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Brazilian police make arrests in 'Car Wash' probe

27 min 57 sec ago
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's federal police were making new arrests and executing search and seizure warrants on Friday in the latest round of the so-called "Car Wash" operation, the country's largest-ever corruption investigation.

EU says Trump agrees that Brexit 'an incident, not a threat'

33 min 49 sec ago
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the U.S. president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

U.N. Cyprus envoy says ending Cyprus shuttle diplomacy bid for new peace conference

44 min 25 sec ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy for divided Cyprus said on Friday he was ending a shuttle diplomacy bid to continue peace talks in Geneva, saying rival sides failed to agree on conditions.

Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

52 min 37 sec ago
MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Reuters) - A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

Major UK parties restart election push, under shadow of security threat

57 min 14 sec ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning for Britain's national election next month resumed in earnest on Friday, with the country still on high alert for further attacks, days after a suicide bombing killed 22 people in Manchester.

South Korea to pull back on use of water cannons, buses at protests

1 hour 18 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police aim to cut back on the use of water cannons and buses to rein in protesters, an official said on Friday, a move that could eliminate sometimes harsh crowd control tactics that have led to at least one deadly incident in recent years.

Gunmen attack Christians in Egypt, unknown number of fatalities

1 hour 27 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians in Egypt on Friday, killing a number of them, eyewitnesses said.

Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill at least 25; dozens missing

1 hour 35 min ago
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 25 people while dozens are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.

Thai opposition activist says training 'civilian warriors' to oust junta

2 hours 12 min ago
BANGKOK (Reuters) - An exiled Thai opposition activist has issued a defiant call to arms, saying he is training "civilian warriors" to oust the military government in an unusual show of opposition to the junta that took power in a 2014 coup.

Trumps calls North Korea a 'big problem', promises to resolve issue

2 hours 14 min ago
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea was a "big problem", but assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that issues surrounding the secretive Asian state would be resolved.

Former Greek PM Papademos recovering well after booby-trap blast

2 hours 27 min ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos was recovering well from injuries caused by a booby-trapped package exploding in his car on Thursday, with doctors saying he would stay in hospital for two more days.

Juncker says Trump was not aggressive on German trade surplus

2 hours 32 min ago
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker denied on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump had aggressively condemned German trade policies during at meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

UK parties not giving full picture on likely tax rises: IFS

3 hours 18 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's two main political parties are not giving the public the full picture about how much taxes will need to rise in order to support public services after next month's election, a leading think tank said on Friday.

Turkey has removed more than 4,000 judges, prosecutors after coup, minister says

3 hours 22 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has removed more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors on suspicion of links to last year's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday.

Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

3 hours 24 min ago
GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam.

South Africa's Zuma says not opposed to inquiry into corruption allegations

3 hours 27 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Friday he was not opposed to setting up a commission of inquiry into corruption into his government after anti-graft report alleged he was influenced by the wealthy Gupta family in making government appointments.

Thousands of foreign students in limbo as Careers Australia collapses

3 hours 34 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Careers Australia Group, a provider of vocational education and training, has gone into voluntary administration after losing government funding, putting 1,100 people out of work and 15,000 students in limbo, its administrators said on Friday.

UK security minister says no specific threat to public this weekend

3 hours 39 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - British emergency services are prepared for possible attacks on public events over an upcoming holiday weekend but have no information on specific threats after Monday's bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22, a government minister said.

Asylum seekers at Australian-run detention center told to leave or miss U.S. resettlement

4 hours 20 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asylum seekers at an Australian-run offshore detention center in Papua New Guinea must move to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States, a notice posted at the camp and seen by Reuters shows.

Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State 'invasion'

4 hours 50 min ago
MARAWI CITY/DAVAO, Philippines (Reuters) - Indonesians and Malaysians were among foreign Jihadists battling the military after laying siege to a southern Philippine city, the government said on Friday, in a rare admission of what it said was an Islamic State "invasion".

Turkish security forces kill 29 Kurdish militants in clashes: governor's office

5 hours 25 min ago
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish security forces killed 29 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in an operation in a mountainous area of eastern Turkey's Agri and Van provinces, the Agri governor's office said on Friday.

Air strike in east Syria kills 35: Observatory

5 hours 29 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - An air strike on Thursday evening killed at least 35 civilians, including family members of Islamic State fighters, in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in Syria, a war monitor reported.

Pivotal Vietnam balances U.S. and China amid Trump uncertainty

5 hours 48 min ago
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam could hardly have asked for more: a U.S. warship challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea, a meeting at the White House and six new coastal patrol boats.

Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

5 hours 55 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Friday arrested three people suspected of being connected to attacks that killed three police at a Jakarta bus station this week, a spokesman said.

China executes former senior police officer for murder, bribery

6 hours 55 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities on Friday executed the former police chief of the northern region of Inner Mongolia after convicting him of murder, bribery, and possession of fire arms and explosives, state media reported.

China activists fear increased surveillance with new security law

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:24
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese activists say they fear intensified state surveillance after a draft law seeking to legitimize monitoring of suspects and raid premises was announced last week, the latest step to strengthen Beijing's security apparatus.

China police arrest 44 in $140 million online scam

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:14
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's police have arrested 44 people over a scam which saw many as 93,000 people contribute start-up capital to "unfreeze" assets smuggled overseas when the Nationalist government was overthrown in 1949, police authorities said late on Thursday.

Exclusive: Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:15
SEOUL (Reuters) - After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them.

Trump faces G7 squeeze on climate change, trade at Sicily summit

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:06
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face pressure at his first summit of major industrialized nations on Friday from allies eager to promote free trade and safeguard international accords on climate change.

Trump expects 'robust' G7 discussions on trade and climate: U.S.

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:27
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expects a tough debate over trade and climate change with other Group of Seven leaders at their forthcoming summit, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said on Thursday.

London police charge men over alleged terrorism plot in Britain

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:14
LONDON (Reuters) - London police said they had charged three men on Thursday with offences over an alleged British-linked terrorism plot.

South African opposition leader says barred from entering Zambia

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:01
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Zambian immigration officials barred him from entering their country late on Thursday, stopping his visit to a detained opposition leader there.

Islamic state claims responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:47
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state clamed responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks that left at least three policemen dead and 12 others wounded on Wednesday.

UK PM May's lead falls to 5 points ahead of June 8 vote: YouGov

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:39
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has cut the lead of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives to five points less than a fortnight before a national election, according to the first poll published since a suicide bombing killed 22 people.

EU offers post-Brexit rights to Britons in Europe: document

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:36
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will offer to protect the welfare and residence rights of Britons living on the continent after Brexit when it opens talks with London next month, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Trump arrives in Sicily ahead of Group of Seven summit

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:22
SIGONELLA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Sicily from Brussels on Thursday ahead of a two-day Group of Seven summit at which other leaders are expected to pressure him to soften his stance on trade and climate change.

Britain's May asks G7 to back moves to tackle internet extremism

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:18
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the world's major industrialized nations on Friday to unite to force technology companies to tackle "extremist material" and stop militants who are moving their fight "from the battlefield to the internet".

UK May's Conservatives hold 8 point lead in election poll taken before attack

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:15
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party held an eight percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a Kantar poll taken before a suicide bombing in Manchester which killed 22 people.

Turkish Foreign Ministry rejects U.S. resolution condemning street brawl in Washington

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:52
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected a resolution by senior U.S. lawmakers condemning a street brawl between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

UK police say potentially suspicious items found in Manchester hunt

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:02
LONDON (Reuters) - British police investigating the Manchester suicide bombing said on Thursday they had found potentially suspicious items at an address in the nearby town of Wigan and had evacuated houses in the area as a precaution.

Brazil's Temer ends deployment of troops in capital in face of backlash

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:47
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday removed federal troops from the streets of the nation's capital, a day after sending in the army to contain violent protests against his scandal-plagued government.

Macron to win absolute parliament majority next month, poll shows

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:44
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win an absolute majority in parliament in legislative elections next month, a poll showed on Thursday, indicating the young leader may have enough support to carry out an ambitious reform agenda.

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:21
CARACAS (Reuters) - Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan for a new congress.

Bomb disposal team used to search Wigan house in UK bomb investigation: BBC

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:03
LONDON (Reuters) - British police investigating the Manchester suicide bombing have brought in a bomb disposal team to search a property in nearby Wigan after a man was arrested in the town, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Rescuers save 2,300 migrants in Mediterranean, two die

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:55
ROME (Reuters) - Rescuers saved around 2,300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the central Mediterranean on Thursday, but also recovered two dead bodies, the Italian coastguard said.

Hezbollah says Saudi on path to more bloodshed in Iran struggle

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:55
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Thursday Saudi Arabia was on a losing path to more bloodshed in its struggle with Iran and instead urged Riyadh to seek dialogue and negotiations with Tehran.

Canada's Trudeau seeks reset as agenda lags, rivals regroup

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:53
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks set to shuffle his cabinet and trigger a new session of Parliament to help refocus a flagging agenda in the run-up to an election in late 2019, say political insiders.

U.S. military acknowledges over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against Islamic State militants.

Exclusive: Signs of more trouble in Ivory Coast as hidden hand saves mutineers

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:10
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - When a rag-tag group of soldiers launched a mutiny in Ivory Coast earlier this month, it looked like they were doomed. A column of elite troops quickly descended to put the mutiny down. The rebels were running out of ammunition and the armories had been locked.

Police close off London's Westminster Bridge over unattended vehicle

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:51
LONDON (Reuters) - British police sealed off Westminster Bridge in central London next to parliament on Thursday following reports of an unattended vehicle.

Brazil police killing of 10 Amazon region land activists under probe

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:43
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities said on Thursday they were investigating a police raid that ended with 10 land activists killed in the Amazon region, the deadliest such conflict in over two decades.

Bahrain journalist found guilty of reporting without license

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:40
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahrain court fined a prominent journalist 1,000 dinars ($2,650) on Thursday for reporting in the kingdom without official permission, her lawyer said, after a trial seen by rights groups as an example of diminishing press freedom.

Hamas executes three Palestinians over killing says ordered by Israel

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:35
GAZA (Reuters) - Gaza's ruling Hamas movement executed three Palestinians on Thursday convicted of killing a commander in the Islamist group's armed wing while acting on Israel's orders.

Mexico arrests three Yemeni men sought by the United States

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:14
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Three men from Yemen, wanted by U.S. law enforcement, were arrested in Mexico City this week, at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a spokesman for Mexico's National Security Commission said on Thursday.

Hackers sought to discredit Russian opposition leader: researchers

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:57
TORONTO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hackers sought to discredit leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a disinformation campaign that implied he was working with a U.S. government group, a Canadian cyber research group said on Thursday.

Car blast injures former Greek prime minister Papademos

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:26
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's former prime minister Lucas Papademos was injured when an explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated inside his car in central Athens on Wednesday, police said.

Militia violence in Central African Republic leaves 300 dead

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:49
DAKAR (Reuters) - Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worse displacement since a 2013 civil war.

Trump, at NATO, vows unwavering fight against terrorism

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:19
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders on Thursday that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks "savage" and "barbaric".

Armed police patrol British trains for first time due to Manchester attack

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:16
LONDON (Reuters) - Armed police will patrol trains across Britain from Thursday for the first time, British Transport Police said, after the terror threat level was raised to critical following a suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday.

Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikely

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:53
MANILA (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, Reuters witnesses and the country's seismology agency said.

Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:10
FORTALEZA, Brazil (Reuters) - Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Queen visits Manchester bombing casualties

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:08
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth met some of the young victims of the Manchester bombing in hospital on Thursday as well as doctors, nurses and members of the emergency services who responded to the attack that killed 22 and injured more than 100.

EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan: Tusk

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:58
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Last Japanese troops leave U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:54
JUBA (Reuters) - The last Japanese troops withdrew from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Thursday, marking the end of a controversial push by the Japanese prime minister to expand his military's overseas role.

Trump praises Macron's 'great job' to win French election

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:25
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated French leader Emmanuel Macron on Thursday for doing a "great job" to win this month's election while Macron said the two men would be able to change many things together.

Bahrain court sentences 17 men on terrorism charges

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:18
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahrain court sentenced 17 men to jail terms ranging from several years to life imprisonment on charges of forming a terrorist cell, the public prosecutor said on Thursday, days after a police raid killed five demonstrators.

In Berlin, Obama speaks out against hiding behind walls

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:15
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themselves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

East Libyan forces claim control of disputed southern air base

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:00
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A brigade loyal to east Libyan forces said they had taken full control of an air base in southern Libya on Thursday following a long-standing dispute with a rival faction from the western city of Misrata.

Syrian army advances south toward rebel-held area

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:50
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.

Four members of Egypt's security forces killed in Sinai attacks

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:41
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Three soldiers were killed in a bombing of an armored vehicle by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources said on Thursday.

Vietnam-linked hackers likely targeting Philippine intel on South China Sea dispute: FireEye

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:38
MANILA (Reuters) - Hackers linked with the Vietnamese government are likely targeting Philippine government agencies to gather intelligence related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, cybersecurity company FireEye said on Thursday.

In sickness, Greek islanders rely on volunteers - and God

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:20
THYMAINA, Greece (Reuters) - When locals on this Aegean island fall ill, first they turn to their medicine cabinet. Then they turn to God.

France's Macron calls for stronger European security cooperation after attacks

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:19
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron pressed Europeans to strengthen security cooperation and intelligence-sharing after a deadly attack in Manchester as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting of the NATO military alliance on Thursday.

Israeli police question U.S. casino mogul Adelson in Netanyahu probe

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 06:36
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police questioned U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson on Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a law enforcement source said.

U.N. wants investigation into attack on Yemen envoy's convoy

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 06:23
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Nations urged authorities in Houthi-controlled Sanaa on Thursday to investigate a "grave attack" on the convoy of its envoy to Yemen during his visit to the capital.

Pope 'terrific', Saudi 'spectacular': Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:58
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Donald Trump thinks Pope Francis is "terrific" and found his "spectacular" royal welcome in Saudi Arabia "beyond anything anyone's ever seen".

Iran has built third underground ballistic missile factory: Fars news agency

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:35
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbors and Washington.

Kurdish militants kill three Turkish security force members: sources

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:32
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Two Turkish soldiers and a policeman have been killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey, security sources said on Thursday.

China says new Silk Road not about military ambitions

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:25
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ambition to build a new Silk Road is not about seeking to expand its military role abroad nor about seeking to set up foreign bases, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Net migration to Britain 248,000 in 2016, down on previous year: official data

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:50
LONDON (Reuters) - Net migration to Britain was 248,000 last year, official data showed on Thursday, down 84,000 from 2015 but still more than double the government's target level.

UK election campaign resumes after Manchester attack

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:37
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will unveil its policy pledges on Thursday, restarting an election campaign which was suspended after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more in the northern city of Manchester.

Trump meets EU chiefs in Brussels

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:27
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump met the heads of European Union institutions in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a summit of NATO leaders at the military alliance's headquarters in the city later in the day.

Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:58
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias promised on Thursday that no harm would come to Islamic State fighters in Raqqa who turned themselves in by the end of the month, calling on them to lay down their arms ahead of an expected assault on the city.

Bahrain says five died during raid on Shi'ite Muslim leader's hometown

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:54
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain is investigating the death of five people during a raid on the home village of the spiritual leader of its Shi'ite Muslim community, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

British PM May to challenge Trump over intelligence leaks as police hunt bomb-maker

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:36
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise concerns with Donald Trump on Thursday about U.S. leaks of intelligence on the suicide bombing in Manchester that police fear could hinder a hunt for a possible bomb-maker still at large.

Fighting corruption, Ukraine starts to judge its judges

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:33
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian judge Artur Yemelianov has acknowledged in an online declaration that he owns a Breguet watch worth nearly a third of his annual salary and keeps piles of cash.

South Korea's new president draws ire of small businesses he's vowed to help

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:23
SEOUL (Reuters) - Small businesses in South Korea fear their profits could be cut to the bone and some could be forced to close if the country's new president pushes ahead with plans to raise minimum wages, restrict contract staff numbers and reduce working hours.

China mulls plans to reform air space management: official

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:19
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will submit proposals to reform management of the country's air space by the end of this month in a bid to ease flight delays and boost aviation growth, one of the country's top air traffic control officials said on Thursday.

As Taliban gain and U.S. weighs troop hike, a widow's plea to 'finish the job'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a cold morning in January, Alexandra McClintock shoved her bare hands into the pockets of her black jacket and gazed at the endless rows of graves in Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.

Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling brightens outlook for gay rights in China

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:46
BEIJING (Reuters) - Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for China's gay rights movement, but it is likely to be many years before Beijing approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters.

Philippine military seeks to secure troubled city as fighting eases

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:16
MARAWI, Philippines (Reuters) - Troops began clearing out a southern Philippine city besieged by Islamist militants, with hostilities easing on Thursday after thousands fled as the rebels seized large parts of the city and torched buildings in a battle with government forces.

China says former Shanghai prosecutor suspected of bribe-taking

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:27
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The former top prosecutor in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai has been kicked out of the ruling Communist Party over a range of violations, the party said on Thursday, and a lawsuit for suspected bribe-taking will be launched.

'Only logical' for Trump to meet Dalai Lama: Tibetan leader

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Tibet's government in exile said on Wednesday it would be "logical" for Donald Trump to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, since the U.S. president has visited homes of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions on his current international tour.

El Salvador sentences gang members to 390 years over massacre

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:50
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A court in El Salvador on Wednesday sentenced seven members of a notorious criminal gang to 390 years in prison each for their part in a March 2016 massacre that shocked the crime-ravaged Central American country.

U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Wednesday within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said, the first such action under President Donald Trump.

Ex-Haiti president's autopsy shows leader died of heart disease

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:52
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The eagerly anticipated results of an autopsy of former Haitian President Rene Preval showed the leader died last month after a heart irregularity cut off his ability to breathe, officials said on Wednesday.

Egypt blocks 21 websites, including Al Jazeera: state news agency

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:57
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has banned 21 websites including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television for "supporting terrorism", state news agency MENA and security sources said on Wednesday.

U.S., Britain, U.N. wary of South Sudan ceasefire announcement

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:59
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and the United Nations were skeptical on Wednesday of South Sudan President Salva Kiir's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, noting that it coincides with the start of the rainy season that traditionally lessens fighting.

Lanterns, Korans as Jerusalem holy site meets Ramadan

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:42
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

U.S., Russia military increase communication in skies over Syria

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have increased communication to avoid warplane accidents in the skies over Syria as Islamic State militants lose territory and the air space becomes more crowded, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Wednesday.