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  • Aid convoy enters rebel-held area near Syrian capital

    A convoy carrying medical aid on Saturday entered the besieged rebel-controlled Douma area, a flashpoint near the Syrian capital, the Red Crescent said. The aid consists of medicines and also milk for children, said Syrian Red Crescent director of operations Hazem Bakla, quoted by state news agency…

    AFP
  • The Pope, the Patriarch — and a Little Bit of Putin

    The meeting between the heads of the two churches in Cuba on Friday wasn’t just about religion. It was about politics.

    Foreign Policy Magazine
  • AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts

    Diplomats from a dozen countries, led by the United States and Russia, are struggling to make progress in Syria, even as fighting in the north sends tens of thousands fleeing and threatens a deepening humanitarian crisis. Next month, Syria's civil war will reach the end of its fifth year, and its…

    Associated Press
  • South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run…

    Reuters
  • India's Modi renews plea for manufacturing investment

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his call Saturday for firms to invest in India and turn it into a global manufacturing hub, painting the country as a bright spot for investment in an uncertain world economy. The right-wing prime minister was addressing a gathering of industry leaders,…

    AFP
  • Why Is President Obama Hosting a Get-Together of Asian Autocrats?

    The U.S.-ASEAN summit next week has been called "an unseemly parade of dictators."

    Fortune
  • U.S. okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan -Pentagon

    The U.S. government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had…

    Reuters
  • ‘Kissinger is not my friend’

    In Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Sanders repeated one of his trademark attacks — and one that worked for Barack Obama in 2008 against Clinton — that he opposed the Iraq War and she did not. Kissinger, who served under President’s Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, is maligned especially among…

    Meredith Shiner
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    Lavrov in Munich for talks as Russia continues bombing in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov attends talks in Munich as Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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  • The pope and Russian Orthodox leader meet for first time in 1,000 years

    Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, met with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of...

    Business Insider
  • 'Convoys can go very soon' if Syria's warring parties give nod: Egeland

    Major and regional powers have pledged to help speed aid deliveries to besieged towns in Syria, but it is a very difficult and complicated process, the chairman of the working group said after its first meeting on Friday. The group, which includes Syria's allies Russia and Iran, had given…

    Reuters
  • U.S. sources: Russia forging alliance with Taliban

    Growing evidence of Russian support of the Afghan Taliban worries U.S.

    Yahoo News
  • EU 'gives Greece three months' to strengthen border against migrants

    EU member states on Friday gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone. The decision -- taken by ministers over Greek objections -- is the culmination of weeks of pressure on…

    AFP
  • Why Libya Matters — Again

    The Islamic State is gaining ground in Libya’s chaotic vacuum and Western governments are worried

    Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Kuwait to sign Eurofighter jet deal with Italy: minister

    Kuwait and Italy will finalise a multibillion-euro deal next week for the Gulf state to purchase Eurofighter jets, Kuwait's defence minister has said. Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah did not specify the number of planes involved in the deal but the Eurofighter consortium said in September that Kuwait…

    AFP
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  • US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.

    Associated Press
  • After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

    By Philip Pullella and Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern…

    Reuters