Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in pocket of eastern Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) ? Fierce fighting erupted in Mosul on Tuesday as Iraqi forces tried to drive Islamic State militants from one of their last bastions in the eastern half of the city, while aid groups expressed concern for the estimated 750,000 people still in the militant-held west.
Official: UK to shortly introduce legislation to trigger Brexit; plans to stick to March timelineLONDON (AP) ? Official: UK to shortly introduce legislation to trigger Brexit; plans to stick to March timeline .
Johnson & Johnson cautious in outlook, shops diabetes care
Johnson & Johnson edged out Wall Street profit expectations for the fourth quarter but announced a lower-than-expected 2017 forecast and said it would start shopping its diabetes care businesses. Johnson ...
The Latest: Syria talks in Astana pledge to safeguard truce
Global stocks edge up as investors gauge Trump uncertainties
Global stocks were slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to gauge the potential impact of President Donald Trump's trade and regulatory policies. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 0.1 percent ...
Iran, Russia, Turkey say will jointly enforce Syria ceasefire
Iran, Russia and Turkey will establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire in Syria, prevent any provocations and determine exactly how the ceasefire will work, the three nations said in a joint statement. Concluding the Syria talks in Astana, Tehran, Moscow and Ankara also said they supported the willingness of the armed opposition groups to participate in the next round of negotiations to be held in Geneva on Feb. 8 and the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254.
Syrian rebels unhappy with Astana communique, says delegateSyrian rebels are unhappy with a communique establishing a ceasefire mechanism between Russia, Iran and Turkey, an opposition delegate to talks in Astana said on Tuesday. "Iran is speaheading in a number of areas military offensives and leading to forcible displacements of thousands of Syrians and causing bloodletting. This communique legitimizes this role," said the delegate, who declined to be identified.
Powerful storm hammers eastern United States with heavy snow, wind gusts
(Reuters) - A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend was expected on Tuesday to bring heavy snow and wind gusts to the Northeast, causing school closings, treacherous driving conditions and power outages. The storm, known as a nor'easter, was forecast to bring snowfalls of up to 9 inches (23 cm) along with icy rains and wind gusts of 40 mph (65 kph) to northern Pennsylvania through central New York and into Maine on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said. School districts across the region canceled or delayed the start of classes on Tuesday due to the icy road conditions.
HSBC to close 62 branches in Britain, resulting in 180 job losses
HSBC said on Tuesday it plans to close 62 branches and fire more than 180 employees marking the end of its branch restructuring programme in Britain aimed at reducing costs. HSBC said the number of customers using branches for transactions has fallen by about 40 percent over the last five years, while the number of people making digital transactions has increased. "This marks the end of our branch restructuring programme," said Antonio Simoes, chief executive of HSBC in Britain.
China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty
By Ben Blanchard and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway. White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his comments on Monday signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territorial claims in Asia. "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson.