US and Russia Announce Plan for Humanitarian Aid and a Cease-Fire in Syria – New York Times

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US, Russia and other powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria – Washington Post

MUNICH — The United States, Russia and other powers agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war, to take place within the next week, and immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday. “It was unanimous,” Kerry said of a communique issued after hours of […]

49 dead in riot at Mexico’s Topo Chico prison – CNN

Relatives demand answers The riot started half an hour before midnight Wednesday and was under control by 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) Thursday, Rodriguez said. A newer group of inmates attacked “a group that already had control of the prison for a long time,” Nuevo Leon Attorney General Roberto Flores said Thursday night in a […]

Top Asian News 4:03 am GMT – Yahoo News

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals. […]

Senate passes bill 96-0 to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions – Chicago Tribune

Seeking to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate approved the sanctions bill 96-0 after lawmakers repeatedly denounced Pyongyang for flouting international law by pursuing nuclear weapons. Sen. […]

What does Russia want in Syria? 5 reasons Putin backs Assad – CNN

40,000 fleeing Aleppo as battle for Syrian city intensifies: U.N. 1. Protect Russia’s interests in Syria MUST WATCH Russia has significant economic and military interests in Syria, such as a Mediterranean naval base at Tartus, that it is determined to keep. Russia has had a naval facility in Tartus since Soviet times, and although it […]

Israel looking to ban Arab MPs who met attackers’ relatives – Washington Post

Post Contributor Badge This commenter is a Washington Post contributor. Post contributors aren’t staff, but may write articles or columns. In some cases, contributors are sources or experts quoted in a story. More about badges | Request a badge Israel looking to ban Arab MPs who met attackers’ relatives – Washington Post

Survivors found, but dozens still missing after Taiwan quake – CBS News

TAINAN, Taiwan — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in […]

Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of "extermination" – UN – Reuters

GENEVA Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of “extermination” of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday. The U.N. commission of inquiry called on the Security Council to impose “targeted sanctions” on high-ranking Syrian civilian and military […]

Leopard causes panic inside school in India – CBS News

BANGALORE, India – A leopard wandered into a school in southern India and injured three people as it tried to escape, officials said. Onlookers including TV news crews watched the chase, which lasted several hours until forest workers shot the big cat with a tranquilizer dart on Sunday afternoon, according to Press Trust of India […]

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