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China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration

BEIJING/TAIPEI The United States should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, raising a new bone of contention in Beijing's relations with the incoming government.

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Biden calls Russia biggest threat to international order

DAVOS, Switzerland U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his last major speech before leaving office, described Russia on Wednesday as the biggest threat to the international liberal order and said Washington must work with Europe to stand up to Vladimir Putin. | Video

Davos, Russia 9:26am EST

Russia says joins forces with Turkey to bomb Syria militants

MOSCOW The Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday Russian war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab around 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo.

9:42am EST

Mali attack toll hits 47, including five suicide bombers

BAMAKO At least 47 people including five suicide bombers were killed when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated inside a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao on Wednesday, the government said.

Africa, Mali 8:44am EST

In northern Aleppo, children return to school used as Islamic State prison

AL-RAI, Syria Sifting through ripped up textbooks and writing on broken whiteboards, Syrian children returned this week to a dilapidated small-town school that was used by Islamic State militants as a prison for more than two years.

Syria 9:19am EST

Indonesian police question Islamist leader as authorities warn over extremism

JAKARTA Indonesian police on Wednesday said they were investigating whether the controversial leader of a hardline Islamist group insulted the country's secular state ideology, as concern grows over the clout of fundamentalist groups.

Indonesia 9:17am EST

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