Pakistan arrests serial killer suspect over rape, murder of girl, 7

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:33
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan said on Tuesday they had arrested a man suspected to be a serial killer responsible for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a case that ignited nationwide protests over allegations of government inaction.

New Zimbabwe leader orders top officials to declare assets

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:07
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has given cabinet ministers and senior government officials until the end of February to declare their assets as new President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to foster transparency and fight corruption.

Trump to host first state visit of his presidency for France's Macron

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host the first state visit of his year-old presidency in late April when French President Emmanuel Macron visits the White House, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

Russia invites core U.N. members to Syrian peace Congress: RIA

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:26
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has invited all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council as well as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to attend a forthcoming peace congress on Syria, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.

U.S. takes aim at Russia after suspected Syrian government gas attack

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:17
PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the Syrian government may still be using chemical weapons against its own people following a suspected chlorine attack in a rebel enclave, and he said Russia bore ultimate responsibility.

Exclusive: Looted cash, gold help Islamic State recruit in Philippines

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:06
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewellery worth tens of millions of dollars when they occupied a southern Philippines town last year, treasure one of their leaders has used to recruit around 250 fighters for fresh attacks.

Venezuela official suggests presidential vote by end of April

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:42
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan Socialist Party official Diosdado Cabello on Tuesday proposed that presidential elections be held by the end of April.

U.S. says Syria's Assad may again be using chemical weapons, lays blame on Russia

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:15
PARIS (Reuters) - The Syrian government may still be using chemical weapons after a suspected chlorine attack in the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, the United States said on Tuesday, adding that Russia ultimately bore responsibility.

Pro-EU academic battles euroskepticism in push to unseat Czech president

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:56
KLATOVY, Czech Republic (Reuters) - Jiri Drahos is a staunch pro-European in one of the EU's most eurosceptic member states, and yet he is in a neck-and-neck race to win the Czech presidency this weekend.

North Korea, U.S. clash at disarmament forum over nuclear arms

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:45
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

India's top court rejects bid to re-instate ban on film as Hindu groups protest

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:18
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected bids by two states to re-instate a ban on the release of controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theatres.

Chilean president-elect names senator as mining minister

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:08
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named Senator Baldo Prokurica as incoming mining minister, a key post in the world's top copper exporter.

Pakistani Islamist petitions court to block takeover of charities

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:52
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A founder of a Pakistani militant group blacklisted by the United Nations for terrorism said on Tuesday he had filed a court petition to halt government plans to seize control of his charities.

Empty British seats in EU parliament go up for grabs post-Brexit

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:46
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European parliament on Tuesday began divvying-up British seats that will be left empty post-Brexit from 2019 with Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands scooping up most initially.

South Korea rejects 'Pyongyang Olympics' criticism

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:25
SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul's presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month's Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

EU removes Panama, seven others from tax-haven blacklist, triggering criticism

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:09
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to remove eight jurisdictions, including much-criticised Panama, from the bloc's blacklist of tax havens, one month after the list was set up.

Tillerson to present U.S. strategy on Syria to European, Arab allies

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:45
PARIS (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will give an outline of the United States' strategy to stabilize Syria and push ahead with a political solution when he holds talks with close allies in Paris on Tuesday, Western and Arab diplomats said.

North Korea, U.S. clash at disarmament forum

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:42
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

U.N. urges rethink of Rohingya repatriations to ensure safeguards

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:27
PALONG KHALI, Bangladesh/NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency and other groups have urged a rethink of the plan to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar amid fears of forced repatriations and the inability of aid agencies to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands who fled bloodshed at home.

Britain's May slaps down foreign minister over health funds

REUTERS - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:25
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May slapped down her foreign minister on Tuesday after he demanded more funding for Britain's public health service, telling him any discussion of money saved from Brexit should be kept private.


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