West Virginia teachers strike to go on over elusive pay deal

Photo: ReutersWest Virginia teachers said their strike would go on at least through Monday, as state lawmakers unraveled the governor’s promise of a raise in a late Saturday night legislative session, union officials said.More than 277,000 students have been out of school since Feb. 22, as teachers and other school employees pushed for higher pay, protesting that their wages are

France's Macron called Turkey's Erdogan to discuss Syria's Ghouta

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a news conference during European Union leaders informal summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Francois LenoirFrench President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday to discuss Syria, notably the humanitarian situation in the besieged eastern Ghouta region, the French presidency said in a statement.The statement said Macron“spoke of

CFO of German energy group Innogy seriously injured in acid attack

Photo: ReutersThe chief financial officer of German energy group Innogy, Bernhard Guenther, was the victim of an acid attack on Sunday, sustaining serious injuries, the company and police said.A statement from Duesseldorf police said a 51-year-old man had been attacked in a park by two men in their twenties on Sunday morning in Haan, near Essen, where Innogy is based.The

White House accuses Russia of killing civilians in Syria's Ghouta region

Photo: ReutersThe United States on Sunday made its strongest accusation to date of Moscow’s complicity in civilian deaths in Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta region, saying Russian aircraft flew bombing missions in defiance of a United Nations ceasefire.The White House said Russian military aircraft took off from HumaymimAirfield in Syria and carried out at least 20 daily bombing missions in Damascus

Israeli Arab motorist rams security men in north Israel and is shot: police

An Israeli Arab motorist injured three security personnel in a ramming attack in northern Israel on Sunday and was shot and wounded, police and the military said.A police statement said the driver was taken into custody after carrying out the attack at a market parking lot and outside a train station in the city of Acre. The force said he

France urges Iran to pressure Syrian government over Ghouta

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to put pressure on the Syrian government to end attacks against Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta region and allow humanitarian aid to flow.In a phone conversation on the eve of foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s trip to Tehran, the two presidents agreed to work together in the coming days with

In eastern Ghouta rubble, a father looks for his son

Abu Mohammad Alaya stands on top of a pile of rubble, still searching for the body for his eldest son more than a week after an air strike destroyed their home in Syria’s eastern Ghouta.Alaya believes 22-year-old Mohammad is buried somewhere beneath his feet, a victim of a war that he says has already killed every member of the football

Slovak president urges government shakeup in wake of murder of journalist

Slovakia’s president said on Sunday he would seek talks with parties and urged changes in government or early elections to renew public trust following the murder of an investigative journalist that has shaken the nation.The murder of Jan Kuciak has rattled Prime Minister Robert Fico’s three-party government and led to public anger about corruption in Slovakia, which is a member

Italians queue to vote in election seen ending in political gridlock

Italians waited in long queues at polling booths on Sunday to vote in an election that could bring political gridlock after a campaign marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration.Pollsters have predicted that former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party and his far-right allies will emerge as the largest bloc in parliament but fall short of

Syrian troops advance in rebel-held region near capita

Syrian troops and allied militias have captured a number of villages and towns in a rebel-held region near the capital, in the largest advance since a wide-scale offensive began last month, state media and activists reported Sunday.Meanwhile, the United Nations said it planned to deliver aid to a total of 70,000 people in the stricken region starting Monday after it

US, Afghan leaders agree on peace push, Taliban don’t

Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government’s surprising new peace offerto the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take place with Washington, not Kabul.The impasse is blocking a diplomatic path out of America’s longest-running war and could prove as fateful as fortunes on the

High-level Seoul officials to head to North Korea for talks

South Korea’s president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, officials said Sunday.They will be the first known South Korean special envoys to travel to Pyongyang in about 10 years. Their trip comes

In Syria’s Ghouta, shelters are tombs for the living

There have been many goodbyes in eastern Ghouta — more than 600 in the past two weeks. That is the estimated number of civilians killed in the Syrian military’s offensive to recapture the region adjacent to the capital Damascus, under opposition control for nearly six years.There are even more screams — muffled cries that the world hardly hears, in part

Iran not to negotiate missile program unless U.S., Europe destroy nukes: military

In this file photo, a missile is launched during an Iranian naval drill from the coastline of the sea of Oman in southern Iran on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo: XinhuaA senior Iranian military official said Saturday that Iran will not negotiate its missile program unless Europe and the United States destroy their nuclear weapons and missiles."What Americans say out of

Syrian army advances in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian army advanced on Saturday in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta countryside of the capital Damascus, capturing a number of areas there. The place has sparked international attention recently.A military source told Xinhua that the Syrian government forces captured the towns of Otaya, Nashabiyeh, and Herzama in Eastern Ghouta, following battles with the rebels in that area.Speaking on condition of

Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

FILE PHOTO: A military barrier is placed along a street leading to Burkina Faso's army headquarters in the capital Ougadougou, Burkina Faso March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Anne MimaultA Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso that left 16 people dead, including eight gunmen, at the army headquarters and French embassy, Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar

Over 40 killed in ethnic conflicts in northeast DR Congo

At least 40 people were killed from Thursday night to Friday in the village of Maze following inter-ethnic conflicts between the Hema and Lendu communities in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to the security and local sources.According to the security sources, most of the victims killed were from the Hema ethnic group who

IOM condemns Nigeria terror attack

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday it is "outraged and saddened" after two of its staff members were killed when the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked a military base in Nigeria's northwest Borno State.IOM spokesperson, Joel Millman, said at a UN briefing here that there is a camp for Internally Displaced Persons at the base in Rann in

Russia tells EU gas supplies via Ukraine under no immediate threat

Russia’s Energy Ministry said on Saturday that gas giant Gazprom’s intention to terminate contracts with Ukraine poses no immediate threat to natural gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.The issue of gas transit has intensified after the Russian group said on Friday it would end the contracts after a Stockholm arbitration court ordered it to pay more than $2.5 billion to

Sydney's gay pride street parade celebrates same-sex marriage, honors early activists

About half a million people are expected to line Sydney’s streets on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the first time the annual parade has taken place since Australia legalized same-sex marriage.The event started in 1978 as a protest march for gay rights and the decriminalization of homosexuality but has since grown into

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