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Australia forms task force to guard elections from cyber attacks

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 08:02
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia has established a security task force to guard against cyber attacks and interference in elections, the government said on Saturday, amid concerns foreign powers are meddling in domestic affairs and ahead of five elections next month.

China to launch broader environmental inspections this month

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 08:00
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will expand environmental inspections to more cities and regions in a new round of checks from this month to April next year, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said in a statement on Friday, part of a three-year anti-pollution plan.

Afghan Taliban break new ground with surprise Eid ceasefire

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 07:54
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday.

Afghan shoppers go online to avoid bombs, harassment

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:52
KABUL (Reuters) - Shoppers in the Afghan capital are going online for everything from fashion to furniture to avoid bomb attacks and sexual harassment, with dozens of start-ups doing a brisk trade where there were few on the ground two years ago.

Afghan Taliban announce surprise three-day Eid ceasefire

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:37
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday at the end of this week, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday.

Afghan Taliban announce Eid ceasefire after president's unconditional offer

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:16
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday at the end of this week, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday.

Robo-calls targeting Mexico presidential frontrunner put voters on edge

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 05:02
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A spate of calls in recent days attacking Mexico's leftist presidential frontrunner has put his supporters on edge and underscored the last-ditch attempts to dent the candidate's commanding lead three weeks before the election.

Kim Jong Un impersonator says detained at Singapore airport

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 04:22
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An Australian comedian known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was detained by Singapore's authorities on Friday and questioned about his political views, before being allowed into the country.

Safety first: Afghan shoppers go online to avoid bombs, harassment

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 03:33
KABUL (Reuters) - Shoppers in the Afghan capital are going online for everything from fashion to furniture to avoid bomb attacks and sexual harassment, with dozens of start-ups doing a brisk trade where there were few on the ground two years ago.

U.S., EU take small step on trade, but no breakthrough at G7 summit

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 03:03
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, signaling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada.

El Salvador seeks to arrest ex president for alleged embezzlement

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 02:19
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's attorney general ordered the arrest on Friday of former president for alleged embezzlement and money laundering, in addition to allegedly covering up various illicit acts during his government.

U.S., EU agree to start technical talks on trade after G7 summit standoff

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 02:16
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, at the end of a fractious session that had threatened to rupture the Group of Seven rich nations alliance.

U.S. probe of Malaysia's 1MDB picks up speed after Najib's election loss

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 02:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have accelerated their probe into the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and are exchanging more evidence with Malaysian authorities since Najib lost last month's election, three sources with direct knowledge of the probe said.

G7 allies confront Trump with trade numbers in tense G7 summit

REUTERS - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:05
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from U.S. allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group's leaders.

Iraqi cleric Sadr announces disarmament initiative

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:53
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Friday for a nationwide disarmament campaign and announced his Baghdad stronghold would be first to disarm just two days after an ammunitions cache exploded there and killed 18 people.

U.S. approves extradition of ex-Panama president: Panama

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:47
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said on Friday that the U.S. State Department had approved his request to extradite his predecessor, former president Ricardo Martinelli, who is jailed in Miami on spying charges.

Germany's Merkel offers way to solve trade row at tense G7 summit

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:09
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday floated an idea to set up a way to resolve trade disputes between the United States and its allies, a French official said as consensus appeared to elude G7 leaders at a summit in Canada.

Bomb kills one and wounds 14 in Iraq's Kirkuk

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:09
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - At least one woman was killed and 14 people including women and children were wounded late on Friday when a bomb exploded in the ethnically-mixed Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, the military said.

UK's May orders ministerial 'away-day' to sort out squabbling ministers

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:05
LA MALBAIE, Canada (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will gather together squabbling British ministers at her country residence after this month's European Union summit to hammer out the final details of a much-anticipated Brexit policy paper.

Exclusive: Nearly 1,800 families separated at U.S.-Mexico border in 17 months through February

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies. 

Explosion kills at least one in Iraq's Kirkuk: sources

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:29
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and 14 people were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in the ethnically-mixed Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said late on Friday.

One U.S. soldier killed in battle against militants in Somalia -U.S. official

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:16
(Reuters) - A U.S. special operations forces soldier was killed and four were wounded on Friday in a gun battle against likely al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, said a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

One U.S. soldier killed in battle against militants in Somalia: NY Times

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. special operations forces soldier was killed and four were wounded on Friday in a gun battle against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, the New York Times reported.

Tear-gas canister puts Gazan on life support

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:49
GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian was on life support in a Gaza hospital on Friday after being struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier.

China hacked sensitive U.S. Navy undersea warfare plans: Washington Post

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese government hackers compromised the computers of a U.S. Navy contractor and stole a large amount of highly sensitive data on undersea warfare, including plans for a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

G7 struggles to salvage summit as Trump holds firm on trade dispute

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:28
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday floated an idea to set up a mechanism to resolve trade differences with the United States and prevent future ones, a French official said as consensus appeared to elude G7 leaders at a summit in Canada.

Two people from U.S. Embassy in Havana evaluated for illness: State Dept

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more people from the U.S. Embassy in Havana are undergoing medical evaluation, a State Department spokesperson said on Friday, after a mysterious illness began to affect U.S. personnel and family members there since late 2016.

Chinese government hackers stole sensitive U.S. Navy undersea warfare plans: WashPost

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 20:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese government hackers who compromised the computers of a U.S. Navy contractor stole a large amount of highly sensitive data on undersea warfare, including plans for a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

Trump says Russia should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 20:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia should be attending a Group of Seven summit in Canada, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, a controversial idea that even Moscow seemed to reject, as he headed for a chilly reception at the meeting where other leaders are set to clash with him over trade.

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:46
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said, while Israel said militants had attacked its forces with guns and grenades.

Spain's new government lifts budget controls on Catalonia

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:36
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's new Socialist government said on Friday it had lifted financial controls on Catalonia and would seek dialogue with the region's administration to relieve tensions over an independence bid which pitched the country into political crisis.

Congo government says Jean Pierre Bemba has the right to return home

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:20
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese politician and former warlord Jean Pierre Bemba has the right to return home once the International Criminal Court releases him, Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday.

Tel Aviv pride parade draws a quarter-million Israelis, foreigners

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:16
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Revelers toting rainbow flags flooded Tel Aviv on Friday for an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parade that Israel played up as evidence of its liberal values amid international censure at its lethal response to Palestinian protests in Gaza.

Hezbollah leader says to stay in Syria

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:00
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah will remain in Syria as long as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants it there, the group's leader said on Friday, defying renewed U.S. and Israeli pressure to force Tehran and its allies to quit the country.

G7 nations struggle to salvage summit as Trump attacks trade

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:55
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - Top U.S. allies scrambled on Friday to keep a Group of Seven nations summit from veering off track as President Donald Trump vowed to deal with "unfair trade practices" by Canada and the European Union.

Lebanon freezes UNHCR staff residency applications in row over Syrian refugees

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:50
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has ordered a freeze on residency applications submitted by staff of the United Nations' refugee agency, accusing it of hindering the return of Syrian refugees by "spreading fear", his office said on Friday.

Lava flows at Guatemala volcano prompt fresh evacuations

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:47
EL RODEO, Guatemala (Reuters) - Dangerous flows of lava, ash and toxic gases poured down several canyons below the crater of Guatemala's Fuego volcano on Friday, prompting a new round of evacuations of rescue workers and nearby villages.

Kosovo arrests pair suspected of plotting attacks on NATO

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:33
PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo has arrested two people, including one with Belgian nationality, suspected of preparing attacks on NATO troops and the public, the state prosecutor said on Friday.

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:22
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded at least 618 others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza Strip border, medics said.

Italy to ask NATO to help deal with migrant flows: Salvini

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:13
ROME (Reuters) - Italy wants NATO to help defend its southern shores from an influx of migrants, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday, signaling the new government would take a much tougher line on immigration controls.

U.N. Security Council elects five members for 2-year term

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:42
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Indonesia elected to U.N. Security Council

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:20
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly on Friday voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term on the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Rebels muster as British PM May battles for her Brexit vision

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:19
LONDON (Reuters) - A parliamentary vote on the shape of Britain's relationship with Europe next week is likely to force rebels in Theresa May's government into the open, threatening instability and adding yet another twist to the tortured effort to reach a Brexit deal.

Ontario businesses seek clarity from populist leader Ford

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:57
TORONTO (Reuters) - Business leaders in the Canadian province of Ontario will closely watch new premier-elect Doug Ford for signs the populist conservative can deliver on his pledge to lower the cost of operating in the country's most populous province.

Israeli gunfire, tear gas injure hundreds as Gaza protest resumes

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:52
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel on Friday, injuring at least 386 people, medics said.

ICC overturns war crimes conviction of Congolese politician Bemba

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:51
The Hague (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court on Friday overturned the war crimes conviction of Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal.

Ontario businesses wary but hopeful about new populist leader Ford

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:31
TORONTO (Reuters) - Business leaders in the Canadian province of Ontario will closely watch new premier-elect Doug Ford for signs the populist conservative can deliver on his pledge to lower the cost of operating in the country's most populous province.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 92, had eye surgery last month: palace

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:13
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest monarch, underwent successful surgery to treat an eye cataract last month, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

Trump vows to deal with 'unfair trade' ahead of tense G7 summit

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:01
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Canada and the European Union on Friday, setting the tone for a hostile Group of Seven summit and raising the specter of a trade war that has unnerved Washington's top allies as well as investors.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia next week: Ifax

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:51
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Russia next week, Interfax cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.

Germany issues international arrest warrant for top Assad officer

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:38
BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for the head of the Syrian Airforce Intelligence on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing German security officials.

Israeli gunfire, tear gas injure 100 as as Gaza protest resumes

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:37
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel on Friday, injuring at least 100 people, medics said.

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in Congo is stabilizing

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:31
GENEVA (Reuters) - The fight against a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is giving reason for cautious optimism, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

East Libyan forces detain rival commander in Derna, U.N. raises alarm

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:30
TUNIS (Reuters) - Forces in eastern Libya said they had arrested a rival senior military official in Derna on Friday and the United Nations said it was alarmed by an increasing risk to civilians in the city.

Turkish PM says troops 30 km inside Iraq, could move on Kurdish stronghold

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:29
KARS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish forces are stationed 30 km inside northern Iraq and could advance further to target Kurdish PKK militants in their Qandil Mountains stronghold, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Support for Brazil leftist Haddad leaps with Lula backing: poll

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:11
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad would surge to second place in Brazil's presidential race if he were to be backed as the Workers Party candidate by jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a new poll showed on Friday.

China's Xi awards 'best friend' Putin friendship medal, promises support

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:57
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping gave visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin China's first friendship medal on Friday, calling him his best friend, underscoring the close ties between the two despite deep reservations many Western nations have of Putin.

Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria, monitor says; it suspects Russia

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:56
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes on a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 44 people overnight, the highest death toll in a single attack on the region this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Germany should boost defense spending: defense minister tells parliament

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:52
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should boost defense spending because its security is at stake at a time of heightened threats around the world, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told ruling lawmakers on Friday.

Romanian court postpones verdict in leader's corruption trial

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:37
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's top court postponed on Friday a verdict in the trial in which the leader of the ruling Social Democrats stands accused of inciting other public servants to commit abuse of office, saying it needs more time to process details.

Activists urge oil executives to heed pope at Vatican energy conference

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:26
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Environmentalists and aid agencies urged executives of the world's top oil companies attending a Vatican conference on climate change on Friday to heed Pope Francis's warnings about global warming.

Trump vows to 'straighten out' G7 trade ahead of tense meeting

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:19
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Canada and the European Union on Friday and said he plans to leave a meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven nations early as fears of a trade war ratcheted higher.

South Korea's President Moon to visit Russia June 22-23: Interfax

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:18
MOSCOW (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will visit Russia from June 21 to June 23, with a high level meeting planned in Moscow for June 22, Interfax cited the Kremlin as saying on Friday.

Austria to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:55
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.

Migrant numbers leap on new Balkan route across Albania

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:48
TIRANA (Reuters) - Numbers of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via Albania have leapt this year, with people smugglers opening a new Balkan route for those fleeing conflict or poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

U.S., Canada urge delay in vote on Vietnam's cybersecurity bill

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:47
HANOI (Reuters) - The United States and Canada urged Vietnam on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed cybersecurity law, the U.S. Embassy said, amid widespread concern the law would cause economic harm and stifle online dissent in the communist-ruled country.

T-shirts, tacos, and tourism: Singapore businesses cash in on Trump-Kim mania

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:44
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - From summit-themed burgers and online scalpers peddling "World Peace" medallions and "Peace Out from Lion City" T-shirts, Singaporeans are cashing in on a historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Lebanon freezes UNHCR residency applications: foreign minister

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:34
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has directed authorities to freeze all residency applications submitted by the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR, his office said in an emailed statement on Friday.

Myanmar hardline monks vow to stay on Facebook despite ban

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:21
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's hardline monks will dodge bans on Facebook and keep using the social media giant to "tell the truth", they said on Friday, after it barred several Buddhist nationalists for hate messages targeting Rohingya Muslims.

Iraqi suspect in murder of 14-year old German girl detained: minister

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:15
BERLIN (Reuters) - The 20-year-old Iraqi man suspected of raping and murdering a 14-year old girl in Germany was detained early Friday in northern Iraq, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters.

Brace for a possible 'Brexit meltdown' but don't panic, UK's Johnson says: BuzzFeed

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:12
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson warned there could be a Brexit meltdown but it will be "all right in the end" and said that U.S. President Trump would take a tougher stance were he leading the talks, according to BuzzFeed.

UAE to boost troop presence in Afghanistan for training: officials

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:56
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has accepted an offer from the United Arab Emirates to boost its presence in training Afghan forces fighting Islamist insurgents, senior government officials said, as Kabul seeks to improve ties with majority-Muslim nations.

UK's May has confidence in Johnson after Brexit meltdown comment: spokeswoman

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:43
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has confidence in her foreign minister Boris Johnson after he was recorded warning that there could be a meltdown over Brexit, her spokeswoman said on Friday.

Northern Irish almost evenly split on whether to remain in the UK: survey

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:21
LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly as many Northern Irish people would back joining the republic of Ireland as support remaining in the United Kingdom, with Brexit pushing some to switch in favor of unification, according to a poll conducted for the BBC.

Putin: Pyongyang told us it's ready to work constructively

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:53
BEIJING (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin, after talks with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, said recent contacts with North Korea confirmed Pyongyang's readiness for constructive work.

Operations against IS in Afghanistan to intensify, U.S. general says

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:43
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States intends to step up military operations against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Friday.

Bulgarian parliament approves plan to buy fighter jets and armored vehicles

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:42
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's parliament gave the green light on Friday to a plan to buy 16 new or used fighter jets to replace its aging Soviet-designed MiG-29s as well as the purchase of 150 combat vehicles.

Vatican document suggests role for married priests, women

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:40
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A document for a meeting of Catholic bishops from the Amazon, expected to evaluate ordaining elderly married men as priests for the vast region, says the Church should make "daring proposals".

Bosnia court orders retrial of Srebrenica's Muslim defender

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:35
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - An appeals court ordered on Friday the retrial of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric who was acquitted last year of war crimes against Serbs during the country's 1992-95 conflict.

Afghan forces kill 10 Taliban as ceasefire is announced

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:29
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban militants as a ceasefire announced by the president took effect, an official said on Friday, and security forces said they would respond if attacked.

Australia softens foreign interference measures, but China ties seen further strained

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:17
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Friday softened proposed foreign interference laws to secure parliamentary support for legislation that threatens to further strain ties with major trading partner China.

'This is why we protest': Jordan family struggles in tough economy

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:15
AMMAN (Reuters) - Bayan Samara's children often asked her why she could not buy them new clothes or toys. So the Jordanian teacher took them to a rally in the capital.

British Brexit backstop plan welcome, with caveats: Irish foreign minister

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:50
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Friday welcomed a British plan for ensuring there are no customs checks along the Irish border when Britain leaves the European Union, but said it only told half the story.

Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:49
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes likely by Russia on a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 44 people overnight, inflicting the highest death toll in a single attack on the region this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

At least five migrants killed in northern Greece road crash

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:31
ATHENS (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and two seriously injured on Friday when a small van carrying Iraqi and Syrian migrants smashed into a wall and overturned on a northern Greek motorway, police said.

Two South Korean media staff arrested at North Korean ambassador's home in Singapore

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:20
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Two South Korean media staff have been arrested for trespassing at the home of the North Korean ambassador to Singapore, police said on Friday, just days before a high-stakes summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders in the city-state.

Iran's parliament speaker says regional security threatened if Tehran cornered: TV

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:13
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Friday that security in the Middle East could be threatened if Tehran was further pressured by its arch foes Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Austria plans to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:07
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against Islamist ideology and foreign funding of religious groups.

Kim Jong Un impersonator says detained for hours at Singapore airport

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:50
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An Australian comedian known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was detained by Singapore's authorities on Friday and questioned about his political views.

South Korean media arrested for trespass in North Korean ambassador home in Singapore: police

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:35
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Two South Korean media staff were arrested for entering the residence of the North Korean ambassador to Singapore in a case of criminal trespass, the Singapore police said on Friday.

Red Cross pulls 71 foreign staff out of Yemen amid insecurity, threats

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:33
GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had pulled 71 international staff out of Yemen because of security incidents and threats, moving them to Djibouti.

Air strikes kill at least 38 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:11
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes on a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province have killed at least 38 people overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Ethiopia's prime minister replaces commanders in security reshuffle

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:53
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced the heads of two branches of the security services as he presses ahead with wide-ranging political and economic reforms.

South Africa's Zuma makes second court appearance on corruption charges

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:44
DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was ousted by his own party in February, arrived at the Durban High Court on Friday for his second appearance on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s.

Moscow and Washington discuss possible Putin-Trump meeting: RIA

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:42
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, RIA news agency reported on Friday citing a diplomatic source.

PM Orban flags big changes to Hungary's constitution: radio

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:24
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government will launch a major revision of the country's constitution in the autumn, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday.

Finland open to plans by ex-Angry Birds executive for China funding of Estonia tunnel: minister

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:18
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's government is open to plans by a former executive at the Angry Birds game maker Rovio who wants to seek Chinese funding for an undersea train tunnel to link Helsinki with the Estonian capital Tallinn, a minister said.

South Korea's President Moon to visit Russia, meet Putin, on June 23-25

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:14
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will visit Russia at the invitation of Russia's President Vladimir Putin from June 23 to 25, South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Friday.

Australia asks China to approve visit by foreign minister amid tension

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:02
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has asked China to approve a visit by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, a spokeswoman said on Friday, amid heightened diplomatic tension between the two trading partners.

Guatemala warns of falling ash as volcanic activity picks up

REUTERS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:00
SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (Reuters) - Guatemalan officials warned of falling ash from the Fuego volcano late on Thursday and urged caution with flights as the Central American country recovers from devastating eruptions that have killed at least 109 people.

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