Trump to advance Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines: administration officialTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:59:23 -0500U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign two executive actions on Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, an administration official told Reuters. The move comes after months-long protests by environmentalists and Native American groups in North Dakota against Energy Transfer Partners LP's $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would bring crude oil from the state's Bakken oil patch through the Midwest and into the U.S. Gulf Coast. Under former president Barack Obama, Transcanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline was rejected in 2015 after environmentalists campaigned against the project for more than seven years.
Three-way bid to boost Syria truce after Astana talksTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:58:44 -0500Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to shore up a shaky truce in war-torn Syria, but rebels and Damascus made no breakthrough towards a political settlement of the conflict after indirect talks. Moscow, Tehran and Ankara, the sponsors of the negotiations in the capital of Kazakhstan, announced they would "establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire" in place since late December. "There is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and... it can only be solved through a political process," the final statement by Russia, Iran and Turkey, read out by Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, said.
The Latest: Russian bombers hit IS targets in eastern SyriaTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:57:50 -0500BEIRUT (AP) â The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):
Russian negotiator positive after 'birth' of Astana Syria processTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:57:20 -0500The head of the Russian delegation at Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital Astana said on Tuesday the negotiations had been positive and that he believed a new process had been born to kickstart negotiations between warring Syrian parties. "Despite a lot of time spent on agreeing the communique, we have managed to give birth to the Astana process," Alexander Lavrentyev told reporters. "There will be some speculation that Astana is considered as a substitute of the Geneva process.
The Latest: Trump to take executive action on oil pipelinesTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:56:23 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) â The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
Factbox: Key nominations for the 2017 OscarsTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:53:59 -0500LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nominations were announced on Tuesday for the 2017 Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry. The Oscars will be handed out at a Feb. 26 ceremony in Hollywood hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. ...
Tale of 2 cakes: Trump's inaugural treat mirrors Obama'sTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:53:12 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) â A patriotic cake cut by President Donald Trump at one of his inaugural balls Friday night was a replica of one served at an inaugural ball in 2013 for former President Barack Obama.
Trump to approve controversial Keystone, Dakota pipelines: mediaTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:53:04 -0500Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump will approve two controversial pipelines by executive order Tuesday, US media reported.
Hearing underway on plan to run pipeline through PinelandsTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:51:09 -0500PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) â A public hearing is underway on a hotly contested proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands region.
Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homesTue, 24 Jan 2017 09:50:22 -0500JERUSALEM (AP) â Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement.