Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:12:28 -0400
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.
Los Angeles police officer wounded in city housing project
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:10:46 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded late Monday night at a city housing project.
Brexit rewrites UK budget rules as borrowing set for first big rise since 2010
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:07:41 -0400
By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could borrow nearly 65 billion pounds more than planned in the next couple of years as new Chancellor Philip Hammond seeks to 'reset' government budget policy to ease the shock of last month's vote to leave the European Union. Ratings agencies and economists widely expect borrowing to rise materially next year for the first time since 2010, as Hammond has to call time - temporarily - on the austerity which dominated his predecessor George Osborne's six years in office. After taking office two weeks ago, Hammond said the darker post-Brexit outlook meant policies the Conservative government had pursued since 2010 needed to change - and economists are now starting to put numbers on what this might mean.
U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:03:25 -0400
By Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of bilateral talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following a ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday.
The Latest: Officials seek stronger border control, police
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:51:25 -0400
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):
Two more arrests in connection with Bastille Day attack
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:49:48 -0400
French police have arrested two men in connection with the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which left 84 people dead, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday. "They were placed in custody while investigators seek to determine if the Tunisian (attacker) Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had logistical support," said the source. Prosecutors believe Bouhlel had long plotted the attack in which he ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd which had been enjoying a fireworks display on Nice's seafront Promenade Des Anglais, injuring more than 300 people.
In 10th convention speech, Bill Clinton faces tougher crowd
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:46:59 -0400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Clinton was once the Democrats explainer-in-chief, electrifying the convention crowd with his support of President Barack Obama.
Kerry says hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:43:38 -0400
By Lesley Wroughton VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he hoped to announce in early August details of a U.S. plan for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria. Kerry, speaking after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos, said there had been progress in recent days on moving forward with the plan. The proposal envisages Washington and Moscow sharing intelligence to coordinate air strikes against the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and prohibit the Syrian air force from attacking moderate rebel groups.
At least seven killed in attack on peacekeepers' base in Somalia
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:40:06 -0400
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed at least seven people in an attack on the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday, police said. Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that is trying to topple the Western-backed Somali government, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed more than 12 people. (Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
VIEWER'S GUIDE: Tuesday's roll call says it all
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:32:25 -0400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For all of the hoopla attached to a political convention, it all comes down to this: that moment when the presumptive nominee becomes the nominee outright.