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25
Nov
Syria conflict: Geneva peace talks 'best chance' - US

Syrian peace talks planned for January are the "best opportunity" to form a transitional government, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. He was speaking shortly after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Syria's government and opposition would meet on 22 January in Geneva. The UN, US and Russia have been trying for months to get both sides to agree a political solution to the conflict. But there have been disputes over... [read news]

24
Nov
Al Qaeda advancing in Syria, one town at a time

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria have seized another town on the border with Turkey, consolidating their grip on a swath of northern Syria. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the town of Atimah at the end of last week, further tilting the balance away from more moderate factions of the Free Syrian Army. If ISIL's record elsewhere is any guide, the people of Atimah can expect the imposition of strict Islamic customs... [read news]

22
Nov
US remembers Kennedy 50 years after assassination

The US has been marking 50 years since President John F Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet in Dallas, Texas. The city, which long struggled with the legacy of the assassination, is hosting a series of official events. Kennedy, who served less than three years, is often ranked among the nation's most revered presidents. Just 46 when he died, he is praised for his youthful vigour, his leadership through the Cuban missile crisis and his... [read news]

20
Nov
Afghanistan and US agree text of security deal

The US says it has agreed the text of a bilateral security agreement with Afghan officials. The deal paving the way for some US troops to remain after 2014 will be discussed by delegates at a meeting known as the Loya Jirga on Thursday. Late on Wednesday the Afghan foreign ministry published a draft deal that would give US troops remaining after 2014 immunity from Afghan courts. The US had said all its troops would be withdrawn if no... [read news]

19
Nov
Rob Ford vows 'outright war' after Toronto council strips his powers

Embattled Mayor Rob Ford vowed "outright war" after Toronto's City Council voted to strip him of most of his powers Monday in a tumultuous meeting during which a charging Ford knocked down one of its members. Nearly two weeks after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" -- an admission forced by a drug probe that resulted in extortion charges against a friend -- the mayor said he was done apologizing. He called Monday's... [read news]

18
Nov
Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin prepares to die

Joseph Paul Franklin is unblinking and empty as he talks about his victims. Do you know how many people you murdered? "I'd rather not mention it," he says flatly. By my count, it's 22 people. "That's approximately it." And those two young boys, just 13, 14 years old. "Yeah, I regret the fact that I shot them now," he replies. Franklin has been away from the civilized world for more than 30 years, serving several life sentences behind... [read news]

17
Nov
Dozens dead in Russian plane crash

A passenger plane has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board. The Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow and was trying to land but exploded on impact at about 19:20 local time (15:20 GMT), officials said. The Emergencies Ministry said there were 44 passengers and six crew members on the Tatarstan Airlines flight. Investigators are now looking at whether a technical failure or crew error may have... [read news]

16
Nov
Philippines typhoon aftermath: Religion as solace

The day after the typhoon, Father Edwin Bacaltos stepped out of the compound of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in central Tacloban and began his work. The scene was one of unspeakable horror. Dead bodies were strewn all over the place. The debris of shattered buildings and their contents filled the street. Father Bacaltos' self-appointed task that day was to bless the bodies that lay scattered around his parish. He crossed the... [read news]

14
Nov
China's aid to Philippines dwarfed by Ikea

China is the world's second largest economy and closer to the Philippines than other major donors of assistance to the typhoon-ravaged archipelago. Yet the paltry $1.6 million in aid it pledged to its neighbor was less than the check written by Swedish furniture store Ikea. "China's action illustrates the blundering nature of its foreign policy," said Phillip Swagel, a former assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury... [read news]

14
Nov
Sri Lanka plays host to Commonwealth nations amid global outcry, pressure for war crimes probe

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris speaks during a media briefing held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The palm-flecked island nation of Sri Lanka plays host this week to leaders from dozens of Commonwealth nations at a summit it hopes will generate enough good will and photo opportunities to eclipse three decades of grim history... [read news]


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