The top U.S. commander in Iraq on Wednesday downplayed the chances that the United States would deploy a large number of additional coalition forces to battle the Islamic State, even as President Donald Trump weighs options to speed the campaign. "I don't foresee us bringing in large numbers
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian and U.S. officials are working on a plan to tackle asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, with American officials keen to discover how they entered the United States in the first place, said a source familiar with the matter. U.S. Homeland Security
The Dutch Party for Freedom will resume its street campaign this weekend after revelations of leaks from the police team guarding its leader Geert Wilders prompted the anti-Islam party to cancel all public events ahead of a parliamentary election. Wilders has lived under 24-hour police protection since
What would you do with a modest paycheck that showed up monthly, regardless of employment: Retire early? This question lies at the heart of the growingly popular but contentious topic of Universal Basic Income (UBI), which proposes replacing often inefficient social welfare programs with a guaranteed
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and sent it to the country’s Senate, which is expected to ratify it. Under the agreement, Manila aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030 – an amount open to revision – and will receive assistance
As South Korea moved ahead this week with plans to deploy a US missile defense system southeast of Seoul, China responded by ramping up its opposition to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. After the board of an affiliate of South Korea’s Lotte Group conglomerate approved a land
Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors, both now resigned from their positions at the Dean of Students office, stole around $110,000 in total, Harvard University police allege in a criminal complaint. "Knowing that someone is out there taking away those crucial resources from the vulnerable student population
A German-Turkish journalist whose arrest in Turkey has badly jolted relations between Ankara and Berlin was quoted on Wednesday as saying the conditions of his detention had improved markedly since his transfer to prison from a police cell. Deniz Yucel, who holds both German and Turkish citizenship,
Toxic waste has been dumped in a farming town in southeast Nigeria's restive oil-producing Delta region, a state government official and a community leader said on Wednesday. The community leader, Collins Edema, president of the National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, said the waste was dangerous
Russian-backed rebels on Wednesday halted the operations of the first Ukrainian company after an ultimatum expired to end a trade blockade between the two foes. Protesting Ukrainian war veterans and opposition lawmakers have blocked rail freight traffic between government and rebel territory since January
MADRID (AP) — Madrid authorities said Wednesday they have impounded an orange-and-white bus used by a group campaigning against teaching schoolchildren about transgender people.
GENEVA (AP) — The FIFA official who led inspections of 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders says he has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.
Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings. The choice was seen as a move away from the celebrity architects that have dominated the
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president is withholding the mandate to form a government from the runner-up in December's elections, accusing left-wing leader Zoran Zaev of jeopardizing the country's sovereignty.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Some 50 countries have signed up to attend a family planning conference in Brussels aimed at making up the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion, organizers said Wednesday.
Golf's rule-makers unveiled on Wednesday a radical set of proposals they hope will simplify and speed up the game, with Tiger Woods quick to give his high-profile backing. The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) want to eliminate many penalties, including for accidentally moving your ball
Russian and Syrian aircraft bombed positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition near the Syrian town of al Bab on Tuesday, inflicting casualties, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said on Wednesday. "Yesterday, we had some Russian aircraft and (Syrian) regime aircraft bomb some villages
A jogger on Wednesday found a pair of trousers with the national health card of a member of a missing French family in a pocket, a source close to the probe said. The items belonging to Charlotte Troadec, 18, were found early Wednesday in a town some 280 kilometres (175 miles) northwest of the family
The Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels attacked villages held by U.S.-allied militias near the city of Manbij in northern Syria on Wednesday, a spokesman for the militias said, an escalation of Turkey's military campaign in the border area. There was no immediate comment from Turkey, which is
PARIS (AP) — Forensics officers locked down a neighborhood in western France on Wednesday, searching for traces of a four-member family that disappeared, leaving behind a bloody cellphone, stripped beds and a home where a prosecutor said "time froze."
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who celebrated his 93rd birthday last week, flew to Singapore on Wednesday for a "scheduled medical review", his spokesman said. Mugabe appeared frail at his birthday party on Saturday, when he stood for more than an hour to deliver his speech, but he paused
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov refused on Wednesday to grant a coalition of Social Democrats and ethnic Albanian parties a mandate to form a government, leaving the former Yugoslav republic no closer to ending a two-year-old political crisis. Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev formed the coalition
French rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon announced Wednesday that he would be charged over a fake job scandal that has battered his campaign, but vowed to continue his bid for power. Fillon said the charges, set to be announced on March 15, were "entirely calculated to stop me being
Russian warplanes bombed US-backed fighters in several small villages in northern Syria after they mistakenly thought Islamic State forces were in the area, a top US general said Wednesday. On Tuesday, "we had some Russian aircraft and regime aircraft bomb some villages that I believe they thought
By Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was preparing on Wednesday to call a snap election after losing a confidence vote in parliament, a cabinet minister said. Lesotho, a small landlocked country of 2 million people surrounded by South Africa, has