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'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 11:35am

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move "bad news for our enemies". First blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s and later by Britain, which feared creation of an EU army, the pact aims to end the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defense policies.

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 11:29am

Syrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner, military officials said Thursday. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Wednesday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra "quickly and professionally conducted an operation," the coalition said in a statement.

6 Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims On Moving Forward After Unspeakable Loss

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 10:55am

Dec. 14, 2012, is a day that represents every parent’s worst nightmare.

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 10:29am

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.

Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shooting

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 10:16am

On the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack Obama's press secretary took to social media to remember the aftermath of the attack.

Hamas will reverse Trump's Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:54am

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians including hundreds of gunmen rallied in Gaza on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hamas's founding and its chief vowed to reverse U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Earlier in the day, Israel shut its border crossings with Gaza in response to daily rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled enclave since Trump's announcement on Dec. 6, which stirred anger across the Arab and Muslim world and concern among Washington's European allies as well as Russia.

Trump's aides leave Russia out of intelligence briefings over fears it will upset him

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:36am

White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump’s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President’s daily brief (PDB,) around his suspected emotional reactions. “If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference – that takes the PDB off the rails,” a former senior US intelligence official told the Post.

Astronaut Randy Bresnik Shares Heartwarming Final Photos on Board The ISS

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:28am

Space dad comes home after a four month shift at the office.

Syria's government team won't talk with opposition in Geneva

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:23am

GENEVA (AP) — Syria's government team at the U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva said on Thursday that there will be no dialogue with the opposition as long as it insists on the removal of President Bashar Assad.

Haley displays missile as evidence Iran is violating UN resolutions

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 8:54am

The Trump administration accused Iran of violating United Nations resolutions, unveiling what officials said was proof that Iran is exporting missiles and other military hardware to a rebel group in Yemen.

Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 7:35am

China is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an “island encirclement patrol” of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft.

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 7:28am

Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.

Time Is Running Out For Syria's Besieged Communities

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 7:00am

Nearly 745,000 men, women and children in Syria are trapped inside the war-torn country’s 33 besieged communities, living in desolate conditions at the mercy of President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime and its armed opponents.

Royals join bereaved families in London tower fire memorial

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 6:23am

LONDON (AP) — Britain's royals and Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors and families of those who died in London's Grenfell Tower fire for a memorial service Thursday for the 71 people killed in the June blaze.

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 5:17am

People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.

Turkey summons FBI attache over testimony in US trial

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 4:32am

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police have summoned an FBI official stationed in Turkey in connection with testimony in a U.S. federal corruption case against a Turkish banker, Turkey's official news agency reported.

Where To Donate To Honor Each Of The 26 Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:45am

Thursday marks the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:45am

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:30am

Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.