Breakdown of Syria prevented, political settlement on agenda: Putin

Moscow, Nov 23 : Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the breakdown of Syria has been prevented, and that a new stage has been reached for the possible transition to a political settlement in the war-torn country. The leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey held a trilateral summit in the Russian city Sochi, discussing […]

England win toss, to bat first in first Ashes test

By Ian Ransom BRISBANE, Nov 23 : England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first in the opening Ashes test against Australia in Brisbane on Thursday, with the hosts confirming opener David Warner and batsman Shaun Marsh were fit to play. Australia’s vaunted pace attack will therefore have first crack at […]

PNG police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

By Tom Westbrook and Swati Pandey SYDNEY, Nov 23 : Police entered an officially-shuttered Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea on Thursday and ordered some 380 asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they carried away food and water the men had stockpiled, three of the men told Reuters. Asylum seekers said they climbed […]

U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 23 : A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women’s health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued […]

Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, Nov 23 : When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December. European Union officials and diplomats from the other […]

Myanmar’s Rohingyas are targets of ethnic cleansing: US

Washington, Nov 23 : The US government said on Wednesday that abuses directed at the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar amount to ethnic cleansing. “After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said […]