Rwandan leader's would-be rival Rwigara and her mother denied bail

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:15
KIGALI (Reuters) - A Rwandan court denied bail on Monday to a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame who was barred from running against him in an August election and later jailed on charges of incitement and forgery that are widely seen as politically motivated.

Tillerson arrives in Iraq after rebuke from Baghdad over paramilitaries

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:01
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in Iraq, hours after the government rebuked him for calling on it to send home Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk.

Slain sergeant's widow says Trump call 'made me cry even worse'

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:13
, (Reuters) - The widow of a U.S. Army sergeant killed in Niger this month said on Monday that President Donald Trump had "made me cry even worse" in a condolence telephone call when he said her husband "knew what he signed up for."

New school offers education 'salvation' for Syrian girls in Lebanon

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:11
BAR ELIAS, Lebanon (Reuters) - A new girls' school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's poor Bekaa region is aiming to give girls from conservative backgrounds the chance at a formal education.

Russian serviceman in Chechnya kills four servicemen, then is killed, TASS reports

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:51
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian serviceman in the Caucasus region of Chechnya killed four other servicemen on Monday, then he was killed by the members of an alert unit, TASS news agency cited a Federal National Guard Troops Service spokesman as saying.

Two Somali soldiers wounded in gun fight with fellow troops

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:45
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Two Somali soldiers were wounded in a gun fight with other troops on Monday, a police officer said, a worrying internal rift for a military with a history of factionalism that is fighting a resurgence by militant Islamists

Turkey to investigate Galatasaray's 'Rocky' poster over coup links

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:21
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish government has launched an investigation into a poster unfurled by fans of Istanbul's Galatasaray soccer team that pro-Turkish media said was clearly linked to organizers of the 2016 attempted coup.

Iraq rejects U.S. call for Iran-backed forces to end operations

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:04
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government dismissed a call from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk to end operations in Iraq.

Spanish tourist shot, killed by police in Rio de Janeiro slum

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:45
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Police shot and killed a Spanish tourist in a Rio de Janeiro slum on Monday after the car she was riding in failed to stop at a police road block, authorities said.

Half of central Congo's 1.5 million displaced people have returned

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:24
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Almost half of the 1.5 million people displaced by an insurrection in central Democratic Republic of Congo since last year have returned home as violence has waned in recent months, the United Nations said on Monday.

As Tillerson heads to Pakistan, Islamabad wary of deepening U.S.-India ties

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:09
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Pakistan on Tuesday to pressure Islamabad to act over militants targeting Afghanistan from its soil, anxious Pakistanis may be equally interested in dissuading Washington's deepening ties with India.

Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday.

After U.N. troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:05
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - A new United Nations-backed mission to support Haiti's justice system has had a mixed reaction from local politicians and civil society groups after long-standing criticism of its predecessor.

UK PM May says she is 'ambitious and positive' about Brexit talks

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:55
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she was "ambitious and positive" about the country's future and its negotiations to leave the European Union, describing the talks as being conducted in a "constructive spirit".

EU calls leak of May-Juncker talks a smear

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:52
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said a newspaper report that Jean-Claude Juncker had disparaged Theresa May's "despondent" demeanor after a dinner last week was a deliberate smear intended to disrupt Brexit negotiations.

Austrian conservative Kurz says needs more time on coalition talks

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:40
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Monday he has yet to decide which party he plans to start coalition talks with, though he was still widely expected to turn to the far-right Freedom Party within days.

Israel accuses Hezbollah of Golan shelling to spark war with Syria

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:31
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel accused Hezbollah on Monday of orchestrating shelling across the Golan Heights frontier in order to stoke Israeli-Syrian fighting, and called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his big-power ally Russia to curb the Lebanese guerrillas.

Trump to press China on North Korea, trade during Beijing visit

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will press Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing next month to do more to rein in North Korea and to cease what Washington sees as unfair trade practices, a senior White House official said on Monday.

Widow of Russian major killed in Syria battles for compensation

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:19
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Vitalina Bordova received a good morning text message from her husband Sergei, a Russian marine major deployed in Syria. Half an hour later, he was hit by mortar fire that killed him.

Iraq PM to visit Turkey on Wednesday, discuss Northern Iraq referendum: Turkish sources

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:53
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Turkey on Wednesday to discuss potential joint steps against northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government following last month's independence referendum, Turkish prime ministry sources said.


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