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  • Iran plans naval drills with Russia in Caspian Sea

    January 6, 2019 7:16 AM 145

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, including rescue and anti-piracy drills, the commander of the Iranian navy was quoted on Sunday as saying. “Tactical, rescue and anti-piracy war games between Iranian and Russian naval forces are being planned and will be implemented in the near future

  • With US leaving, rival powers seek to move into Syria's east

    January 6, 2019 6:05 AM 122

    FILE -- In this April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S. soldier stands in a newly installed position near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. The planned U.S. troop withdrawal opens a void in the north and east of Syria, and the conflicts and rivalries among all the powers

  • Security Council regrets Somalia's expulsion of UN envoy

    January 6, 2019 1:17 AM 137

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, file photo, Nicholas Haysom, then the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, speaks during a press conference in Kabul. Somalia's government on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 ordered Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations envoy to Somalia, to leave amid questions over the arrest of the al-Shabab extremist group's former deputy leader

  • Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbia populist leader

    January 5, 2019 8:13 PM 112

    People march during a protest against populist President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Thousands of people have protested in Serbia for a fifth consecutive week over what they say has been a stifling of democratic freedoms under President Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) A man holds a Serbian flag during a protest

  • Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas's TV station

    January 5, 2019 4:22 PM 130

    GAZA (Reuters) - Gaza authorities arrested five Palestinians on Saturday on suspicion of ransacking the offices of President Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestine Television station, Hamas’s interior ministry said. On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, editing and broadcasting equipment in the Gaza office of the station, part of the Palestinian Broadcast

  • Italian coalition chiefs spar over stranded migrants

    January 5, 2019 1:48 PM 128

    ROME – The leaders of Italy's populist coalition parties are sparring over migrants stranded at sea aboard private rescue vessels. Aboard the Sea-Watch 3 are 32 migrants rescued on Dec. 22 from smugglers' boats launched from Libyan shores, while 17 other migrants were rescued days later by another private vessel, also in the southern Mediterranean

  • 'Bribe' offer to cardboard traffic cop results in two men facing charges: report

    January 5, 2019 12:23 PM 140

    Two men face charges after allegedly pretending to bribe a cardboard cutout of a traffic cop in Sri Lanka. (Vavuniya Police) Sri Lankan police are apparently no stiffs. Authorities in the island nation just south of India recently arrested two men after a video on Facebook showed them allegedly pretending to bribe a life-size cardboard cutout of a traffic

  • Fire kills 3 in apartment building in northeastern Spain

    January 5, 2019 11:00 AM 136

    BARCELONA, Spain – Firefighters in Spain say that three people have been killed and more have been injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in a town near Barcelona. Firefighters for the northeastern region of Catalonia say that the blaze on Saturday also left one baby in critical condition and two adults in serious condition. Another

  • Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church formalized in Istanbul

    January 5, 2019 10:51 AM 119

    Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, center, arrives to attend a meeting to sign "Tomos" decree of autocephaly for Ukrainian church at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) A cross is seen at the Patriarchal Church of St. George prior to a meeting

  • Faulty wiring likely cause of 'Escape Room' fire in Poland

    January 5, 2019 10:39 AM 121

    A fire engine stands outside an "Escape Room" game location in Koszalin, northern Poland, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. A fire broke out at the "Escape Room" game location, killing five teenage girls and injuring a man, authorities said. 0(AP Photo/TVN News via AP) WARSAW, Poland – Polish firefighters have blamed substandard electrical wiring and lax security