By Saif Hameed and Babak Dehghanpisheh ERBIL (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq. Masoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdish region
Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, after a long illness, The Los Angeles Times reported on its website. Hayden, who forged his political activism as a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society, which stood at the core of the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements, was principal author
By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong judge warned jurors that they will have to view video filmed by former British banker Rurik Jutting of the torture and vicious killing of two Indonesian women he is accused of murdering as the trial got under way on Monday. Jutting, who studied at Cambridge
A Republican senator in Missouri may lose his seat to a little-known Democratic challenger in a heated race that could determine which party holds the Senate majority. Jason Kander, a former military intelligence officer and Missouri’s current secretary of state, suddenly shot up in the polls last month
This month, one of South Africa’s most popular figures, Thuli Madonsela, ended her term as Public Prosecutor after seven years of taking on powerful figures – including President Jacob Zuma – for corruption. For her integrity in upholding rule of law and her courage in the face of threats, a restaurant
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey reaffirmed Thursday that Colorado forbids the practice of snapping a picture of a completed ballot. The reminder comes after federal courts barred similar laws in New Hampshire and Indiana earlier this year. Posting selfies and other pictures to Facebook, Instagram
Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mount Everest and conquer the "Seven Summits," has died, 41 years after scaling the world's highest mountain. Tabei first made history in 1975 when she became the first woman to climb Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, at age 35.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI is starting talks with political party leaders before he is expected to call on conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to try to form a government and end a near 10-month political deadlock.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Asad Shafiq hit successive half century as Pakistan swelled its lead to 455 on the fourth day of the second test against West Indies on Monday.
The most senior U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Monday that the United States remains a "steady and trusted" partner of the Philippines, but was concerned about recent controversial statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
By Manuel Mogato and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - The most senior U.S. diplomat for Asia assured the Philippines on Monday that Washington remained its "trusted" ally and that it supported Manila's blossoming ties with China. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and
BEIJING (AP) — The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Officials say a light plane has crashed after takeoff from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board.
A light aircraft, which crashed shortly after take-off from Malta airport on Monday morning killing at least five people, was not deployed by Frontex, a spokesman at the European Union border agency said. Airport sources and witnesses said that the plane was believed to be carrying officials from Frontex
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries. Daniel Russel, the
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials lashed out Monday at efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.
An Israeli aircraft struck a militant target in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday after a rocket was fired toward Israel, the military said. No casualties were reported following the air strike, Gaza residents said. The rocket fired toward southern Israel set off sirens after tracking systems monitored
Syrian refugee children have been working in factories in Turkey making clothes for British high street retailer Marks & Spencer and online store ASOS, an investigation by BBC Panorama found. The investigation, to be broadcast Monday evening, found Syrian refugees as young as 15 working long hours for
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centers across the country. It plans to relocate them to 450 centers across
A light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Malta on Monday, killing at least five people on board in the island nation's worst peacetime air accident, airport sources and witnesses said. Airport officials initially said the plane was believed to be carrying officials from EU border agency
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first outlined the hypothesis nearly a decade ago: Can total transparency defeat an entrenched group of insiders?
The notorious "Jungle" migrant camp on the outskirts of the French port of Calais has for years been a key staging post for migrants trying to smuggle across the Channel to Britain on lorries or trains. In 1999, the Red Cross opens the Sangatte camp near Calais port for migrants sleeping rough