Gunman kills eight outside Coptic church in Cairo suburb: ministry

REUTERS - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:14
CAIRO (Reuters) - A gunman fired at worshippers and Egyptian police stationed outside a Coptic Orthodox church near Cairo on Friday and killed at least eight people before he was wounded and arrested, the interior ministry and church officials said.

Opening up

BBC - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:07
From deals with Democrats, to his own golf swing, the president has opened up in Mar-a-Lago.

St. Petersburg governor signs instruction on payments to those injured in store blast

TASS [Russian State News] - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:06
On December 27, an explosion rocked a St. Petersburg supermarket in the northern part of St. Petersburg, leaving 18 people injured, with nine of them being still in hospitals

Turkey, Russia finalize deal on anti-missile defense system

AP - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:54
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has finalized a deal with Moscow for the purchase of Russia's S-400 anti-missile system, Turkish defense officials announced Friday, despite concerns voiced by some of the NATO member's allies. 2017-12-29T07:41:00-05:00 2017-12-29T12:41:23-05:00

Tanzania threatens to shut churches after Magufuli criticism

BBC - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:48
The move comes after a religious leader criticised the government during a Christmas sermon.

Syrian rebels depart enclave in south as army gains in north

REUTERS - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:41
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels began to evacuate an enclave in southwestern Syria on Friday under a surrender deal with the government as the army thrust into the northwest -- the insurgents' main remaining stronghold.

Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

AP - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:40
CAIRO (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, Egyptian authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting the country's embattled Christian minority. 2017-12-29T07:30:00-05:00 2017-12-29T12:30:37-05:00

Putin signs law authorizing Russian anti-doping lab to deal with narcotic substances

TASS [Russian State News] - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:40
The law will make it possible for the national anti-doping laboratory to carry out its statutory activities geared to observe doping rules

Tears of joy

BBC - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:35
The ex-footballer George Weah has been voted in as the president of Liberia. But will he be equal to the country's many challenges, asks Umaru Fofana.

Explosive attach in Colombia nightclub wounds 31 people

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:30
The mayor of a small city in northern Colombia says 31 people were wounded when an explosive device was thrown into a crowded nightclub.

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

REUTERS - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward rebuilding and ensuring the militants do not return.

It's feels colder in parts of Canada than on Mars

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:14
Maybe just don't go outside at all until spring?

Gunman kill mayor of town in southern Mexico

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:14
A masked gunman has assassinated the mayor of a town in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero.

Russian pilots fulfill sick boy's dream by giving him helicopter tour

TASS [Russian State News] - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:11
Commanders of the fleet greeted the boy as they would greet a VIP and gave him a multitude of presents, the main of which was the flight

Catalonia crisis: Spain PM Rajoy sets timeline for new parliament

BBC - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:08
Mr Rajoy sets a date for Catalonia's new parliament to convene but it is unclear who will hold power.

Jerusalem should be the capital of love and friendship

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:03
Muslims and Christians should be able to stay wherever they want in Jerusalem while Israeli citizens should also be able to settle down wherever they want in the Middle East

Winter weather grips Britain; transport disrupted

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:58
Storms are causing problems in much of Britain and more bad weather is forecast for coming days, with strong winds and snow and rain expected.

Turkey, Russia sign deal on supply of S-400 missiles

REUTERS - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:56
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia on Friday signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, Turkish authorities said, finalizing a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.

Yemen government says 32 killed in air strike, disputing U.N. toll

REUTERS - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:54
DUBAI (Reuters) - Officials in Yemen's mostly Saudi-based government said 32 civilians were killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a market in the Taiz region earlier this week, disputing a U.N. death toll of 56.