PARIS | Floods kill at least 5 people in southwest France

PARIS  — Authorities in southwest France say at least five people have been killed in violent storms and floods that saw the equivalent of several months of rainfall in the space of hours. Alain Thirion, the prefect of the Aude region, gave the death toll in a phone interview with 24-hour news channel BFMTV. He … Continue reading PARIS | Floods kill at least 5 people in southwest France

Syria’s key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria have agreed to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said on Sunday that the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen on Monday to U.N. observers, four years after it … Continue reading Syria’s key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Koreas to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

SEOUL, South Korea— The Latest on high-level peace talks between the rival Koreas (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony sometime in late November or early December on an ambitious future project to connect their railways and roads. South Korea’s Unification Ministry also said Monday after high-level … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Koreas to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s foreign minister said on Monday her country’s alliance with the United States had never been more vital in an era of escalating challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. In her first major policy speech since she took over the foreign ministry in August, Marise Payne told an Australian Institute of International Affairs … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions