The United States on Monday stood by plans to halve the number of its troops in Afghanistan this year and reduce them further in 2016 following Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's suggestion that President Barack Obama review his deadline.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few "aberrant" days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown.
Turkey and the United States are expected to sign a deal this month to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters as part of efforts to battle Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a foreign ministry official said on Monday.
Thousands of police officers are paying their respect to a New York Police Department officer shot to death along with his partner as mourners converge from around the US Sunday for a second funeral that stands to test tensions between the city's mayor and police.
Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the trial of the man accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in the largest mass-casualty attack on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Republicans take full control of the US Congress this week with an agenda of trying to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and push back on President Barack Obama's sweeping policy shifts on Cuba and immigration.
The Georgia-based Shaolin Institute will host its first conference of Chinese martial arts teachers from around the world to discuss improving martial arts services and how to raise salaries for instructors.