Trump, Sisi discuss fighting terrorism in phone call
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed ways to boost the fight against terrorism and extremism on Monday and the new American leader underscored his commitment to bilateral ties, the two countries said. Trump told Sisi in a telephone call he appreciated the difficulties faced by Egypt in its "war on terror" and affirmed his administration's commitment to supporting the country, Sisi's spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement. White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing that Trump and Sisi "discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship and support Egypt's fight against terrorists." "President Trump underscored the United States remains strongly committed to the bilateral relationship, which has helped both countries overcome challenges in the region for decades," Spicer added.
Venus Williams to meet Vandeweghe in Australian semifinals
Bangladesh plants million trees to cut lightning tollBangladesh has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year, a top official said Tuesday. Authorities last year declared lightning a natural disaster as official tallies recorded more than 200 deaths in 2016, with 82 people dying on a single day in May. Experts say the real number was actually much higher, with one independent monitor saying 349 people were killed by lightning strikes in 2016.
Hawaii's Lanai Island dark after windstorm knocks out power
Italy avalanche death toll climbs to 12 with 17 missing
No. 2 Kansas faces No. 4 Kentucky in marquee game this week
Kansas has been the hottest team in the country, reeling off 18 straight wins since its season-opening loss to Indiana. The Jayhawks are up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and have positioned themselves for a 13th straight Big 12 title.
Wealthy Romanian businessman jailed for bribing judges diesBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) ? Dan Adamescu, one of Romania's richest and controversial businessmen serving a prison sentence for bribery, has died. He was 68.
After rocky start, second day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) ? Syria talks between the Damascus government and rebel factions are underway in Kazakhstan for a second day, following a rocky start that saw harsh exchanges between the warring sides.
Kyrgyz court confirms life sentence for journalistBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) ? A court in Kyrgyzstan has upheld a life sentence for an ethnic Uzbek journalist in a case that has drawn international criticism.
U.S. State Dept OKs possible $418 mln military aircraft sale to KenyaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $418 million sale to Kenya of aircraft with weapons and related support, a Pentagon agency said on Monday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement the approval was for the possible sale of up to 12 Air Tractor AT-802L planes and two AT-504 trainer aircraft, a weapons package, technical support and program management. The prime contractor is L3 Technologies Inc, formerly known as L-3 Communications, at its Platform Integration Division, in Waco, Texas. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech)