Ban Ki-moon buoyed by climate accord but laments conflicts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ban Ki-moon ends 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the "fires still burning" from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat climate change and new U.N. goals to fight poverty and inequality.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

Grand Old Party? Donald Trump remaking GOP in his image

WASHINGTON (AP) — For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline.

No more.

  • Written by STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

UN Security Council to vote on Syria cease-fire agreement

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, and reiterate support for a roadmap to peace that starts with a transitional government.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

Throngs to pack Times Square for New Year's Eve bash

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe a million revelers are expected to navigate through high security in the blocks around Times Square to cheer on the new year with entertainers including Mariah Carey and watch the descent of the glittering crystal ball.