MOSCOW/ANKARA - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war. The Syrian army announced a nationwide halt to fighting but said Islamic State and ex-Nusra Front militants and all groups linked to them would be excluded from the deal. It did not say which unnamed groups would be excluded.
(Reuters) - - Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers around the world in musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," died on Wednesday at age 84, Variety reported citing her son.
LOS ANGELES -- Debbie Reynolds was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 28, one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, according to TMZ.
CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES—Restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons plan to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics considered "critically important" to human medicine, their owner said on Wednesday, Dec. 28, making it the latest company to ditch the drugs over health concerns. Restaurant Brands International Inc, which owns both chains, said it aims to make the change in U.S. stores in 2017 and in Canada in 2018.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Dylann Roof, the man convicted in a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he would present no witnesses or evidence when he represents himself during the sentencing phase of his death penalty trial next week.
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump plans to make an announcement related to the economy on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 28, his transition team said, adding it would be a boost to workers but giving no other details. Trump plans to make the statement between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET (2100 to 2200 GMT), incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call, adding that the news "should be very positive for American workers."
DAVAO, Philippines — Rodrigo Duterte has kept his word. "Forget the laws on human rights," he declared in May at his final presidential campaign rally in Manila. "If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just as I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because, I'd kill you."
NEW YORK—U.S. stocks rose slightly on Tuesday, Dec. 27, supported by upbeat consumer and housing data, with gains in technology shares lifting the Nasdaq Composite to a record close. At just over four billion shares traded, it was one of the lowest-volume sessions of 2016. Volume across markets is expected to continue to be weak through the end of the year.
WASHINGTON—In a new legal development on the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, an appeals court on Tuesday, Dec. 27, reversed a lower court ruling and said two U.S. government agencies should have done more to recover the emails. The ruling from Judge Stephen Williams, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, revives one of a number of legal challenges involving Clinton's handling of government emails when she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
WASHINGTON - The director of a West Virginia nonprofit agency who called first lady Michelle Obama "an ape in heels" in a Facebook post has been fired and the institution put under outside management, state officials said on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp., which provides services to poor and elderly residents, drew international condemnation after her comment last month about Obama went viral.