More shelling in Syria's Aleppo mars peace talks in Geneva

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops exchanged fire with rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday in a renewed bout of fighting that could further mar peace talks underway in Geneva.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree costing millions.

  • Written by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Judge orders Abrini, 6 other suspects held for another month

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian judge on Thursday ordered Mohamed Abrini and six other suspects arrested in connection with the attacks in Paris and Brussels kept behind bars for another month, prosecutors said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

China blasts US human rights in tit-for-tat report

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday blasted U.S. human rights record in its annual tit-for-tat report, saying money and family connections are corrupting politics and calling U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq a "gross violation of other countries' human rights."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it has been conducting joint South China Sea patrols — and eventually will conduct air patrols — with the Philippines, while dispatching U.S. troops and combat aircraft there on more frequent rotations.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press