Ukraine leader, under pressure from West, pledges new government soon

Ukraine leader, under pressure from West, pledges new government soon

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance. The U.S. and other Western governments are criticizing Kiev’s tardiness in [...]

Unidentified jet targets airport in Libya’s Tripoli: witnesses

TUNIS (Reuters) – At least one unidentified jet carried out an air strike on Monday targeting Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli, but the extent of damage was not clear, witnesses and local television said. Libya is caught up in a conflict between rival political factions, one of which has set up an alternative [...]

Buried under snow, Buffalo, N.Y., braces for high winds

Buried under snow, Buffalo, N.Y., braces for high winds

By Mark Blinch BUFFALO, N.Y. (Reuters) – State offices in Buffalo, New York, which is still struggling to dig out from as much as seven feet of snow, reopened on Monday as the region braced for high winds that could bring power outages. With temperatures expected to reach 59 degrees Fahrenheit, officials warned that the [...]

U.S., allies conduct 24 strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: CENTCOM

U.S., allies conduct 24 strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: CENTCOM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies have conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State militants since Friday, launching nine strikes in Syria and 15 strikes in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command. In a statement on Monday, the U.S. military said the strikes in Syria near the border town of Kobani and [...]

UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history: minister

UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history: minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has foiled around 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday. The government would on Wednesday set out new laws to take on the militants, May added, including legislation making it easier [...]

Hagel resigns as defense secretary

Hagel resigns as defense secretary

By Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in [...]

War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without U.N. peacekeepers

War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without U.N. peacekeepers

By Khalid Abdelaziz TABIT, Sudan (Reuters) – Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region. UNAMID, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, [...]

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google <GOOGL.O> and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group. The parliament has no power to dismember a firm. But the [...]

Iran nuclear talks set to resume next month after missing deadline

Iran nuclear talks set to resume next month after missing deadline

By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers are expected to break off negotiations on Monday and meet again next month after missing a deadline to clinch a final deal to resolve their 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, diplomatic sources said. Details about the resumption of negotiations were [...]

Two U.S. soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghan capital: sources

KABUL (Reuters) – Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said. "It was a magnetic bomb," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. "It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or it was planted and detonated [...]