PALM BEACH, Fl./BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory. "Heavy fighting continues around mount Baghouz
Trump's statement on Thursday marked a dramatic shift in U.S. policy over the status of a disputed area that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East conflict and annexed in 1981 - a move not recognized internationally. Against this backdrop of hostility toward the U.S. move, Secretary
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a
The setting alone was shocking: a pastoral, oceanside city in New Zealand, the country ranked the planet’s second-most peaceful, after Iceland. When a white-supremacist terrorist opened fire in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, taking 50 lives including those of a 3-year-old child and 78-year-old
As president, Donald Trump has had his share of bromances with world leaders – certainly more than his predecessor, the cool Barack Obama, ever did. There was the short-lived fling with French President Emmanuel Macron, an early dalliance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that failed to launch
Jake Hammel kinda gets why a bunch of Hollywood celebrities and Manhattan muckety-mucks might try to spend their considerable dime trying to finagle their kids into a big-name college. “You know, wherever you’re at financially, you can just kind of scale it down and think, well, if I had a percentage
A cyclone that struck the southern African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi earlier this month has left a devastated landscape. It also left questions about how to better prepare for similar powerful storms predicted by climate scientists. Cyclone Idai caused hundreds of casualties, perhaps
President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump "likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary." Trump says in a
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools. Day after day, the students of Christchurch have gathered, feet smashing the ground in unison as they chant the words of their nation's indigenous people in an outpouring
The coach of Venezuela's national soccer team said on Friday he had offered to resign after meeting with opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Spain, in the midst of a power struggle between Guaido and socialist President Nicolas Maduro. After a 3-1 victory over Argentina in Spain, the coach
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam.
BEIJING (AP) — Local authorities report 26 killed, 28 injured after tour bus catches fire on highway in central China's Hunan province.
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation, ending a probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency with no new charges but launching a fresh wave of political battles over the still-confidential findings
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Facing the setting sun, Serena Williams tried to shield her eyes with her left hand as she hit a shot, lost the point and then waved in frustration at the bothersome glare.
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday submitted his long-awaited report into an explosive two-year investigation of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's 2016 election -- a probe the president denounces as a "witch hunt" and opponents say could fuel impeachment. What the report says is
The confusion began when Trump said on Twitter that he had "ordered the withdrawal" of "additional large-scale sanctions" on North Korea that had been "announced today by the U.S. Treasury." But there were no new U.S. sanctions on North Korea announced on Friday, leading
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A painting at a Connecticut museum that has long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated as such by Dutch researchers.
The Inter-American Development Bank said Friday its annual meeting would exit China after the United States led objections to Beijing's refusal to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative backed by Washington. The bank, which provides development funding for Latin America and in which Washington
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is back at the Miami Open after complaining last year about crowd behavior.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of South American presidents on Friday launched a new regional bloc to replace the Union of South American Nations that was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey drove into Innisbrook and saw his picture on posters and programs, just what he needed to forget the cut he missed last week.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's return wasn't enough to give title-holder Portugal more than a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Friday.
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies. The confirmed number of people killed in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi climbed past 600.