Japan PM Abe says to discuss North Korea 'thoroughly' with Trump

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:28
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he would discuss North Korea "thoroughly" with U.S. President Donald Trump when he visits next month, and reaffirm the two countries' commitment to working together in dealing with the country.

Philippines declares siege by Islamist rebels over in Marawi City

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:27
CLARK, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines declared an end on Monday to five months of fierce urban warfare in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State militants, a battle that has marked the country's biggest security crisis in years.

Philippine defense minister declares end of fighting in Marawi City

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:19
CLARK, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines has declared an end to five months of fighting in southern Marawi City between the armed forces and militants loyal to Islamic State, the country's defense minister said on Monday.

Africa eyes senior Trump envoy visit for U.S. policy hints

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:06
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrived in Ethiopia on Monday, among the first visits to Africa by a senior member of President Donald Trump's administration that diplomats hope will shed light on his plans to engage with the continent.

Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves three dead and flooding

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:31
TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo.

Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:29
TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favor revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, is likely to push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed.

Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention center closes

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:15
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will spend up to A$250 million ($195 million) housing nearly 800 refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea for the next 12 months after its controversial detention center closes this month.

Abe, Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea: Japan government

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:50
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, Yasutoshi Nishimura, a deputy chief cabinet secretary, said on Monday.

Weakening typhoon Lan passes near Tokyo, at least two killed

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:33
TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding but leaving the capital, Tokyo, largely unscathed, although at least two people were reported killed and train and plane services disrupted.

Macri's coalition sweeps Argentina's mid-term vote

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:07
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Candidates allied with Argentine President Mauricio Macri enjoyed sweeping victories in Sunday's mid-term election, strengthening his position in Congress while dimming prospects for a political comeback by his predecessor Cristina Fernandez.

Ex-Argentine leader Fernandez trails in Senate race: early tally

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 03:13
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The candidate backed by Argentina's business-friendly president, Mauricio Macri, held a wide lead against former President Cristina Fernandez in Sunday's race for the Senate in the bellwether province of Buenos Aires, early election results showed on Sunday.

Defense chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:07
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang's "reckless" provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defense chiefs in the Philippines.

Italian regions vote in favor of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 01:50
MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Argentina's Macri aims for mid-term win to bolster reform agenda

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 00:57
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Polls closed in Argentina on Sunday in a vote to elect one third of the Senate and half of the lower house of Congress that could give business-friendly President Mauricio Macri's coalition a broader mandate to implement reforms.

Suicide bomber kills 13 others in northeast Nigerian city: police official

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 00:54
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 13 other people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a police official said.

'Despondent' May losing sleep on in-fighting, said Juncker: FAZ

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 00:47
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May looked "despondent", with deep rings under her eyes, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker told aides after dining with the British prime minister last week, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

Slovenian President Pahor fails to win majority, faces runoff

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:49
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor will face a second-round election on Nov. 12 after he fell short of a majority in Sunday's first round, as he tries to win a second five-year mandate.

Putin critic Navalny, freed from jail, resumes presidential campaign

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:41
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny held a political rally on Sunday, hours after being released from jail and pledged to continue his presidential campaign despite the authorities saying he is ineligible to stand.

UK police end armed hostage-taking at English leisure complex: BBC

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:17
LONDON (Reuters) - British police ended an armed hostage siege on Sunday, the BBC reported, saying there were no casualties after a gunman took two staff members hostage at a bowling alley in a leisure complex in central England.

British police end armed hostage-taking in central England: BBC

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:09
LONDON (Reuters) - British police have ended an armed hostage-taking at a leisure complex in central England, the BBC reported on Sunday.


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