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Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

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Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains.
Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar Assad's Alawite heartland had been immune to rebel raids ever since Moscow launched its campaign in Syria in September 2015. But a series of drone attacks and mortar and rocket shelling in recent days has broken the calm.
The incursions have raised doubts both...
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Trump open to US-NKorea talks ‘under right circumstances’

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President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un's government under the right circumstances.
A White House statement said Trump and South Korean...
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China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

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Canberra, Jan 11 (AP) - China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without deliver-ing benefits.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, minister for...
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After Olympic deal, S Korea floats summit with N Korea’s Kim

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Seoul, Jan 10 (AP) - South Korea's president said Wednesday he's open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks and cooperation with the North to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.
President Moon Jae-in has previously...
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Polish PM reshuffles his Cabinet to warm EU ties

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Warsaw, Jan 10 (AP) - Poland's new prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday, ousting the controver-sial ministers of foreign affairs, defense and the environment in a move aimed at mending relations with part-ners in the European Union.
Mateusz Morawiecki, who became prime minister in...
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