Intense bombing campaign targets Syria civil defense centers

BEIRUT (AP) — A bombing campaign in Syria's rebel-held districts of Aleppo city intensified Friday, targeting several neighborhoods and centers of the award-winning volunteer civil defense group known as the White Helmets, as the government announced a new offensive in the area.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

US, Russia continue to seek to revive Syria cease-fire

NEW YORK (AP) — With prospects plummeting to revive an all but dead Syria cease-fire, the United States and Russia have grudgingly agreed to another round of talks to keep hopes alive.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

No longer invite-only, "robo-cars" offered to Singaporeans

SINGAPORE (AP) — Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy has made rides on its self-driving taxis available to the general public in Singapore for free, expanding a first-in-the world run that was initially invitation-only.

  • Written by ANNABELLE LIANG, Associated Press

Power slowly coming back after blackout darkens Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Power was slowly being restored in Puerto Rico on Thursday, nearly 24 hours after a blackout swept across the island when a fire at a power plant set off a cascade of problems that knocked out the aging utility grid.

  • Written by DANICA COTO, Associated Press

UN calls for stepped up security for planes and airports

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday calling for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to "detect and deter terrorist attacks" on civil aviation.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press