US reviewing invitation to Syria talks in Kazakhstan – official

WASHINGTON: The United States is reviewing an invitation to attend upcoming talks on the Syria conflict in the Kazakh capital, Astana, later this month, a State Department official said on Thursday. “We did get an invitation, and it’s under review,” the official told Reuters after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying the… Read More »

Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, uncertainty

WASHINGTON: Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump’s election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect fires off mixed and sometimes confusing messages on healthcare, taxes and trade. An initial euphoria in the business world fueled a powerful post-election stock rally. Some of that has frayed as… Read More »

Greece says Cyprus talks show progress, Turkey should drop rhetoric

ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday progress had been made in ending the decades-old stalemate on divided Cyprus, but urged Turkey to drop ‘aggressive rhetoric’ to reach a deal. “We are optimistic but with prudence and responsibility, as this situation merits, we will continue to work hard…and hope that we have positive… Read More »

Sinn Fein's Adams anticipating significant Irish border changes

DUBLIN/BELFAST: Britain’s plan for leaving the European Union is unlikely to be accomplished without significant changes to border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said on Tuesday. Northern Ireland, a British province, will represent the only land frontier between Britain and the EU once it leaves and leaders… Read More »

Singapore reiterates support for Israel-Palestine talks after Paris summit

SINGAPORE: Singapore has reiterated its support for talks to resume between Israel and Palestine and for a two-state solution to the conflict, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Jan 17). The MFA statement came after the conclusion of the Conference for Peace in the Middle East in Paris on Sunday. “Singapore reiterates… Read More »

Surge of African migrants brave Latin America jungle trek for US dream

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Using a stone, Ahmed Ali Hassan scraped away at the side of the container truck until he made a small hole, and putting his parched mouth to it, gasped for air. The overcrowded truck carrying nearly 100 migrants, many from Africa, took turns to breathe in pockets of dry… Read More »