Europe 2017: Brexit, far-right surging, Russian threat

LONDON (AP) — Europe's leaders are not expecting a smooth ride in 2017 following a year marked by political upheaval, extremist attacks, unchecked immigration, and a rising military threat from Russia.

  • Written by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

Syria's cease-fire holding despite minor violations

BEIRUT (AP) — A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight was holding Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has been shredding high-level peace initiatives for over five years.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press; SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

Garbage trucks to block possible Times Square truck attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France.

  • Written by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press