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Afghan girls robotics team given US visa after outrage

Afghan girl robotics teamUS officials have decided to allow a group of Afghan girls - whose visa applications had been rejected twice - to travel to the United States and participate in an international robotics competition, ending a saga that had sparked an international backlash.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a Department of State request for six girls from the war-torn country to be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.

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Trump administration pulls Russian cyber firm from government-approved list

Kaspersky LabThe Trump administration has decided to remove one of the world's biggest and most-respected cybersecurity firms from the U.S. government's list of companies whose products are approved for use on federal systems, according to U.S. officials.

The decision comes as the Moscow-based company, Kaspersky Lab, faces increasing scrutiny from U.S. officials over alleged ties to Russian intelligence services.

The government list -- known as a schedule -- is maintained by the General Services Administration, and GSA "made the decision to remove Kaspersky Lab-manufactured products" after "review and careful consideration," a GSA spokeswoman said in a statement to ABC News.

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Camden Lock Market fire: Seventy firefighters tackle blaze

Camden Lock Market FireSeventy firefighters and 10 fire engines were sent to the site, which is a popular tourist attraction, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

A fire officer at the scene said the fire began in a building containing a number of businesses. It affected a small section of the area and many stalls and shops were "operating and welcoming visitors and customers as usual", the market said.

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Ukraine Recommits To NATO Membership Over Moscow's Objections

Ukraine recommits to NATOUkraine is set to begin talks with NATO about eventual membership in the western alliance – a move that has long raised the ire of Russia.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Kiev on Monday.

After their meeting, Poroshenko said he had "clearly stated that we would begin discussion about a membership action plan and our proposals for such a discussion were accepted with pleasure."

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Cease-fire takes effect in southwest Syria

Cease fire in southern SyriaA cease-fire brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan took effect at noon Sunday in southwest Syria.

The cease-fire began in the provinces of Daraa, Suweida and Quneitra along the Jordanian border. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, which are aligned with Russia, earlier announced a halt to combat operations in the areas. The United States backs the rebel forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "calm was prevailing" in the area.

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Abadi hails 'great victory' against ISIL in Mosul

Abadi hails 'great victory' against ISIL in MosulIraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced "victory" over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, his office said.

"The commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for the great victory," said a statement from his office on Sunday.

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Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20

US isolated at G-20For years the United States was the dominant force and set the agenda at the annual gathering of the leaders of the world’s largest economies.

But on Friday, when President Trump met with other leaders at the Group of 20 conference, he found the United States isolated on everything from trade to climate change, and faced with the prospect of the group’s issuing a statement on Saturday that lays bare how the United States stands alone.

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