White House Wars and Military Conflicts

  • The head of the Colombian government's delegation for peace talks Humberto de la Calle (C) and FARC guerilla member Ivan Marquez (R) shake hands at the Convention Palace in Havana on August 12, 2016.

    Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels unveiled a peace deal to end a guerrilla war which almost made the country a failed state.

  • An airstrike by a U.S. led coaltion warplane explodes on an ISIL position on November 10, 2015 near the town of Hole, Rojava, Syria.

    Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria on Wednesday.

  • "Suicide Squad" is one of the biggest grossers of the summer with $577.6 million globally, but it and the previous Warner Bros.- DC Comics film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," may have left hundreds of millions on the table by not being better and more crowd-pleasing. Still, Warner Bros.— while vowing to keep improving its DC superhero films— could celebrate a 39...

  • Joe Biden speaks with CNBC's John Harwood.

    The U.S. is fully committed to NATO's promise to come to the defense of any member of the alliance, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.

  • PARIS— France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe- wide rules requiring the makers of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said French authorities have detained three people this month with "clear attack plans," but police need better tools...

  • Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels.

    Borders are the "worst invention ever," Jean-Claude Juncker said, at a time when many countries are strengthening them following terrorist attacks.

  • CAIRO— WikiLeaks' giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the Saudi foreign ministry. But its spectacular mass-disclosures have also included the personal information of hundreds of people— including sick children, rape victims and mental health patients, The Associated Press has found.

  • Syria UN

    The Syrian regime has been accused of targeting medical workers which makes it difficult to provide humanitarian support, says RAND's Heather Williams.

  • The World Travel and Tourism Council, a group backed by travel providers with the mission to promote tourism, said in a report Monday that global travel spending for 2016 is expected to grow by 3.1 percent. Tourists worried about safety in France have chosen Spain or Italy instead, for example. The International Air Transport Association recently noted that...

  • The German government is considering telling the public to stockpile food and water in case of major disasters or an armed attack, a newspaper says.

  • The U.S. Thaad missile is also controversial in South Korea where protests have been held against its deployment on Korean soil. Among concerns are safety fears about the system's powerful radar.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are ratcheting up, which is just what North Korea wants, as it pits China and the U.S. against one another.

  • A boy stands near impacts of projectile on a wall near the explosion scene following a late night attack on a wedding party that left at least 50 dead in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border on August 21, 2016.

    President Erdogan decried the attack as an attempt by Islamic State extremists to destabilize the nation by exploiting ethnic and religious tensions.

  • BEIJING— China and Myanmar said Saturday that they have pledged to forge closer ties as "blood brothers," as Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi got set to wrap up a visit to Beijing, her first diplomatic trip since taking power in March. China has been on a diplomatic charm offensive in the past year toward its fast-growing neighbor, while Myanmar under Suu Kyi has shown a...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Gunmaker Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 assault rifle has armed Russian forces for 70 years and been the preferred weapon of insurgents across continents, has opened a store at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport selling souvenirs including plastic model guns, the company said. It was introduced in 1948, armed the whole of the Soviet Union and eastern...

  • NEW YORK— Donald Trump is repeating calls for the U.S. and its allies to cut off internet access to the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations. He said the government should work with "brilliant people" in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if that means shutting down parts of the internet. In Monday's speech, in which Trump also...

  • Aug 18- Twitter Inc has shut down 360,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts since the middle of 2015, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. The microblogging platform has previously come under fire from Washington and third-party groups for not doing enough to stop accounts linked to Islamic State militants. Watchdog groups praised...

  • NEW YORK— Twitter said Thursday it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. The San Francisco- based company said in a blog post that it has also made progress in preventing users who were suspended from immediately returning to the platform using different accounts,...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Dutch authorities say beefed-up security measures at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport are being scaled back following investigation of an unspecified threat. The country's National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Security says in a statement that some of the extra measures, which included military police checking cars...

  • ISTANBUL— Turkish media report says Qatari plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul after motor catches fire.

  • NEW YORK— The re-opening of the World Trade Center mall Tuesday, is expected to help transform downtown Manhattan shopping and illustrate how much progress has been made in rebuilding and revitalizing the area since the 9/ 11 attacks. But they'll also be catering to tourists who come to visit the National September 11 Memorial& Museum, which requires a delicate...