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South Korean chat app becomes new outlet for #MeToo movement

REUTERS - 54 min 23 sec ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - A chat app where South Koreans can anonymously dish the dirt on their misbehaving bosses and colleagues is belatedly stirring the country’s #MeToo movement, shedding new light on sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture.

Colombia boosts security after looting at stores with ties to FARC

REUTERS - 1 hour 18 min ago
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian armed forces on Wednesday stepped up security after mobs broke windows and stole food at 16 supermarkets in Bogota and other cities that the government said are a front for hiding assets of former FARC rebels.

Indonesian president puts off signing law protecting parliament

REUTERS - 1 hour 23 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has delayed signing a draft law that would allow parliament to crack down on criticism aimed at its members or the legislature, suggesting it could undermine the quality of the country's democracy.

Amnesty says Rohingya crisis consequence of society 'encouraged to hate'

REUTERS - 1 hour 42 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Germany suspends visas for Cambodian government members over crackdown

REUTERS - 2 hours 30 min ago
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Germany said on Thursday it has suspended preferential visas for private travel by members of Cambodia's government, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, following a government crackdown on the opposition.

Explosive device thrown at U.S. embassy building in Montenegro

REUTERS - 2 hours 33 min ago
PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unknown person threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.

Greek parliament decides to probe politicians in alleged drug bribery case

REUTERS - 2 hours 52 min ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament voted early on Thursday to set up a committee that will investigate politicians, including former prime ministers, over allegations of bribery by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Australian leader to raise China, Trans-Pacific trade deal in Trump talks

REUTERS - 3 hours 13 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's rising power and a resurgent trans-Pacific trade pact will be at the top of the agenda when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Washington this week, an Australian official said on Thursday.

Explosive device thrown at U.S.embassy building in Montenegro: report

REUTERS - 3 hours 28 min ago
PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unknown man threw an explosive device at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, media in the city said.

South Korea splurges on sister of Kim Jong Un; drops his name from border broadcasts

REUTERS - 4 hours 32 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea spent around 240 million won ($223,237) on the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and her entourage during their three-day visit for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a government official said on Thursday.

Venezuela evangelical candidate pushes Christian values in midst of crisis

REUTERS - 5 hours 34 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan evangelical pastor who is running for president said on Wednesday that religious leaders have earned the right to enter politics in Latin America due to the failure of politicians in the region, where Protestant candidates are on the rise.

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

REUTERS - 5 hours 45 min ago
DHAKA/BHASAN CHAR/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.

UK improves offer to return devolved powers after Brexit, Scotland wants more

REUTERS - 6 hours 39 min ago
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain's government has made a "considerable offer" to ensure all devolved powers transfer back to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after Brexit, it said on Thursday, but a Scottish minister said it was not enough.

U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia

REUTERS - 6 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyber attack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act.

Nigeria rescues 76 schoolgirls after Boko Haram attack, others missing

REUTERS - 7 hours 35 min ago
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.

South Korea's Moon says relations with U.S. are 'rock solid': media

REUTERS - 7 hours 40 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said relations with the United States are "rock solid" and "as strong and robust as ever" in a media interview, as his administration gears up for a possible summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In Chavez-era throwback, Venezuela seizes part of a golf course

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:52
CARABALLEDA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have seized part of a coastal golf course in a move reviving memories of late leader Hugo Chavez's threats against the "bourgeoisie" but angering residents who worry officials' plan to build a school there will be abandoned.

Nigerian military rescues 76 schoolgirls after Boko Haram attack: residents

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:43
ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.

At least 44 die in Peru after bus plunges into ravine

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:35
LIMA (Reuters) - At least 44 people died in Peru on Wednesday when a bus hurtled some 100 meters into a ravine in the mountainous south in the country's second major bus crash this year, a local official said.

Israeli intelligence helped Australia stop airliner attack: Netanyahu

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:42
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Israeli intelligence services had prevented the downing of an "Australian airliner" as part of wide-ranging international intelligence-sharing but gave no details.

Ivanka Trump to meet South Korea's Moon on Olympics trip: official

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday as part of a weekend trip to lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Latvia's reputation at stake after corruption allegations

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:20
RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia's central bank chief has been suspended pending an investigation into bribery allegations, and the Baltic country's third biggest bank has sought emergency support following U.S. accusations of money-laundering and sanctions-busting.

Argentine truckers block capital streets to protest Macri reforms

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:12
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine truck drivers paralyzed parts of Buenos Aires, throwing up road blocks in some of the city's busiest downtown neighborhoods, in a protest on Wednesday against President Mauricio Macri's market-friendly economic policies.

Ahmadinejad calls for 'free' elections in Iran in letter to Supreme Leader

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:10
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose 2009 re-election prompted mass unrest over alleged vote rigging, has called for "free" presidential and parliamentary elections in an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Russia resists Western bid to condemn Iran at U.N. over Yemen arms

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:54
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council should not condemn Iran in a resolution to renew sanctions on Yemen, Russia's U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday, resisting a Western bid to denounce Tehran for failing to stop Yemen's Houthi group getting its missiles.

Merkel ally blasts foreign minister for questioning NATO target

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:18
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany risks losing international credibility if it retreats from its commitment to increase military spending towards the NATO target, a key member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Wednesday.

U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:09
TIRANA (Reuters) - The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia.

Russia bans another Kremlin critic's website before election

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:58
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities have blocked a news website sponsored by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky less than a month before a presidential election, according to a block list available on the Russian communications regulator's website.

Leaders to discuss EU money, top jobs after Brexit

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:51
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Money and top jobs will be the main topics of an informal summit of 27 European Union leaders on Friday, as the bloc tries to deal with the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU in 2019.

Bahrain rights activist jailed for five years for 'insulting' tweets

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:42
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for criticizing Saudi Arabia's air strikes in Yemen and accusing Bahrain's prison authorities of torture, his lawyer and fellow activists said.

Venezuela opposition to boycott 'fraudulent' presidential vote

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:40
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition coalition said on Wednesday it would not be able to participate in a "fraudulent, illegitimate" presidential election on April 22 due to unfair conditions created by President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Hungary slides deeper down corruption index, watchdog says

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:15
BERLIN (Reuters) - Hungary slid further down the global corruption league table this year, continuing a downward trend under rightwing leader Viktor Orban, who has exerted control over the courts and the media, watchdog Transparency International said on Tuesday.

Erdogan's AKP says to ally with nationalists for 2019 elections

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:06
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition on Wednesday said they formally agreed to an electoral alliance, a move aimed at ensuring Tayyip Erdogan will secure the required 50 percent in a 2019 presidential election.

Switzerland imposes sanctions on allies of Congo's Kabila

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:55
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Switzerland imposed sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans on 14 allies of Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday amid a worsening political crisis linked to his refusal to step down.

At least 15 dead in air strike in northern Yemen: residents

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:52
DUBAI (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition air strike in northern Yemen, residents said.

EU guidelines on future British relations due in March, with or without London's input

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:51
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will issue guidelines for chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in March on the future relationship he should negotiate with Britain, regardless of whether London clarifies what it wants, a senior EU official said on Wednesday.

Sinn Fein leader says UK does not have plan for restoring Northern Ireland's government

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:45
LONDON (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Wednesday that the British government does not have a plan for restoring Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration after holding talks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

French opposition leader Wauquiez under fire over taped comments

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:41
PARIS (Reuters) - French right-wing opposition leader Laurent Wauquiez came under fire on Wednesday for taped comments in which he sniped at politicians in his own camp and government, often using rough language, prompting a senior party member to quit.

Prosecutor calls Maldives' extension of state of emergency unconstitutional: sources, media

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:29
MALE (Reuters) - The extension of a state of emergency in the Maldives was unconstitutional, the country's prosecutor general has said, according to two sources and local media said on Wednesday.

Macron's EU debate idea gains momentum after Poland joins in

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:15
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron has won support from 25 of the EU's remaining 27 states for his idea to hold democratic debates on the future of Europe later this year, with Hungary and the Netherlands still needing convincing, a French official said.

Israeli judge extends Bezeq CEO police detention another 6 days

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:57
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli judge ordered the chief executive of Bezeq Israel Telecom to remain in police custody for another six days on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the country's largest telecoms group.

U.S.-led air strike in Somalia kills three al Shabaab militants: statement

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Monday killed three members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lebanon tribunal hears motion to dismiss charges against Hariri murder suspects

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:44
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Wednesday asked judges at an international tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri to reject a motion for early dismissal of charges against two of the four suspects.

Maldives prosecutor general says extension to state of emergency is unconstitutional: sources, media

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:33
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Maldives Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham has said parliament's approval of a 30-day extension to the state of emergency is unconstitutional, two sources and local media said on Wednesday.

Greek parliament debates whether to probe politicians in drug bribery case

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:29
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament started debate on Wednesday on whether to investigate 10 politicians, including former prime ministers, over allegations of bribery by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Swedish 'laser man' killer handed life sentence by German court

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:09
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - One of Sweden's most notorious criminals was sentenced to life in prison by a German court on Wednesday for a murder he was convicted of having committed in Frankfurt more than 25 years ago.

At least 22 die in Peru after bus plunges into ravine

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:35
LIMA (Reuters) - At least 22 people died in Peru on Wednesday when a bus hurtled some 100 meters into a ravine in the mountainous south in the country's second major bus crash this year, a local official said.

Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: defense

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:31
YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said.

Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:26
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

Vatican child abuse investigator undergoing surgery in Santiago

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:24
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Vatican investigator sent to Chile by Pope Francis to interview sex abuse victims was undergoing gallbladder surgery after being hospitalized on Wednesday, church officials confirmed.

Spanish Supreme Court orders arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:19
MADRID/ZURICH (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region's independence push.

Vatican special child abuse investigator hospitalized in Santiago

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:51
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Vatican investigator sent to Santiago by Pope Francis to interview sex abuse victims has been hospitalized with an undisclosed health problem, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:44
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier.

Behind walls of his mansion, Zimbabwe's Mugabe turns 94

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:40
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former ruler Robert Mugabe observed his 94th birthday in private behind the walls of his Harare mansion on Wednesday, without the lavish parties that marked the occasion during his nearly four-decade rule.

Two killed, 11 injured, by bomb in Myanmar city of Lashio: police

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:39
YANGON (Reuters) - A bomb explosion on Wednesday in Myanmar's northeastern city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects.

Spain's Supreme court orders the arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:17
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court has called for the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region's independence push.

Trudeau "assures" India Canada won't support Sikh separatists

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:10
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to the holiest site of Sikhism in northern India on Wednesday where government leaders said he assured them his country won't support anyone trying to revive a separatist movement in India.

Greece-Macedonia name row edging towards solution, says Merkel

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:02
BERLIN (Reuters) - Macedonia is closer than any time in the last decade to settling a long-standing dispute over its name with Greece which has thwarted Skopje's ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:42
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.

Poker-faced Italian president to hold all the cards after election

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:41
ROME (Reuters) - In the sound and fury of Italy's election campaign, the man who will pick the next prime minister never says a word.

Kremlin says Russian defense sector 'fine', accuses U.S. of unfair competition

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:32
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that "everything is fine" in the Russian defense sector, responding to an assertion by the U.S. State Department that sanctions had cost Russia $3 billion in lost defense contracts.

U.S. envoy visits Beirut, mediating in Lebanon-Israel dispute

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat met Lebanon's foreign minister on Wednesday in Beirut as part of a U.S. shuttle diplomacy effort to resolve a worsening dispute between Israel and Lebanon over a border wall and energy drilling in disputed waters.

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:14
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Lebanon arrests former IS financial official: source

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:40
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese intelligence arrested a man on Wednesday they believe was a financial official for Islamic State in Syria, a security source said.

Britain still wants Brexit implementation phase of around two years: source

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:38
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain still wants an implementation phase with the European Union of around two years, a government source said on Wednesday, saying there was no change in the government's Brexit policy.

Charity Save the Children apologizes for inappropriate behavior by ex-CEO

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:36
LONDON (Reuters) - Save The Children UK apologized on Wednesday for historic inappropriate behavior by its former chief executive and said procedures had not been properly followed in reviewing three complaints against him during his time at the charity.

Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:17
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary.

Brazil Senate gives final approval to Rio security intervention

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:16
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate gave final approval late on Tuesday to a measure that authorizes the federal government to intervene in security in the crime-plagued state of Rio de Janeiro through the end of 2018.

Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:13
BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned of grave consequences on Wednesday after pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive.

Polish minister sees 'catharsis' in new Holocaust law

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:09
WARSAW (Reuters) - Patryk Jaki, the politician behind Poland's new Holocaust law, wants to end what he calls a misleading culture of shame surrounding his country's treatment of Jews in World War Two.

Chad and Qatar restore ties cut in wake of Arab states rift

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:32
DOHA/N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states.

Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case - media

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:20
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said.

Turkey warns Syrian forces entering Afrin face serious consequences

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:13
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin region to support a Kurdish militia there will face "serious consequences" and they will be regarded as legitimate targets.

Top aide of EU Commission head becomes chief civil servant

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:08
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission appointed on Wednesday the head of President Jean-Claude Juncker's cabinet, Martin Selmayr, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission -- the highest civil servant job in the EU executive.

Hard Brexit faction in May's party demands clean break from EU

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:04
LONDON (Reuters) - More than 60 Conservative lawmakers have written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding a quick, clean break from the EU, adding pressure on her to take a "hard Brexit" stance ahead of a meeting to decide Britain's negotiating position.

South Africa's parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:41
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday.

Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Gunmen kill five police in attack on South African police station

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:41
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gunmen killed six people in an attack on a police station in a small South African town on Wednesday, stealing quantities of weapons and a vehicle in what police were treating as a robbery.

Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:33
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta said they were "waiting their turn to die" early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave.

Top Bahrain rights activist sentenced to five years in prison - lawyer

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:12
DUBAI (Reuters) - Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted over critical comments he made on Twitter about the government, his lawyer and activists said.

Pro-government forces hit Syria's Ghouta with rockets, air raids

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:06
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Over a dozen people were injured on Tuesday night in Syria's eastern Ghouta, where one of the heaviest bombardments in seven years of war has hammered a besieged enclave, killing at least 250 people in 48 hours, a war monitor said.

Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:06
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month.

Malaysia arrests 10 over links with South Philippines militants

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:52
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of aiding the movement of militants between the eastern state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, the second batch of arrests this year.

More than 60 lawmakers demand UK PM May delivers Brexit with full autonomy: BBC

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:36
LONDON (Reuters) - More than 60 lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party have signed a letter demanding that she deliver a Brexit that ensures "full regulatory autonomy" for Britain after it leaves in March 2019, the BBC reported.

Stakes rise in Turkish Afrin attack as pro-Assad militia arrive

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:32
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdish-held region despite the arrival of pro-Syrian government militia there, a war monitor said.

Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed curbs

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:25
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office.

Thai junta says 'not concerned' about ousted PM Thaksin's Asia tour

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:11
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is not concerned about the movement of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, also an ousted former leader, after recent visits by the pair to several Asian cities and meetings with members of their party.

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 military personnel: spokesman

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:09
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Nineteen people including 12 military personnel were injured on Wednesday in an explosion on a bus in Sri Lanka, said the military, adding they do not know the cause but suspect it may be a bomb or grenade.

Russia says Syrian ceasefire monitoring center hit in shelling: TASS

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:40
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's ceasefire monitoring center has been damaged by shelling from the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the TASS news agency cited Russia's Ministry of Defense as saying late on Tuesday.

Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state's witness in corruption case: media

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:16
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country's biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:12
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of human and digital rights activists said on Tuesday that the Mexican government had failed to properly investigate allegations their smartphones were infected with spying software. They have asked for an independent investigation.

Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 million for Cambodia election

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:51
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

Mexico asks Rome for criminal background check on missing Italians

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:28
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities said on Tuesday they had asked Rome for a criminal background check on six Italian citizens, after three of them went missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco at the end of January, allegedly at the hands of local police.

North Korea canceled planned meeting with Pence

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:21
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:05
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.

Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:53
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

North Korea canceled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence: Pence's office

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

North Korean officials canceled planned meeting with Pence: Pence's office

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials earlier this month during the Winter Olympics in South Korea but the North Koreans canceled the meeting, Pence's office said on Tuesday.

Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:04
PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

Vatican special envoy hears Chilean abuse victims' testimony

REUTERS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:33
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean man who was sexually abused by a priest said he was hopeful that the testimony he shared on Tuesday with a Vatican investigator would lead to better protection for children.

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