Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:12:30 -0400BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:38:33 -0400WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:06:06 -0400UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international inquiry has blamed Syrian government forces for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council seen by Reuters on Friday.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:53:25 -0400ESEKA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Fourteen people remained trapped on Friday under the wreckage of a packed passenger train that derailed en route between Cameroon's two largest cities, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:50:04 -0400SANAA (Reuters) - Warring factions in the war in Yemen exchanged accusations on Friday of violating a 72-hour ceasefire that began just before midnight on Wednesday, with the Saudi-led coalition saying Houthi forces have breached the truce by attacking several cities in both countries.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:05:14 -0400UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday he will return to South Korea in January after heading the world body for a decade to consider what role he can play in the future of his country amid a push for him to run for president.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:32:47 -0400BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and Russia's air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:53:04 -0400LONDON (Reuters) - London City airport was declared safe on Friday after hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated and two were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties in an incident that police suspect was caused by CS gas.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:12:13 -0400PARIS (Reuters) - French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande's government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:10:40 -0400QUITO (Reuters) - A local judge in Ecuador on Friday ordered preventive prison for a former oil minister on grounds of bribery amid an investigation into a $12 million corruption scandal in the Andean country's state oil company. Ecuador's public prosecutor's office has accused Carlos Pareja, an ally of President Rafael Correa, of receiving $1 million dollars for allegedly helping companies get contracts with Petroecuador. Sixteen other people have been accused in the ongoing case.