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Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to a Russian base in Syria and ordered the start his troops' withdrawal from the war-torn country.Syrian state TV reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Putin at Khmeimim Air Base southeast of Latakia on Monday morning.Russia's state news agency Novosti cited Putin as...

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing and held surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Russian news agencies reported.

As protests spread from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Brussels, seeking support of European ministers.At a joint news conference with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Netanyahu on Monday expressed his...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labelled Israel a "terrorist state", and declared the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void".Erdogan said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump's decision on December 6 on the status of Jerusalem "has no validity" for Turkey.Speaking at a meeting of the ruling...

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

MOSCOW –  The Tass news agency says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived at a Russian military air base in Syria.Tass said that Putin's plane landed at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, the heartland of Syrian President Bashar Assad's Alawite minority. The visit marks Putin's first trip to Syria and comes...

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a “hot phase”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported.

Bordering the Mediterranean sea in the north, Algeria and Libya to the south, the Tunisian landscape boasts great physical diversity, including a range of hills, some of which it shares with its neighbours.However, the quality cliffs and rock formations were just that - until very recently, when rock climbers and other extreme sport fanatics...

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week.

Why do white women support Roy Moore?Of course, not all white women. But on the eve of the divisive Alabama Senate special election, a recent Washington Post-Schar School poll reveals a shocking, significant disparity between white women’s support of Moore versus their support of the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. While the race remains v...

CAIRO –  A top Egyptian rights lawyer says at least eight protesters were detained and accused of "association with a terrorist organization" after joining a small protest in Cairo over the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Khaled Ali says the protesters were arrested on Saturday in front of the Egyptian...

LONDON –  Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted.With temperatures dropping overnight as low as minus 11.6 Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit), hundreds of schools were closed Monday. Europe's largest airport, Heathrow, warned Monday that some...

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom for the first time in over 35 years, and that the first ones were likely to open next March.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year.

BAGHDAD –  An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric is urging his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the declaration of victory against the Islamic State group.Muqtada al-Sadr also called on his forces to hand some of the territory they control to other branches of Iraq's security forces, but said his men would remain...

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