Militia violence in Central African Republic leaves 300 dead

REUTERS - 20 min 57 sec ago
DAKAR (Reuters) - Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worse displacement since a 2013 civil war.

Ethiopia jails opposition politician for six years over Facebook post

REUTERS - 25 min 43 sec ago
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An Ethiopian court sentenced an opposition politician to six and a half years in prison on Thursday over a series of anti-government comments on Facebook that it said encouraged terrorist acts, his lawyer said.

Armed police patrol British trains for first time due to Manchester attack

REUTERS - 54 min 16 sec ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Armed police will patrol trains across Britain from Thursday for the first time, British Transport Police said, after the terror threat level was raised to critical following a suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday.

Trump, at NATO, vows unwavering fight against terrorism

REUTERS - 1 hour 6 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders on Thursday that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks "savage" and "barbaric".

Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikely

REUTERS - 1 hour 17 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, Reuters witnesses and the country's seismology agency said.

Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims

REUTERS - 1 hour 59 min ago
FORTALEZA, Brazil (Reuters) - Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Queen visits Manchester bombing casualties

REUTERS - 2 hours 2 min ago
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth met some of the young victims of the Manchester bombing in hospital on Thursday as well as doctors, nurses and members of the emergency services who responded to the attack that killed 22 and injured more than 100.

Brazil government revokes decree deploying troops in Brasilia

REUTERS - 2 hours 9 min ago
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government revoked on Thursday a presidential decree that deployed army soldiers in the Brazilian capital to contain protests against President Michel Temer and his austerity measures.

EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan: Tusk

REUTERS - 2 hours 12 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Last Japanese troops leave U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

REUTERS - 2 hours 15 min ago
JUBA (Reuters) - The last Japanese troops withdrew from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Thursday, marking the end of a controversial push by the Japanese prime minister to expand his military's overseas role.

Trump praises Macron's 'great job' to win French election

REUTERS - 2 hours 45 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated French leader Emmanuel Macron on Thursday for doing a "great job" to win this month's election while Macron said the two men would be able to change many things together.

Bahrain court sentences 17 men on terrorism charges

REUTERS - 2 hours 52 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahrain court sentenced 17 men to jail terms ranging from several years to life imprisonment on charges of forming a terrorist cell, the public prosecutor said on Thursday, days after a police raid killed five demonstrators.

In Berlin, Obama speaks out against hiding behind walls

REUTERS - 2 hours 55 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themselves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

East Libyan forces claim control of disputed southern air base

REUTERS - 3 hours 10 min ago
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A brigade loyal to east Libyan forces said they had taken full control of an air base in southern Libya on Thursday following a long-standing dispute with a rival faction from the western city of Misrata.

Syrian army advances south toward rebel-held area

REUTERS - 3 hours 20 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.

Four members of Egypt's security forces killed in Sinai attacks

REUTERS - 3 hours 29 min ago
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Three soldiers were killed in a bombing of an armored vehicle by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources said on Thursday.

Vietnam-linked hackers likely targeting Philippine intel on South China Sea dispute: FireEye

REUTERS - 3 hours 32 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - Hackers linked with the Vietnamese government are likely targeting Philippine government agencies to gather intelligence related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, cybersecurity company FireEye said on Thursday.

Readers of popular Malaysian news site favor ex-premier Mahathir for PM

REUTERS - 3 hours 36 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of readers of a liberal-leaning Malaysian news site have backed former premier Mahathir Mohamad to be prime minister, the portal said on Thursday.

In sickness, Greek islanders rely on volunteers - and God

REUTERS - 3 hours 57 min ago
THYMAINA, Greece (Reuters) - When locals on this Aegean island fall ill, first they turn to their medicine cabinet. Then they turn to God.

Indian police arrest 150 from Modi's party in Kolkata clashes

REUTERS - 4 hours 1 min ago
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Indian police arrested around 150 people protesting against a breakdown in law and order in the eastern city of Kolkata on Thursday, after street battles broke out during a march to police headquarters and police cars were set ablaze.

Turkish ministers accuse jailed hunger protesters of militant links

REUTERS - 4 hours 22 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's interior minister said on Thursday two teachers detained after more than two months on a hunger protest over a government crackdown in which they lost their jobs have links to the leftist militant group DHKP-C.

France's Macron calls for stronger European security cooperation after attacks

REUTERS - 4 hours 51 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron pressed Europeans to strengthen security cooperation and intelligence-sharing after a deadly attack in Manchester as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting of the NATO military alliance on Thursday.

China vows maximum effort to recover kidnapped citizens in Pakistan

REUTERS - 5 hours 16 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it will do all it can to ensure the safe return of two citizens kidnapped in Pakistan and it promised new measures to protect Chinese people and companies working in the country, an important link on its Silk Road infrastructure plan.

Israeli police question U.S. casino mogul Adelson in Netanyahu probe

REUTERS - 5 hours 33 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police questioned U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson on Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a law enforcement source said.

U.N. wants investigation into attack on Yemen envoy's convoy

REUTERS - 5 hours 47 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Nations urged authorities in Houthi-controlled Sanaa on Thursday to investigate a "grave attack" on the convoy of its envoy to Yemen during his visit to the capital.

Melania factor boosts tourism in Slovenia

REUTERS - 5 hours 50 min ago
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The number of tourists in Slovenia rose by 8 percent year-on-year in March, boosted by the fact that new U.S. First Lady Melania Trump was born in the country.

Pope 'terrific', Saudi 'spectacular': Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour

REUTERS - 6 hours 12 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Donald Trump thinks Pope Francis is "terrific" and found his "spectacular" royal welcome in Saudi Arabia "beyond anything anyone's ever seen".

Kurdish militants kill three Turkish security force members: sources

REUTERS - 6 hours 38 min ago
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Two Turkish soldiers and a policeman have been killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey, security sources said on Thursday.

China says new Silk Road not about military ambitions

REUTERS - 6 hours 44 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ambition to build a new Silk Road is not about seeking to expand its military role abroad nor about seeking to set up foreign bases, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Cambodia PM repeats warning of war if opposition wins vote

REUTERS - 6 hours 56 min ago
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday reiterated a warning that war could break out in the Southeast Asian country if his ruling party loses local elections next month and a general election next year.

Iran says has built third underground ballistic missile factory: Fars

REUTERS - 7 hours 14 sec ago
Ankara (Reuters) - Iran has built its third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday.

Net migration to Britain 248,000 in 2016, down on previous year: official data

REUTERS - 7 hours 19 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Net migration to Britain was 248,000 last year, official data showed on Thursday, down 84,000 from 2015 but still more than double the government's target level.

UK election campaign resumes after Manchester attack

REUTERS - 7 hours 32 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will unveil its policy pledges on Thursday, restarting an election campaign which was suspended after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more in the northern city of Manchester.

Trump meets EU chiefs in Brussels

REUTERS - 7 hours 43 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump met the heads of European Union institutions in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a summit of NATO leaders at the military alliance's headquarters in the city later in the day.

Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May

REUTERS - 8 hours 12 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias promised on Thursday that no harm would come to Islamic State fighters in Raqqa who turned themselves in by the end of the month, calling on them to lay down their arms ahead of an expected assault on the city.

Bahrain says five died during raid on Shi'ite Muslim leader's hometown

REUTERS - 8 hours 15 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain is investigating the death of five people during a raid on the home village of the spiritual leader of its Shi'ite Muslim community, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

Dozens of aboriginal Australians walk out of meeting at Uluru in dispute over recognition

REUTERS - 8 hours 28 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Dozens of Australian indigenous leaders walked out of a national meeting on Thursday in protest against a plan to accept constitutional recognition, indigenous leader Geoff Clark told Reuters.

British PM May to challenge Trump over intelligence leaks as police hunt bomb-maker

REUTERS - 8 hours 34 min ago
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise concerns with Donald Trump on Thursday about U.S. leaks of intelligence on the suicide bombing in Manchester that police fear could hinder a hunt for a possible bomb-maker still at large.

Fighting corruption, Ukraine starts to judge its judges

REUTERS - 10 hours 36 min ago
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian judge Artur Yemelianov has acknowledged in an online declaration that he owns a Breguet watch worth nearly a third of his annual salary and keeps piles of cash.

South Korea's new president draws ire of small businesses he's vowed to help

REUTERS - 10 hours 47 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - Small businesses in South Korea fear their profits could be cut to the bone and some could be forced to close if the country's new president pushes ahead with plans to raise minimum wages, restrict contract staff numbers and reduce working hours.

China mulls plans to reform air space management: official

REUTERS - 10 hours 51 min ago
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will submit proposals to reform management of the country's air space by the end of this month in a bid to ease flight delays and boost aviation growth, one of the country's top air traffic control officials said on Thursday.

As Taliban gain and U.S. weighs troop hike, a widow's plea to 'finish the job'

REUTERS - 10 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a cold morning in January, Alexandra McClintock shoved her bare hands into the pockets of her black jacket and gazed at the endless rows of graves in Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.

Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling brightens outlook for gay rights in China

REUTERS - 11 hours 24 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for China's gay rights movement, but it is likely to be many years before Beijing approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters.

Philippine military seeks to secure troubled city as fighting eases

REUTERS - 11 hours 53 min ago
MARAWI, Philippines (Reuters) - Troops began clearing out a southern Philippine city besieged by Islamist militants, with hostilities easing on Thursday after thousands fled as the rebels seized large parts of the city and torched buildings in a battle with government forces.

China says former Shanghai prosecutor suspected of bribe-taking

REUTERS - 12 hours 42 min ago
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The former top prosecutor in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai has been kicked out of the ruling Communist Party over a range of violations, the party said on Thursday, and a lawsuit for suspected bribe-taking will be launched.

'Only logical' for Trump to meet Dalai Lama: Tibetan leader

REUTERS - 14 hours 39 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Tibet's government in exile said on Wednesday it would be "logical" for Donald Trump to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, since the U.S. president has visited homes of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions on his current international tour.

El Salvador sentences gang members to 390 years over massacre

REUTERS - 16 hours 19 min ago
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A court in El Salvador on Wednesday sentenced seven members of a notorious criminal gang to 390 years in prison each for their part in a March 2016 massacre that shocked the crime-ravaged Central American country.

U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

REUTERS - 16 hours 52 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Wednesday within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said, the first such action under President Donald Trump.

Ex-Haiti president's autopsy shows leader died of heart disease

REUTERS - 17 hours 18 min ago
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The eagerly anticipated results of an autopsy of former Haitian President Rene Preval showed the leader died last month after a heart irregularity cut off his ability to breathe, officials said on Wednesday.

Egypt blocks 21 websites including Al Jazeera: security sources

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:43
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has banned 21 websites including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television for "supporting terrorism", local media and security sources said on Wednesday.

U.S., Britain, U.N. wary of South Sudan ceasefire announcement

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:59
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and the United Nations were skeptical on Wednesday of South Sudan President Salva Kiir's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, noting that it coincides with the start of the rainy season that traditionally lessens fighting.

Lanterns, Korans as Jerusalem holy site meets Ramadan

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:42
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

U.S., Russia military increase communication in skies over Syria

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have increased communication to avoid warplane accidents in the skies over Syria as Islamic State militants lose territory and the air space becomes more crowded, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Wednesday.

Egypt's Sisi rejects Bashir accusations, says not conspiring against Sudan

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:47
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rejected on Wednesday his Sudanese counterpart's accusation that Cairo backs rebels aiming to topple the government in Khartoum, saying Egypt does not conspire against anyone.

Egypt puts lawyer with presidential ambitions on trial

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:31
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian human rights lawyer and would-be presidential election candidate is to stand trial next week charged with offending public decency, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Socialist Lenin Moreno sworn in as Ecuador president

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:25
QUITO (Reuters) - Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Wednesday following a tight race that the disabled former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.

Thousands protest against Temer, reforms in Brasilia

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:15
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday to demand early elections to replace the scandal-hit government of President Michel Temer and demand that congress not pass his unpopular austerity policies.

Creator of Ukrainian anti-graft database accused of embezzlement: prosecutor

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:39
KIEV (Reuters) - The head of a Ukrainian software firm tasked with building a landmark anti-corruption computer program is suspected of stealing Western funds from the project and funneling the cash overseas, General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said on Wednesday.

Manchester police beefed up after attack but envy Fortress London

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:33
LONDON (Reuters) - Hours after the Manchester suicide bombing, British Prime Minister Theresa May stood on the steps of her official Downing Street residence and promised to give police the resources they needed to investigate the attack.

Blast in Somali capital kills five, injures six: official

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:15
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast in the Somali capital killed five civilians and injured six more on Wednesday, a city spokesman said, underscoring the ability of Islamist insurgents to carry out bombings despite territorial losses.

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State: sources

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:10
BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

China's Xi says navy should become world class

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:47
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.

Exclusive: Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:35
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign.

Israel marks 50 years of 'united Jerusalem', but city struggles

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:29
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A half-century after Israel captured East Jerusalem, the holy city remains deeply divided by politics, religion and ethnicity - and struggling with grim economic realities.

Indonesia police says two explosions in east Jakarta near bus station

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:26
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police said on Wednesday that there had been two explosions in the eastern part of the capital Jakarta near a bus station.

Belgian hermit on Austrian mountain awaits visitors with schnapps

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:17
VIENNA (Reuters) - A 58-year-old former surveying technician from Belgium has taken up his new post as the official hermit of Saalfelden, living in a hut-sized chapel built into a cliff in the mountains of western Austria.

Czech president appoints new finance minister as government spat ends

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:12
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Ivan Pilny as finance minister on Wednesday, ending a political spat that nearly brought down the government just months before an election.

Montenegrin court deliberates indictment over October plot case

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:01
Podgorica (Reuters) - A former Serbian police commander denied involvement in an alleged Russia-backed plot to kill Montenegro's prime minister and overthrow the government in 2016 as the authorities opened deliberations on the indictment of suspected conspirators.

German police arrest suspected militants as Berlin gears up for Obama visit

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:46
BERLIN (Reuters) - Police arrested four suspected Islamists in dawn raids in Berlin on Wednesday as the German capital geared up for a long weekend of mass gatherings, capped by a joint appearance by Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. president Barack Obama.

U.N. staff in Geneva angry over pay cut plan, call for strike

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:40
GENEVA (Reuters) - Angry United Nations staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7.5 percent cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month's pay, and called for strike action if it is implemented.

Use of air power in Afghanistan up sharply as Trump troop decision looms

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:23
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes dropped more weapons on Afghanistan in April than in any other single month since 2012, according to new statistics, as military officials press U.S. President Donald Trump to send thousands more troops to the country.

Turkey's Erdogan says NATO should do more on intelligence sharing

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:16
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday NATO allies should cooperate more closely in the fight against terrorism and that rapid information sharing was crucial.

Trump arrives in Brussels, ahead of EU, NATO talks

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:13
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels from Rome on Wednesday ahead of meetings on Thursday with other NATO leaders and the heads of European Union institutions.

Macron's party seen winning majority in French legislatives: poll

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:04
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win nearly a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, an Ifop-Fiducial poll showed on Wednesday.

Macron government denies ethical misstep by minister

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:00
PARIS (Reuters) - A morality campaign by France's new government took a knock on Wednesday when media disclosed that a minister had rented business offices from his female partner, though the government defended him and said there was no cause for resignation.

Kenyan flour shortage stokes anger ahead of election

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:55
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan government scheme to subsidize staple maize flour has hit problems over shortages, stoking anger over high food prices ahead of a national election in August.

Trump budget proposal would make it 'impossible' for U.N. to work

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:54
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to slash funding for the United Nations would make it "impossible" for it to continue its essential work, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that the organization was ready to discuss reform with Washington.

Barricades, protests spread over Venezuela 'sham' elections

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:47
CARACAS (Reuters) - Angry Venezuelans barricaded streets in parts of Caracas and the opposition geared up for another protest on Wednesday as the announcement of two election dates failed to appease anger against President Nicolas Maduro and an economy in tailspin.

Finnish court clears two Iraqi men of mass killing charge

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:07
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish court dismissed all charges on Wednesday against two Iraqi men who had been suspected of taking part in an Islamic State massacre of Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad in 2014.

German police say detain nine men over drugs, four of them Islamists

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:55
BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's police force said it detained nine men on Wednesday on suspicion of drug dealing, four of them from what it called the "violent Islamist" scene.

French journalist held by Turkey begins hunger strike: activist group

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:44
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A French photographer detained two weeks ago by Turkish police while on assignment in the mainly Kurdish southeast has begun a hunger strike to protest against his detention, a press activism group said on Wednesday, citing his lawyer.

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:04
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.

China says no one should bring chaos to the Korean peninsula

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:44
BEIJING (Reuters) - No one has the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula and whoever does will bear responsibility, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, a day after South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.

Finnish euroskeptic party should take bigger role in coalition, leadership candidate says

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:35
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's euroskeptic Finns party must push for stronger controls on immigration and not just play a supporting role in the ruling coalition, the frontrunner in the party's leadership race said.

New WHO head seeks U.S. bipartisan support for global health

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:31
GENEVA (Reuters) - The new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced hope on Wednesday that bipartisan support would prevail in the U.S. Congress to fund global health initiatives, despite deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration.

Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:26
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message.

Nepal PM resigns ahead of final round of local elections

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:23
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist Nepali Prime Minister Prachanda resigned on Wednesday, barely nine months after coming to power, creating a leadership vacuum weeks before the second round of local elections, the first to be held in more than two decades.

China's Xi urges Taiwan business lobby to back 'one China' principle

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:09
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping urged a business lobby for Taiwan enterprises on the mainland to support the "one China" principle and contribute to unity between Beijing and Taipei, state media said on Wednesday.

At least 20 migrants die at sea, rescues ongoing: Italy Coast Guard

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:34
ROME (Reuters) - At least 20 dead bodies have been seen in the sea some 30 miles off the coast of Libya, Italy's Coast Guard said on Wednesday, as efforts to rescue some 1,700 people packed onto 15 boats continued.

Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan: provincial spokesman

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:23
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two Chinese nationals working in Pakistan were kidnapped on Wednesday in the city of Quetta, a provincial government spokesman said, in the latest attack on workers from China likely to raise concern about its investment plans.

Trump tells Duterte of two U.S. nuclear subs in Korean waters: NYT

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:09
MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.

Pakistan captures Taliban leader blamed for three bombings in restive southwest

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:02
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has arrested a Taliban militant leader authorities describe as the "mastermind" behind three major attacks in Baluchistan, a spokesman for the government of the restive southwestern province said on Wednesday.

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:15
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country.

Italy looks to put G7 focus on Africa, but other crises encroach

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:05
ROME (Reuters) - When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants.

France's Macron to try to convince Trump to back Paris accords: diplomats

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:58
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to convince his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday to stick to a global deal to combat climate change ahead of a Group of Seven leaders where there is currently no consensus on the matter, diplomats said.

Syrian state TV: Islamic State 'war minister' killed east of Aleppo

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:55
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Senior Islamic State militants including the group's "minister of war" have been killed in Syrian army operations to the east of Aleppo, Syrian state media cited a military source as saying on Wednesday.

Oman says Australian missing in Yemen located with help of tribesmen

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:50
DUBAI (Reuters) - Omani authorities said on Wednesday that an Australian citizen missing in Yemen had been located after mediation with local tribes and that he had been transferred to Oman before returning home.

Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:27
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia.

Three Kenyan police killed by suspected al Shabaab landmine

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:21
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Three police officers were killed in eastern Kenya on Wednesday when their vehicle hit a landmine believed to have been laid by Somali jihadist group al Shabaab, a senior official said.

Turkey orders detention of Ankara municipality, ministries' staff: CNN Turk

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:12
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 139 staff from the Ankara municipality and two ministries in an investigation targeting supporters of the U.S.-based cleric accused of being behind last July's failed coup, CNN Turk said on Wednesday.


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