In rare UN speech, Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to pave the way for recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of a wider Middle East peace process.

Macron’s French language initiative meets resistance – from French speakers

Among his many ambitious initiatives, French President Emmanuel Macron is looking to make his nation’s language relevant again. Some in the Francophone world say the move stinks of colonialism.

More civilians killed as assault on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta escalates

Syrian and Russian forces stepped up their assault on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave Wednesday as the number of civilian deaths continued to rise, prompting international calls for an end to the siege.

Trump backs ban on gun devices after Florida shooting

Faced with an outpouring of grief and anger over a deadly school shooting in Florida, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threw his support behind moves to ban “bump stocks” – an accessory that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one.

Pence, North Korea 'planned secret Olympic meeting'

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday.