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Russia’s Syria talks in Sochi are destined for failure

Geneva, Astana and now Sochi are cities that most Syrians have never visited, but they have each become synonymous with fraught international discussions on the future of our country. The latest addition to the list, Russia's coastal Black Sea resort Sochi, adds more complexity to the discussion. Russia has long sought to host a"Syrian National Dialogue Congress” in Sochi to discuss Syria's future constitution. For myself and many other Syrians, an inclusive national dialogue is indeed a crucial transitioning step towards a lasting and justice-based…

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London: Three boys killed as car crashes into bus stop

Driver, 28, taken to hospital under arrest after incident in Hayes, west London Three boys aged around 16 died at the scene. Photograph: Jack Sullivan/Alamy Three teenage boys have died after a car crashed into them at a bus stop in west London. Police were called to Shepiston Lane, Hayes, at 8.41pm on Friday following…

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Facebook and Google are doomed, George Soros says

George Soros, billionaire and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, speaks at an event on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.  Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Billionaire philanthropist and leading donor to liberal causes George Soros predicted Thursday that regulation and taxation will soon dethrone Facebook and Google, describing…

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Ceasefire takes effect in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

A Russian-negotiated ceasefire has gone into effect in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, the last remaining rebel stronghold near the capital, Damascus. The truce, which started Saturday, is expected to bring temporary relief to an estimated 400,000 people in the area suffering from acute food and medicine shortages. Eastern Ghouta has been under a government siege since…

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The hollow eyes of hunger in Indonesia’s Papua

Papua, Indonesia - In their little bodies with bones nearly piercing through their skin, the eyes of these Papuan toddlers tell their story. We travelled for nearly 24 hours to get to the story of these children who are dying from malnutrition and a measles outbreak. It was my first visit back to Papua after foreign…

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Last Sirius resident farewelled as campaigners enter race to buy

Updated January 27, 2018 19:12:57 Photo: Myra Demetriou, 90, is the last remaining resident of the Sirius complex. (ABC News: Mark Reddie) Related Story: Sirius building sale could sound death knell for Sydney Harbour landmark Related Story: 'Sirius is temporarily saved': Court rules heritage listing decision invalid Sydney's controversial Sirius building will soon sit empty…

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Pharma billionaire and wife ‘were murdered’, but Canadian police have no suspects

Updated January 27, 2018 18:58:26 Video: Canadian billionaires were murdered, police say (ABC News) Related Story: Canadian homicide police take lead in pharma billionaires' death probe Related Story: Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire pharma couple Drug-company billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were murdered, Canadian police say, but authorities have no…

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Saudi billionaire Alwaleed to walk free ‘within days’

Prominent Saudi businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, says he expects to soon be released after two months of detention on allegations of corruption. Prince Alwaleed, who was arrested among dozens of other royal family members, ministers, and top businessmen, said in an exclusive interview with Reuters news agency on Saturday that he expected to be…

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