Gaza ceasefire takes hold, focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term.  Full Article | Video 

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media 3:51am EDT

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on the Internet and on Twitter by supporters showed on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stands nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Bondarenko/Kazakh Presidential Office/Pool

Poroshenko talks with Putin, seeks ceasefire

MINSK - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia's Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent ceasefire plan to defuse the separatist coflict.  Full Article | Video 

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

World health group calls for e-cigarette curbs

GENEVA - The World Health Organization stepped up its war on "Big Tobacco," calling for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.  Video | Full Article 

A row of Tim Hortons coffee cups are lined up for customers at Penn Station in New York, July 13, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Burger King to buy Canada's Tim Hortons

TORONTO - Burger King plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a cash and stock deal to create the world's third-largest fast food restaurant group, with sales of about $23 billion.  Full Article | Video 

A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in this U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken August 19, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout

U.S., Chinese officials to meet after jet intercept

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Tuesday and Wednesday, a U.S. official said, days after the United States denounced a "dangerous" Chinese jet intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane.  Full Article 

Fighting rages, as Russia and Ukrainian leaders hold talks

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists continues, as Poroshenko and Putin agree on the need to "de-escalate" the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Jillian Kitchener reports.

 A statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, stands near Sputnik in the first gallery of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. REUTERS/Jason Fields

A Red Star fades as Ukraine rises

Not long ago, Russia didn’t need to paint its military convoys a pale white to cross international boundaries.   Commentary