Russia: U.S. chemical attack assertions complicate Syria peace talks - RIA

REUTERS - 19 min 5 sec ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. assertions that the Syrian government may be planning a chemical weapons attack complicate peace talks on Syria, RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

Iran says will act on U.S. court ruling on Trump's travel ban

REUTERS - 22 min 23 sec ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would take "reciprocal action" in response to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.  

France biggest union says no agreement with rival on Sept strike

REUTERS - 23 min 27 sec ago
PARIS (Reuters) - The CFDT, France's biggest private-sector union, said there was no agreement with the more hardline CGT union over the CGT's call for a strike on Sept. 12, adding it would make its decision once it sees the final draft of a new labor law.

UK's Johnson heads home before Cyprus peace talks open in Swiss Alps

REUTERS - 28 min 39 sec ago
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Reuters) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was leaving Switzerland on Wednesday before Cyprus peace talks officially opened to fly home for a parliamentary session, officials said.

Cambodia's Hun Sen orders probe into rights group

REUTERS - 1 hour 18 min ago
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation on Wednesday into The Situation Room, a consortium of rights groups which criticized local elections this month that handed a victory to Hun Sen's ruling party.

Six arrested in Spain, Britain, Germany for Islamist militant links

REUTERS - 1 hour 23 min ago
MADRID (Reuters) - Six people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to the Islamist militant group Islamic State, and the indoctrination and radicalization of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Myanmar army clashes with rebels in region where journalists held

REUTERS - 1 hour 46 min ago
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military has engaged in deadly clashes with ethnic minority rebels in the northeast in the past week, state media reported on Wednesday, as concern grows for three reporters detained by the military in the region.

Britain's opposition Labour Party to force vote in parliament on pay cap

REUTERS - 1 hour 57 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party will force a vote in parliament on Wednesday over a pay cap for public sector employees, the first test of whether Prime Minister Theresa May can muster enough lawmakers to rule.

Indonesia imposes travel ban on Trump's business partner

REUTERS - 2 hours 55 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities have imposed a travel ban on tycoon and politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is building resorts to be managed by Trump hotels, over an investigation into allegations he threatened a prosecutor via a text message.

Australia flies indigenous flags above its oldest public office

REUTERS - 3 hours 2 min ago
(Reuters) - Australia raised indigenous flags to fly alongside its national standard over its oldest public building on Wednesday, another step on a long and often troubled road to reconciliation with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.The flags, representing the oldest living cultures in the world, were raised as Australia marks the 50th anniversary of Aborigines being counted as part of the population, and the 25th anniversary of a milestone court case that paved the way for rec

China launches new class of naval destroyer

REUTERS - 3 hours 31 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy.

Philippines says death toll in rebel-held town could rise 'significantly'

REUTERS - 3 hours 34 min ago
MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Wednesday it was likely that large numbers of civilians had been killed during the five-week occupation of a southern town by Islamist rebels, due to "atrocities" by the militants allied with Islamic State.

Thailand seeks U.S. cooperation following trafficking report

REUTERS - 3 hours 46 min ago
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday defended its efforts to stop human trafficking after the United States kept it on a trafficking watch list and urged U.S. officials to visit the country and see first hand its efforts.

Merkel's conservatives at highest support since September 2015: poll

REUTERS - 4 hours 5 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expanded their support to 40 percent - the highest level since September 2015 - in a poll conducted by the Forsa institute for Germany's Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL.

Nepal votes in second round of crucial local election

REUTERS - 4 hours 14 min ago
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis began voting in the second round of local elections on Wednesday, a key step towards holding a general election later this year that would complete a near decade-long democratic transition after the abolition of its monarchy.

Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll

REUTERS - 6 hours 54 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favoritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election.

Venezuela says Supreme Court attacked from helicopter

REUTERS - 8 hours 27 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that a police helicopter had attacked the Supreme Court in Caracas but a grenade tossed at the building did not explode.

German police warned lawmakers of possible Turkish spying: newspaper

REUTERS - 8 hours 59 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German federal police have warned parliamentarians they may have been spied on by Turkish intelligence and may also face potential security risks from Turkish nationalists, Die Welt newspaper reported on Wednesday.

House overwhelmingly backs NATO mutual defense

REUTERS - 9 hours 31 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to reaffirm the NATO alliance's guarantee that all members defend each other, weeks after President Donald Trump raised doubts about Washington's support for the agreement.

Turkish military returns fire on Kurdish YPG in Syria's Afrin: Haberturk report

REUTERS - 10 hours 44 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's military returned fire against members of the Kurdish YPG militia near Syria's Afrin region overnight, broadcaster Haberturk reported early on Monday, citing military sources.

At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya

REUTERS - 10 hours 49 min ago
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants on Tuesday that were washed up in an eastern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean.

Chile, Argentina leaders pledge cooperation; express concern over Venezuela

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:22
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The leaders of neighboring Chile and Argentina pledged on Tuesday to further integrate the countries' economies and expressed mutual concern about the unrest in Venezuela.

Temer calls graft charge a 'fiction' that will hurt Brazil's economy

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:42
BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a "fiction" on Tuesday, as the nation faced deepening political turmoil under its first sitting head of state to be formally accused of a committing a crime.

Venezuela's Maduro warns of war if 'revolution' toppled

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:32
CARACAS (Reuters) - 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.

Colombian corruption watchdog charged in Miami for money laundering

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Colombia's top anti-corruption official was arrested in Bogota on Tuesday after being charged in a federal court in Miami with conspiracy to launder money with the intent to promote foreign bribery, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Detained Myanmar journalists to be charged under colonial era law: officials

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:40
YANGON (Reuters) - Three Myanmar reporters detained at an undisclosed location by the army will be charged under a colonial-era statute against "unlawful association" and face up to three years in jail, government and army officials said on Tuesday.

Brazil's Temer makes impassioned defense against corruption charge

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:25
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday made a passionate defense against a corruption charge leveled at him by the public prosecutor, calling it a "fiction" that was an attack on his government and the entire nation.

Veteran Syrian defense minister Tlass dies in Paris at 85

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:25
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's former defense minister, Mustafa Tlass, who was a close confidant of the late President Hafez al-Assad but left the country after the uprising started, died in Paris on Tuesday aged 85, relatives said.

Saudi Arabia says no negotiations over Qatar demands

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:16
DUBAI (Reuters) - 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, state news agency Ekhbariya reported.

Colombia's FARC rebels turn in weapons, end armed war with government

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:07
MESETAS, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels concluded their disarmament on Tuesday, handing in all but a few of their individual weapons to the United Nations and ending their role in a half-century war that killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions.

Hundreds of fighters from Chad, Darfur feeding off Libya's turmoil: report

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:35
TUNIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of fighters from Chad and Sudan's Darfur region are feeding off instability in Libya, battling for rival factions, seeking to build rebel movements and engaging in banditry and arms trafficking, Geneva-based researchers said on Tuesday.

U.S. worries Russia could step up North Korea support to fill China void

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:04
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As the United States pressures China to enforce United Nations sanctions on its ally North Korea, Washington is concerned that Russia could provide support to Pyongyang and fill any vacuum left by Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

German city evacuating high-rise found with flammable material

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:48
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German city of Wuppertal on Tuesday evacuated around 80 people from a high-rise residential building after it was found to contain flammable materials, a local fire official said on Tuesday.

Italy's Berlusconi dusts himself down in final bid for power

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:45
ROME (Reuters) - He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year.

Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:06
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election.

Cyber attack hits oil giant and banks in Russia and Ukraine

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:53
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia's top oil producer Rosneft said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday and computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighboring Ukraine were also disrupted.

China opposes interference after Vatican concern over bishop

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:40
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it opposed outside interference in its internal affairs after the Vatican expressed concern about a Chinese bishop it said had been "removed".

Zimbabwean activist pastor charged over illegal protest

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:35
HARARE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe last year is set to appear in court on Wednesday after he was arrested for addressing students demonstrating over fees, his lawyer said.

Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.

Ukrainian banks, electricity firm hit by fresh cyber attack

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:36
KIEV (Reuters) - A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said.

British PM May tells Scotland: take your demand for independence vote off the table

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:33
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon should take a demand for a second independence referendum off the table.

Egyptian air strikes hit 12 vehicles crossing from Libya: military

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:23
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian air strikes destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with arms, ammunition and explosive material trying to cross the border from Libya, the army spokesman said on Tuesday.

Three migrants die, thousands rescued from boats in Mediterranean

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:03
ROME (Reuters) - Three migrants died in the Mediterranean on Monday night, a German aid group said, during rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats.

Iran's Zarif: 'regrettable' that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:33
BERLIN (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said it was regrettable that the U.S. Supreme Court revived part of a U.S. travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, and said it could fuel extremism in the region.

Germany urges all sides in Qatar crisis to talk, avoid escalation

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:26
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel appealed to all sides involved in the Qatar crisis to meet for direct talks to avoid a further escalation.

French parliament opens in test for Macron's many novice lawmakers

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:18
PARIS (Reuters) - France's new parliament will sit for the first time on Tuesday as rivals of President Emmanuel Macron questioned a lack of political experience among deputies of his majority-holding Republic on the Move(LREM) party.

Pakistan rejects U.S. sanctions against Kashmir militant

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:18
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan came out in defense of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists.

Hong Kong wealth gap at its widest in decades as handover anniversary nears

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:50
HONG KONG (Reuters) - As Hong Kong marks 20 years since the former British colony was handed back to China, vegetable seller Lau Mei-tin is in no mood to celebrate.

Ninety-five buildings fail safety tests after London fire: PM

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:45
LONDON (Reuters) - Ninety-five buildings have failed safety tests introduced after at least 79 people were killed in a fire that ravaged a tower block in west London earlier this month, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

China, Kyrgyzstan border forces hold exercises to stop arms smuggling

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:26
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and Kyrgyzstan border forces held exercises on Tuesday in China's Xinjiang region to bolster defenses against the smuggling of weapons, China's state media reported.

Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:24
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - 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.

Child, 5, named as youngest victim of London tower block fire

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:40
LONDON (Reuters) - A five-year-old boy was identified by police on Tuesday as the youngest victim so far of the fire which engulfed a London tower block two weeks ago, killing at least 79 people.

Germany and France to lead post-Brexit EU in further integration

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:26
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - More EU integration is a "foregone conclusion", and France and Germany will take the lead on post-Brexit reforms starting this year, the European Union's second-in-command said, adding that he hoped the east-west split in the bloc would heal.

Cyprus has best, but not last, chance to resolve conflict: U.N.

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:53
GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks on the long-running Cyprus conflict are the best chance, but maybe not the last chance, to get an agreement, U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide on Tuesday on the eve of negotiations between the leaders of the two Cypriot sides in a Swiss mountain resort.

Scotland's Sturgeon to make a statement on 'way forward' after election result

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:38
LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon plans to make a statement on Tuesday on the future of Scotland following a British national election which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her parliamentary majority.

Appeals court: Dutch partially liable for some 300 victims of Srebrenica massacre

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:22
The Hague (Reuters) - A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths of some 300 Muslims who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops.

U.S. eyes arms for YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa's fall

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:29
MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

Car bomb kills Ukrainian serviceman in Kiev

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:22
KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another person was wounded in a car bomb explosion in the center of Kiev on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, describing the incident as a "terrorist act."

U.N. rights boss criticizes May, Trump and Duterte

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:18
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official has criticized Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May for her election campaign remarks suggesting that laws could be overturned if they stymied the fight against terrorism.

Philippines says no deal with Islamists who seized Marawi

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:45
MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines ruled out negotiations on Tuesday with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police.

Swiss call time out in push on EU ties as Brexit talks begin

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:32
ZURICH/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Switzerland's drive to clinch a sweeping treaty putting its ties with the European Union on firmer footing has run aground as mainstream conservative parties get cold feet ahead of Britain's divorce talks with the EU.

Troops in Myanmar's Rakhine on high alert after killings of Rohingya

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:05
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Troops in Myanmar's northeastern Rakhine state were put on high alert on Tuesday, police and sources said, after nearly 200 Rakhine Buddhist villagers fled the area after a recent spate of killings and amid fears of fresh attacks by Rohingya insurgents.

Explosion heard from ship off the coast of Somalia, official says

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:53
BOSASO, Somalia (Reuters) - A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region late on Monday and flame was seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official told Reuters.

Philippines says Duterte 'alive and well', amid health rumors

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:32
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month.

South Korea's Moon makes second justice minister pick after first falls foul

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:54
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday made a second attempt at appointing a justice minister after his earlier choice withdrew over questions about ethics and views on women.

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo's cancer beyond surgery: wife

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 05:59
BEIJING (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo's liver cancer is beyond treatment by surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Liu's wife said in a video, as worries deepen among supporters over his treatment by the Chinese authorities.

British Columbia's NDP introduces motion to topple provincial government

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 05:12
(Reuters) - British Columbia's New Democrats introduced a non-confidence motion in the Western Canadian province's government on Monday, setting the stage for the ruling Liberals to be toppled on Thursday after 16 years in power.

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducts such an attack.

China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:43
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defense ministries have said.

Weapons hand-over by Colombia's FARC rebels nearly complete: U.N.

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:13
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have handed over the majority of their weapons to the United Nations, the international organization said on Monday, part of a peace deal with the government to end more than a half century of war.

Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:09
BERLIN (Reuters) - The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed.

Brazil's top prosecutor charges Temer with corruption: document

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 01:15
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer on Monday with accepting bribes, the first of what is expected to be a series of graft allegations against the deeply unpopular leader in the coming weeks.

Queen and royals good value for money at 65 pence per Briton, Buckingham Palace says

REUTERS - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 01:07
LONDON (Reuters) - British royal aides said on Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth and her family provide excellent value for money as accounts showed the amount of taxpayer funds they will get this year will almost double to cover essential repairs to Buckingham Palace.

Mexico to seek FBI's help on government spying probe

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 23:57
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Monday it will request help from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens.

Kenya ruling party promises to expand free education, healthcare

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:04
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's ruling party promised to expand free education and healthcare in a manifesto published on Monday, but did not acknowledge problems in existing social services that have triggered strikes as elections approach.

Russia's Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson discuss Syrian conflict

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:36
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed by telephone on Monday the need to cement the ceasefire regime in Syria, in particular on the basis of peace talks conducted in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Remains found of kidnapped Mexican journalist: official

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:14
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped last month in the violent Western state of Michoacan has been found dead, the state's chief prosecutor said on Monday.

Albanian Socialists to get parliamentary majority, partial vote count shows

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:00
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's ruling Socialist Party is set to win a majority in parliament, a partial vote count showed on Monday, helping them to push economic and judicial reforms key to joining the European Union.

Romania names new prime minister to defuse crisis

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:37
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's president named outgoing economy minister Mihai Tudose as prime minister on Monday, clearing the way for a new leftist-led government to be formed by the end of this week and end a political crisis threatening to sour investor confidence.

Saudi demands from Qatar 'very provocative': Germany

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:29
BERLIN (Reuters) - A list of 13 demands submitted by four Arab states to Qatar as a condition to lift their boycott on the Gulf country is "very provocative" because some items challenge Doha's sovereignty, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.

U.S. to downgrade China in human trafficking report: sources

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that have eased under President Donald Trump.

No decisive winner in Mongolia presidential vote: election committee

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:59
ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - There was no winner in Mongolia's presidential election on Monday, forcing the country's first ever second-round run-off between the two leading candidates, the country's General Election Committee said in the early hours of Tuesday.

Germany sees 'very difficult' situation in eastern Ukraine

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:54
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that both Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists were violating a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine and it would likely be difficult to resolve the crisis in the short term.

Italian police use tear gas on migrants trying to enter France

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:46
VENTIMIGLIA, ITALY (Reuters) - Italian police used tear gas on a group of some 400 mainly African migrants who marched towards the French border from the northern town of Ventimiglia in the early hours of Monday.

May offers to guarantee British benefits for EU citizens

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:11
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled details of her plan to protect the rights of EU citizens living in Britain on Monday, saying the government would work to offer them the same health, medical and educational benefits as British citizens.

Doha's hotels suffer in Eid holiday due to Arab sanctions

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:02
DOHA (Reuters) - A boycott imposed by four Arab nations that accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha's hotels which would normally be full in the Eid al-Fitr holiday have seen steep falls in their occupancy rates.

U.N. to make new bid to resolve Cyprus conflict, but odds stack up

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:34
NICOSIA (Reuters) - Rival Cypriot leaders meet in the Swiss Alps this week in a make or break summit to find a peace deal ending decades of division for the partitioned island. The omens are not good.

British PM May tells EU migrants: 'We want you to stay'

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:21
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May told European Union citizens who are already living legally in Britain that she wanted them to stay after the country leaves the EU in 2019.

Former Brazilian finance minister Palocci sentenced to 12 years in prison

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:59
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Monday sentenced former finance minister Antonio Palocci to 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering in the country's massive corruption probe known as "Operation Car Wash."

Search continues for missing after Colombia tourist boat accident

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:14
GUATAPE, Colombia (Reuters) - Rescue workers searched on Monday for as many as 16 people believed to be missing after a tourist boat sank the previous day in a reservoir in north-central Colombia, killing six people.

Poll shows Lula and Silva tied in 2018 Brazil presidential vote

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:25
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would tie with Marina Silva in the runoff stage of the 2018 presidential elections, a poll published on Monday by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper showed, though high rejection rates suggested strong voter disdain against politicians amid recent scandals.

Iran urges Europe to help promote dialogue in Persian Gulf

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:03
BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called on Europe on Monday to use its influence to promote dialogue in the Persian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar earlier this month.

France's Macron, Poroshenko hopeful of progress on resolving Ukraine conflict

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:43
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday expressed hopes of making progress in resolving the conflict in Ukraine, with Macron pressing for a withdrawal of forces around the border area with Russia.

Thailand charges activist for defying junta orders

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:36
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai activist was charged on Monday with defying the orders of the military government, the latest critic to be arrested for activities outlawed since a 2014 coup.

'Concerning' that buildings are failing safety tests: UK PM's spokesman

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:01
LONDON (Reuters) - It is "concerning" that all the tower blocks tested for combustible building materials after a devastating fire in west London have failed, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning - container ship captain

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:32
TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.

Mosul battle to end in days as troops advance in Old City: Iraqi general

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:20
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The battle to take full control of Mosul from Islamic State will be over in a few days and an attempted fight-back by the militants failed, an Iraqi general told Reuters on Monday.

Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:15
TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enrol their children in schools.

Secular Yemenis live in fear after student is killed in Aden

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:00
DUBAI (Reuters) - A gunman paused for a moment after entering an internet cafe in the Yemeni port city of Aden, approached Amgad Abdulrahman and pulled the trigger three times.

Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row

REUTERS - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:41
RIYADH (Reuters) - Bahrain's foreign minister accused Qatar on Monday of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha's decision to let more Turkish troops enter its territory.


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