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May’s Brexit Plans Thrown into Chaos by Landmark Court Ruling

May’s Brexit Plans Thrown into Chaos by Landmark Court Ruling

November 05, 2016

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to bring Britain out of the European Union (EU) were thrown into chaos Thursday. The High Court in London ruled that parliament, and not May's...

Aleppo Witnesses Most Violent Military Showdown in 4 Years

Aleppo Witnesses Most Violent Military Showdown in 4 Years

November 01, 2016

DAMASCUS - Syria's northern city of Aleppo is witnessing the most intense shelling and clashes since the conflict began there four years ago, following a major offensive the rebels had waged on Friday, a...

UNICEF Report Says 300 Million Children Worldwide Live in Toxic Air

UNICEF Report Says 300 Million Children Worldwide Live in Toxic Air

November 01, 2016

NEW YORK - Around 300 million children live in areas with severe air pollution, at least six times higher than international limits, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Monday...

Trump Accuses U.S. Justice Dept. of Protecting Clinton in Email Probe

Trump Accuses U.S. Justice Dept. of Protecting Clinton in Email Probe

October 31, 2016

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday accused the U.S. Justice Department of protecting his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in her email probe. The Department...

Australian Govt. Plans Lifetime Ban for Illegal Asylum Seekers

Australian Govt. Plans Lifetime Ban for Illegal Asylum Seekers

October 31, 2016

CANBERRA - Asylum seekers who use people smugglers to illegally come to Australia by boat will be given a lifetime ban from entering the country, under a government plan set to be put to Parliament...

Hillary Clinton to Campaign in Arizona in Final Week of Election

Hillary Clinton to Campaign in Arizona in Final Week of Election

October 30, 2016

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is heading to Phoenix on Wednesday to campaign in the traditionally red state less than a week before Election Day. With more people voting in this election than any in history...

Oil Prices Fall Amid OPEC-Deal Concerns

Oil Prices Fall Amid OPEC-Deal Concerns

October 30, 2016

NEW YORK - Oil prices ended lower on Friday amid rising concerns over whether an output-cut deal can be reached among OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) members...

IS Trickling out of Mosul as Losses Mount: US General

IS Trickling out of Mosul as Losses Mount: US General

October 29, 2016

BAGHDAD - Islamic State group fighters are trickling out of Iraq's Mosul as the jihadists suffer heavy casualties, the general overseeing American military operations in the region told AFP on Thursday...

Over 1 Million in Low and Middle Income Countries Treated with New Cure for Hepatitis C: UN

Over 1 Million in Low and Middle Income Countries Treated with New Cure for Hepatitis C: UN

October 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - Over one million people in low-and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago, UN spokesman Stephane...

Russian, German FMs Discuss Syrian Situation

Russian, German FMs Discuss Syrian Situation

October 27, 2016

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed the humanitarian situation in Syria's northern city of Aleppo and Syrian settlement over...

UN Chief Stresses Role of Women in Preventing Conflicts, Building Peace

UN Chief Stresses Role of Women in Preventing Conflicts, Building Peace

October 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday underlined the role of women in preventing conflict and building and maintaining peace, saying that "in failing to include women and...

Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Syrian Situation

Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Syrian Situation

October 26, 2016

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Syria's northern city of Aleppo over phone on Monday evening, said the Russian Ministry of Foreign...

British PM Urges Regional Leaders Not to Undermine Brexit

British PM Urges Regional Leaders Not to Undermine Brexit

October 26, 2016

LONDON - Theresa May held her first joint talks Monday with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since becoming prime minister and told them it was vital not to "undermine...

At Odds over Brexit, UK Nations Discuss How to Cooperate on Terms

At Odds over Brexit, UK Nations Discuss How to Cooperate on Terms

October 25, 2016

LONDON - The leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales met British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to discuss what part the three nations will play in the Brexit process, a thorny issue that...

Pentagon Chief Urges ‘Isolation Operation’ for IS-Held Raqa

Pentagon Chief Urges ‘Isolation Operation’ for IS-Held Raqa

October 25, 2016

ARBIL, IRAQ, - US defence chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that an operation to isolate the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqa should begin in conjunction with the assault on the jihadists' Iraqi bastion...

US Election Falls to New Low in Third Debate

US Election Falls to New Low in Third Debate

October 24, 2016

NEW YORK - The third and final U.S. presidential debate has tossed the ongoing election to its new low, as Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton traded personal attacks relentlessly...

EU Wraps Up Two-Day Summit, Seeking to Solve Thorny Issues of Migration, Trade, Russia

EU Wraps Up Two-Day Summit, Seeking to Solve Thorny Issues of Migration, Trade, Russia

October 24, 2016

BRUSSELS - Leaders from the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) on Friday wrapped up a two-day summit in Brussels, seeking to stem flows of irregular migrants, settle a stalled trade deal with Canada...

Baltic Forum in Latvia Addresses Russian-Western Issues, Growing Global Instability

Baltic Forum in Latvia Addresses Russian-Western Issues, Growing Global Instability

October 23, 2016

RIGA - Growing global instability and tensions between Russia on the one hand and the West and NATO on the other were in the focus of the annual Baltic Forum conference, which took place in Latvia’s seaside...

Fierce Fighting Rages in Yemen Despite Ceasefire

Fierce Fighting Rages in Yemen  Despite Ceasefire

October 23, 2016

ADEN - Fierce gun battles erupted overnight between Yemeni rebels and pro-government forces along the border with Saudi Arabia despite a three-day ceasefire due to end late Saturday, military officials said...

Trump Bows to Pressure, Says he’ll Accept ‘Clear Election Result’

Trump Bows to Pressure, Says he’ll Accept ‘Clear Election Result’

October 22, 2016

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump was forced Thursday to admit he would accept “clear” results of the Nov. 8 presidential election, after coming under intense criticism when he refused to endorse the legitimacy...

No Military Solution to Syrian Crisis: UN Chief

No Military Solution to Syrian Crisis: UN Chief

October 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis, while welcoming a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia in Syria's northern city of Aleppo...

AIIB Can Play Constructive Role in Global Economy: Senior U.S. Treasury Official

AIIB Can Play Constructive Role in Global Economy: Senior U.S. Treasury Official

October 20, 2016

WASHINGTON - The China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) can play a constructive role in global economy, in view of the high infrastructure demand in Asia, said a senior U.S. Treasury official on Tuesday....

Turkey Seeks Referendum in April for Presidential System

Turkey Seeks Referendum in April for Presidential System

October 20, 2016

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling party is considering holding a referendum in April for a constitutional amendment on the presidential system. The government revived plans endowing President Recep Tayyip...

EU to Address Syria’s Political Future with Regional Players

EU to Address Syria’s Political Future with Regional Players

October 19, 2016

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) will start talks with key actors in the region on the post-conflict phase in Syria, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday following the discussion on Syria at the...

NATO Says Committed to Providing Capacity-Building for Iraq

NATO Says Committed to Providing Capacity-Building for Iraq

October 19, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday welcomed Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al- Jaafari at the NATO Headquarters, committing the Alliance's support to Iraq. Stoltenberg reiterated NATO's...

Europe Pressing Harder on Countries to Take Back Deported Migrants

Europe Pressing Harder on Countries to Take Back Deported Migrants

October 18, 2016

BRUSSELS - As Europe reels from a historic rush of migrants, leaders are searching for new ways to reverse the flow by stepping up deportations. The quest led to a deal with...

Putin Hopes Relations with Washington can Recover after U.S. Presidential Elections

Putin Hopes Relations with Washington can Recover after U.S. Presidential Elections

October 18, 2016

MOSCOW - Russia-U.S. relations may recover after the presidential elections in the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference in India's Goa...

Multilateral Syria Talks End, No Agreement Reached

Multilateral Syria Talks End, No Agreement Reached

October 17, 2016

LAUSANNE - Talks between foreign ministers from the United States, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq came to a close Saturday evening without any of the...

UN Meeting to Set Global Goals in Sustainable Urban Development for 2 Decades

UN Meeting to Set Global Goals in Sustainable Urban Development for 2 Decades

October 17, 2016

QUITO - The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held in Quito on Oct. 17-20, will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development for the next 20...

India, Russia Ink 16 Pacts, Including 2 Key Defense Deals

India, Russia Ink 16 Pacts, Including 2 Key Defense Deals

October 16, 2016

NEW DELHI - India and Russia Saturday inked 16 pacts, including two key defense agreements, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on the...

Erdogan Says Iraq Cannot Handle Mosul Assault Alone

Erdogan Says Iraq Cannot Handle Mosul Assault Alone

October 16, 2016

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraq could not deal alone with driving Islamic State from the city of Mosul and that the presence of Turkish forces...

British PM Visits Madrid to Discuss Brexit Terms

British PM Visits Madrid to Discuss Brexit Terms

October 15, 2016

MADRID - British Prime Minister Theresa May visited acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a working lunch in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Thursday. This is May's first...

Ankara, Baghdad Negotiate About Turkish Troops in Iraq

Ankara, Baghdad Negotiate About Turkish Troops in Iraq

October 15, 2016

ANKARA - Turkey and Iraq carried on negotiations about Turkish troops in a military camp in Mosul region, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday...

U.S. Key “Swing State’ Colorado Still Splits after Second Presidential Debate

U.S. Key “Swing State’ Colorado Still Splits after Second Presidential Debate

October 11, 2016

BOULDER, the United States - With a month to go before the U.S. election day which falls on Nov. 8, voters in Colorado, a pivotal western state in this year's chase for presidency...

After May’s Brexit Pledge, Europeans Close Ranks

After May’s Brexit Pledge, Europeans Close Ranks

October 11, 2016

BRUSSELS - The concerted response from Berlin, Paris and Brussels to British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement last week of a March deadline to open divorce talks with...