Thursday. By 1500 GMT, shortly after Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was confirmed, the
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and Islamic State militants for using sulfur mustard gas. The year-long
Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians are to evacuate the besieged town of Daraya near the Syrian capital under an accord struck on Thursday, state news agency SANA said. "Seven hundred armed men with their personal weapons will leave Daraya to head to the (rebel-controlled) city of Idlib,
More than 700 Italian restaurants have added spaghetti all'amatriciana to their menus in solidarity with the victims of an earthquake that destroyed the birthplace of the famous pasta dish. Chefs around the world are being urged to follow suit after the Slow Food movement threw its weight behind
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A more than 20-year battle between law enforcement and a Pittsburgh-area man who has repeatedly been convicted of selling drug-related paraphernalia is coming to a close.
The Gaza zoo's last tiger was one of 15 animals rescued this week from what has been dubbed the "worst zoo in the world". "When we decided to step in, it was a critical situation not only for Laziz but also for the other 14 animals," said Ioana Dungler, wild animals director
NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Wednesday that the leak of documents from a leading French builder of Scorpene submarines designed for India's navy was investigated and did not pose any security compromise because sensitive information was blacked out.
PARIS (AP) — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.
HELSINKI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has cautioned Europe against a new natural gas pipeline planned to stretch from Russia to Germany, saying it "looks like a fairly bad deal" for Europe because it further increases its energy dependency on Moscow.