WHO poised to row-back on Mugabe appointment after outrage

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 13:16
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) was poised on Sunday to sideline Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador after major Western donors and rights groups voiced outrage at the hastily-announced appointment.

Italians vote in autonomy referendums in shadow of Catalonia crisis

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 13:04
MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy began voting on Sunday in referendums for autonomy, ballots that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 13:01
BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government has urged Catalonians to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region's secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power.

Indonesia to demand answers after military chief denied U.S. entry

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:47
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washington's deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, an Indonesian official said on Sunday.

Roadside bomb kills seven outside Somali capital Mogadishu

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:39
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday - mostly women farmers - in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by Islamist insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence, residents and the army said.

Exclusive: Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:31
SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.

Putin critic Navalny released after 20-day detention

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:05
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on social media on Sunday he had been released from detention after spending around three weeks in jail.

Fierce firefight as Philippines' toughest urban war down to last building

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:00
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine troops were locked in an intense urban firefight on Sunday with the last remnants of a pro-Islamic state alliance, as the army sought to declare an end to the country's biggest internal security crisis in years.

U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:51
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they captured a major oil field in Deir al-Zor province on Sunday, pressing their offensive against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria.

Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:46
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.

Polls open as Slovenian president runs for his second mandate

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:12
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Polls opened in the Slovenian presidential election on Sunday with incumbent President Borut Pahor running for his second five-year mandate against eight other candidates.

South Korea's president says will continue phasing out nuclear power

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:06
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea: NYT

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 07:39
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday.

South Korea's Moon says will continue phasing out nuclear power

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 07:21
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue phasing out nuclear-generated electricity following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

Macri coalition may win Argentina's 'Big Five' districts in Sunday mid-term

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 07:09
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Allies of Argentina's business-friendly President Mauricio Macri could sweep the country's "Big Five" voting districts in Sunday's congressional election, neutering the opposition and advancing his chances of being re-elected in 2019.

Australia to tighten airport security further after foiled attack

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 05:56
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will introduce random searches of workers entering and inside its airports as it increases security after a recent foiled terrorism plot, officials said.

For some Chinese dissidents, party congress means a paid 'vacation'

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 05:33
BEIJING (Reuters) - Hu Jia, a well-known Chinese dissident who lives in Beijing, says he had hoped to go to the southeastern city of Xiamen for his government-sponsored holiday, but state security officials said no.

Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe's nearly five-year rule

REUTERS - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:35
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five years in power in an election on Sunday that will determine if he has the clout to push ahead with his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.

UK PM May readying concessions on welfare reform - Sunday Telegraph

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:51
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is on the verge of making concessions around a key welfare reform that has angered opposition parties as well as members of her own Conservatives, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Czech vote winner Babis wants active EU role, not favoring government with extremists

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:44
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic must seek partners beyond the central European Visegrad Group to find common ground on issues including migration and food quality, Czech parliamentary election winner Andrej Babis told Reuters.


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