U.N.-hosted Syrian peace talks get off to shaky start

Jan 30, 2016

U.N.-hosted Syrian peace talks get off to shaky start

Peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war got off to a shaky and chaotic start Friday, with the main opposition group at first boycotting the session, then later agreeing to meet with U.N. officials — while still insisting it would not negotiate. ...

Jan 29, 2016

U.S. Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

A U.S. Navy commander accused of diverting ships to Asian ports for a Malaysian contractor offering prostitution services and other gifts pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday, marking the eighth conviction in the massive scandal. Michael Misiewicz is one of the highest ranking naval ...

NATO weighing U.S. request for AWACS planes in Islamic State fight

Jan 29, 2016

NATO weighing U.S. request for AWACS planes in Islamic State fight

The NATO chief said Thursday the alliance is considering a U.S. request to provide AWACS surveillance planes to help in the fight against Islamic State extremists. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters “we are now looking into that request.” He said “different ways” to ...

Challenger accident shapes new wave of passenger spaceships

Jan 28, 2016

Challenger accident shapes new wave of passenger spaceships

Thirty years after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff, a new generation of spaceships continues to build on changes made after NASA’s fatal accident. Challenger blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the frigid morning of Jan. 28, 1986. The ...

Jan 28, 2016

Chinese man stole protected seeds major U.S. firms

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use. Robert Mo Hailong, 46, participated in a plot to steal inbred corn seeds from the ...

Ferguson, Missouri, releases details of proposed police reforms

Jan 28, 2016

Ferguson, Missouri, releases details of proposed police reforms

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, released details on Wednesday of a tentative deal with the U.S. Justice Department to reform its police department and resolve a federal probe following the 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager that ignited national protests. Under the terms ...