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January 27, 2017 11:00 AM 5 things to watch in Trump's meeting with British prime minister

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May will take their first step toward establishing stronger economic and strategic ties during a Friday meeting at the White House. The two leaders will discuss pressing global issues including free trade between their countries, the role of NATO and the fight against ISIS. The meeting is Trump’s first 55

January 26, 2017 6:50 PM Donald Trump’s Executive Orders: More Symbol Than Substance

President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders and presidential memoranda since his swearing-in January 20—a sign of “bold action,” according to his White House. But despite the pomp and circumstance of the signing ceremonies and the accompanying headlines, they do little, on their own, to advance Trump’s main policy goals. Instead, presidential 76

January 25, 2017 4:56 AM Trump poised to move on Mexican border wall

Washington (AFP) - Donald Trump will take a first step toward enacting his pledge to "build a wall" on the Mexican border Wednesday by issuing an executive decree. The White House said that Trump will visit the Department of Homeland Security in the afternoon, when he is expected to roll out a series of immigration-related measures. "Big day planned 70

January 23, 2017 10:51 AM Expectations low as Syria's warring sides meet

ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides met for talks in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday, flanked by intermediary nations seeking to engineer steps towards a goal other negotiations have failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict. Sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, the meeting marks the first time the opposition and representatives of Syrian 72

January 21, 2017 11:45 AM Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

BEIRUT – A resident and an opposition monitoring group say an explosion has rocked a camp for displaced Syrians on the border with Jordan, killing at least four. Badr Abu Sultan, a resident of the Rukban camp, says a suspected car bomb in a local market caused the powerful explosion Saturday. Abu Sultan said two men, a woman and a child were killed and at least 59

January 20, 2017 10:12 AM ISIS Destroys Another Roman Monument in Palmyra, Syria: Official

ISIS militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century theater along with the Tetrapylon, a cubic-shaped 50

January 12, 2017 12:46 PM Jordan Seeks $7.6 Billion Over 3 Years for Syria Refugees

Jordan says it needs $7.6 billion through 2019 to deal with the fallout from the six-year-old Syria crisis, including hosting 650,000 refugees. Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki said the 2016 aid appeal was only half funded and urged donors to do better this year. Some 5 million Syrians who fled civil war at home have found refuge in neighboring 42

January 9, 2017 1:36 PM Syria truce under strain; Assad ready to discuss 'everything' at talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian truce brokered by Russia and Turkey was under growing strain on Monday as rebels vowed to respond to government violations and President Bashar al-Assad said the army would retake an important rebel-held area near Damascus. Assad, in comments to French media, also said his government was ready to negotiate on "everything" 74

January 9, 2017 1:00 PM Hezbollah Is the Real Winner of the Battle of Aleppo

In a sparse, one-room hideout in Dahiyeh, a Shiite suburb of Beirut, Ali, a stout, friendly-looking man in his early 50s, sits on an iron-framed bed. A pistol is holstered on his hip, and an M-16 rests on a nearby table. His friend, a grizzled man of about the same age, stands watch at the door. Ali, who asked to be known by a pseudonym because he is not authorized 42

January 7, 2017 6:24 PM Blast in Syrian town on Turkish border kills nearly 50

BEIRUT — A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border Saturday, killing nearly 50 in a huge explosion that damaged buildings and left rescuers scrambling to find survivors amid the wreckage, opposition activists said. Rescuers and doctors said the explosion was so large there were nearly 100 wounded 75