Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to up pressure on Russia and Iran

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:28
LONDON (Reuters) - Syria's chief opposition negotiator called on U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran to return to talks aimed at ending the six-year civil war.

Russian pollster pulls pre-election research over closure fears

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:40
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's only major independent pollster, the Levada Center, said on Tuesday it had stopped publishing polls about the forthcoming presidential election because it feared the authorities might shut it down for perceived meddling.

Pope expresses 'pain and shame' over Chile sex abuse scandal

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:19
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis expressed his "pain and shame" over Chile's sexual abuse scandal on Tuesday in his first comments in the country on a crisis that has scarred the Roman Catholic Church's credibility.

Palestinians see Gaza peace dividend pass them by

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:18
GAZA (Reuters) - Life began to look up for Gaza's Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices.

Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:37
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

Ahead of UK summit, Macron visits migrants in port of Calais

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:33
CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron visited a migrant reception center and quizzed refugees in Calais on Tuesday, taking stock of the pressure on the Channel port ahead of a summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week.

Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria and Iran nuclear deal

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:11
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the conflict in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal in a phone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Sudanese police fire tear gas, arrest protesters in Khartoum

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:48
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese police fired tear gas, struck demonstrators with batons and arrested several people at a protest against soaring living costs in the center of Khartoum on Tuesday.

Now Japanese TV issues false alarm about a missile launch

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:46
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, but it corrected the error within minutes, messages on the NHK website showed.

Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin to be supported by rebels

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:29
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey's planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters.

Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in northern town

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:59
PRISTINA (Reuters) - A Kosovan Serb leader, Oliver Ivanovic, who was awaiting trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead outside his party office in the northern town of Mitrovica on Tuesday, a state prosecutor said.

Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:49
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would "fan the flames of war", echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.

U.S. report detailing new Russia sanctions to be issued on Jan. 29: TASS

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:31
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on Jan. 29, the TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday.

EU 'still open' to Britain changing mind on Brexit

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:20
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Donald Tusk, the European Council president, weighed in to new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the European Union.

Malaysia says it won't let politics derail Singapore train projects

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:45
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore and Malaysia vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with two ambitious rail projects linking the two countries as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak played down political uncertainty ahead of a general election to be held this year.

Czech PM ready to face allegations as he fights for minority government

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:12
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday requested that lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity so he can face allegations of fraud as he fights to win support for a minority government.

Two killed when explosion destroys buildings in Belgium

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:10
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 14 injured when an explosion in the Belgian city of Antwerp destroyed three buildings.

Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:59
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

Fire rips through 17th century heritage building in Indonesia

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:38
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.

Czech PM Babis to ask lawmakers to lift his parliamentary immunity

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:02
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday he would ask lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity to face allegations of EU subsidy fraud.


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