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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:29
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, making him the second premier ousted by the party in less than seven months.

Twenty dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:17
TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people and shutting the airport during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.

Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing for him: sources

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:43
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday, after his ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew political backing for him in an overwhelming vote, the second premier to be ousted by his party in less than seven months.

Greek parliament approves more bailout reforms despite protests

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:41
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament on Monday passed a swathe of reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds, a success for the government but a blow to thousands of people protesting outside.

UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:20
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted its civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, but Qatar called the claim "completely untrue".

Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said.

Openness or protection? Czechs' choice echoes EU, U.S. votes

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:56
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs, like fellow voters from Europe to the United States, must weigh promises of a more outward-looking society against protection from the uncertainties of the global economy and immigration when they elect their president later this month.

Nigeria's Buhari vows to punish all those behind ethnic violence

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:27
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will punish all those behind an outbreak of deadly clashes between cattle herders and farmers, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday pushing back at accusations that he failed to take action against members of his own ethnic group.

Greek parliament approves bailout reforms for new loans

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:15
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a bill for fiscal, energy and labor reforms prescribed by the country's international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds.

Greek police fire teargas at protesters outside parliament

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:04
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas at protesters outside parliament in Athens on Monday, as lawmakers voted on a new set of bailout measures prescribed by the country's international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout loans.

Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:59
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants.

Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:24
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:05
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.

German man known as 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for clemency

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:04
BERLIN (Reuters) - A 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has filed a plea for clemency, a regional justice spokesman said on Monday.

Baghdad reports 'atmosphere of trust' in talks with Kurdistan region

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:47
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's central government said "an atmosphere of trust" marked talks held on Monday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to resolve a conflict that triggered armed clashes in October.

Northern League leader says Italian society threatened by Islam

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:16
ROME (Reuters) - Italian culture and society risk being eradicated by Islam, Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, an ally of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said on Monday as he vowed to halt a migrant "invasion".

Turkey reveals route for new canal to ease Bosphorus shipping

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:03
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island.

Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:55
QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters.

U.S. diplomat has talks Pakistan amid tension over Trump 'deceit' tweet

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:40
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday following an outcry over President Donald Trump's accusation that the nuclear-armed South Asian state had engaged in "lies and deceit" as a U.S. ally in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Ten dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:37
TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Heavy clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, leaving at least 10 people dead and shutting the airport during what the government said was an attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.

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