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May 6, 2017 3:11 PM The Latest: Russia, US restore Syria ‘deconfliction’ channel

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its military chief of staff and the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff have confirmed their readiness to restore a communications channel aimed at preventing midair incidents between Russian and US warplanes over Syria. Generals Valery Gerasimov and Joseph Dunford also discussed setting up further conflict-avoidance 67

May 4, 2017 11:31 AM Albania premier offers vote-monitoring to opposition

TIRANA, Albania – Albania's prime minister has urged the opposition to accept the offer of direct and real-time monitoring of the June 18 parliamentary elections and agree to take part in them. Edi Rama, also leader of the Socialist Party, said Thursday the government has offered direct monitoring of the voting process with a task force made up of opposition 46

May 2, 2017 10:07 AM Monitors: IS attack in northeastern Syria kills at least 22

BEIRUT – A Syrian war monitoring group and Kurdish activists say a surprise attack in northeastern Syria carried out by the Islamic State group has killed at least 22 people, including displaced civilians. They say the attack took place early on Tuesday after militants sneaked into the village of Rajm Sleibi, which houses a temporary displaced camp for people 84

April 18, 2017 9:04 PM French, Mali forces kill 12 extremists after attack on army

French and Malian armed forces killed at least a dozen Islamic extremists who attacked an army camp in northern Mali Tuesday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another, according to a statement by the French Operation Barkhane. The attack on the army camp in Gourma-Rharous, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Timbuktu, also destroyed a half-dozen 54

April 18, 2017 7:57 PM U.S. jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

U.S. jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast. Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday. North American Aerospace Defense Command 57

April 18, 2017 12:33 PM The Latest: Turkey opposition seeks referendum annulment

Turkey’s main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking the referendum to be annulled because of voting irregularities. Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the Republican People’s Party, announced the move at the Ankara offices of the electoral board. He said the results of the referendum on constitutional changes are “illegitimate” and the party 43

April 18, 2017 8:58 AM Turkey's premier calls on opposition to respect referendum

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's prime minister has called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will expand the powers of the office of the president. In an address to legislators from his ruling party on Tuesday, Binali Yildirim said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: the "opposition 51

April 18, 2017 12:49 AM Trump congratulates Turkey's Erdogan on disputed referendum win

WASHINGTON – The White House says President Donald Trump has called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on his country's referendum expanding presidential powers. The call comes despite concerns from international monitors and opposition parties about numerous voting irregularities. They include an electoral board decision to accept 67

April 17, 2017 4:26 PM Gorsuch breaks mold, asks numerous questions in Supreme Court debut

WASHINGTON – An upbeat Justice Neil Gorsuch wasted little time getting to work in his first public session Monday as the 113th member of the Supreme Court. Sitting at the far right end of the nine-member bench, Gorsuch spent the morning hearing three oral arguments, each lasting about an hour. In his first case, considering a federal workplace discrimination 32

April 12, 2017 2:15 AM A Kansas Special Election Just Shook Up Washington

Republican Ron Estes won a race seen as an opportunity for Democrats to rebuke President Donald Trump. A last-minute intervention by national Republicans in one of the reddest districts in America was enough to stave off what would have been a crushing upset Tuesday in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District ― but the unexpectedly close race still portends 64