Apr 29, 2016

Nearly 10,000 killed in two-year Ukraine conflict: U.N.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top United Nations official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council that the total number of casualties ...

Apr 28, 2016

Abe to take in Russia in weeklong visit to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Britain and Russia from Sunday to May 7 for talks with their leaders, the Japanese government said Thursday. Abe will exchange views on the world economy and other major issues to be discussed at ...

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Apr 28, 2016

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his space officials to raise their game on Wednesday after he flew thousands of kilometers to watch the inaugural launch of a rocket from a new spaceport, only for it to be called off. With moments to go before ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

Apr 22, 2016

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday there was “real but modest” progress in the country’s humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold. NATO said an increasingly fragile cease-fire ...