Saudi, Qatar ministers spar over Arab nations' demands
WASHINGTON Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.
LONDON Rail workers in northern England joined London colleagues in strike action on Monday as a dispute over staffing levels on trains deepened, causing travel disruption in some of England's biggest cities.
Workers on Southern Rail, a busy London commuter line, took their thirtieth day of industrial action in nearly a year. The RMT union is dispute with the operator, Govia Thameslink Railway, owned by Go-Ahead Group plc (GOG.L), over who should open train doors at stations.
There has been substantial disruption to Southern's services for months, paralysing services on busy lines linking London to southeast England. Southern Rail did not say what impact Monday's strike was having but said that previous strikes had failed to prevent most of their services operating.
The RMT was also taking industrial action on Merseyrail (SRP.L) and Northern services, which serve cities such as Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester, also over staffing numbers.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital, and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory very soon.
CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned on Tuesday that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets protesting for three months.