North Korea threat is 'critical, imminent,' Japan tells U.S., South Korea

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:40
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines (Reuters) - The threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.

Widow of slain U.S. soldier says Trump call 'made me cry even worse'

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:11
, (Reuters) - The widow of a U.S. Army sergeant killed in Niger this month said on Monday that President Donald Trump "made me cry even worse" in a condolence telephone call when he said that her husband "knew what he signed up for."

Tillerson pays flying visit to Afghanistan to discuss U.S. strategy

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:06
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for talks with Afghan leaders on the new U.S. strategy to end the war.

Dubai frees Briton sentenced for touching another man: advocacy group

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:28
DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai's ruler has pardoned a British man a day after he was sentenced to three months in jail for touching another man at a bar, a legal advocacy group said on Monday.

U.N. condemns arrests of Congo opposition members

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:18
LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo on Monday condemned the arrest of about 30 opposition members amid a crackdown on dissent by President Joseph Kabila's government.

YPG fighters credit Ocalan with Syria victory

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:14
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighters with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia have credited Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan with their victory over Islamic State in Raqqa, in apparent response to U.S. criticism of their praise of a man jailed in Turkey for treason.

Toxic fumes keep EU summit venue shut for another week

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:01
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The building that houses EU summits, where toxic fumes forced EU leaders to switch venues last week, will be closed for a further week as investigators seek to resolve the problem.

EU states fail to agree reform of labor rules sought by France's Macron

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:49
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The 28 European Union states failed to agree in a first round of talks on Monday on a reform of the bloc's labor rules that poorer countries say are essential to uphold fair competition.

End 'containment' of asylum-seekers on islands, aid groups tell Greek PM

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:47
ATHENS (Reuters) - Over a dozen human rights groups and aid organizations wrote to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday urging him to end the "containment" of asylum seekers in island camps.

Residents of Philippines' Marawi begin long trudge back to normalcy as battle ends

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:33
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Marawi resident Baimona Amintao hopes her turn comes quickly once authorities begin raffling off the first batch of temporary shelters for those who lost their homes to the five-month battle to retake the southern Philippine city from Islamist militants.

Germany approves sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:17
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has approved the sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel and will provide financial support for the purchase, government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference on Monday.

Exclusive: EU dismisses smoke regulation, looks into tougher fire safety tests

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:13
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - There is no need for Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from building materials, according to a report expected to be signed off by the EU executive over the coming weeks, disappointing campaigners who say regulation is urgently needed following London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire.

Bangladesh says Rohingya arrivals 'untenable' as thousands arrive daily

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:53
GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar, an "untenable situation" for neighbor Bangladesh, the country's U.N. envoy said on Monday, calling on Myanmar to let them return.

Japan's Abe vows to put education spending before budget balance

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:50
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister has vowed to make education and childcare a priority over ambitious fiscal reforms after winning a new mandate from voters on Sunday, as a rapidly-ageing population threatens to undermine his efforts to reflate the economy.

UK says our democracy is secure after suggestion of foreign meddling in Brexit

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:46
LONDON (Reuters) - British democracy is one of the most secure in the world and will remain so, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday in response to a question about suggestions that there may have been foreign interference in the Brexit referendum.

Catalonia warns of civil disobedience as Madrid readies direct rule

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:28
MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia said on Monday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region, in an escalating dispute that has raised fears of unrest among Spain's European allies.

Russian radio station says intruder stabs presenter in neck

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:21
MOSCOW (Reuters) - An intruder forced his way into the offices of Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy and stabbed one of the station's anchors in the neck, the broadcaster said on its Internet site on Monday.

Russia says Iraqi Kurds must act in concert with Baghdad

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:13
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia respects the desire of Iraqi Kurdistan to seek to assert its identity but this must be done in dialogue with the Iraqi government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday at talks with his Iraqi government counterpart.

Southeast Asian ministers urge North Korea to rein in weapons programs

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:10
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines (Reuters) - Southeast Asian defense ministers on Monday expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and urged the reclusive country to meet its international obligations and resume communications.

Putin-Trump meeting not yet planned for Asia summit: Kremlin

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:59
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's diary does not at the moment feature a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at an APEC summit in Vietnam next month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.


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