MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday Moscow is not responsible for an air strike on a school in Syria's Idlib province that led to deaths of 26 civilians, most of them schoolchildren. Russian military were not involved in the attack, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria
By Angus McDowall and Nick Tattersall BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Fighting between Turkey and Kurdish militias in northern Syria is complicating plans to drive their mutual enemy Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa, an operation U.S. officials have said may start within weeks. Turkish jets
By Andrew Cawthorne and Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests. The government
With 24 journalists killed without recourse over the last decade, Somalia topped the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) annual list of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Titled "Getting Away With Murder - 2016 Global Impunity Index," the report was released on Thursday
The Philippines hosts about 100 US Army special operation troops on the southern island of Mindanao to help with counterterrorism efforts. Recommended: Asia's troubled waters: What's going on in the South China Sea? Analysts say Duterte’s aggressive push to distance the Philippines from the
Donald Trump will make his fourth visit to Maine since June this Friday, an attempt that shows the Republican nominee plans to grab every single electoral vote he can to make it to 270. As Mr. Trump lags behind in the polls, the viability of his campaign in its final days has come into question. On
"We are tired of being in the shadows," Mahoma López, who identifies as a spokesman for the protesters, and is co-director of Laundry Workers Center, told The Christian Science Monitor in a phone interview. The protesters also held up a sign that read, "Deport ICE," an acronym for
A group of African legal and rights experts on Thursday called on Burundi, South Africa and Gambia to reconsider their plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The African Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) -- consisting of lawyers, prosecutors, judges, academics and human
By Inmaculada Sanz and Angus Berwick MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialists will not allow incoming conservative leader Mariano Rajoy a free hand to govern despite allowing him a second term, one of their leaders told parliament on Thursday during a heated debate before a first confidence vote.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The provincial court of Pakistan's Sindh province has ordered police and the area's excise department to start closing all shops selling alcohol.
A man was shot and killed by Kenyan police outside the US embassy in the capital Nairobi on Thursday, police said. "The man was shot dead after a confrontation with officers guarding the embassy," a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity, without specifying the cause of the confrontation
A teenager charged after an explosive device was found on a London Underground train intends to plead not guilty on the grounds that it was a prank, his lawyer told a court Thursday. Damon Smith, 19, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London over the incident on October 20 which sparked
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian man asked his country's Constitutional Court on Thursday to recognize his marriage to an American man, in a case that has pitted the nation's conservative majority against those who want to move into the European mainstream. The court later postponed the case
Germany’s Angelique Kerber continued her unbeaten run at the WTA Finals on Thursday, steamrolling rising American Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to charge into the semi-finals of the season-ending championship . Kerber was joined in the semis by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who claimed her first victory
VISSO, Italy (AP) — Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars.
KRASNAYA POLYANA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his attempts to reach an agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama on ending the bloodshed in Syria had not worked out. "A united front to defeat terrorism has in fact not been created," Putin told an audience
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Kurdish journalist charged with engaging in terrorist propaganda for a series of Twitter posts has gone on trial in Turkey.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Canada are on the cusp of sealing a landmark free trade deal after the Belgian government on Thursday overcame an impasse with its regional authorities, which had been seeking more protections from multinationals.
The powerful tremors which shook central Italy on Wednesday were the product of a new earthquake rather than aftershocks from one that devastated the town of Amatrice in August, Italian experts say. "It wasn't an aftershock, it was a new earthquake," Mario Tozzi of the national institute
The United Nations' shipping agency on Thursday set global regulations to limit the amount of sulfur emissions from vessels which will come into force from 2020. A session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee in London set the new regulations
Washington (AFP) - Nadia Murad, an advocate for Yazidis who suffered at the hands of the Islamic State group, welcomed the Sakharov prize for human rights Thursday as a "profound condemnation" of the jihadists' "criminal inhumanity."
By Felix, Onuah and Ulf Laessing ABUJA (Reuters) - Ending the insurgency in Nigeria's Delta region that has hobbled oil production is the first goal of a seven-point plan for the petroleum industry, the country's oil minister said on Thursday. The government is launching a $10 billion infrastructure
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government
In this photo by Andy Wong, a model presents a wedding dress designed by Tsai Meiyue during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week in Beijing. Tsai's other creations for weddings included illuminated dresses and a red dress with sheer shoulders and detailed sleeves. The spring-summer China Fashion