Battling IS, Iraq troops reach bank of Tigris River in Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops in Mosul have battled their way to the Tigris River running through the center of town, marking a milestone in the nearly three-month-old offensive aimed at reclaiming the northern city from Islamic State militants.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN , Associated Press

China warns after Cruz, Abbott meet Taiwan's president

BEIJING (AP) — China reiterated its opposition Monday to any contacts between U.S. officials and Taiwan's government following a meeting between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island's president, Tsai Ing-wen.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Europe's deep freeze causes deaths, disrupts traffic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Heavy snow and frigid temperatures have gripped large parts of Europe, leading to dozens of deaths, freezing rivers, the grounding of planes and traffic accidents:

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

McDonald's sells China business in deal worth up to $2.1B

HONG KONG (AP) — Fast-food giant McDonald's is selling a controlling stake in its China business to a group of investors led by state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic in a deal worth up to $2.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS