Turkey urged to show restraint in assault on Syrian Kurds

AP - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:57
BEIRUT (AP) — France and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria, where the U.N. says an estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. 2018-01-23T10:14:00-05:00 2018-01-23T15:14:38-05:00

Gaps remain in CIA’s understanding of North Korean nukes, spy chief says

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:56
Pompeo credits CIA with significant advances in spying on the country.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in hospital for kidney infection: news site

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:52
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of late President Nelson Mandela, has been hospitalized for a kidney infection but is expected to make a full recovery, the Times Live online news site said on Tuesday.

Nearly 70 have died from yellow fever in 3 Brazilian states

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:50
Authorities say that nearly 70 people have died from yellow fever in three southeastern Brazilian states in the current outbreak.

Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:42
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.

Evangelical candidate now front-runner in Costa Rica presidential race

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:35
SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A conservative Christian evangelical has jumped to the front of the race in the first round of Costa Rica's presidential election next month, boosted by his opposition to gay marriage, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.

Russian defense minister visits Vietnam to boost ties

AP - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:35
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has visited Vietnam, seeking to expand military ties with Moscow's Cold War-era ally. 2018-01-23T09:50:00-05:00 2018-01-23T14:50:50-05:00

The Latest: Venezuela's Maduro interested in re-election

AP - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:35
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuelan elections (all times local): 2018-01-23T09:54:00-05:00 2018-01-23T14:54:58-05:00

Putin, Erdogan discuss situation in Syria, including near Afrin — Kremlin

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:34
The two leaders also touched upon preparations for an upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress

French tanker with Russian LNG to arrive in US port in few days — company

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:33
This is the first time when LNG produced in Russia is shipped to the US

Fire doused after tanker truck, rail car collide in Canada

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:32
A spectacular fire, fueled by ethanol after a tanker truck collided with a rail car, has been allowed to burn out in British Columbia.

Belgian police shoot man armed with knife at station

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:31
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police shot a man armed with a knife at the main railway station in the western city of Ghent on Tuesday and the man was taken to hospital, state broadcaster VRT said.

Syria war: Row over Turkey using German-made tanks

BBC - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:30
Some German politicians have spoken out over the reported use of leopard tanks against a Kurdish militia.

Heavy snow and avalanches strand thousands at ski villages across the Alps

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:26
Some areas have seen 17 feet of snow in 6 weeks.

'Beaten every day’: North Korea tortured USS Pueblo crew members, gathering damaging intel

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:26
Fifty years ago, the rogue state captured a U.S. spy ship, held the crew captive and reaped highly valuable intelligence.

The Latest: Venezuela’s Maduro interested in re-election

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:21
The Latest on Venezuelan elections (all times local):

Egyptian leader left with no major election challenger after another rival arrested

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:15
Lt. Gen Sami Anan was the latest presidential hopeful to exit the race amid claims of intimidation by authorities, paving way for Sissi's reelection in March.

Strikes kill 150 Islamic State militants in Syria: U.S.-led coalition

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said it killed nearly 150 militants in strikes carried out on Saturday in the Syrian middle Euphrates River Valley.

Double car bombing in Libya's Benghazi kills at least 11

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:05
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A double car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday left at least 11 people dead and others wounded, according to officials and a Reuters witness.

Russian defense minister visits Vietnam to boost ties

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:59
Russia’s defense minister has visited Vietnam, seeking to expand military ties with Moscow’s Cold War-era ally.