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FILE PHOTO: China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Wary of Trump, China ramps up navy

With President Trump promising a shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on issues including Taiwan and the South China Sea, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.

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Bombings, air strikes in Syria rattle Geneva peace talks

GENEVA A United Nations peace envoy said a militant attack in Syria on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck peace talks in Geneva, while the warring sides traded blame and appeared no closer to actual negotiations.

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.

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