Nov 27th, 2013 - International News
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government says it will participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war, but insists that it is not going to the conference to hand over power.
The United Nations announced Monday that the long-delayed peace negotiations will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva. A full list of participants has yet to be decided.
Syria's Foreign Ministry says President Bashar Assad will send an official delegation to the conference. The ministry stressed that the representatives "will be going to Geneva not to hand over power to anyone" but to meet with those "who support a political solution for Syria's future."
The Syrian opposition and its Western supporters insist that Assad cannot be part of a transitional government.
Meanwhile....Egypt's state news agency says the prosecutor general has ordered a four-day detention for 24 activists detained while protesting a newly passed law criminalizing demonstrations without permits.
MENA also says the prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for two leading activists accused of inciting demonstrators. He also released more than 10 female protesters. Witnesses say the women were released in the desert in the middle of the night.
On Tuesday, security forces used water cannons to break up the demonstration outside Cairo's upper house of parliament, where protesters denounced a proposed constitutional amendment allowing military courts to try civilians.
Many observers said police behavior was reminiscent of the days former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's longtime autocrat ousted in 2011.
Mar 6th, 2014 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another world record in Grand Rapids.
Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting att...
Mar 5th, 2014 - Local News
Beginning today through April 13, Grand Rapids will be joining 253 communitities in its 11th 40 Days For Life vigil in front of the Heritage Clinic, 320 East Fulton, in Grand Rapids.
As of this we...
Mar 6th, 2014 - State News
RAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $25 million on navigation projects in the Great Lakes, including dredging of harbors choked with silt because of low water leve...
Mar 5th, 2014 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has declared March as colorectal cancer awareness month in Michigan.
In a statement, the governor says the observance will help highlight the prevalence and...
Mar 6th, 2014 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican congressmen have delivered Ash Wednesday speeches condemning widespread persecution of the world's Christians.
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne said that in the weeks l...
Mar 5th, 2014 - National News
CONEJOS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says a backcountry skier has been killed in a snow slide in southern Colorado.
The center says the death occurred Tuesday. The aval...
Mar 6th, 2014 - International News
Ukraine (AP) — Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.
One lawmaker says, "This is our res...
Mar 5th, 2014 - International News
— Top diplomats from the West and Russia are trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Britain and France were originally planning to discuss Syria's...
Mar 6th, 2014 - Sports News
UBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench and Joakim Noah had a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night.
Noah finished w...
Mar 5th, 2014 - Sports News
— No. 12 Michigan wrapped up its first outright Big Ten title in 28 years as Nik Stauskas dropped in 24 points to lead the Wolverines' 84-53 rout of Illinois. The Wolverines hit five straight 3-poin...
Jan 24th, 2014 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.
The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...