Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:13:44 -0400
By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "This doesn't make me a drug dealer.
Exclusive: Monsanto pulls new GM cotton seed from India in protest
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:11:11 -0400
Monsanto Co has withdrawn an application seeking approval for its next generation of genetically modified cotton seeds in India, a major escalation in a long-running dispute between New Delhi and the world's biggest seed maker. A letter sent by Monsanto's local partner in India, the conglomerate's biggest market outside the Americas, strongly objects to a government proposal that would force Monsanto to share its technology with local seed companies.
The Latest: Russia downplays US conflict over Syria report
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:08:45 -0400
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):
Russia agrees to 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. waiting for other parties to commit: de Mistura
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:05:41 -0400
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday. The United Nations has been pushing for a weekly 48-hour pause in fighting in Aleppo to alleviate suffering for some 2 million people, with major powers backing opposing sides in Syria's five-year-old civil war. "We have...agreement now from the Russian Federation for the 48-hour pause, we're waiting (for) it from the other actors on the ground.
Zawahri urges Iraq Sunnis to wage guerrilla war as IS loses more land
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:04:53 -0400
By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Thursday called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a "long guerrilla" war as Islamic State militants lost more land near their de facto capital Mosul. Islamic State (IS) has lost this year about a half of the territory it conquered in 2014 and 2015 in Iraq in battles against government and Kurdish forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition as well as Shi'ite militias supported by Iran. The ultra-hardline group is also retreating in neighboring Syria against an array of U.S.-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces and the government army backed by Iran and Russia.
How to get ready for your VW payout
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:36 -0400
Loyal owners of Volkswagen diesel cars understandably felt betrayed when they learned the German automaker had rigged the testing process to bypass U.S. emissions standards. But many are having a change of heart after learning how much VW will pay them to turn in their cars.
US, Turkey at an impasse over extraditing Muslim cleric
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:16 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey says the United States is legally bound by a treaty to immediately hand over Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric it accuses of plotting to overthrow Turkey's government.
Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:08 -0400
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels opened fire Thursday at security forces protecting a convoy of vehicles carrying Turkey's main opposition party leader in the northeast, killing a soldier and wounding two others, officials said.
Hillary Clinton agrees to not campaign or run ads on 9/11
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:01 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, will not campaign or run ads on Sept. 11.
Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:00 -0400
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.