Netanyahu faces criminal probe 3:20 am, December 30, 2016 JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s attorney general has ordered police to open a criminal investigation in two unspecified matters involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 t… Turkey: Syria ceasefire plan prepared with Russia

  • Netanyahu faces criminal probe

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s attorney general has ordered police to open a criminal investigation in two unspecified matters involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 t…

  • Turkey: Syria ceasefire plan prepared with Russia

    ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) — Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara would not give up its opposition t…

  • Man suspected of ties to Berlin attacker detained

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The 40-year-…

  • Oman said to join Saudi-led alliance

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Oman, which has traditionally resisted Gulf Arab states’ efforts to close ranks against Iran, has joined a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, Saudi and …

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

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in “Singin’ in the Rain’ and other Hollywood classics despite a tumultuous life, has died a day after losing her daughter, Carrie Fis…

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

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pass through the United States when she visits Latin America next month, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, a move bound to infuriate China, wh…

  • Beijing blasts Taiwan, H.K. independence supporters

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Quoting a poem by the founder of Communist China Mao Zedong, China’s government said on Wednesday that the efforts by Hong Kong and Taiwan independence supporters to link up we…

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

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China has completed two new high-speed rail links connecting Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, with Shanghai and Guangzhou on the eastern coast, according t…

  • 5 killed in ‘terrorist’ attack in Xinjiang

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Attackers drove a vehicle into a government building in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang, setting off an explosive device and using knives to kill two people befo…

  • Pakistan turns on nuclear plant built with China

    ISLAMABAD (AFP-Jiji) — Pakistan’s fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the government’s effo…

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

  • Last bridge in Mosul disabled

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Iraq’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held city of Mosul said Wednesday that an airstrike disabled the city’s last functioning bridge across the Tigris River, …

  • Israel intensifies blame of U.S. over rebuke

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Doubling down on its public break with the Obama administration, a furious Israeli government on Tuesday said it had received “ironclad” information from Arab sources that Wash…

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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group are becoming more productive and more frequent, American officia…

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

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

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is planning a “prime time” nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a hig…

  • Duterte hails record drug haul, arrests

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine authorities said Tuesday that anti-narcotics operations have led to the arrest of 10 suspects, including three Chinese nationals, and the seizure of nearly 1 metric ton of …

  • Leadership posturing intensifies in Seoul

    SEOUL (AP) — While lawyers desperately tried to restore the impeached South Korean president’s powers, politics advanced without her on Tuesday as parties and potential candidates postured for ele…

  • S. Korea’s ex-health minister detained

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean investigators on Wednesday detained the country’s former health minister as they expand their inquiry into a corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-h…

  • Pop-culture icon Carrie Fisher dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her struggles with addiction and mental ill…

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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said China has the right to sail in international waters after a Chinese aircraft carrier cruised past Taiwan and into the contested South China Sea. Taiwan’s…

  • Taiwan: Chinese carrier reaches Hainan

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — China’s sole aircraft carrier the Liaoning has arrived at a naval base on the southern Chinese province of Hainan, a senior Taiwanese military officer said on Wednesday, after …

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

    Donald Trump’s surprise win in the U.S. presidential election was selected as this year’s top international news by readers of The Yomiuri Shimbun. Since 1989, the newspaper has asked its reader…

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

    SEOUL (Reuters) — A South Korean ruling party faction announced on Tuesday it would form a new party, and a prominent member of the defectors said they wanted outgoing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki …

  • S. Korean ruling party splits

    SEOUL (AP) — Dozens of lawmakers split from South Korea’s ruling party Tuesday over the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye in a move that could shape presidential elec…

  • Will sanctions on statues bring DPRK to standstill?

    PYONGYANG (AP) — With somewhere around 4,000 artists and staff, the Mansudae Art Studio, a huge complex of nondescript concrete buildings on a sprawling, walled-off campus with armed guards in the …

  • Chinese fans recall Wham!’s own cultural revolution

    BEIJING (Reuters) — It was strangely muted when George Michael, as part of the British pop duo Wham!, took the stage at the Workers Gymnasium in Beijing in April 1985, recalled one of those who atte…

  • Thai temple raid called off

    BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai police on Tuesday called off a raid to arrest a prominent Buddhist monk wanted for suspected money laundering after devotees barricaded entrances to his sprawling temple com…

  • Taiwan warns of increasing threat from ‘enemies’

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan warned on Tuesday that “the threat of our enemies is growing day by day,” as Chinese warships led by the country’s sole aircraft carrier sailed towards the island pro…

  • China sets sights on dark side of moon

    BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, around 201…

  • Egypt law gives Sisi more media control

    CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will pick a chairman and members of a new media council under a law passed on Monday, giving the body the power to fine or suspend publicati…

  • Dark matter research pioneer Vera Rubin dies

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, has died, her son said Monday. She was 88. Allan Rubin, a professor of geosciences at P…

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

  • Obama vs Trump poll dispute erupts

  • ‘Harry Potter’ spider found

    MUMBAI (AFP-Jiji) — Indian scientists have discovered a new species of spider that looks “uncannily” like the sorting hat in Harry Potter and have named it after its owner Godric Gryffindor, the…

  • Study: Pregnancy changes women’s brains

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pregnancy affects not only a woman’s body: It changes parts of her brain too, a new study says. When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spo…

  • Sex exists to avoid disease

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — From an evolutionary perspective, sexual reproduction could be seen as a non-starter. Compared to cloning, which also exists in nature, it’s a major waste of time and energy. …

  • Queen Elizabeth misses Xmas service due to illness

    SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — A bad cold kept Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England, raising some co…

  • Israel summons U.S., other envoys

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday summoned the U.S. ambassador to Israel to discuss the U.S. abstention in a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end…

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

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A pilot error or a technical fault — not terrorism — is likely to be the cause of the plane crash into the Black Sea, Russia’s transport minister said Monday as the nation…

  • Tunisia security forces warn of returning jihadis

    TUNIS (AFP-Jiji) — Tunisia’s security forces called on the government on Sunday to take “exceptional measures” to combat the return of jihadists fighting for extremist groups abroad. Tunisia…

  • 54,000 in Germany flee large unexploded bomb

    BERLIN (AFP-Jiji) — An unexploded British bomb from World War II forced 54,000 people out of their homes in Germany on Christmas Day, the country’s biggest such evacuation since the end of hostil…

  • Militia attacks kill 34 Congo civilians

    KINSHASA (Reuters) — Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 civilians over the weekend, the army and local activists said, and the violence stoked concerns over politic…

  • Indonesia marks 12th anniversary of deadly tsunami with prayers

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AFP-Jiji) — Thousands of Indonesians prayed for their loved ones at mass graves and mosques Monday to mark a tsunami that devastated Aceh Province 12 years ago, one of the wor…

  • Egypt confirms producer’s arrest

    CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it had arrested an Al Jazeera news producer, accusing him of “provoking sedition” on behalf of the Qatar-based broadcaster that it considers a m…

  • China tests new version of stealth fighter

    BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — China has tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, state media reported Monday, as it tries to end the West’s monopoly on the world’s most advance…

  • Publicist: Singer George Michael dead at age 53

    LONDON (AP) — George Michael, the British pop superstar who reached early fame with WHAM! and went on to a solo career lined with controversies and chart-topping hits that blended soul and dance m…

  • Money raised for driver’s family

    WARSAW (Reuters) — A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $170,000 for the family of Polish truck driver Lukasz Urban who was murdered as he apparently tried to seize back control of his vehicle a…

  • Netanyahu: Israel to reassess U.N. relations

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel will reassess its ties with the United Nations following the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, Prime Min…

  • 3 arrested for ties to Berlin attack

    TUNIS (Reuters) — Tunisian security forces have arrested three suspected militants after uncovering their links to Anis Amri, the Tunisian national believed responsible for the Berlin Christmas mar…

  • ‘No survivors’ as Russian military jet crashes

    MOSCOW (AFP-Jiji) — A Russian military plane crashed on its way to Syria on Sunday, with no sign of survivors among the 92 onboard, who included dozens of Red Army Choir members heading to celebrat…

  • 2 linked to Dhaka cafe siege killed

    DHAKA (AFP-Jiji) — Two militants linked to the Islamist extremist group behind July’s Dhaka cafe siege that left 22 people dead were killed Saturday after Bangladesh police raided a hideout in th…

  • Iraqis celebrate 1st Christmas in post-ISIL town

    BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) — Several hundred Iraqi Christians flocked on Saturday to a northern town recently retaken from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), celebrating Christmas for the f…

  • Trump to dissolve foundation amid New York investigation

  • Russian passenger jet with 92 aboard crashes into Black Sea

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian passenger plane with 92 people aboard, including a famed military band on the way to Syria, crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday minutes after takeoff from the resort city o…

  • FBI probes FDIC hack linked to China

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The FBI is investigating how hackers infiltrated computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for several years beginning in 2010 in a breach senior FDIC officials …

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

    NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — The U.N. General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution calling for beginning negotiations next March on a treaty to ban the use of nuclear weapons. This is the first time…

  • Trump welcomes ‘nice’ letter from Putin

  • Malta plane hijacking ends peacefully

    VALLETTA (AP) — Two Libyan hijackers diverted a domestic flight to the Mediterranean island of Malta on Friday to demand asylum in Europe and create a new political party in honor of the late dicta…

  • South Korean investigators summon Park’s jailed friend

    SEOUL (AP) — A South Korean special prosecutor on Saturday summoned a jailed friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye who allegedly exploited her connections with Park to extort money and favors…

  • Question looms whether Berlin attack suspect had accomplices

    MILAN (AP) — A routine request for ID papers outside a deserted train station in a Milan suburb at 3 a.m. Friday led to a police shootout that killed the Tunisian fugitive wanted in the deadly Chris…

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

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

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a …

  • 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

    CANBERRA (AP) — Police in Australia have detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in the heart of the country’s second-largest city, officials said Friday. …

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

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden “has had and continues to have contact” with Russian intelligence services, according to a newly declassified U….

  • Berlin attack suspect slipped through net

    BERLIN (AFP-Jiji) — As police hunt for Tunisian Anis Amri, the top suspect in Berlin’s Christmas market attack, public anger has grown over a catalog of failures that allowed him to evade arrest …

  • Syrian Army retakes control of Aleppo in boost for Assad

    BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Syrian Army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the battered city, handing President Bashar Assad his …

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

    MILAN (AP) — A man killed in a shootout with police in Milan early Friday is the main suspect in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, Italian news agency ANSA report…

  • Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate. Certif…

  • Ferry tragedy probed as Park impeachment hearing opens

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — South Korea’s scandal-hit president was asked to clarify the mystery surrounding her whereabouts at the time of a disastrous 2014 ferry sinking Thursday, as the Constitutional …

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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” until the rest of the world “co…

  • Tunisian suspected in Berlin attack

    BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) — German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver’s seat of a truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas…

  • Trump: Berlin violence attack on humanity

  • Wang: U.S. ties face new uncertainties

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China-U.S. relations face new uncertainties but with mutual respect for core interests they will remain stable, China’s foreign minister said, adding one individual will not i…

  • China confirms 3rd human bird flu infection in week

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China has found two more cases of human bird flu infection, bringing the total this week to three, stoking fears about the spread of the deadly virus at a time when other Asian …

  • Defiant Gambia leader says he won’t step down

    DAKAR (AP) — Gambia’s longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh says only Allah can deny him victory, vowing to defend himself no matter the cost against growing international pressure for him to accept his el…

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

    MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Kremlin said on Wednesday almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States have been frozen but the U.S. State Department disputed the state…

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

  • Romania’s leftists propose Muslim woman for PM

    BUCHAREST (Reuters) — Romania’s Social Democrat Party (PSD) proposed a leftist woman from the country’s tiny Muslim minority as prime minister on Wednesday, a close associate of PSD power broke…

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

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkish prosecutors are investigating why the off-duty policeman who shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was not captured alive, state media said on Wednesday, as the num…

  • Assad nears Aleppo endgame

    BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared close to victory in Aleppo on Wednesday, but United Nations and rebel officials denied that an operation to evacuate fighters and civilians …

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

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — A United Nations internal inquiry released on Wednesday found that a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria in September came from an airstrike, but it could not conclud…

  • Queen Elizabeth to reduce duties

    LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will step down as patron from a number of national organizations in the coming months after she turned 90 in April, Buckingham Palace said in a stateme…

  • Split imminent in Park’s party

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — South Korea’s ruling conservative party on Wednesday faced an imminent split over the impeachment of scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye, a development that would seriously unde…

  • Police now want Choi’s daughter

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a daughter of the woman at the center of President Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal and investigators raided the National …

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

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel already knew that her campaign for a fourth term as Germany’s leader will be her most difficult yet. The deadly truck attack on a Christmas market may have m…

  • Zurich mosque shooter had ‘no Islamist links’

    ZURICH (Reuters) — A gunman who shot three worshipers in a Zurich mosque on Monday evening was a 24-year-old Swiss man with Ghanaian roots and no apparent links to Islamist radicalism, police said o…

  • EU stops short of semi-auto gun ban

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) — The European Union agreed on stricter gun rules on Tuesday but balked at a proposal for a complete ban on the most lethal semi-automatic weapons such as the Kalashnikov. The m…

  • Turkey, Russia probe Karlov killing

    ANKARA (AP) — Investigators from Turkey and Russia hunted for clues Tuesday in the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibition in Ankara. A …

  • Obama exercises 1950s drilling law

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment bef…

  • Sao Tome severs Taiwan ties

    TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) — Taiwan accused China of using Sao Tome and Principe’s financial woes to push its “one China” policy after the small West African state ended ties with the self-ruled…

  • Pope orders freeing of ‘Vatileaks’ priest

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Francis has commuted the jail sentence of a Spanish priest who was convicted of leaking Vatican documents and ordered that he be released from jail, the Vatican said o…

  • ‘Moscow Declaration’ adopted for Syria deal

    MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to help broker a Syrian peace deal after the three countries held talks in Moscow on Tuesday and adopted a declaration which set out t…

  • German forces hunt for attacker

    BERLIN (AP) — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of th…

  • China returns U.S. drone

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday handed back to the United States an underwater drone whose seizure raised tensions in a relationship that has been tested by President-elect Donald Trump’s signals…

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

    OSLO/BEIJING (Reuters) — Norway and China on Monday normalized diplomatic and political ties, frozen since 2010 when Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian Foreig…

  • 12 killed as truck plows into Berlin market

    BERLIN (AP) — A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 as it smashed through tables and wooden stands. Police sai…

  • Man held outside U.S. Embassy in Ankara

    ANKARA (AP) — Turkish police have detained a man who fired shots in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, several hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed in an attack. The state-ru…

  • Berlin police probe terrorism link in Christmas market killings

    BERLIN (Reuters) — Investigators suspect the driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, did so intentionally in a terrorist attack, …

  • Witnesses recall sudden change to festive spirit

    BERLIN (Reuters) — The Berlin evening air was cool, the mulled wine warm and festive spirits high. Then, suddenly, chaos: A truck plowed into the Christmas market, making no obvious attempt to stop,…

  • U.S. ready to help investigation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the killing of the Russian ambassador to Turkey on Monday, and said the United States was ready to help Russia and Turkey investi…

  • Ankara attacker’s family detained

    ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of the Russian ambassador, state media said. The state-run Anadolu Agency said on Tuesday the attacker’s mother, fath…

  • Russian ambassador killed in Ankara

    ANKARA (AP) — A Turkish policeman fatally shot Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday in front of a shocked gathering at a photo exhibit and then, pacing near the body of his victim, appeared to …

  • China smog 100 times over WHO guideline

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organization (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poo…

  • How will Moscow react to killing?

    ISTANBUL (AFP-Jiji) — The assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey will likely not harm warming bilateral ties but its impact will be felt more in Syria, according to analysts surveyed by AFP. T…

  • Trump: Terrorists behind Turkey, Germany killings

  • NATO, Russia stall on Ukraine in talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and Russia remain at loggerheads over Ukraine, the alliance’s top official said Monday, but have discussed a proposal to try to improve air safety over the Baltic Sea. NATO …

  • UNSC unanimously calls for Aleppo safeguards

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously called for U.N. officials and others to observe the evacuation of people from the last rebel-held enclave in Alep…

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

    PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde kept her job and escaped punishment on Monday despite a conviction on negligence charges by French judges over a sta…

  • 2016 officially a ‘surreal’ year

    CHICAGO (Reuters) — In a word, 2016 was “surreal.” Surreal, meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream” was looked up so much by online users that Merriam-Webster on Monda…

  • Trump assured of presidency after Electoral College vote

  • Austrian far right signs with Putin

    VIENNA (Reuters) — Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) offered on Monday to act as a go-between for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after signing a coop…

  • Jumping robot eyed to aid in rescues

    MIAMI (AFP-Jiji) — An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world’s best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, U.S. scientists…

  • Study: Computer games help relieve phantom pain

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Amputees who played computer games using a virtual on-screen arm experienced relief from the phantom pain that often afflicts people who have lost a limb, scientists said on Dec. …

  • Feathered dinosaur tail found in amber

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Researchers have discovered the partial tail of a feathered dinosaur that was preserved in amber some 99 million years ago, according to a study released on Dec. 8. One of t…

  • Reindeer getting smaller

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Reindeer living on the Arctic island of Svalbard are getting smaller — and scientists say climate change may be the cause. Scientists from Britain and Norway have found that adul…

  • Park confidante denies charges

    SEOUL (AP) — The jailed confidante of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied on the first day of her trial on Monday that she used her ties to the president to extort money from big …

  • Impeachment sets off early ROK race

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — The impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has set off an early scramble among her potential successors, even before the final decision has been made to remove her fr…

  • Hundreds evacuated from Aleppo

    ALEPPO, Syria (AFP-Jiji) — More than 1,000 people left the rebel enclave of Aleppo on Monday, raising hope for many others still stranded, as Russia eased its objections to sending U.N. observers to…

  • Malaysia calls for ASEAN to arrange Rohingya aid

    YANGON (Reuters) — Malaysia said Monday the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was a regional concern and called for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to coordinate humanitaria…

  • Gunmen kill 10 in series of attacks on Jordan police

    KARAK, Jordan (AP) — Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a woman v…

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

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Emboldened by Donald Trump’s imminent arrival at the White House, abortion opponents are mobilizing, taking severe measures that some say threaten constitutional freedoms….

  • New Lebanon unity Cabinet announced

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new 30-member national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri was announced Sunday in Lebanon nearly two months after a new president was elected, and the premier vowed …

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

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Republican and Democratic senators called on Sunday for a special bipartisan panel to investigate cyber-attacks against the United States by foreign countries with a foc…

  • West Bank settlers agree to relocation

    AMONA OUTPOST, Palestine (AFP-Jiji) — Residents of a wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank agreed to a plan Sunday to relocate their hilltop outpost peacefully that could allow Israel’s go…

  • Poland’s president talks with opposition

    WARSAW (AP) — Police removed several protesters blocking a prominent Polish governing party member’s car Sunday in a southern city as the president met in the capital with opposition leaders to h…

  • UNSC agrees on draft resolution for Aleppo monitoring

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The U.N. Security Council agreed on a draft resolution aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from the Syrian city of Aleppo and will vote on the t…

  • Iran calls for meeting over U.S. sanctions

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran has requested a meeting of a commission overseeing the implementation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian state media reported Saturday, in response to what T…

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

    LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom faces a Christmas of discontent as labor unions threaten to disrupt airports, rail services and mail deliveries. The Unite union and aviation services company Swiss…

  • 30 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide blast

    ADEN (AFP-Jiji) — A suicide bomber killed at least 30 Yemeni soldiers in Aden on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly bomb attacks against recruits in the war-torn country’s second city. Mil…

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

    THE HAGUE (AFP-Jiji) — Anne Frank may have been discovered “by chance” and not because she was denounced to Holland’s Nazi overlords by unknown betrayers as long thought, the museum in her ho…

  • Smoggy Beijing under red alert

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Beijing’s city government ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including a major oil refinery run by state oil giant Sinopec, to shut or cut output on Saturday af…

  • Gunmen kill 5 female airport staff in Kandahar

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Five female Afghan guards working in the airport in southern Kandahar were killed by unknown gunmen as they were on their way to work, security officials said Satu…

  • Analysis / 5 ways Kim has changed North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — It’s been five years since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, whose demise was observed at monuments and on city center plazas …

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

    A winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation’s mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Ch…

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

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated an active if low-key 80th birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals as greetings poured i…

  • Supporters, opponents of Park stage big rallies

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye rallied on Saturday for her reinstatement while opponents gathered to repeat their demands that the leader impeached over a corr…

  • Protestors in Berlin demand humanity

    BERLIN (AFP-Jiji) — Protestors rallied in Berlin on Saturday against the war in Syria denouncing the international community for failing to help civilians, especially children, in the besieged city…

  • Desperate ‘thousands’ await evacuation from Aleppo

    ALEPPO, Syria (AFP-Jiji) — Trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately Sunday for evacuations to resume from an opposition-held enclave in Aleppo, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to vote o…

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

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  • Trump campaign hit by new allegations of sexual assault

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  • Ryan ‘sickened’ by comments

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  • Clinton, Trump seek to prove fitness

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