Canadian suspect in Singapore bank robbery faces UK court on extradition

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - A Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in Singapore in 2016 faces a court appearance in Britain on Thursday after he was detained on a extradition request from Singapore.

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:40
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said on Tuesday, following a meeting of the neighbors to implement a pact signed last year.

Somalia's al Shabaab denounces ex-spokesman as apostate who could be killed

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:25
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants, who have carried out frequent bombings in the capital, Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to the government side was an apostate who could be killed.

Philippines' Duterte had 'nothing to do' with news site's license: spokesman

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:16
MANILA (Reuters) - The office of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte sought to distance itself on Tuesday from a regulator's decision to revoke the license of a prominent news site, rebuffing allegations the administration had initiated a crackdown on the media.

Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:49
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.

South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:45
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:43
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:32
(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.

Indonesia bourse holds minute silence for injured after floor collapse

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:19
JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock exchange held a minute silence at the start of trading on Tuesday for more than 70 people injured when a mezzanine floor in the building suddenly collapsed.

Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:43
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:58
BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:31
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

Panama probes ex-officials in graft network suspected of taking bribes

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:26
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian prosecutors are investigating a network of over 30 people that includes former high-level officials suspected of taking bribes worth $40 million between 2011 and 2012 for public works projects, Attorney General Kenia Porcell said on Monday.

Pope arrives in Chile to bolster battered Church credibility

REUTERS - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:57
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Chile on Monday to start a trip aimed at bolstering the credibility of a local Church battered by a sexual abuse crisis.

Collapse of Colombian bridge kills nine workers, injures five

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:52
BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said.

At least 20 dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:56
TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport, and damaging planes during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.

Romania's PM resigns after losing party's backing

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:47
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, becoming the second premier to be ousted in seven months.

Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:46
RIGA (Reuters) - The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member's prime minister said Monday.

Blast injures several in Belgium, terrorism ruled out: police

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:41
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism.

North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:28
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.


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