Russia rules out early renewal of Aleppo ceasefire
Russia, blaming failures by the US-led coalition and meagre hopes for diplomacy, on Monday ruled out early moves to renew its ceasefire in Aleppo after a brief truce ended at the weekend. "The question of renewing the humanitarian pause is not relevant now," deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency, in Moscow's first official comment on why it did not extend the ceasefire further. Heavy fighting resumed in the devasted Syrian city on Saturday after Russia, a government ally, ended its three-day cessation of hostilities.
Chinese vice foreign minister visits North Korean capital
SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin arrived in North Korea on Monday, North Korean state media reported, in the first visit by a high-ranking Chinese official since February, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency. Liu's visit comes as Washington and its allies urge Beijing to agree on tough new United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea after it conducted a fifth nuclear test in September. North Korea's KCNA news agency said Liu led a Chinese delegation attending the third meeting of the DPRK-China border joint committee. ...
Migrants leave Calais 'Jungle' by bus ahead of demolition
Migrants lugging meagre belongings boarded buses Monday taking them away from Calais' "Jungle" under a French plan to raze the notorious camp and symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. "Bye bye, Jungle!" a group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands from Africa and the Middle East had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain. Scores of Sudanese and Eritrean men queued in the pre-dawn cold outside a hangar where they were later sorted into groups and put on coaches for shelters across France.
British banker tortured, killed victim, Hong Kong court told
HONG KONG (AP) ? A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment had tortured one of the victims for three days while using cocaine, a prosecutor said at the opening of his murder trial Monday.
EU executive: Patience trumps deadlines in EU-Canada talks
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union's executive called for patience in an attempt to save a free trade deal with Canada and dismissed a Monday night deadline for a small Belgian region to provide its vital signature to the deal.
UK to announce airport decision to parliament on Tuesday - May's spokeswoman
LONDON (Reuters) - British transport minister Chris Grayling will make a statement to parliament about airport expansion in south east England around 1130 GMT on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Monday. May is due to chair a meeting of a small team of ministers on Tuesday to make the long-awaited decision over whether to give the go ahead for expansion to the west of London at Heathrow, Britain and Europe's busiest airport, or to the south at Gatwick. (Reporting by William James, writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Kate Holton)
Anti-Vietnam War activist Tom Hayden dies at 76
Peace activist Tom Hayden, whose radical views were at the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, has died. Hayden's wife, Canadian actress and author Barbara Williams, told CNN that he died late Sunday at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, from complications related to a 2015 stroke. Hayden was a member of the "Chicago 7" convicted on federal charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot over anti-Vietnam War protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits new high: UN
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere averaged a record 400 parts per million in 2015, an ominous milestone for the planet's health, the UN said Monday. The greenhouse gas has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on an annual global basis, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization said. The concentration of CO2 spiked in part because of a strong El Nino, the whether phenomenon that occurs every four to five years with a broadly warming effect.
Obama campaigns in Nevada, visits California
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? President Barack Obama is stepping up the pace of his campaign to boost Hillary Clinton as his successor while pushing as well for Democrats to retake the Senate, visiting tightly contested Nevada before headlining party fundraisers Monday in California.
Obama presses campaign to elevate Clinton to White HouseSAN DIEGO (AP) ? President Barack Obama is stepping up the pace of his campaign to boost Hillary Clinton for president while pushing the efforts to restore Democratic control of the Senate.