January 26, 2020

US Army Reserve soldier serving in Syria dies from injuries sustained in rollover accident

U.S. Army(WASHINGTON) -- A 22-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier serving in Syria has died from injuries he sustained in a vehicle rollover accident. Spc. Antonio Moore was conducting route clearance operations as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria when he died Friday, according to the Army. It was his first deployment. Moore, who is from Wilmington, North Carolina, enlisted in the Army in 2017 as a combat engineer, officials said. He was assigned to the ..
January 25, 2020

Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia’s constitution?

iStock(MOSCOW) -- Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia's constitution and the removal of his longtime prime minister and cabinet, Russians have been asking themselves a single question: What is Putin up to? Since the Jan. 15 announcement, Putin hasn't slowed down. He put forward a bill on Monday containing constitutional amendments and by Thursday the Russian Parliament had approved its first reading, 432-0. A constitutional council specially formed to advi..
January 25, 2020

Cultural traditions, food and festivities mark Lunar New Year

iStock/kotoffei(BEIJING) -- Dragons, red envelopes, dumplings, firecrackers, lanterns and rats are all symbolic of festivities tied to Lunar New Year. As millions ring in the Lunar New Year in Southeast Asia, people will be celebrating by spending time together, sharing food and wishing each other good fortune. What is Lunar New Year? Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival in mainland China, the Lunar New Year is a global holiday that celebrates the resetting of the zodiac cycle on t..
January 24, 2020

North Korea names new foreign minister in likely shift further away from US talks

Gwengoat/iStock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korea confirmed its named a former army colonel as its top diplomat in what analysts say is the latest sign of a shift away from talks with the U.S. over its nuclear weapons program. Ri Son Gwon has been heavily involved in negotiations between North and South Korea about improving relations, but he is most known for what critics say are rude remarks, especially amid stalled efforts to increase economic ties between the two countries. North Korea ..