Calm reigns in northeast Syria as fragile U.S.-Turkey ceasefire holds

Calm reigns in northeast Syria as fragile U.S.-Turkey ceasefire holdsA fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's cross-border assault. Erdogan agreed the truce during talks in Ankara on Thursday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on stemming a humanitarian crisis, which has put 200,000 civilians to flight in northeast Syria, and easing a security scare over thousands of Islamic State captives guarded by the Kurdish YPG militia targeted in Turkey's assault.



China to further reduce tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers for foreign investors -Xinhua

China to further reduce tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers for foreign investors -XinhuaChinese Vice Premier Han Zheng vowed to further reduce tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers for global investors, official Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. Han welcomed multinational companies to invest more in China, saying the country will only open its door wider and wider, according to Xinhua. Han made the remarks at a summit for multinational companies in China's eastern city of Qingdao, Xinhua said.



No 'Joker': Bronx 'step street' becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie

No 'Joker': Bronx 'step street' becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movieLike most tourists, Patricio Osuna had a list of "must sees" on his trip to New York City: the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and, surprisingly, a steep flight of steps in an out-of-the-way neighborhood of the Bronx that has become a cult-movie landmark. This fall Osuna and a stream of fellow visitors have flocked to the stairway, known as a "step street," to see the real-life backdrop to a memorable scene in "Joker," the hit movie that tells the backstory of Batman's deranged foe, the Joker. The scene captures the moment that the loner Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, transforms into the Joker as he dances down the steps to Gary Glitter's anthem "Rock & Roll Part 2," his hair dyed a menacing green and his face painted like a clown.



Bernie Sanders to rally in New York in comeback from heart attack

Bernie Sanders to rally in New York in comeback from heart attackU.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to the campaign trail in New York City on Saturday, nearly three weeks after a heart attack that raised concerns about his viability in the Democratic race to pick a challenger to President Donald Trump. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, will join the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorse Sanders for the White House, the campaign said. The rally will be Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since his heart attack on Oct. 1, when he had two stents inserted to open a blocked artery.



Russian officials discuss with Syria's Assad de-escalating tensions in northeast Syria

Russian officials discuss with Syria's Assad de-escalating tensions in northeast SyriaA delegation of Russian officials discussed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Friday the need to de-escalate the situation in northeast Syria, Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday.





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