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  • Syria rebels to attend peace talks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives of some Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey scheduled later this month, despite mounting violations of a ceasefire ac…

  • Moscow reaction muted over Trump’s nuke talk

  • U.S. marines’ arrival in Norway irks Russia

    OSLO (Reuters) — Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a depl…

  • Manila protests Beijing’s activity in S. China Sea

    MANILA (Reuters) — China’s recent installation of weapons on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea was “very troubling,” the Philippines’ defense minister said on Tuesday, afte…

  • Xi to tout globalization at Davos

    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will defend globalization in the face of mounting public hostility in the West on Tuesday in a speech at the World Economic Forum that wil…

  • Top DPRK defector says more envoys are waiting to follow

    SEOUL (Reuters) — More high-level North Korean diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang’s former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, …

  • Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dies

    HOUSTON (AP) — Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child’s initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk o…

  • EU defiant ahead of Trump presidency

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect’s stinging comments on everything from NATO and Ge…

  • Trump meets with MLK’s son amid civil rights storm

  • Istanbul shooting suspect caught

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkish police have captured the suspected gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day after a two-week nationwide manhunt, with state media saying …

  • 5 dead after gunfire at Mexico club

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Gunfire broke out in a crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music before dawn Monday, causing five deaths and setting off a bloody stampede by scre…

  • S. Korea minister questioned

    SEOUL (Jiji Press)—The South Korean special prosecutor’s office summoned the culture, sports and tourism minister and a former presidential chief of staff on Tuesday to question them over the all…

  • Milky Way: Rare glimpse of a ‘star factory’ at work

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — The European Space Agency on Jan. 4 released stunning images of baby stars taking shape inside the Milky Way’s Orion nebula. The massive Orion A molecular cloud is the “star …

  • Huge Antarctic ice block set to break off

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported on Jan. 6. A slow-progressing rift sudden…

  • Grisly truth of Belgium Neanderthals

    GOYET, Belgium (AFP-Jiji) — Deep in the caves of Goyet in Belgium researchers have found the grisly evidence that the Neanderthals did not just feast on horses or reindeer, but also on each other. …

  • ROK seeks arrest of Samsung heir as Park bribery suspect

    SEOUL (AP) — Prosecutors requested the arrest Monday of the de facto head of Samsung, South Korea’s biggest company, on bribery and other charges in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the…

  • Obama: No regret for ‘red line’ over Syria

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a “red line” over Syria’s use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the U.S. fail…

  • 26 killed in Brazil prison bloodbath

    NATAL, Brazil (AFP-Jiji) — The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed 26 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said Sunday. T…

  • Over 50 insurgents held in Chechnya

    MOSCOW (AFP-Jiji) — Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said Sunday his forces had detained more than 50 insurgents linked to the Islamic State jihadist group, completing a major security operation. …

  • 32 dead after plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK (AFP-Jiji) — A cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport Monday, leaving 32 people dead including four pilots as it hit a populated area after attempting to land in thick fog, au…

  • Report: Trump offers end to Russia sanctions for N-arms cut

  • Iran: N-deal won’t be renegotiated

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers “will not be renegotiated” ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ta…

  • Serbia’s row with Kosovo on train gets tense

    BELGRADE (Reuters) — Serbia’s president said on Sunday that Kosovo had shown it wanted war after it deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia’s national colors and the wor…

  • Turkish MPs back bolstering Erdogan

    ISTANBUL (AFP-Jiji) — The Turkish parliament on Sunday passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead…

  • Return to Mideast peace efforts urged

    PARIS (AP) — Sending a forceful message to Israel’s prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward lon…

  • Trump’s team mulls moving press room

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Donald Trump’s team could move the White House press briefing room from the West Wing to another location that accommodates more media from around the count…

  • CIA chief warns PEOTUS on Russia

    NEW YORK (AP) — The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the presiden…

  • Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 yrs

    ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the …

  • Inaugural rehearsal held

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The hair was the giveaway. The man in the black coat, white shirt and red tie who raised his right hand as if to take the oath of the nation’s highest office on Sunday sported…

  • Iraq trying to curb feud between Iran, Saudi Arabia

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster…

  • Bahrain executes 3 convicted in bombing

    DUBAI (AP) — Bahraini authorities put to death three men found guilty of a deadly attack on police on Sunday, the kingdom’s first executions since an Arab Spring-inspired uprising rocked the coun…

  • Gambia crisis focus of France-Africa summit

    BAMAKO (AP) — Gambia’s political crisis took center stage Saturday at a summit in Mali, where leaders said they hope that Gambia’s longtime leader will step down peacefully when the president-e…

  • Duterte orders troops to bomb militants, their hostages

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of …

  • Abbas warns over U.S. Israel Embassy move

  • ISIL assault on Syria city leaves 30 dead

    BEIRUT (AFP-Jiji) — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime figh…

  • Iraqi forces advance at Mosul University / Seizing site crucial gain for troops

    MOSUL, Iraq/ BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi special forces drove back Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in the Mosul University campus on Saturday, while elite police units took over …

  • Trump attacks U.S. civil rights icon for claiming Russia aided victory

  • Holliday backs out of gig

  • Beijing reiterates ‘one China’ policy nonnegotiable

  • Obama to ease Sudan sanctions, with full approval from Trump

  • Analysis / PEOTUS team at odds on China policy

  • 8 Democrat lawmakers to skip inaugural

  • Concert to include Toby Keith

  • MPs demand Brexit plan by mid-February

    LONDON (AFP-Jiji) — An influential group of members of parliament called on British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday to publish by mid-February her plans for leaving the European Union, and u…

  • Ex-MI6 spy, known to U.S. agencies, author of reports on PEOTUS

  • Cote d’Ivoire government, rebel troops reach deal

    ABIDJAN (AFP-Jiji) — Cote d’Ivoire’s government and rebel troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said late Friday at the close of a tense day, which saw outbrea…

  • 2 Uighurs held over Istanbul attack

    ANKARA (Reuters) — Two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin were arrested on Friday for suspected links to the mass shooting in an Istanbul night club on New Year’s Eve, state-run Anadolu agency sa…

  • Winter storm wreaks havoc across Europe

    LONDON (AFP-Jiji) — A powerful winter storm battered Europe on Friday, knocking power out for 330,000 homes in France, prompting the evacuation of thousands of seaside dwellers in Britain and disru…

  • House votes to begin dismantling Obamacare

  • Egypt: 10 ISIL militants killed in Sinai gunfight

    CAIRO (AFP-Jiji) — Egyptian security forces killed 10 militants linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during a raid Friday on one of their hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula,…

  • Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request

    BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a g…

  • China Navy carrier capabilities tested on training mission

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soa…

  • Liberty is depicted on new $100 coin

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Mint has unveiled a commemorative $100 gold coin that features an image of Liberty as a black woman. The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows the woma…

  • House backs waiver allowing Mattis to serve as defense chief

  • Senate takes 1st step to repeal Obamacare

  • Mattis takes aim at Russia

  • Arrival of U.S. troops in Poland unnerves Russia

    WARSAW/MOSCOW (Reuters) — Poland on Thursday welcomed several thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and heavy equipment under a planned North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation to beef up its E…

  • Obama ends special immigration policy for Cubans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident. …

  • China, Russia agree on more countersteps against THAAD

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified “countermeasures” in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xin…

  • FBI’s Clinton email actions to be probed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before …

  • Airstrikes escalate despite Syria ceasefire

    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday that a ceasefire was “largely holding with some exceptions,” as opposition activists reported a mounting number of government airstrikes, in…

  • Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe B…

  • China posts worst export fall since 2009

  • Ethics chief blasts Trump’s business handover plan

  • U.S. State nominee Tillerson veers from Trump on key issues

  • Trump stops short of full divestment

  • Trump meets press, turns combative

  • Dossier on Trump circulated for months

  • Mexico ready for high stakes talks with Trump

  • Trudeau picks Russia critic as Canada’s top diplomat

    OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canada’s appointment of an outspoken Russia critic currently under sanctions from Moscow is a bold move by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he seeks to improve strained relatio…

  • U.S. adds 7 DPRK officials to blacklist

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Treasury Department has added seven senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, to its sanctions list because of human rights abuses and c…

  • U.S. deploys high-tech radar amid fevered N. Korea rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A high-tech sea-based U.S. military radar has left Hawaii to monitor for potential North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test launches, a U.S. defense official said…

  • Samsung chief questioned in Park political scandal

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Special South Korean prosecutors questioned the head of top conglomerate Samsung Group on suspicion of bribery on Thursday in an influence-peddling scandal that led to President P…

  • OUTLOOK 2017 / Keep an eye on global waves of nationalism

    If we think about it carefully, the rise of the fierce nationalism that rattled many parts of the world in 2016 should not be considered a new trend. The best example is Russian President Vladimir P…

  • China unveils new reconnaissance ship

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s Navy has launched a new electronic reconnaissance ship, state media said on Thursday, the latest addition to an expanding fleet and as Beijing’s new assertiveness to…

  • Japan criticized over U.S. trade deficits

  • Report: Nazi Brunner died in Syria in 2001

    PARIS (Reuters) — Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS officer found responsible for the World War II deportation of 125,500 European Jews to Nazi death camps, died in a Syrian jail cell in 2001, accordin…

  • Tillerson reassures on defense of Senkakus

  • Trump acknowledges Russian hack responsibility

  • N. Korea’s plutonium enough for ‘10 bombs’

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — North Korea now has enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea said Wednesday, a week after leader Kim Jong Un said it was close to test-launching an intercontinental …

  • ‘More forceful ways’ an option over DPRK

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the United States may need “more forceful ways” of dealing with North Korea if it develops an intercontinental ballistic missil…

  • 1st China president to visit Davos forum will be Xi

    GENEVA (AP) — China’s President Xi Jinping will attend the World Economic Forum next week, becoming the first Chinese head of state to do so at the annual gathering of business leaders, politicia…

  • Corbyn vows to manage U.K. migration

    LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party backs “the reasonable management of migration,” its leader said on Tuesday in a speech aimed at winning back millions of traditional s…

  • Fillon to propose EU immigration quota

    PARIS (Reuters) — French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, who is favorite to win this year’s election, will lay out on Wednesday his proposals to cut immigration to a “stric…

  • Breivik makes Nazi salute in court again

    SKIEN, Norway (Reuters) — Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday to a court where Norway appealed against a ruling that it has violated his human rights by keeping him in…

  • Tillerson to stand firm on Russia, China

  • Flynn calls alliances great tool for U.S.

  • Russia might know things that ‘compromise’ Trump

  • Taiwan president meets with likely Trump staffer

  • ‘Yes we did,’ Obama says in farewell speech

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation Tuesday in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threat…

  • Reporter who broke news of WWII dies

    HONG KONG (Reuters) — Clare Hollingworth, who was a rookie reporter for a British newspaper when she broke the news in 1939 that World War II had begun, has died in Hong Kong at 105, a close friend …

  • Taipei scrambles jets over China warship

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China’s sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of …

  • ROK culture minister sorry for ‘blacklist’

    SEOUL (AFP-jiji) — South Korea’s culture minister apologized Monday for the conservative government’s blacklisting of thousands of artists for their political beliefs, as critics said the attemp…

  • Pakistan fires N-ready missile from sub

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile on Monday, the military said, a show of force for a country that sees its missile development as a deterrent against…

  • Trump tweets reveal more than anger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His message came at the start of one of the busiest weeks of Donald Trump’s transition to the White House. It’s a week when he and his team are preparing eight Cabinet picks f…

  • 5 Russians sanctioned in hacking aftermath

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing Obama administration on Monday blacklisted five Russians, including a senior law enforcement official close to President Vladimir Putin, as the two nations’ feud ov…

  • Democrats slam Trump amid ethics fears

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The top Democrat in the U.S. Congress blasted Donald Trump on Monday for seeking hasty confirmation of cabinet nominees without sufficient ethics and security vetting, as the…

  • Huge batch of uranium approved for Tehran

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. admini…

  • Shots fired as U.S. warns Iran

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated reque…

  • Trump appoints son-in-law Kushner to take over senior White House role

  • Assad says he’s ready to ‘negotiate everything’

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks published Monday that he was prepared “to negotiate everything” at planned talks later this month in Kazakhstan, seeking to cast hims…

  • Italy to place ambassador back in Libya

    ROME (Reuters) — Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, its foreign ministry said on Monday, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country. Italy closed it…

  • Top Sinn Fein figure resigns in Belfast

    DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government was plunged into crisis Monday as its senior Catholic leader quit in a showdown with his Protestant colleague that could trigger a snap e…

  • Mao critic fired from university

    BEIJING (Reuters) — A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticized Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in a commentary he posted online that enraged leftists. Mao, who died on Dec. …

  • Avatar-style manned robot takes first steps

    GUNPO, South Korea (AFP-Jiji) — A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps. Designed by a veteran of…

  • Study: Dinosaur eggs took longer to hatch

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The eggs of nonavian dinosaurs took three to six months to hatch, a long incubation period that could help explain dinosaurs’ mass extinction 65 million years ago, accordin…

  • Cheetahs in the wild face threat of extinction

    HARTBEESPOORT, South Africa (AFP-Jiji) — Lounging in the shade of a tree, Heathcliff the cheetah oozes sleek grace and power, but he is captive behind a wire fence — perhaps the only way that chee…

  • Truck attack kills 4 in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin N…

  • Zuma calls for end to ANC infighting

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress needs to end infighting and focus on winning back public support, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday as he tries to unite…

  • British FM in U.S. to meet Trump advisers

    LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson has arrived in the United States to meet close advisers to President-elect Donald Trump and senior Congressional leaders to discuss tie…

  • Ghana president faces plagiarism row

    ACCRA (Reuters) — Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo came under fire on Sunday when it emerged that his inaugural address plaigiarized quotes from speeches by U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Geor…

  • Tunisians protest against jihadists

    TUNIS (AFP-Jiji) — About 1,000 people protested in central Tunis on Sunday against allowing Tunisians who had fought with jihadists abroad back into the country. Some 3,000 Tunisians have joined …

  • Anime boom in China heats up, unaffected by chilly ties

  • Italy’s 5-Star seeks divorce from UKIP

    ROME (Reuters) — Italy’s maverick 5-Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5…

  • Iraqi forces reach Tigris in Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi special forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a three-…

  • Iran’s ex-president Rafsanjani dies

    TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were not always welcome but his cunning guided…

  • Priebus: Trump admits Russia hacking

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber-attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take act…

  • Israeli media: Netanyahu sought good press

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media on Sunday reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to negotiate a deal for more positive coverage by a major Israeli newspaper two years ago. Netanyahu…

  • Kushner in talks with Chinese financial group

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — China’s Anbang Insurance Group is in talks to invest in a project to redevelop a flagship New York City building owned by Kushner Companies, the family real estate business r…

  • N. Korea: We can launch ICBM ‘anytime’

    PYONGYANG (AP) — With Donald Trump getting ready to take office as president, North Korea is talking about launching a newly perfected intercontinental ballistic missile. Officials in Washington ar…

  • China tightens rules on corruption investigators

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China’s top anti-corruption watchdog has tightened supervision of its 500,000-plus corruption investigators, after some of its own staff were caught in graft probes. The Ce…

  • China paper warns Trump over Taiwan

    SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (Reuters) — State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would take “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours…

  • Ethics reviews unfinished on Trump picks

  • Crowley defended on plagiarism

  • Founder of Portuguese democracy dies

    LISBON (AFP-Jiji) — Portugal’s former President Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, died Saturday aged 92 a fortnight after being admitted to hospital…

  • Sri Lanka launches China-led investment zone amid protests

    HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) — Sri Lankan police used tear gas and water cannons on Saturday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators protesting against a planned investment zone sup…

  • Nearly 50 killed by blast in Syria town

    BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border Saturday, killing nearly 50 in a huge explosion that damaged buildings and le…

  • 2 suspected militants killed in Riyadh

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Two men accused of links to bombings and other attacks against Saudi Arabia were shot dead in a security operation in Riyadh on Saturday, Interior Ministry officials said. The of…

  • Choked by smog, Beijing creates environmental police

    BEIJING (AP) — Officials in Beijing have announced a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning, the latest government response to the widespread public anger over China’s persist…

  • DPRK low-key on Kim’s birthday

    PYONGYANG (AP) — North Korea marked Kim Jong Un’s birthday on Sunday in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader’s birthday is well known throughout the country, it has yet to be ce…

  • Cote d’Ivoire’s president: Deal made to end army mutiny

    ABIDJAN (AP) — Cote d’Ivoire’s president said a deal was reached Saturday to end a two-day army mutiny that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-…

  • PEOTUS: Only fools oppose better Russia ties

  • Turkish PM visits Iraq amid spat over unauthorized troops

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim commenced a two-day visit to Iraq on Saturday, the first since the two governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in…

  • Trump has no plan to meet Tsai

  • CDC may lower threshold level for childhood lead exposure

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering lowering its threshold for elevated childhood blood lead levels by 30 percent, a shift that could help health…

  • Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids

    Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a pos…

  • Quitting journalist says Charlie Hebdo has gone soft

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — One of Charlie Hebdo’s most outspoken journalists said on Friday she is quitting the French satirical magazine because it has gone soft on Islamist extremism. Zineb El Rhazoui…

  • Migrant death toll rises to record high in 2016

    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A record 7,495 refugee and migrant deaths were recorded worldwide last year — almost one third higher than in 2015 — with the vast majority perishing in th…

  • Michelle Obama praises diversity in farewell speech

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned case for embracing diversity and welcoming all religious groups on Friday in a not-so-veiled message to her husband’s successo…

  • Trump taunts Terminator

  • Brazil gang kills 31, many hacked to death, as prison violence explodes

    RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) — Jailed members of Brazil’s most powerful drug gang killed 31 inmates at a penitentiary on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in …

  • 4 held over beating disabled man, broadcasting attack

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rebuked four black people accused of beating a mentally disabled white man and broadcasting the attack on Facebook, sternly asking, “Where was your sense of decency?” bef…

  • Tsai heads to Americas; U.S. stops set to irk China

    BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan’s leader pledged to bolster her self-ruled island’s presence on the international stage as she set off Saturday to visit four Central American allies on a trip that include…

  • U.S. intel report blames Putin for hacks

  • 5 killed, 8 injured in shooting at U.S. airport

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and opened fir…

  • Russia: Scale back of military presence has begun in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and other warships from the waters off Syria, following orders from President Vladimir Putin to scale back his forces as he ca…

  • Duterte tours Russian warship amid warming ties

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila on Friday in another gesture of warming ties with Moscow as he shifts his country’s fore…

  • ‘Mastermind’ of deadly cafe siege in Dhaka killed

    DHAKA (AFP-Jiji) — Bangladeshi police shot dead an Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year’s deadly siege at a cafe during a predawn raid in Dhaka Friday. The bod…

  • Trump repeats pledge to make Mexico pay for wall

  • U.N. warns of ‘war crime’ as Damascus water crisis grows

    BEIRUT (AFP-Jiji) — The United Nations warned Thursday that sabotaging water supplies was a war crime after the main source for Syria’s capital was cut, leaving more than 5 million people facing s…

  • Trump to nominate former Sen. Coats as intelligence chief

  • Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead; 700 held

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Anger over gasoline prices hikes in Mexico fueled more protests and looting Thursday, and officials said the unrest had resulted in the death of a policeman and a bystander, the …

  • U.S. spy chief raps Russia cyber-attack

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday he was “even more resolute” in his belief that Russia staged cyber-attacks on Democrats during the 2016 election campa…

  • U.S. warns N. Korea’s N-capability ‘improving’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea’s weapons capabilities have shown a “qualitative improvement” in the past year, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken…

  • Bin Laden’s son put on U.S. terror list

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on a son of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to U.S. national security. The Sta…

  • Bombing kills 2 near courthouse in Turkey

    ANKARA (Reuters) — Suspected Kurdish militants clashed with police and detonated a car bomb in western Turkey on Thursday after their vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint, killing a police officer a…

  • Swimmers take icy plunge at snow festival in China

    HARBIN, China (Reuters) — Ignoring sub-zero temperatures and biting Siberian winds, 400 swimmers plunged into an icy river in China’s northern city of Harbin on Thursday, the first day of the cit…

  • Austria eyes plan to call for EU migration ceiling

    BERLIN (Reuters) — Austria’s defense minister has drafted a plan that would overhaul the European Union’s migrant policy by establishing a ceiling for migration and only permitting applications…

  • May quickly names career diplomat as new EU envoy

    LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a senior career diplomat as envoy to the European Union on Wednesday to replace an ambassador who quit with a scathing resignation let…

  • In court, Park’s friend claims ‘much unfairness’

    SEOUL (Reuters) — The friend of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the center of a corruption scandal told a court on Thursday that she faces “much unfairness” and again denied c…

  • China: Carrier conducts research, tests weapons in South China Sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) — A group of Chinese warships led by its sole aircraft carrier is testing weapons and equipment in exercises this week in the South China Sea that are going to plan, China’s For…

  • Ex-Tianjin mayor expelled from party, to be prosecuted

    BEIJING (Reuters) — The former mayor of the Chinese port of Tianjin has been expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for “serious discipline breaches,” the party’s anti-graft…

  • Govt official suspected in rare gun rampage in China

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  • ‘Mein Kampf’ reprint takes Germany by storm

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  • GOP makes ethics office U-turn

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  • Finland to pay unemployed basic monthly income of $587

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  • Syrian rebels to freeze peace negotiations

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  • Netanyahu questioned over ‘corruption’

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  • Trump: No DPRK missile will be capable of reaching U.S.

  • Park refuses to testify in impeachment trial

  • Analysis / Turkey faces more turmoil, violence

  • U.S. customs system outage causes delays at airports

  • 60 inmates killed in Brazil riot

  • ISIL bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

  • China Navy confirms drills in South China Sea

  • Ebola vaccine may be ‘up to 100% effective’

  • World’s 1st solar panel road opens in France

  • Ancient human ancestor stood tall

  • Daughter of Park’s friend arrested

  • S. Korea leader denies wrongdoing in scandal

  • Syria clashes threaten fragile ceasefire

  • ISIL claims responsibility for Istanbul attack

  • ‘Hollyweed’ — Prankster alters L.A.’s landmark sign

  • 10 inmates flee in Bahrain prison raid

  • U.K. queen misses another church service

  • Israel not to release bodies of militants

  • 39 killed in Istanbul; gunman at large

  • Trump aide: Sanctions on Russia disproportionate?

  • UNSC backs Syria ceasefire deal

  • Gov.: At least 35 dead in attack on nightclub in Istanbul

  • Russia holds off on tit-for-tat expulsions, waiting for Trump

  • Sources: China considering measures to contain Taiwan

  • R.P. to insist on tribunal ruling if China drills

  • 50,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar

  • Iraqi forces launch new assault on ISIL in Mosul

  • Buffalo school board wants Trump ally out

  • U.S. expels Russians for spying, imposes sanctions

  • New York tightens security

  • Poland buys da Vinci in art deal

  • Syria ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey goes into effect

  • Russia pledges ‘adequate reprisals’ over U.S. sanctions

  • Kerry rips Israeli settlement-building

  • Netanyahu faces criminal probe

  • Turkey: Syria ceasefire plan prepared with Russia

  • Man suspected of ties to Berlin attacker detained

  • Oman said to join Saudi-led alliance

  • Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, dies day after daughter Fisher

  • Taiwan leader to transit in U.S. in move bound to anger China

  • Beijing blasts Taiwan, H.K. independence supporters

  • China finishes longest E-W high-speed rail link

  • 5 killed in ‘terrorist’ attack in Xinjiang

  • Pakistan turns on nuclear plant built with China

  • U.S. admires Obama most, Trump 2nd

  • Last bridge in Mosul disabled

  • Israel intensifies blame of U.S. over rebuke

  • U.S., Russian forces sharing more in Syria

  • Trump calls on Bush-era vet for homeland security post

  • N. Korea’s nuke plans ‘big for 2017’

  • Duterte hails record drug haul, arrests

  • Leadership posturing intensifies in Seoul

  • S. Korea’s ex-health minister detained

  • Pop-culture icon Carrie Fisher dies

  • U.S. has no objection to China warship drill

  • Taiwan: Chinese carrier reaches Hainan

  • Top 10 International Stories of 2016 / Trump’s surprise win ranked No. 1

  • Hopes rise for Ban in new S. Korea party faction

  • S. Korean ruling party splits

  • Will sanctions on statues bring DPRK to standstill?

  • Chinese fans recall Wham!’s own cultural revolution

  • Thai temple raid called off

  • Taiwan warns of increasing threat from ‘enemies’

  • China sets sights on dark side of moon

  • Egypt law gives Sisi more media control

  • Dark matter research pioneer Vera Rubin dies

  • Trump slams U.N. as ‘good time’ club

  • Obama vs Trump poll dispute erupts

  • ‘Harry Potter’ spider found

  • Study: Pregnancy changes women’s brains

  • Sex exists to avoid disease

  • Queen Elizabeth misses Xmas service due to illness

  • Israel summons U.S., other envoys

  • Russia focuses on faults, not terror, in plane crash probe

  • Tunisia security forces warn of returning jihadis

  • 54,000 in Germany flee large unexploded bomb

  • Militia attacks kill 34 Congo civilians

  • Indonesia marks 12th anniversary of deadly tsunami with prayers

  • Egypt confirms producer’s arrest

  • China tests new version of stealth fighter

  • Publicist: Singer George Michael dead at age 53

  • Money raised for driver’s family

  • Netanyahu: Israel to reassess U.N. relations

  • 3 arrested for ties to Berlin attack

  • ‘No survivors’ as Russian military jet crashes

  • 2 linked to Dhaka cafe siege killed

  • Iraqis celebrate 1st Christmas in post-ISIL town

  • Trump to dissolve foundation amid New York investigation

  • Russian passenger jet with 92 aboard crashes into Black Sea

  • FBI probes FDIC hack linked to China

  • U.N. to start talks on N-ban treaty in March

  • Trump welcomes ‘nice’ letter from Putin

  • Malta plane hijacking ends peacefully

  • South Korean investigators summon Park’s jailed friend

  • Question looms whether Berlin attack suspect had accomplices

  • Trump cochair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

  • U.S. abstention allows U.N. to condemn Israel for settlements

  • Trump continuing battle with media

  • Spicer picked for U.S. press secretary

  • Trump: U.S. must ‘strengthen’ nuclear capability

  • 5 held over Christmas Day bomb plot in Australia

  • U.S. House report: Snowden still in contact with Russian intelligence

  • Berlin attack suspect slipped through net

  • Syrian Army retakes control of Aleppo in boost for Assad

  • Italian media: Suspect in Berlin truck attack shot dead in Milan

  • Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million

  • Ferry tragedy probed as Park impeachment hearing opens

  • Trump: U.S. must greatly strengthen N-capability

  • Tunisian suspected in Berlin attack

  • Trump: Berlin violence attack on humanity

  • Wang: U.S. ties face new uncertainties

  • China confirms 3rd human bird flu infection in week

  • Defiant Gambia leader says he won’t step down

  • Kremlin: Almost all talks with U.S. frozen

  • Trump discusses cutting F-35, Air Force One costs

  • Romania’s leftists propose Muslim woman for PM

  • Turkish prosecutors probe why Russian’s killer not taken alive

  • Assad nears Aleppo endgame

  • U.N. finds airstrike hit aid convoy in Syria

  • Queen Elizabeth to reduce duties

  • Split imminent in Park’s party

  • Police now want Choi’s daughter

  • Merkel’s road to reelection set to get rougher after attack

  • Zurich mosque shooter had ‘no Islamist links’

  • EU stops short of semi-auto gun ban

  • Turkey, Russia probe Karlov killing

  • Obama exercises 1950s drilling law

  • Sao Tome severs Taiwan ties

  • Pope orders freeing of ‘Vatileaks’ priest

  • ‘Moscow Declaration’ adopted for Syria deal

  • German forces hunt for attacker

  • China returns U.S. drone

  • Norway, China normalize ties after 6-yr Nobel spat

  • 12 killed as truck plows into Berlin market

  • Man held outside U.S. Embassy in Ankara

  • Berlin police probe terrorism link in Christmas market killings

  • Witnesses recall sudden change to festive spirit

  • U.S. ready to help investigation

  • Ankara attacker’s family detained

  • Russian ambassador killed in Ankara

  • China smog 100 times over WHO guideline

  • How will Moscow react to killing?

  • Trump: Terrorists behind Turkey, Germany killings

  • NATO, Russia stall on Ukraine in talks

  • UNSC unanimously calls for Aleppo safeguards

  • Lagarde keeps job, escapes penalty, wins full backing of IMF

  • 2016 officially a ‘surreal’ year

  • Trump assured of presidency after Electoral College vote

  • Austrian far right signs with Putin

  • Jumping robot eyed to aid in rescues

  • Study: Computer games help relieve phantom pain

  • Feathered dinosaur tail found in amber

  • Reindeer getting smaller

  • Park confidante denies charges

  • Impeachment sets off early ROK race

  • Hundreds evacuated from Aleppo

  • Malaysia calls for ASEAN to arrange Rohingya aid

  • Gunmen kill 10 in series of attacks on Jordan police

  • Anti-abortionists, buoyed by Trump, get new wind

  • New Lebanon unity Cabinet announced

  • U.S. senators seek probe of cyber-attacks by Russia

  • West Bank settlers agree to relocation

  • Poland’s president talks with opposition

  • UNSC agrees on draft resolution for Aleppo monitoring

  • Iran calls for meeting over U.S. sanctions

  • U.K. faces Christmas strikes to mail, train, air travel

  • 30 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide blast

  • Anne Frank may have been caught ‘by chance,’ not betrayed

  • Smoggy Beijing under red alert

  • Gunmen kill 5 female airport staff in Kandahar

  • Analysis / 5 ways Kim has changed North Korea

  • Winter storm socks Midwest, East, spawning accidents, deaths

  • Pope eats with homeless on 80th birthday, gets 70,000 emails

  • Supporters, opponents of Park stage big rallies

  • Protestors in Berlin demand humanity

  • Desperate ‘thousands’ await evacuation from Aleppo

  • China to return seized U.S. drone, slams Washington

  • E-cigarettes a ‘major public health concern’ in U.S.

  • Does parental depression affect teens’ symptoms?

  • Trump given warning over upending China policy

  • Trump endorses Romney’s niece for RNC chair

  • Trump meets ‘old friend’ Kanye West

  • Trump calls CIA report on election ‘ridiculous’

  • Trump campaign spent less than rival’s

  • Trump picks fast-food exec for labor secretary

  • Time names Trump Person of the Year

  • Trump selects climate-change denier for EPA

  • DiCaprio meets Trump on green jobs to boost economy

  • N.Y. wants $35 mil. to protect Trump; Congress offers $7 mil.

  • Trump complains about China policy

  • Stein: Penn. recount bid will head to federal court

  • Trump speaks with Taiwan’s Tsai, risking China tensions

  • Beijing: Call a ploy by Taipei

  • Trump kicks off ‘thank you’ tour in U.S. heartland

  • Trump assails push for vote recount

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  • 3 California mosques get threatening letters

  • Trump names Haley as envoy to U.N.

  • Trump claims ‘open mind’ on Paris deal

  • Trump remains elusive on Cabinet

  • ‘Hamilton’ cast’s plea to VP-elect ignites debate

  • Trump holds talks with old foe Romney

  • Trump picks loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

  • Petraeus eyed for defense chief

  • Team denies disorganization

  • Trump turns to Wall Street

  • Hardliner says wall, Muslim registry plans ongoing

  • Luxury N.Y. apartments stripped of Trump name

  • British PM May: It’s time to respond to transformed world

  • Giuliani tipped for secretary of state

  • Putin, Trump speak by phone, agree to work to improve ties

  • Obama says Trump is ‘pragmatic’

  • Trump’s new chief of staff a man with many friends

  • Trump names GOP head as chief of staff

  • Trump assigns Pence transition team head

  • Obamacare portions to be ‘kept’

  • After off the mark polls, some question value of ‘big data’

  • Protocol on press access bucked

  • Trump meets with Obama, discusses transfer of power

  • Hollywood in mourning over Trump victory

  • Populist pandering no way to lead U.S.

  • Senate leader dashes hopes for TPP vote before year-end

  • An unexpected thrill ride on TV

  • Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around globe

  • Some look to Canada, N.Z. after Trump’s rise

  • GOP maintains control of Congress

  • Trump triumphs over Clinton / Real estate mogul wins key swing states in stunning run to White House

  • U.S. turnout surges among minorities

  • Trump, Clinton court voters in swing states

  • Melania worked ‘without proper visa’

  • Security scare for Trump in final days

  • U.S. warning of Al-Qaida election threat

  • Clinton sent daughter material later classified

  • Clinton, Trump clash in final campaign stretch

  • Fending off Trump, Clinton tries to secure ‘blue wall’

  • Trump, Clinton in close final week battle

  • Trump sticks to attacking Clinton

  • Trump seeks boost from Clinton’s email probe

  • Poll: Clinton extends lead

  • Trump touts urban policy and his new hotel

  • Trump’s Hollywood star smashed

  • Half of all Republicans would reject poll result

  • Youngsters prefer ‘giant meteor’

  • Analysis / Trump stays on scorched earth strategy

  • Trump says he may not accept election result

  • N.C. GOP office torched, graffiti threat sprayed nearby

  • Trump ramps up rigged election claim

  • Trump campaign rocked by new sexual allegations

  • Obama: ‘Democracy itself’ at stake in poll

  • Michelle Obama excoriates Trump over sexual assault

  • Trump campaign hit by new allegations of sexual assault

  • House Speaker Ryan dumps Trump

  • Forgiveness, praise focus of Pence’s resurfacing

  • 2nd debate marked by personal insults

  • More Republicans condemn Trump

  • Ryan ‘sickened’ by comments

  • Trump caught making lewd remarks about women

  • Clinton edges out in front of Trump in national poll

  • Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen

  • Clinton hits Trump over Cuba embargo ‘violation’

  • 1st Trump-Clinton showdown draws record ratings for debate

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  • Analysis / Trump struggles to be ‘change’ candidate in 1st TV debate

  • Asia viewers see Clinton as winner

  • Trump plagued by sniffles during debate

  • Trump vows to accept ‘undivided’ Jerusalem

  • Clinton, Trump neck and neck heading into 1st showdown

  • Cruz endorses Trump, whom he called ‘utterly amoral’

  • Clinton leads Trump by 4 points

  • Politics takes center stage at Emmys

  • Clinton condemns triple ‘apparent terrorist attacks’

  • Clinton, Trump trade barbs over health amid tighter race

  • Powell criticizes candidates in slew of hacked emails

  • Clinton, Trump seek to prove fitness

  • Rio 2016 / U.S. swimmers were not robbed, Brazil police say

  • TV camera falls on Rio Games visitors in latest mishap

  • Putin slams discrimination at send-off ceremony

  • High alert for Olympics

  • Olympic torch lit by Rousseff

  • 100 days to Rio Olympics, many challenges remain

  • 6 months to Rio Games, troubles mount for Brazil