Armenian president calls for dialogue amid protests against new PM

REUTERS - 19 min 24 sec ago
YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian President Armen Sarkissian on Thursday called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month.

Four Saudi security forces killed by gunmen in southern province

REUTERS - 43 min 51 sec ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Four members of Saudi Arabia's security forces were killed and four others wounded in clashes with gunmen on Thursday at a checkpoint in the southwestern Asir province, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said.

U.S. has 'concerns' about Turkey holding fair vote under state of emergency

REUTERS - 1 hour 8 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it had concerns about Turkey's ability to hold free and fair elections given the ongoing state of emergency, a day after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a snap vote on June 24.

Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as 'eSwatini'

REUTERS - 1 hour 44 min ago
MBABANE (Reuters) - Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini.

Chile's students launch first protest under Pinera administration

REUTERS - 1 hour 58 min ago
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Thousands of students marched in Chilean cities on Thursday to denounce what they say is profit-making in higher education, in the first major protest under the month-old administration of conservative President Sebastian Pinera.

Netanyahu says at least six states considering moving embassies to Jerusalem

REUTERS - 2 hours 12 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that "at least half a dozen" countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the U.S. decision to do so.

Soros foundations to quit Hungary amid political hostility

REUTERS - 2 hours 12 min ago
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - George Soros' Open Society Foundations will close their office in Budapest and move their eastern European operations to Berlin, Hungarian media cited Austria's Die Presse newspaper as saying on Thursday.

South Africa to charge Zuma's son over car crash death

REUTERS - 2 hours 14 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African prosecutors will charge former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane with homicide after a 2014 car crash that left one woman dead, a spokesman said on Thursday, reversing a previous decision not to do so.

Iraqi warplanes attack Islamic State positions in Syria

REUTERS - 2 hours 47 min ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi warplanes attacked an Islamic State explosives factory and other positions inside Syria on Thursday, Baghdad's military said, in a rare air assault across the border.

Ex-official at unit of Venezuela's PDVSA pleads guilty to money laundering

REUTERS - 2 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former official of a subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said.

North Korea seeks 'complete denuclearization,' Moon says; U.S. vows pressure

REUTERS - 3 hours 2 min ago
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

Cuba's new president vows to defend legacy of Castro revolution

REUTERS - 3 hours 14 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a sober speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy.

Italy's 5-Star sees chance of government deal with the League

REUTERS - 3 hours 16 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Thursday he saw the possibility of forming a coalition with the far-right League, but reiterated his refusal to work with its electoral allies.

Malta court rejects bid to release men accused of killing journalist

REUTERS - 3 hours 21 min ago
VALLETTA (Reuters) - Three men accused of the murder of an anti-corruption journalist six months ago must stay in prison until their trial, a Maltese magistrate ruled on Thursday.

U.S. official calls on Myanmar to free journalists

REUTERS - 3 hours 58 min ago
DHAKA (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Sam Brownback called on Thursday for the release of journalists jailed in Myanmar while covering the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims forced to flee a military crackdown.

Mourning Arabs fly Palestinian flags as Israel marks Independence Day

REUTERS - 4 hours 12 min ago
ATLIT, Israel/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Waving Palestinian flags and wearing T-shirts proclaiming Jerusalem to be "the eternal capital of Palestine," thousands of Israel's Arab minority turned out on Thursday for a rally to commemorate a war lost 70 years ago.

Key faction says will boycott rare Palestinian parliament session

REUTERS - 4 hours 23 min ago
GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian Liberation Organisation faction said on Thursday it would not attend a meeting of the most important Palestinian political congress in years, because it wants more factions to be included.

Police start security operation a month ahead of UK royal wedding

REUTERS - 4 hours 44 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Police in Windsor, where Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle next month, said on Thursday they had begun one of the biggest security operations in their history to ensure the event passes off safely.

Rare glimpse of Assad family ties to Russia in kids' stay at seaside camp

REUTERS - 5 hours 21 min ago
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - News that Russia hosted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a lavishly-rebuilt Black Sea summer camp in Crimea last year has given a rare glimpse into the personal lives of the Syrian president's family and his close relationship to Moscow.

Wolves to lambs: Finding God behind bars in El Salvador

REUTERS - 5 hours 44 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO GOTERA, El Salvador (Reuters) - Pastor Manuel Rivera's voice echoes through the crowded courtyard in the notorious San Francisco Gotera prison in El Salvador, as hardened criminals weep and bow their heads in prayer.

Cuba's new president vows to defend Castro revolutionary legacy

REUTERS - 6 hours 3 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a strident speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy.

Ukraine moves to split church from Russia as elections approach

REUTERS - 6 hours 13 min ago
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Orthodox church could become independent of Moscow under the terms of a presidential initiative lawmakers approved on Thursday, a move that President Petro Poroshenko said would make it harder for Russia to meddle in Ukrainian affairs.

Suspect in anti-Semitic attack in Berlin turns himself in

REUTERS - 6 hours 26 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police said on Thursday that a suspected perpetrator of an anti-Semitic attack had turned himself in after investigators managed to identify him with the help of witness accounts.

Nephew of former Yemeni president leads clashes against Houthi forces

REUTERS - 6 hours 36 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled their former Houthi allies on Thursday over control of a key outpost, marking the first such battle between the two sides since the veteran leader was killed last year.

North Korea seeks 'complete denuclearization', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

REUTERS - 6 hours 47 min ago
SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan

REUTERS - 7 hours 7 sec ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin oil major Rosneft .

Duterte's drugs war lieutenants get key posts in Philippine police reshuffle

REUTERS - 7 hours 3 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - Police at the helm of the Philippine war on drugs were given top posts in the national force on Thursday, indicating no let-up in a brutal crackdown that has caused international alarm, and defined Rodrigo Duterte's 21-month presidency.

Trouble in the family: UK's migrant embarrassment undermines Commonwealth reunion

REUTERS - 7 hours 7 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - As it prepares to leave the European Union, Britain's attempts to revitalize links with former colonies at a lavish summit in London have been overshadowed by outrage over Prime Minister Theresa May's treatment of Commonwealth migrants.

Cuba swears in Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Castro as president

REUTERS - 7 hours 21 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban Communist Party stalwart Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro as president on Thursday, a new chapter for the island after nearly sixty years of rule by the Castro brothers but a change that is aimed at preserving Cuban socialism.

Cuba parliament elects Diaz-Canel to replace Castro as president

REUTERS - 7 hours 47 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba lawmakers announced on Thursday they had elected the sole candidate Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as president on Thursday, marking a new chapter for the Communist-run island.

Britain's health minister faces investigation over luxury flats purchase

REUTERS - 7 hours 54 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is facing an investigation by a parliamentary watchdog over his failure to declare a property investment deal.

North Korea seeks 'complete denuclearisation', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

REUTERS - 8 hours 10 min ago
SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

Conservative candidate expected to win Paraguay presidency

REUTERS - 8 hours 16 min ago
ASUNCION (Reuters) - The son of a key figure in Paraguay's 1954-1989 dictatorship is expected to easily win the presidency in Sunday's election, but his party is projected to lose seats in Congress, complicating his business-friendly legislative agenda.

Under financial squeeze, fire-ravaged Russian mall cut costs

REUTERS - 8 hours 44 min ago
KEMEROVO, Russia (Reuters) - The company behind a Russian shopping mall where a fire recently killed 64 people, most of them children, had sought to slash costs amid financial losses according to interviews with former employees, their relatives, and owners of retail space in the mall.

France's CGT urges broader anti-Macron protests, other unions keep their distance

REUTERS - 9 hours 57 sec ago
PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-left CGT labor union sought to broaden resistance to hard-hitting economic reforms on Thursday, urging employees across the public sector to join striking railway workers in their showdown with President Emmanuel Macron.

Turkey's ruling party taunts opposition over early election

REUTERS - 9 hours 16 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president's 15-year hold on power.

Britain's lower house to debate EU customs union membership

REUTERS - 9 hours 23 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's lower house of parliament will debate staying in a customs union with the European Union next week, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit blueprint.

Angolans laugh a little louder as iron grip loosens

REUTERS - 9 hours 47 min ago
LUANDA (Reuters) - A front page complains that the city traffic lights do not work, audiences laugh a little louder at risky political gags, and a policeman admits mistakes were made. After decades of iron rule in Angola, there are signs of a softer touch.

U.S. hopes for success in talks with Europeans on 'fixing' Iran nuclear deal

REUTERS - 9 hours 51 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States hopes to reach agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address President Donald Trump's concerns about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington's disarmament ambassador said on Thursday.

Austrian doctor Asperger 'actively cooperated' with Nazis, study says

REUTERS - 9 hours 53 min ago
VIENNA (Reuters) - Hans Asperger, the Austrian paediatrician who pioneered research into autism and after whom Asperger syndrome is named, "actively cooperated" with a Nazi program under which disabled children were killed, an academic paper published on Thursday says.

Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

REUTERS - 9 hours 56 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another.

Berlin Tegel airport expects disruption from defusing of WW2 bomb

REUTERS - 10 hours 24 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's Tegel airport has warned passengers to expect disruption on Friday morning when a World War Two bomb discovered near the capital's central train station is defused.

Myanmar minister says conditions in Rohingya refugee camps 'very poor'

REUTERS - 10 hours 38 min ago
YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar minister expressed concerns on Thursday about "very poor conditions" in Rohingya refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, and said repatriation of the Muslim minority should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon season.

North seeks 'complete denuclearization', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

REUTERS - 10 hours 43 min ago
SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

Philippine-U.S. war games expanded to include Japan, Australia

REUTERS - 10 hours 56 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - Annual U.S.-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops will be expanded for the first time to include other countries, with Japanese and Australian forces invited to join what will be the 34th edition of the war games.

Kremlin says can't rule out further unfriendly U.S moves in future

REUTERS - 11 hours 5 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday it was hard to know whether the United States would continue to make unfriendly moves against Russia in the future and impose further sanctions.

EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017: stats office

REUTERS - 11 hours 14 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany taking in more than 60 percent.

China air force again circles Taiwan in 'sacred mission'

REUTERS - 11 hours 16 min ago
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Chinese aircraft have again flown around self-ruled Taiwan in what China's air force on Thursday called a "sacred mission", as Taiwan denounced its big neighbour over what it called a policy of military intimidation.

Nigerian police recover stolen parliamentary mace

REUTERS - 11 hours 17 min ago
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's police have recovered a ceremonial mace stolen from the country's parliament when at least three men burst onto the Senate floor and grabbed it while lawmakers looked on, police said on Thursday.

Britain's Labour Party tells financiers: pay higher taxes if you want influence

REUTERS - 11 hours 29 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition finance chief John McDonnell offered a new pact with the financial services industry on Thursday: higher taxes in return for a seat at the policymaking table if Labour wins the next election.

U.S. hopes for success in talks with Europeans on Iran nuclear deal

REUTERS - 11 hours 31 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United State is hopeful of reaching agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address U.S. concerns about the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a news conference in Geneva on Thursday.

EU says may impose more sanctions on Venezuela if democracy undermined

REUTERS - 11 hours 37 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union said on Thursday it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela if it believes democracy is being undermined there, after its president called for elections next month that the main opposition has said it will boycott.

Top Russian, NATO generals to discuss Syria, Europe in Baku: TASS

REUTERS - 12 hours 12 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia's military general staff, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Curtis Scaparrotti will meet on Thursday in Azerbaijan to discuss Syria, the TASS news agency reported, citing the Russian defense ministry.

South Korea's Moon says North seeking 'complete denuclearization'

REUTERS - 12 hours 23 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its desire for "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.

EU waves sanctions threat over Venezuela vote

REUTERS - 12 hours 36 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union warned on Thursday that it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela, threatening "appropriate measures" if democracy in Venezuela were undermined by elections to be held in a month's time.

Qatar joins Gulf war games in apparent compromise

REUTERS - 12 hours 54 min ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Qatari forces participated in joint military exercises that ended in Saudi Arabia this week, in an apparent sign of some compromise among U.S.-allied Arab states locked in a nearly year-long dispute.

Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes southern Iran, no casualties reported: TV

REUTERS - 13 hours 38 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Thursday struck Iran's southern province of Bushehr, which is home to a nuclear power plant, state television reported.

Ethiopia's new prime minister names new cabinet

REUTERS - 13 hours 43 min ago
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's new prime minister named a 29-strong cabinet on Thursday that included 10 new members.

China carries out low-key live fire drills after warning Taiwan

REUTERS - 13 hours 49 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has conducted live-fire military drills along its southeast coast after increasingly stern warnings by Beijing for neighboring Taiwan to toe the line, but the exercises were more low key than had been flagged in state media.

Saudi Arabia says two al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen

REUTERS - 13 hours 56 min ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Coalition-backed forces killed two al Qaeda militants in Yemen in a raid in the southern province of Abyan on Wednesday, the Saudi government media office said.

As Macron heads to U.S., 'strong relationship' with Trump under test

REUTERS - 13 hours 58 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - When France's ambassador to Washington told American officials last July that he was heading to Paris and would shortly see President Emmanuel Macron, one of them handed him a copy of the New York Times.

Japan contemplates post-Abe world, but rivals' positions still murky

REUTERS - 14 hours 8 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Rivals are jockeying to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the embattled Japanese leader struggles with sinking support, but so far none have offered detailed policy alternatives to his "strong defense, strong economy" platform.

Jihadists given 48 hours to surrender enclave near Damascus: report

REUTERS - 14 hours 31 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have been given 48 hours to agree to withdraw from an enclave they control south of Damascus, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan reported on Thursday.

Hundreds flee homes as 4.4 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

REUTERS - 14 hours 42 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, rescue officials said on Thursday. The 4.4 magnitude quake hit the Banjarnegara district of Central Java late on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring more than 20.

Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border

REUTERS - 14 hours 45 min ago
AGRI, Turkey (Reuters) - On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

India's top court rejects calls for probe into judge's death

REUTERS - 15 hours 5 min ago
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against a top political aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage denied bail

REUTERS - 15 hours 6 min ago
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A court in Cambodia on Thursday declined to grant bail to two journalists who have been charged with espionage for filing news reports to a U.S.-funded radio station.

Kyrgyzstan cabinet loses confidence vote

REUTERS - 15 hours 58 min ago
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted to express no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Sapar Isakov on Thursday, a move that will most likely force the cabinet to step down.

Cuba set to swear in new president to replace Raul Castro

REUTERS - 16 hours 11 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - An era will end in Communist-run Cuba on Thursday when President Raul Castro retires, likely handing over the reins to his right hand man Miguel Diaz-Canel, born the year after brothers Fidel and Raul led their 1959 leftist revolution.

Korean Air headquarters raided in probe into 'nut rage' sister: Yonhap

REUTERS - 18 hours 35 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police raided Korean Air Lines headquarters in Seoul on Thursday as part of a probe into the youngest daughter of the airline's chairman, Yonhap News Agency said.

Korean Air office raided in probe into 'nut rage' sister: Yonhap

REUTERS - 19 hours 8 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police on Thursday raided the office of Korean Air Lines in Seoul as part of a probe into the youngest daughter of the airline's chairman, Yonhap News Agency said.

Despite strikes, Syria's Assad can still wage chemical attacks: U.S. sources

REUTERS - 19 hours 12 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. assessments following the U.S., British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, four U.S. officials told Reuters.

Ecuador opens probe of ex-President Correa over debt operations

REUTERS - 19 hours 57 min ago
QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's state prosecutors' office said on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation of former President Rafael Correa and 10 former officials for alleged mismanagement of public debt during the last five years of his administration.

China carries out live fire drills, unclear if aimed at Taiwan

REUTERS - 20 hours 1 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military has conducted live-fire drills along the country's southeastern coastline, state television reported, but it was unclear if these were the same exercises that had been flagged as taking place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

Trump hopes for successful North Korea summit, but warns he could walk away

REUTERS - 21 hours 5 min ago
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he hoped an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be successful after a recent visit to Pyongyang by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but warned he would call it off if he did not think it would produce results.

Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map

REUTERS - 22 hours 5 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France meet on Thursday to try to work out a common position on reforming the euro zone, a sensitive issue that is testing the new government in Berlin just a month after it took office.

Jailed Lula's likely heir tries to keep Brazil's left together

REUTERS - 22 hours 18 min ago
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The most likely political heir to jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insists the leftist leader is still the Workers Party's candidate for the October elections, but he is preparing to step into the role.

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban, public screenings start Friday

REUTERS - 23 hours 6 min ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

North Korea to hold plenary meeting of party central committee on Friday: KCNA

REUTERS - 23 hours 9 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party's central committee on Friday, state media KCNA said on Thursday.

British PM May pays tribute to Queen's dedication to Commonwealth

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:45
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth for leading the Commonwealth with "service, dedication and constancy" as she thanks her for opening her homes to welcome leaders from across the world this week.

Basque separatist group ETA to announce final dissolution in May: media

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:04
MADRID (Reuters) - The Basque militant group ETA will announce its final dissolution early next month, the public television station ETB reported on Wednesday night.

Bitcoin heist suspect flees Iceland on flight carrying PM: state broadcaster

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:49
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - An Icelandic man arrested on suspicion of stealing about 600 computers used to mine the cryptocurrency Bitcoin escaped prison and fled the country on a commercial flight to Sweden, Icelandic state broadcaster RUV said on Wednesday.

Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; lawmakers vote on successor

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:33
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Raul Castro was just hours away from retiring as president after parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as his replacement on Wednesday, a shift that will usher in the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Venezuela says it will restore diplomatic ties with Spain

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:20
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Wednesday it will normalize relations with Spain and that the two countries will restore ambassadors after a spat in January that followed European Union sanctions against the South American nation.

Portugal government, opposition agree to cooperate after feud

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:15
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's Socialist government and the main opposition Social Democrats agreed on Wednesday to cooperate on some reforms and funding plans, in a deal that may reduce the government's dependence on its hard-left allies.

Trump hails Pompeo-Kim meeting, says North Korea summit plans advancing

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:10
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that preparations were advancing for a first-ever summit with North Korea after CIA director Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and formed a "good relationship" with its leader Kim Jong Un.

Exclusive: Pakistan TV channel returning to air after negotiations with military - sources

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:09
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan's largest TV station has been allowed back on the air at some major cable operators after negotiating with the military over demands it make changes in political coverage, two officials who work for the channel's media group told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ecuador to halt ELN peace talk support as long as rebels keep up attacks

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:47
QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Wednesday his country will suspend its role as a guarantor country at peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels as long as the guerrillas continue attacks.

Judiciary won't influence outcome of Pakistan's general election: interior minister

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:26
LONDON (Reuters) - Pressure from Pakistan's judiciary won't influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair.

Italy's 5-Star sets ultimatum to League amid government gridlock

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:08
ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Wednesday challenged the far-right League to abandon its electoral allies by the end of this week and form a joint government, as talks to end Italy's post-election deadlock floundered.

U.N. team fired upon in Syria while visiting suspected chemical sites

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:06
THE HAGUE/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. security team came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in.

Libya eyes fuel marking, boat seizures, to counter fuel smuggling

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:34
TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) is considering using a chemical marking system to help trace oil products smuggled out of the country, its chairman said on Wednesday.

Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; successor proposed

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:21
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Raul Castro moved closer to retiring as president on Wednesday as the country's parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace him, in a shift that will usher in the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Italy's Berlusconi says has never put a veto on 5-Star

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:18
ROME (Reuters) - Conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday he had never ruled out the possibility of governing with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which is refusing to enter a coalition with him.

Zimbabwe fires 16,000 striking nurses for 'politically motivated' move

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:57
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe said it had sacked 16,000 striking nurses as the new government seeks to keep a lid on labor unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe.

Cuba says Canada's withdrawal of diplomat families unjustified

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:54
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Wednesday Canada's decision to withdraw the families of diplomats posted at its embassy due to mysterious illnesses that have affected both its staff and that of the U.S. embassy in Havana was "lacking justification."

India's Modi: rape is a matter of shame for the country

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:44
LONDON (Reuters) - Rape is rape and should not be politicized, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, adding that recent sexual assaults were a matter of shame for the nation.

British PM May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament's upper house

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:40
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit.

Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban president

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:47
HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Diaz-Canel was proposed in Cuba's parliament on Wednesday as the sole candidate to replace Raul Castro as president, which will make him the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Prime minister May loses Brexit legislation vote in upper parliamentary House

REUTERS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:40
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit.



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