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Pope calls for end to violence, respect for human rights, in Venezuela

Pope Francis called on Sunday for the respect of human rights and an end to violence in Venezuela, where nearly 30 people were killed in unrest this month. Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square … Continue reading

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UK PM May braces for difficult Brexit talks after EU adopts tough stance

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday divorce talks with the European Union would be difficult, responding to the tough stance taken by EU leaders over the upcoming Brexit negotiations. EU leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on … Continue reading

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U.S.-backed militias claim big advance against IS in Syria's Tabqa

FILE PHOTO: A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks at the northern part of the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, Syria March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

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U.S. Marines back in Helmand as Afghanistan 'stalemate' continues

By James Mackenzie | CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the … Continue reading

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Five killed in Texas tornadoes; rains, winds lash US midsection: media

By Alex Dobuzinskis Tornadoes killed five people east of Dallas in Texas, local media reported on Saturday, as heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland. At least three tornadoes were confirmed by the National … Continue reading

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South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up

FILE PHOTO: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout…

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Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington, White House says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference after concluding the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila, Philippines April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites 'improving cooperation'

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders link arms during the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines April 29, 2017. L-R: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Trump celebrates first 100 days as president, blasts media

By Patrick Rucker | HARRISBURG, Pa. U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at … Continue reading

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Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to bolster moderates ahead of polls

By Alissa de Carbonnel | TEHRAN Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff … Continue reading

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