JOHANNESBURG | US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

JOHANNESBURG  — The United States military’s Africa Command says that it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 extremists from the al-Shabab rebel group. In a statement issued Monday, the U.S. military said it carried out four strikes on Dec. 15 in which 34 people … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

WASHINGTON | White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

WASHINGTON — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. “We’re going to do whatever … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

SINGAPORE | World stocks mixed ahead of Brexit address; Fed in focus

SINGAPORE — World markets were mixed on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to address the House of Commons over a messy exit deal. Most Asian indexes rose on hopes that the Federal Reserve would re-evaluate its hawkish stance at a meeting later this week, following signs of slower global growth. KEEPING SCORE: … Continue reading SINGAPORE | World stocks mixed ahead of Brexit address; Fed in focus

BEIRUT | Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

BEIRUT— The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by growing sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of state and non-state actors using them in regional conflicts. That’s according to a new report by the Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI. The report … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

KAMPALA, Uganda | Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

KAMPALA, Uganda — Can one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power? A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president’s tentative embrace of a so-called “national dialogue” as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is unsettling … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

SRINAGAR, India | Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march

SRINAGAR, India — Armed soldiers and police have fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir and are enforcing a security lockdown to foil a public march separatists have called from heading to India’s military headquarters in the disputed region. Government forces Monday patrolled streets in the region’s main city of Srinagar and sealed off all … Continue reading SRINAGAR, India | Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march

ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday