NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sheldon Silver, one of New York’s most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks. AdvertisementsRead more "Powerful N.Y. legislator Silver convicted in bribery case"
PARIS (Reuters) – World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming.Read more "With climate at ‘breaking point’, leaders urge breakthrough in Paris"
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A judge on Monday set a $1.5 million bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a patrol car’s dashboard camera video showed him shooting a black teenager 16 times.Read more "Chicago officer’s bond set at $1.5 million in killing of black teen"
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s political crisis has taken a dramatic turn with the possibility that a friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could become president in a power-sharing deal aimed at breathing life back into the paralyzed state.Read more "In unexpected twist, Assad ally may be Lebanon’s next president"
(Reuters) – Discount retailer Target Corp’s website was down due to heavy traffic on Cyber Monday.Read more "Target website down on Cyber Monday traffic"
PARIS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – John Kerry, on his first trip to the Balkans as U.S. secretary of state, visits Kosovo on Wednesday to underscore Western concern over the slow pace of progress 16 years after a U.S.-led air war set it on the road to independence.Read more "Kerry to back Kosovo reforms on first Balkan trip as U.S. diplomat"
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself.Read more "At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet"