Syrian peace talks officially underway

The United Nations special envoy for Syria announced the official start of delayed peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders. Staffan de Mistura made the comments after hosting envoys from the main opposition group in Geneva.


Nobel Peace Prize nominees named

A woman who champions the rights of rape victims of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Pope Francis and the Afghan women's cycling team are among the known candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee typically receives more than 200 nominations.

South Sudan

Report lists cease-fire violations

A report for the African Union painted a grim picture of the country's civil war, blaming the government and rebels for the declining situation. It listed five cease-fire violations, including a case in which government forces were responsible for the deaths of 50 people who suffocated in a shipping container.


Record-low job rating for mayor

A vast majority of Chicagoans don't consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be honest and trustworthy, don't think he was justified in withholding the Laquan McDonald video and don't believe his statements about the police shooting, all fueling a record-low job approval, a Chicago Tribune poll found.


Cleveland police reforms detailed

The city must devise a new use-of-force policy and have officers trained to implement it by the end of 2016, according to the first-year plan aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland Police Department. Cleveland and the U.S. Justice Department agreed last year to allow a federal court to oversee police reform.

North Carolina

More charges for ISIL sympathizer

Prosecutors said a man accused of planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has also been charged with killing his neighbor. District Attorney David Learner said a grand jury in Burke County indicted Justin Sullivan.

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