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UK election cuts time for Brexit talks, key EU lawmaker says

48 min 52 sec ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The snap general election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May will reduce the already limited time available to negotiate a Brexit deal, an influential EU lawmaker said on Monday.

Venezuelan opposition seeks new strategy as unrest enters fourth week

2 hours 5 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Barricading roads with trash and even bathtubs, small groups of protesters held "sit-ins" around Venezuela on Monday in an effort to maintain momentum as anti-government unrest entered a fourth week.

Kenya arrests suspects in shooting of conservationist

2 hours 36 min ago
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has arrested an unspecified number of suspects and recovered a gun linked to the shooting of Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park over the weekend, the interior minister said on Monday.

Top U.S. general says 'not refuting' reports Russia supplying Taliban

2 hours 38 min ago
KABUL (Reuters) - The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.

Merkel ally Seehofer staying on for 'difficult' German election

3 hours 9 min ago
MUNICH (Reuters) - Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said on Monday he would stay on as leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) to fight what he expects to be a "very difficult" national election in September and a state poll next year.

Aid agencies call for life-saving support to Yemen

3 hours 43 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - Aid agency Oxfam called on donor nations on Monday to step up life-saving assistance to millions of civilians in Yemen facing starvation and disease, rather than providing arms to fuel the deepening conflict.

Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government

4 hours 1 min ago
TIRANA (Reuters) - Supporters of Albania's opposition Democratic Party blocked several main roads on Monday for one hour, escalating their two-month-old protest for a caretaker government to oversee the June 18 general elections.

Malta suggests cash solution to end EU migration row

4 hours 10 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments could get 60,000 euros for each asylum-seeker they take in above their quota, or chose to pay that amount if they fall below their share, Malta proposed, in a bid to end a row over migration that has sharply divided Europe.

Israel indicts U.S.-Israeli teen over bomb threats

4 hours 11 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli-American teenager was indicted in Israel on Monday on allegations he made thousands of hoax bomb calls, some targeting U.S. Jewish community centers, and earned $240,000 by offering to phone in threats against schools, hospitals and planes.

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump at White House in mid-May

5 hours 2 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, at the White House in an upcoming visit in mid-May, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan to apply to rejoin ruling AK Party after final vote results: spokesman

5 hours 11 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan will apply to rejoin the ruling AK Party after final results are declared from the April 16 referendum to expand the president's powers, his spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

German court orders 10 be tried for 2010 'Love Parade' deaths

5 hours 17 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court gave the go-ahead on Monday for 10 people to be tried over a deadly stampede at a German "Love Parade" music festival in 2010, overturning a lower court's decision last year.

Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan

5 hours 33 min ago
KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

U.S., Philippines scale back next month's military drills, no more 'war games'

5 hours 38 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - About 5,000 American and Philippine troops will hold humanitarian exercises next month instead of annual war games, scaling back military drills in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's disdain for their longstanding defense alliance.

As war wrecks ancient Iraq, Erbil works to rebuild citadel

5 hours 58 min ago
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - High on a rocky outcrop, just 50 miles from the fighting that is wrecking historic sites across Iraq, workers are busy laying out floor tiles, determined to save at least one ancient structure amidst the turmoil.

Migrant boat sinks off Greece's Lesbos, five dead: Athens News Agency

7 hours 6 min ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - A boat carrying an unknown number of refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos island early on Monday and five bodies have been recovered on a shore north of the island, the Athens News Agency reported.

Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mounts

7 hours 8 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

UK Conservatives pledge energy price cap, hitting utility shares

7 hours 38 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's ruling Conservative Party said it would cap domestic energy prices if it retained power in an election in June, targeting an industry it accuses of not working properly and sending shares in the leading providers down sharply.

Swedish prosecutors arrest second suspect in truck attack probe

8 hours 11 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors have arrested a further suspect in connection with the investigation of the deadly truck attack in the Swedish capital earlier this month, police said on Monday.

Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC

8 hours 26 min ago
HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer said he had filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, accusing them of crimes against humanity in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown.

U.S. defense secretary in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to craft policy

9 hours 1 min ago
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on Monday as President Donald Trump's administration looks to construct its strategy for the war-torn country, where resurgent Taliban militants continue to make gains.

Gloves off in French election as Le Pen aide calls Macron 'arrogant'

9 hours 3 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Round two of the bitter fight for the French presidency got under way on Monday within hours of first round results with far-right leader Marine Le Pen's top aide launching a stinging attack on her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron.

Hong Kong court grants bail to disgraced former leader Tsang

9 hours 27 min ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court on Monday granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office, the broadcaster RTHK reported.

U.N. finds torture widespread in Afghanistan

9 hours 47 min ago
KABUL (Reuters) - Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a U.N. report released on Monday, despite promises by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and new laws enacted by the government.

Afghan defense minister, army chief of staff resign over deadly attack

10 hours 1 min ago
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted on Monday the resignation of the defense minister and army chief of staff after more than 140 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an army base last week, the president's office said.

Eight North Korean defectors in China at risk of deportation: Human Rights Watch

12 hours 13 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - Eight North Korean defectors in China face involuntary repatriation after being detained by Chinese police last month, the Human Rights Watch group and a pastor who have been assisting them said on Monday.

Carrier group heads for Korean waters as Trump calls leaders

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:15
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday it was in talks about holding joint drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group, as U.S. President Donald Trump called the leaders of Japan and China amid fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test.

'Australia first' fortifies position of country's prime minister

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:07
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recorded a rise in voter support just days after tightening rules for foreigners seeking work and citizenship under an "Australia first" policy, a newspaper poll showed on Monday.

Macron must win big now to have a chance of fulfilling pledges

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:18
PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's camp should perhaps keep the champagne on ice a little longer.

Europe's populist wave stalls as Macron storms into French runoff

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 18:16
PARIS (Reuters) - The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday.

Peru evaluates expelling two foreigners for 'inciting' anti-mine protests

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:38
LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian police are evaluating the possible expulsion of two foreigners for "inciting" rural communities to protest against the Hudbay Minerals mining company, which owns a copper mine in the nation, the country's interior ministry said on Sunday.

Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:51
AMMAN (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers.

Trump to speak with China's Xi, Japan's Abe on Sunday, official says

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will speak on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, with North Korea expected to be discussed.

Dolls, teddy bears return to eastern Mosul after Islamic State

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:55
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Toy shops are thriving in eastern Mosul, with Iraqi children once again able to buy dolls, teddy bears or action figures after Islamic State was driven out of the area.

Nine killed in drug gang shootout in Mexican mountain village: prosecutors

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:53
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan.

Germany approving far fewer Afghan asylum-seekers: newspaper

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:57
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany approved just under 48 percent of asylum applications from Afghan migrants in the first two months of 2017, down from close to 78 percent in 2015, the Passauer Neue Presse German newspaper reported on Sunday.

Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:35
KABUL (Reuters) - Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

Conservatives hold 22-point lead ahead of UK election: ICM poll

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:30
(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives have a 22 point lead over Labour, an ICM poll said on Sunday ahead of a general election on June 8.

Liberal Maldives blogger stabbed to death

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:16
(Reuters) - A prominent Maldivian blogger, who was critical of Islamist extremism and government corruption, was stabbed to death on Sunday, police said, and the main opposition party demanded an international probe into the killing.

Congo rights group urges attorney general to investigate costly passports

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:10
DAKAR (Reuters) - A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas.

Italy prosecutor says rescue boats in contact with people smugglers

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:18
ROME (Reuters) - An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boats, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.

Russia hacked Danish defense for two years, minister tells newspaper

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:16
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Russia has hacked the Danish defense and gained access to employees' emails in 2015 and 2016, NATO member Denmark's defense minister told newspaper Berlingske on Sunday.

Big catch-up for Merkel's party in most populous German state: poll

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has risen to its highest level in two years in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, albeit on a par with its main opposition, a poll showed on Sunday.

Holidays, burka bans, Brexit vote - UK parties set out election stalls

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:26
LONDON (Reuters) - More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit - just some of the policies Britain's opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June.

Few clues on casualties at site of huge U.S. bomb in Afghanistan

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 10:34
ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon's power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted.

Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to liberated areas

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 09:56
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas liberated from Islamic State.

German foreign minister to press Israel for two-state solution

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 09:52
BERLIN (Reuters) - Deep and "unbreakable" ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany's national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

Germany's anti-immigrant party announces September election line-up

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:35
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday voted for 76-year-old publicist Alexander Gauland and 38-year-old economist Alice Weidel to jointly lead its campaign for the country's September national election.

Syrian army, allies gain ground against rebels north of Hama

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:24
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and allied forces advanced against rebels in western Syria near Hama city on Sunday, building on recent strategic gains in the area, a military source and a monitoring group said.

Member of security watchdog OSCE killed in Ukraine

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:11
(Reuters) - One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk.

Labour leader Corbyn says could suspend Syria air strikes if elected

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 06:53
LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he could suspend British involvement in air strikes against Syria if he was elected prime minister at a June 8 election.

Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 06:11
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said.

Britain's ruling Conservatives to focus on Brexit, energy in poll: minister

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:38
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's ruling Conservative Party's election manifesto will focus on Brexit and domestic concerns, such as strengthening the economy and putting a cap on energy prices, Work and Pensions minister Damian Green said on Sunday.

Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugees

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:26
RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday.

Israeli fire kills three in Syria at pro-government military base: militia, monitor

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:02
BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members on Sunday, the NDF militia and a monitoring group said.

Gunmen shoot, injure conservationist Gallmann in Kenya

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 04:40
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park in northern Kenya on Sunday, a source close to her family said.

Philippine troops kill three more militants on tourist island

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 02:38
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine soldiers have killed three more Islamic State-linked militants on a resort island where they were hiding after a failed attempt to kidnap tourists, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

North Korea detains third U.S. citizen: Yonhap

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 01:42
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency has reported, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three.

Pence tries hand at koala diplomacy Down Under

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 01:00
SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence crouched down in the shade of a eucalyptus tree on Sunday at Sydney's Tarango Zoo where Penny, a red kangaroo, dozed in the midday heat, scratching her behind the ears before she lazily rolled onto her back.

Japanese ships join U.S. carrier for drills as it nears Korean waters

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese destroyers on Sunday began an exercise with the U.S. Carl Vinson carrier strike group in the Western Pacific as it approaches waters around the Korean peninsula, Japan's navy said.

Six bodies found buried in ditch outside Mexico's Acapulco

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 22:37
ACAPULCO (Reuters) - The remains of at least six bodies were found in a ditch on Saturday just outside the seaside resort of Acapulco in Guerrero, Mexico's bloodiest state, an official said.

May's Conservatives on course for sweeping British election victory

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 19:06
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Theresa May appeared on course to win a crushing election victory in June after opinion polls put support for her ruling Conservative party at around 50 percent, double that of the opposition Labour party.

German conservatives urge end to EU-Turkey talks after pro-Erdogan vote

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 17:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - Two senior German conservative politicians have called for the European Union to end discussions with Turkey about EU membership after a vote that handed new powers to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Saudi royal decree sacks civil service, information ministers

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 16:33
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman in a royal decree on Friday replaced the kingdom's information minister and sacked Saudi's civil service minister, setting up a committee to investigate allegations of abuse of that office.

May's Conservatives at 50 percent in poll, highest since 1991

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 16:10
LONDON (Reuters) - Support for Theresa May's ruling Conservatives was at 50 percent in a Comres poll published on Saturday, putting the prime minister on course for a landslide election victory on June 8.

Mexico kills Gulf cartel boss in Reynosa shootout

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 15:45
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican marines killed a drug gang leader in a gun battle that raged through the night across the border city of Reynosa and left dozens of burned vehicles in its wake, the government said on Saturday.

Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 15:30
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become "concentration camps".

EU mulls legislation in the fight against online hate speech

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 14:48
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is considering legislative measures to harmonize how online platforms like Facebook , Twitter and Google take down hate speech and incitement to violence, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.

German anti-immigrant party set to go further right after leader suffers defeat

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:13
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - The co-leader of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) suffered an embarrassing defeat on Saturday when delegates refused to discuss her motion to shift the party into the "mainstream", putting it on course to turn further right.

Thousands of Hungarians rally to mock PM Orban

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:58
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Thousands of Hungarians joined a rally mocking Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday, in the latest protest against what they call his attacks on democracy and human rights.

Venezuela opposition march to honor those killed in violence

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:13
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition prepared to march in silence on Saturday to honor a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro hold delayed elections and address a growing economic crisis.

Man arrested at Paris train station after threatening police with knife

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:59
PARIS (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man threatened police at Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Saturday, causing panic before he was arrested, a spokesman for French rail operator SNCF said.

Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 09:11
PARIS/PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Reuters) - French overseas territories and residents in some U.S. states such as Hawaii began voting on Saturday in the French presidential election, a day ahead of a main first-round vote that could change the global political landscape.

British PM May refuses to rule out personal tax hikes after election

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 09:06
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May refused on Saturday to rule out an increase in personal taxes if she wins a June 8 election after her finance minister said fiscal pledges had limited his ability to manage the economy.

Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf leader killed on Philippine resort island: army

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 08:08
MANILA (Reuters) - A leader of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group has been killed in a shootout with Philippine soldiers on the island of Bohol, where the military is hunting down insurgents planning to kidnap tourists, the military and officials said on Saturday.

Thousands of ex-Taliban fighters may have entered Germany: report

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered Germany over the past two years among an influx of more than a million migrants and refugees, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

Police injured in protests against right-wing AfD party congress

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:15
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne on Saturday, police said, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September's national elections.

German intelligence spied on Interpol: Spiegel

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:52
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency spied on the Interpol international police agency for years and on the group's country liaison offices in dozens of countries such as Austria, Greece and the United States, a German magazine said.

Top critic of Philippine leader lauds policemen over cash-for-kills claim

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:50
MANILA (Reuters) - A jailed critic of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday praised police who alleged in a Reuters report that officers received cash for executing drug suspects, and said an international criminal case should be filed against the president for crimes against humanity.

Lebanese army arrests 10 suspected militants in raid near Syrian border

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:26
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's army said it arrested ten suspected members of militant groups on Saturday after they came over the northeastern border from Syria, and a security source said a local Islamic State leader was killed in the same raid.

Vietnam land protesters free final hostages after city official visits

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 04:56
HANOI (Reuters) - Protesters involved in a land dispute near Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, released the final 20 officials they had been holding as hostages for almost a week after a visit by a senior city official, Reuters witnesses said on Saturday.

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 04:38
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook another district in the west of the city from Islamic State.

Death toll in Afghan base attack rises to 140, officials say

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 01:22
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As many 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base, officials said.

Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible: Pence

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 01:16
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can be achieved peacefully because of Washington's new engagement with China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing fears North Korea could soon conduct a new nuclear test.

Pence says United States will honor refugee deal with Australia

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 22:56
SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as "dumb".

Panama grants bail to Mossack Fonseca founders in Brazil corruption case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:19
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A Panamanian court has granted bail to the two founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, in a case allegedly tied to a sprawling corruption scandal in Brazil.

Russia complains to U.S. over exclusion from Syria chemical probe

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:07
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington's opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Russian state news organization criticizes Reuters article about Kremlin-backed meddling in U.S. election

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 19:31
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian state news organization Rossiya Segodnya said on Friday it objected to a Reuters article it said had falsely claimed that Kremlin-backed media had tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

Ukraine not worried relations with U.S. fraying in Trump era

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 18:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has strongly signaled it will continue to support Ukraine, Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk said on Friday, adding that the war-torn country had a "good, pragmatic" relationship with Washington.

Hunting party held hostage in Iraq since 2015 freed

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:19
DOHA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Twenty-six Qataris, including members of the Gulf state's ruling royal family and two Saudis, were freed on Friday after being kidnapped and held in Iraq for nearly a year and a half, Qatari officials said.

Exclusive: U.S. offers to fund Mexico heroin fight as 2016 output jumps - U.S. official

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:46
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States has offered to help fund Mexico's efforts to eradicate opium poppies, the U.S. assistant secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) said on Friday, as Mexican heroin output increased again last year.

Waiting for green cards, Indian visa-holders see hope in Trump review

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:25
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Gokul Gunasekaran was offered a full scholarship for a graduate program in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he saw it as the chance of a lifetime.

Kenya's ruling coalition annuls party primaries after chaotic voting

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:55
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's ruling coalition annulled party primaries held on Friday, the organization's secretary general said, and reports of widespread anger over chaotic voting raised fears that poorly organized national polls in August could spark violent protests.

U.S. forces kill Islamic State militant linked to Turkey nightclub attack

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States disclosed on Friday a secret military ground operation to kill an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and who was linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people.

At Mosul waterfalls, Iraqis savor small joys of post-Islamic State life

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:00
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Crowds of Iraqis flocked to the waterfalls of eastern Mosul on Friday to savor simple freedoms like dancing or wearing colorful clothes that were strictly banned during almost three years of Islamic State rule.

G20 finance leaders discuss anti-terrorism efforts

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Finance leaders from the Group of 20 major economies were expected to discuss ways to better combat the financing of terrorism on Friday, in part as a way to demonstrate the value of the group to the Trump administration.

U.S. House committee sets more hearings in Trump-Russia probe

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. election, said on Friday it had invited the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.

Mob attacks man accused of blasphemy in northern Pakistan

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:20
CHITRAL, Pakistan (Reuters) - A mob attacked a man accused of blasphemy during Friday prayers in a northern Pakistani town and injured six police officers after they intervened to rescue him, police said.

UK election regulator says investigating pro-Brexit campaign group

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:14
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Electoral Commission said on Friday it was investigating whether the influential pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign group broke the law over donations it received during last year's European Union referendum.

Isolated in EU, Poland seeks better ties with Germany behind the scenes

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
WARSAW(Reuters) - When two dark cars drove up to the retreat of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a baroque castle on a sunny afternoon last July, only a handful of people knew they were bringing Poland's top politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.