Rebels tell U.S. they won't leave Aleppo; army sees operation over in weeks
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:07:42 -0500
By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels in Aleppo have told the United States they will not leave their besieged enclave in the city after Moscow called for talks with Washington over their withdrawal, signaling they will fight on even as their top commander was wounded. A Syrian military source said the army aimed to take full control of Aleppo within weeks, after seizing swathes of the city's rebel-held east in an advance poised to deal a major blow to the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. With more than 30,000 people uprooted by the latest fighting, residents who fled eastern Aleppo for government-held areas early in the war began returning to the Hanano district recently captured from the rebels to inspect their homes.
Fidel Castro's final resting spot revealed
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:04:37 -0500
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — About a year ago, trucks full of building materials began arriving at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. On Saturday, a white cloth was draped over a new structure near the mausoleum for Cuban independence leader Jose Marti.
The Latest: Conway says Trump expanding Cabinet search
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:03:13 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):
Trump threats may not stop US jobs moving offshore
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:01:18 -0500
President-elect Donald Trump's threats to retaliate against US companies planning to shift operations overseas constitute a new risk for multinationals, but may not sway those already planning to offshore jobs. Trump threw down the gauntlet on Thursday at a campaign-style rally after striking a deal with Carrier to keep about 1,100 jobs in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in state tax incentives over 10 years. "Companies are not going to leave the United States any more without consequences.
Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:01:10 -0500
By Saif Hameed and Ulf Laessing BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains. In a series of counter-attacks since Friday night, the jihadist fighters struck elite Iraqi troops spearheading the offensive in eastern Mosul, and attacked security forces to the south and west of the city. Iraqi officials say they continue to gain ground against the militants who still hold about three-quarters of the country's largest northern city which is Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
Palestinian Fatah party ends conference with boost for Abbas
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:58:43 -0500
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on the governing Fatah party and shut out a key rival, according to results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement that has dominated West Bank politics for decades.
The Latest: Alabama still unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:58:38 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff and bowl selection (all times local):
Fidel Castro's ashes interred in private ceremony in Cuba
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:58:27 -0500
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro's ashes were interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century.
Recovery teams comb charred ruins of Calif. warehouse, 10th victim reported
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:56:27 -0500
By Rory Carroll OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Recovery teams found a 10th body early Sunday morning in the charred ruins of an Oakland, California, warehouse after a fire broke out during a dance party, triggering one of the worst disasters in the city's history. Authorities confirmed at least nine fatalities soon after the blaze was brought under control early Saturday morning. With about two dozen people still unaccounted for, the death toll was expected to climb after authorities searched inside the shell of the two-story building, which was used by an artists' collective.
Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:55:52 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "Thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!"