Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan callUS

President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.It was not immediate...

Iran welcomes OPEC production-cut decision

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday welcomed an OPEC deal that cut the oil cartel's output to push up crude prices. Speaking in a provincial meeting, broadcast live on State TV Thursday, Rouhani called the decision "a pos...

Putin hopes for better Russia-US ties, anti-terror action

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia hopes to normalize ties with the U.S. and join efforts in the fight against international terrorism. Speaking in a live state-of-the-nation address, Putin said that Russia is rea...

New era for Thai monarchy as prince to be proclaimed king

   Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand late Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.   Vajiralongk...

[Graphic News] Record number of migrants arrived in Italy

A record number of migrants reached Italy by boat from North Africa in 2016, according to official data, as pressure on Italy’s shelter and asylum systems grows. Italy has borne the brunt of the arrivals since the implementation ...

Mnuchin, Ross confirm selves as Trump treasury, commerce picks

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Steven Mnuchin said Donald Trump plans to nominate him as the next U.S. Treasury secretary, a key cabinet decision as the president-elect assembles a team to fulfill his campaign pledge to b...

Eurozone inflation at highest level since April 2014

BRUSSELS (AFP) -- Eurozone inflation rose to a two-and-a-half-year high in November as Europe inched away from very low consumer prices that have threatened an already fragile economic recovery.The level matched forecasts by analy...

Trump says he's stepping out of his business empire

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and ...

50,000 pour out of east Aleppo as Syria army advances

ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) -- More than 50,000 Syrians have joined a growing exodus of terrified civilians from east Aleppo, a monitor said Wednesday, as the UN Security Council was set for emergency talks on fighting in the city.As gove...

President Obama: 'Michelle will never run for office'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has tamped down any speculation that first lady Michelle Obama may one day run for office herself.In an interview with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner conducted the day after the presiden...

OPEC closer to deal to cut oil output, sparking price rally

VIENNA (AP) -- With Saudi Arabia declaring a "critical day" for OPEC, oil ministers of the cartel moved closer Wednesday to end infighting and reach an agreement to cut output for the first time in eight years.The price of oil ral...

Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro's ashes begin journey

HAVANA (AP) -- Thousands of Cubans lined the streets of Havana Wednesday morning, some sleeping on sidewalks overnight, to bid goodbye to Fidel Castro as his ashes began a four-day journey across the country he ruled for nearly 50...

[Graphic News] Korean students rank 3rd in math and physics education

Ten- and 14-year-old students in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan outperformed their counterparts in other countries in mathematics, according to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015, w...

Brazilian team's season of glory ends in tragedy

For the players on the humble Brazilian club from an out-of-the-way city known for its agribusiness plants, these were going to be the games of their lives.Chapecoense was having the best season in its 43-year history, heading to ...

[Newsmaker] Trump threatens to ‘terminate’ US-Cuba thaw

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday threatened to end the US thaw with Cuba unless Havana makes key concessions, potentially upending the historic rapprochement engineered by the White House, which insists the opening serves Am...