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Op-Ed: Interview with UN envoy to Libya on situation in Libya

The Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) was signed on the 17th of December nearly a year ago. In an interview for the Libya Herald, Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) assesses the progress in implementing the LPA.

Russia, US to hold talks on rebel withdrawal from Aleppo: Lavrov

Moscow - Russian and US experts will meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Army advances in Aleppo, talks planned on rebel exit

Aleppo - Syria's army gained ground in the battle for Aleppo on Monday, as regime ally Russia said it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from the city.

Trump meets on cabinet appointments

Washington - Donald Trump girded Monday for a busy day of meetings to fill cabinet positions including secretary of state, a keenly awaited choice as American allies and foes watch the president-elect engage in his unique, Twitter-heavy brand of foreign policy.

Artists celebrated at Obama’s final Kennedy Center Honors gala

Washington - President Barack Obama attended his last Kennedy Center Honors gala, making some of his final goodbyes to celebrated artists before leaving office next month.

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

Paris - The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.

Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.

Afghan's murder-rape arrest reignites Germany refugee debate

Berlin - The German government pleaded for calm Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

After Castro death, Raul successor waits in the wings

Havana - After burying Fidel Castro, Cuba is 15 months away from seeing his brother, Raul, give up the presidency. For the first time in almost 60 years, the president won't be named Castro.

Army will not approve an easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

The Department of the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced Sunday afternoon they will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze discusses NY show, 'Weight' Special

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York, as well as his song "Weight."

Essential Science: Gene that limits alcohol discovered

A large study has pinpointed a gene variant that suppresses the desire of a person to drink alcohol. The next question is whether the discovery can be used for medicinal purposes.

Cheeky Chinese artist critiques society with nudity

Guangzhou - Setting up a camera in a public place, Ou Zhihang hastily removes his clothes, then with just one bottom-exposing press-up -- his work is done.

Uzbek interim leader scores landslide election win

Bichkek - Uzbekistan's interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won a crushing presidential election victory to succeed the late strongman Islam Karimov,official results showed Monday. The Central Election Commission said Mirziyoyev scooped 88.

Rare fog and smog strands over 20,000 passengers at China airport

Chengdu - About 20,000 passengers were stranded Sunday at an airport in Chengdu, China as flights were grounded because of heavy smog and a thick fog that left the city in a dark haze.

Libya loyalists take Sirte bastion from IS

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who battled for months to retain their bastion.

Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to Hawaii this month for talks with US President Barack Obama.

'Butcher of Bosnia' Mladic led campaign to make Muslims 'vanish'

Den Haag - Former Serb commander Ratko Mladic led a relentless military campaign during the 1990s Bosnian war to ensure Muslims "vanished" from the territory, UN prosecutors said Monday.

Brazilians protest corruption, target president's ally

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians marched in cities across the country Sunday, protesting against corrupt politicians and fears that Congress will try to scupper a huge anti-graft probe.

In Aleppo, dreaming of home but finding only rubble

Aleppo - Kafa Jawish hadn't slept in days, daydreaming of seeing her home in east Aleppo for the first time in four years, but when she arrived she found little more than rubble.
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