Kerry's ceaseless diplomacy faces sternest test on Syria
By Lesley Wroughton NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Kerry had heard enough. After last week's bombing of a U.N. aid convoy in Syria dealt a death blow to a ceasefire deal in which he had invested all his diplomatic capital with Russia, the U.S. Secretary of State tossed aside a page of notes and looked at Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov across the horseshoe-shaped table in the U.N. Security Council. "I listened to my colleague from Russia, and I sort of felt a little bit like they're sort of in a parallel universe here," said a visibly angry Kerry, effectively calling Lavrov a liar for blaming the United States for spoiling the ceasefire.
Charlotte police release video of shooting but doubts remain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ? Newly released police video of a black man's fatal shooting, sought by protesters for days, isn't settling questions about whether the man threatened police with a gun before he was felled by a black officer.
Turks protest assault of woman who wore shortsISTANBUL (AP) ? Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a public bus this month for wearing shorts.
Battle rages near Aleppo, air onslaught continues
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria policy in tatters. The United Nations Security Council is due to meet at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) to discuss the fighting but the latest campaign for a decisive battlefield victory by President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies appears to have buried any hope for diplomacy. In their first major ground advance of the offensive, the Syrian army and its militia allies seized control of the Handarat Palestinian refugee camp, a few kilometers north of Aleppo, only for rebels to counterattack a few hours later.
Israeli military indicts Palestinians for online incitementThe Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media. Sunday's announcement comes amid an Israeli campaign to stamp out the online incitement ...
PM May rebuffed calls to play bigger role in EU referendum campaign
By Kylie MacLellan LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May repeatedly failed to back her predecessor David Cameron in his fight to keep Britain in the European Union and hampered his attempts to rein in migration, according to extracts from two books about the referendum. May, who served as interior minister under Cameron and succeeded him as prime minister when he resigned after Britain's vote to leave the EU, backed staying in the bloc but was largely absent from the campaign. The two books come as May faces the complex task of leading negotiations over Britain's EU divorce, having divulged little on her intended strategy.
India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change
Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in monthsBEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) ? A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months.
Syria rebels say peace talks futile while Russia backs Aleppo bombingSyria's mainstream rebel groups said on Sunday the escalating Russian-backed bombing of besieged Aleppo had rendered any peace process futile unless there was an immediate halt to fighting and aid deliveries under United Nations auspices. In a statement signed by more than 30 rebel groups including the biggest faction backed by Turkey, Gulf states and the West, they said the bombing campaign that has killed dozens in the past few days was "unprecedented" and rendered futile the U.N.-backed political process Washington and Moscow seek to revive. The statement also said rebels could not accept "Russia as a sponsor because it was a partner with the regime in its crimes against our people," saying Russian-backed Syrian forces were using napalm and chemical weapons without censure by the international community.
China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month
China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific. Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific and patrols over the East China Sea air defense identification zone were for the Air Force to protect China's sovereignty and national security, China's air force spokesman Shen Jinke said, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Defence website. China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States in 2013 when it imposed an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities.