Dozens of people were killed in an intense day-long battle between Syrian rebels and government forces in western Aleppo that continued intermittently on Wednesday, with rebels saying they were forced to retreat by heavy aerial bombing. An insurgent assault in and around the Jamiyat al-Zahraa area of Aleppo had threatened the army's defensive lines around government-held districts of a city at the epicenter of a recent escalation in the five-year-old civil war. The surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and biggest strategic prize, wrecked the first major "cessation of hostilities" agreement of the war, sponsored by Washington and Moscow, which had held since February.
The senator charged with studying President Rousseff's impeachment recommended on Wednesday that she be put on trial for breaking budget laws, bringing the embattled leftist leader one step closer to suspension from office. Senator Antonio Anastasia presented his findings to a 21-member Senate impeachment committee, which is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Friday to send his recommendation to the full chamber. The Senate is due to vote on May 11 to try Rousseff, at which point she will be automatically suspended pending a trial that could last up to 180 days.
By Phil Stewart STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday that Washington and its allies had agreed to do more in their campaign to defeat Islamic State, but that more risks lay ahead. Carter made the comment following talks in Germany with defense ministers and representatives from 11 other countries participating in the alliance.
Egypt has sent Italian investigators some phone records they had requested as part of their probe into the torture and killing of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo earlier this year, a legal source said on Wednesday. Italy last month recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations after the Italians said that Cairo did not provide information that Rome said was needed to solve Regeni's killing, including a mass of telephone data. The legal source with direct knowledge of the investigation said Rome had asked for the phone records of 13 Egyptians who had been in contact with the 28-year-old Regeni before he vanished on Jan. 25, and had received some of the documents they had requested.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling party will hold an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks at which Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is not planning to run for the leadership, senior party officials said on Wednesday. Divisions between President Tayyip Erdogan and his successor Davutoglu, whom he appointed in 2014, have emerged publicly in recent weeks over issues ranging from relations with Europe to the detention of government critics, hitting investor sentiment. ...
Madrid (AFP) - Manchester City suffered a huge injury blow less than 10 minutes into their decisive Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday as captain Vincent Kompany limped off injured.
A massive diamond valued at more than $70 million will go under the hammer in London next month, the Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday. Known as "Lesedi la Rona," it was found nine months ago in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corp. "It's a 1,109-carat diamond," said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby's International Jewellery Division said in unveiling it.
Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government ...
US President Barack Obama will travel to Ottawa next month for a "Three Amigos" North American summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the White House said Wednesday. The White House said Obama will also address a joint session of parliament while in the Canadian capital for the June 29 summit. "The summit is further recognition of the value of a more integrated North America to advance the security and prosperity of the continent," a White House statement said.
By Serena Maria Daniels FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - An official in Flint, Michigan, agreed to cooperate in probes of dangerous levels of lead in the city's drinking water as part of a deal reached on Wednesday in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and won the dismissal of a more serious felony charge. Michael Glasgow, 40, a Flint utilities administrator who was charged with falsifying reports, pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. A felony charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed as part of the deal announced in the 67th District Court of Genesee County in Flint.
A bacterium known as Wolbachia, which is fairly common in insects, can reduce mosquitoes' ability to spread the Zika virus, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Cell Host and Microbe is the first to report on the effect of Wolbachia on Zika, which can cause birth defects in babies if their mothers are infected while pregnant. For the study, researchers in Brazil gave field mosquitoes and Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes the Zika virus by feeding them human blood infected by two recent strains of the virus that is circulating in Brazil.
PHOENIX (AP) — Charlie Keating IV, who died in a gunfight with militants in Iraq, was known in Phoenix for his family name but forged his own path as a high school and college track star and then as a Navy SEAL.
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general has asked the country's highest court to authorize an investigation into embattled President Dilma Rousseff over obstruction of justice allegations, according to major Brazilian news organizations.