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Brazil Supreme Court releases former billionaire Batista from jail

2 hours 11 min ago
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes ordered the release from jail of former mining and oil magnate Eike Batista, once the country's richest man, ahead of his trial on corruption charges, the court said on Friday.

EU leaders unite on Brexit demands, for now

2 hours 35 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will endorse a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit on Saturday, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity, but well aware that may start to fray once negotiations begin.

Brazil's Temer deplores violent protests, says to press ahead with reforms

3 hours 11 min ago
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Michel Temer deplored violent clashes in Rio de Janeiro during a national strike on Friday but said his government would press ahead with its agenda of reforms aimed at balancing the budget.

Pope to celebrate Mass in Cairo military stadium

3 hours 36 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in a military stadium on Saturday, the last of a two-day visit to Cairo where he has called for leaders of all faiths to reject religious violence and denounce intolerance.

Two arrested on charges of illegal exports to Russia get time served

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:41
(Reuters) - Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said.

Macedonia 'playing with fire,' former peace envoy warns

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:30
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Nationalists in Macedonia are "playing with fire" in refusing to relinquish power and the European Union should consider halting its accession process in order to break a dangerous deadlock, said the former envoy who helped avert civil war in the Balkan country.

France's Macron urges 'morally weak' rivals to unite against Le Pen

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:24
CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron launched a scathing attack on Friday against politicians who have failed to endorse him against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, saying they were making France "morally weak" and pandering to extremists.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile: Yonhap

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:16
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported citing South Korea's military.

Car bomb kills four police near foreign media area in Baghdad

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:02
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four Iraqi traffic policemen were killed on Friday when a suicide car bomb blew up outside their station, close to a street where several foreign media have offices in Baghdad, a security spokesman said.

Major earthquake hits off Philippines, risk of hazardous waves: PTWC

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:55
(Reuters) - A major earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Friday, raising the risk of tsunami waves as far away as Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Venezuelan opposition activists march to Leopoldo Lopez' jail

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:02
LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hundreds of activists marched on Friday to the hilltop jail of Venezuela's best-known detained opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in the latest of a month of protests against the socialist government.

EU to say united Ireland would be automatic full member

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:09
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders at a Brexit summit on Saturday will give a formal undertaking to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland in the EU if a referendum unites the island, diplomats said on Friday.

Albanian split deepens as Socialists force through election of president

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:46
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's Socialist party used its majority in parliament to force through the election of a new president of the Balkan country on Friday, leaving its politics polarized as the opposition maintains a two-month-old boycott.

Libya captures two oil-smuggling tankers after firefight

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:27
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the service said on Friday.

Turkey says Austria should turn back from 'wrong policy' on Turkey's EU accession

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:22
ANKARA (Reuters) - Austria should turn back from its "wrong policy" regarding Turkey's talks of joining the European Union, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

U.S. renews Belarus sanctions relief

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday extended sanctions relief for Belarus for another six months, continuing a policy begun during the Obama administration meant to encourage a country traditionally in Russia's orbit to turn to the West.

South Korea paying for THAAD 'impossible': presidential frontrunner's aide

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:58
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option," a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday.

U.S. forces to monitor situation along Syria-Turkey border: YPG commander

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:22
DARBASIYA, Syria (Reuters) - A commander of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Friday U.S. forces would begin monitoring the situation along the Syria-Turkey frontier after cross-border fire between the Turkish military and YPG this week.

London terrorism suspect was on Gaza flotilla ship in 2010: sources

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:07
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act on Thursday, carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office, was on a ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, sources familiar with the investigation have told Reuters.

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. special forces troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday could have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.

THAAD to have initial operational capability 'very soon': Pentagon

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. anti-missile defense system being deployed to South Korea will have initial operational capability "very soon," a Pentagon spokesman told reporters on Friday.

Bloodied Macedonian leftist expects to form government despite protests

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:34
SKOPJE (Reuters) - A day after protesters stormed Macedonia's parliament and left him with blood running down his face, Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev said on Friday he was confident of forming a government despite vehement opposition from nationalists.

Secretary of State Tillerson urges U.N. to act 'before North Korea does'

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the threat of an attack by Pyongyang against Japan and South Korea is real and urged the U.N. Security Council to act "before North Korea does."

Pope says religious leaders must unite to defeat "barbarity"

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:51
CAIRO (Reuters) - Leaders of all faiths should unite in renouncing religious extremism and counter the "barbarity of those who foment hatred and violence," Pope Francis said on Friday at the start of a two-day visit to Cairo.

Montenegro parliament ratifies NATO membership accord

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:41
PODGORICA (Reuters) - Montenego's parliament ratified the country's membership agreement with NATO on Friday, taking the tiny former Yugoslav republic one step closer to becoming the 29th member of the Atlantic alliance.

Tanzania sacks 9,900 civil servants over 'fake degrees'

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:29
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.

China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point'

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:23
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions.

Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:07
INKHIL, Syria (Reuters) - Leaping over bombed roofs and jumping through damaged window frames, a group of teenagers run and swing their way through buildings left dilapidated by six years of war in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil.

Asia weighs risk and reward in Trump's 'bromance' with China's Xi

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:19
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's warm words for Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a "good man" will reassure Beijing that he finally understands the importance of good ties, but risks leaving America's regional allies puzzling over where they fit into the new order.

Croatia junior government partner to quit, snap election possible

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:03
ZAGREB (Reuters) - The junior partner in Croatia's ruling centre-right coalition said on Friday it was quitting the government over a row with the prime minister, raising the prospect of a possible snap election.

Lost Taiwan hiker says didn't give up hope in tragic 47-day Nepal ordeal

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:51
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Taiwan hiker rescued 47 days after disappearing in the foothills of the Himalayas and just days after his girlfriend died is recovering well in hospital in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, his doctor said on Friday.

South China Sea code with Beijing must be legally binding: ASEAN chief

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:11
MANILA (Reuters) - A maritime code of conduct between Southeast Asia and China must be legally binding to put a stop to "unilateral actions" in the South China Sea, because a previous commitment to play fair had been ignored, the ASEAN secretary general said on Friday.

Brazil cities paralyzed by nationwide strike against austerity

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:03
SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Nationwide strikes led by Brazilian unions to protest President Michel Temer's austerity measures crippled public transport in several major cities early on Friday across this continent-sized nation, while factories, businesses and schools closed.

German airlines scrap post-Germanwings two-person cockpit rule

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:59
BERLIN (Reuters) - German airlines will scrap by June 1 a rule that two people must be in the cockpit of a plane at all times, introduced after the Germanwings crash of March 2015, the BDL airline association said on Friday.

Israel planning 15,000 more settlement homes in Jerusalem

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:38
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, the Housing Ministry said on Friday despite U.S. President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

U.S.-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:30
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.

Le Pen's father says gay marriage 'exalted' in ceremony for dead policeman

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:10
PARIS (Reuters) - The commemoration ceremony for the policeman killed by an attacker in Paris last week "exalted" the concept of gay marriage, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's father said on Friday, courting controversy for his daughter's campaign.

How North Korea gets its oil from China: lifeline in question at U.N. meeting

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:58
BEIJING (Reuters) - As the United Nations Security Council decides whether to tighten the sanctions screws on North Korea, the country's increasingly isolated government could lose a lifeline provided by state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC).

Iran's Rouhani, presidential rivals face off in pre-election debate

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:38
ANKARA (Reuters) - The main hardline conservative challenger in the race for Iran's May 19 presidential election and three other candidates will take on President Hassan Rouhani over his economic record in a televised debate on Friday.

EU on course to renew Russia sanctions barring Le Pen election win

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:14
VALLETTA (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to renew economic sanctions against Russia when they expire at the end of July, encouraged by U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpectedly frosty relations with Moscow, EU diplomats and officials said.

Merkel, Putin to discuss G20, Syria, Ukraine in Sochi on Tuesday

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:56
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi next Tuesday to prepare the upcoming G20 summit in July and discuss geopolitical conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

Erdogan says Turkey retaliating against 'serious' mortar fire on Syria border

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:23
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey's southern border region with Syria had come under serious mortar fire over the last two days and Turkish forces were retaliating as necessary.

Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:52
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that South Korea could pay for an advanced U.S. missile defense system could test the strength of the alliance between Seoul and Washington at a time of rising tensions with North Korea, analysts said on Friday.

British police say thwart active terrorism plot after woman shot

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:03
LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Friday they had thwarted an active terrorism plot after a woman was shot during an armed raid on a house in north London.

Le Pen's replacement turns down party role amid Holocaust controversy

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:26
PARIS (Reuters) - The man designated to replace French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen as head of the far-right National Front party has refused the job and will focus on defending himself against allegations he made questionable comments about the Holocaust, National Front member Louis Aliot said on Friday.

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:22
CAIRO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt's ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out.

EU tries to move beyond insults with Turkey

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:17
VALLETTA (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to end an ugly spat with Turkey on Friday despite deep unease about Ankara's future under President Tayyip Erdogan, whose sweeping new powers and crackdown on opponents appear to have ended the country's EU ambitions.

Half of Scots don't want independence vote before Brexit: YouGov poll

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:05
LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly half of Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom before it leaves the European Union, according to a YouGov poll published in The Times newspaper on Friday.

Hungary PM says second border fence to keep out migrants finished

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:28
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary has completed a second fence along its border with Serbia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, adding that the European Union should be less critical of Turkey when it relies so heavily on Ankara's cooperation to stem the flow of migrants.

Knights of Malta draw battle lines after clash with pope

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:16
ROME (Reuters) - They will not be drawing swords like their predecessors did 1,000 years ago, but battle lines have been drawn between conservatives and reformers in the Knights of Malta, the Catholic chivalric order and global charity.

Malaysia PM warns uneven growth could fuel extremism, instability in SE Asia

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:41
MANILA (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday warned that Southeast Asian countries needed to ensure their economic growth was inclusive, or risk marginalized populations turning to violent extremism or even overturning political systems.

Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:03
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban says its annual spring offensive will be a mix of conventional, guerrilla and suicide attacks on Afghan and foreign forces, underlining the challenges facing the U.S. administration as it weighs its options in Afghanistan.

Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

Exclusive: Trump vows to fix or scrap South Korea trade deal, wants missile system payment

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday he will either renegotiate or terminate what he called a "horrible" free trade deal with South Korea and said Seoul should pay for a U.S. anti-missile system that he priced at $1 billion.

Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

South Korea has not received U.S. requests on renegotiation of free trade pact: finmin official

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:08
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has not yet received official requests on renegotiation of its free trade pact with the United States, a senior finance ministry official said on Friday, after President Donald Trump told Reuters he would "renegotiate or terminate" it.

Pena Nieto, Trudeau to remain in close contact over NAFTA: Mexico

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 03:43
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on Thursday about the NAFTA trade deal and agreed there was an opportunity to update the accord to the mutual benefit of all signatories, the Mexican government said.

Exclusive: Trump spurns Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 03:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea.

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 03:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.

London police shoot one, arrest four in counter-terrorism operation

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:33
(Reuters) - British police said officers shot a woman and arrested four other people in London and nearby Kent during a counter-terrorism investigation on Thursday.

Chinese navy conducts more drills in Western Pacific

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:27
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's navy has again sailed through the Miyako Strait that lies between two Japanese islands and carried out drills in the Western Pacific, state news agency Xinhua said.

Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 01:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump's administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight.

Germany to ban civil servants, judges, soldiers from wearing full-face veil

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:02
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament agreed to a draft law on Thursday that will prevent civil servants, judges and soldiers in Germany from wearing full-face veils at work.

U.S. House may vote within days on tighter North Korea sanctions

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as soon as next week on legislation to toughen sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state, congressional aides said on Thursday.

In Yemen conflict, a window into deepening U.S.-Gulf ties

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greeted Saudi Arabia's foreign minister at the Pentagon last month, the first thing he did was joke about the time "the Iranians tried to murder you."

France's Le Pen says wants 'happy' Europe

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 22:50
NICE, France (Reuters) - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Thursday she wanted to replace the "grey" European Union by a "happy Europe," in a speech that focused on her plans to build back border checks, but did not mention her anti-euro stance.

Germany confirms cyber attacks on political party think tanks

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top cyber official on Thursday confirmed said his agency was aware of computer attacks on two foundations tied to Germany's ruling coalition parties for some time, and was helping the think tanks analyze what happened.

Venezuelans entering Colombia must get migrant card

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:34
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelans who regularly cross into Colombia to work, study or shop must apply for a special migratory card to ease their passage, the Colombian government said on Thursday.

Germany probes abuse of fatally injured Egyptian woman after car accident

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:22
BERLIN (Reuters) - Prosecutors investigating the driver of a car that ran over and fatally injured an Egyptian woman in eastern Germany say they are also now pursuing a man who witnesses say hurled racial abuse at the victim after the accident.The 22-year-old student, identified only as Shaden M., died in hospital on April 18, three days after the accident in the city of Cottbus, and the driver is being investigated for possibly causing death by negligence, Horst Nothbaum, spokesman for the pros

No sign of terrorism in Berlin shooting incident, police say

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:09
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German police officer shot and wounded a man who threatened another officer with a weapon in the car park of a Berlin hospital on Thursday, but the incident did not appear related to terrorism, a police spokesman said.

Protesters storm into Macedonia parliament, Social Democratic leader injured -witnesses

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:28
SKOPJE (Reuters) - Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and the leader of the Social Democrats was injured in a fistfight on Thursday after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker, witnesses said.

At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:27
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it faces a veto by Moscow.

Final results show 51.4 percent supported expanding Erdogan powers: Turkish electoral board

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:17
ANKARA (Reuters) - Final results from Turkey's referendum on expanding President Tayyip Erdogan's powers showed 51.4 percent support for the "Yes" vote to approve the constitutional changes, the High Electoral Board said on Thursday.

Russian police search office of Kremlin critic's foundation

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:05
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Thursday searched the Moscow offices of a pro-democracy movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky which is calling for big anti-government protests on Saturday, activists said.

No need to worry about health of Nigeria's Buhari: spokesman

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:01
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's doctors have advised him to take things slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed illness, and there is no need to worry about his health, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Italian minister says painting NGOs as migrant traffickers is a lie

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:29
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's justice minister said on Thursday it was "a lie" to paint humanitarian ships saving migrants in the Mediterranean as criminals, responding to a Sicilian prosecutor who has repeatedly suggested some are colluding with Libyan smugglers.

Pope to visit Egypt as Copts face Islamic State campaign

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:23
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Karam Nassif fled his home in Egypt's North Sinai this year after his name appeared on a Christian hit-list circulated by Islamic State. Fearing for their safety after this month's twin church bombings, his family now wants to leave the country.

Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North Korea

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:06
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on North Korea and other countries to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 7.7 million due to drought

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:55
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The number of Ethiopians who need food aid owing to drought has surged by more than two million from 5.6 million at the beginning of the year, an official said on Thursday.

Philippines says completes scientific survey in disputed sea

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:39
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical map of disputed area, a top security official said on Thursday.

Syria's Assad says Israel 'supporting terrorists' by striking his army

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:37
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a Venezuelan television interview broadcast on Thursday that Israeli military strikes on his army showed Israel was "supporting terrorists" in Syria, state-run Syrian media reported.

Jets bomb two hospitals in Syria's Idlib: medics, witnesses

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:04
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jets believed to be Russian or Syrian hit two hospitals in rebel-held Idlib province on Thursday following several other strikes on medical facilities in northwestern Syria in recent weeks, residents, medical workers and activists said.

Iran's Rouhani defends his economic record ahead of May election

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 17:31
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended his economic record on Thursday, three weeks ahead of Iran's presidential election, and called for further engagement with other countries as the key to economic growth.

Exclusive: U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 17:11
YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.

'End the injustice!': Plea by Venezuelan official's son stirs nation

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:55
CARACAS (Reuters) - The son of Venezuela's pro-government human rights ombudsman has surprised the crisis-struck nation by publicly calling on his father to end "injustice" amid major protests against the leftist administration.

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

North Korea opens door a crack to welcome U.N. disability expert

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:14
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has agreed to a visit by the U.N. expert on the human rights of people with disabilities, the United Nations said on Thursday, a minor concession after years of criticism of Pyongyang's record from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

British police arrest man reportedly with knife near UK ministries

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:05
LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Thursday a man had been arrested and armed officers were seen on Whitehall, the street home to numerous government ministries in central London, with a BBC reporter saying two knives had been seen.

European rights body calls on Hungary to suspend laws on NGOs, universities

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:28
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly has called on Hungary to suspend a debate in the country's parliament of bills which tighten rules on non-governmental organizations and foreign universities.

Kremlin says report that Putin will meet Trump in May is 'wishful thinking'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:08
(Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that a media report that President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump were to meet in May was "wishful thinking".

Philippine leader unfazed by ICC murder complaint, vows no let-up in drugs war

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:00
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he was willing to face the music for his war on drugs and a complaint filed with the International Criminal Court would not stop him pursuing his bloody campaign.

Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants: sources

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:58
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil.

No hiding place: China releases street names of fugitives holed up abroad

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:32
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top anti-graft watchdog on Thursday released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, as China ramps up pressure on corruption suspects who have fled overseas.

French riot police clash with youths protesting election

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:22
PARIS (Reuters) - French riot police clashed with youths in central Paris on Thursday when a demonstration against far right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron turned violent.

Turkey's Erdogan to be named candidate for AKP leadership on May 21: official

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:17
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party will name President Tayyip Erdogan as a candidate for its leadership at an extraordinary congress on May 21, a senior AKP official said on Thursday.

Togo-flagged ship collides with Russian vessel, 78 evacuated: Turkish official

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:59
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Togo-flagged ship collided with a Russian intelligence vessel near Turkey's Black Sea Coast on Thursday, and some 78 crew members had been evacuated from the Russian ship, a Turkish coastal safety official told Reuters.

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricity

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:28
GAZA (Reuters) - With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade.

German police arrest German soldier suspected of planning attack

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:24
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have arrested an army officer suspected of planning an attack, the prosecutor's office in the city of Frankfurt said on Thursday, giving no details on the potential target, motive or weapons he had planned to use.

EU 27 negotiators show unity as they discuss guidelines for Brexit talks

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:14
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union negotiators displayed unity as they met on Thursday to discuss guidelines for divorce talks with Britain, seeking to forestall differences that could emerge at a later stage of talks.

Libya lacks plan to prevent more migrants crossing to Europe - EU officials

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:09
VALETTA (Reuters) - Libya's U.N-backed government has no clear plan to help prevent more migrants reaching Europe's shores this summer, European Union officials said on Thursday, citing confused requests for equipment to patrol its shores.