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White House backs Haley, Tillerson on Syria's Assad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday backed top aides' comments that the United States is not now focused on making Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, saying the U.S. focus is on defeating Islamic State militants. Secretary of...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:57pm

Air strikes hit hospital in Syria's Hama last week: MSF

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes struck a hospital in western Syria last week, killing two people, and there is evidence chemical weapons were used, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday. A Syrian military source said this week allegations that government...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:48pm

Italy wins G7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

ROME (Reuters) - The G7 group of rich nations committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to protect world heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combating the trafficking of plundered treasures. Destroying antiquities at...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:08pm

U.N. special envoy warns against military operation on Yemen port

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United Nations does not advocate a military operation in and around Yemen's Hodeidah port where more than 70 percent of Yemen's food imports and humanitarian aid is delivered, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said on Friday. Yemen has...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:54pm

Poland expects to ink $7.6 billion deal for Patriot systems by end-2017

By Lidia Kelly WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland expects to sign a deal worth up to $7.6 billion with U.S. firm Raytheon to buy eight Patriot missile defense systems by the end of the year, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said on Friday. Warsaw sees...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:53pm

Leftist Melenchon just behind Fillon as Macron still leads polls ahead of French election

PARIS (Reuters) - Far-left French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is one percentage point off former frontrunner Francois Fillon in polls ahead of the first-round vote, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the conservatives risk being relegated to fourth...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:52pm

Colombia's FARC rebels give up guns in disarmament camps

MOUNTAINS OF CAUCA, Colombia (Reuters) - Former fighters from Colombia's FARC rebel group are handing over thousands of weapons and other materials to international officials in special camps, as...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:45pm

Trump seeks to 'reboot' U.S. relationship with Egypt in Monday talks

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will seek to rebuild the U.S. relationship with Egypt at a Monday meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi focused on security issues and military aid, a senior White...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:26pm

Court decides whether to arrest ousted South Korean president Park

By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court began deliberating on Thursday whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:23pm

China's president to visit Finland next week

HELSINKI (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Finland on April 5, the Finnish president's office said on Wednesday. Xi will meet his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki. The...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:54am

Mission to Mosul: NYC Medics saves lives in combat zone

Phil Suarez knows trauma. He’s seen it up close as a paramedic for more than 20 years in New York City, responding to calls in the Bronx, Washington Heights and Hell’s Kitchen. But that experience still couldn’t prepare him for what he encountered during a recent mission to Mosul, the ravaged city...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

SAS flight makes forced landing in Munich after engine trouble

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An SAS flight carrying 119 passengers and 5 crew made a forced landing in Munich on Friday after one of its engines malfunctioned, the Scandinavian airline said. The plane, a Boeing 737 with CFM engines, on route from Munich to Oslo, ran into...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 9:30pm

Merkel worried Israeli settlement building undermines two-state solution

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about Israel's building in settlements in the occupied West Bank, which she said was undermining progress toward a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians....

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 4:36pm

5 fast facts about Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, Russian mobster, Trump's VIP guest at pageant

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, a fugitive since April 2013, is an alleged Russian mafia boss accused of operating a criminal enterprise out of Trump Tower from 2011 to 2013. Here are five things you should know about the reputed mobster.Tokhtakhounov is wanted for allegedly fixing an Olympic competition....

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 4:05am

With Chile's left in disarray, 2017 election is Pinera's to lose

By Rosalba O'Brien and Antonio De la Jara SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's left-leaning governing coalition is in disarray ahead of November's presidential and congressional elections, leaving a clear path to victory for the more organized...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 9:40pm

Former foes salute Martin McGuinness, IRA man turned peacemaker

By Ian Graham and Conor Humphries BELFAST/LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 2:25am

South Korea's ousted leader Park grilled for 14 hours in graft probe

By Cynthia Kim and Christine Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologized to the country on Tuesday as she appeared at prosecutors'...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:40pm

Rohingya newborns offer frail hope in face of Myanmar violence

By Antoni Slodkowski and Mohammad Ponir Hossain BALUKHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Scared, hungry and badly beaten, Rohingya women fleeing an army crackdown in Myanmar recount harrowing tales of destruction and...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:39pm

Israel to declare air defense shield fully operational: officer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's multi-tier air defense missile system will be fully operational early next month with the deployment of the David's Sling interceptor, a senior Israeli air force officer said on Monday. David's Sling, designed to shoot down...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:28pm

Somali security forces that freed pirated ship say NATO must do more

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) - Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must do more to prevent the illegal fishing that locals say sparked the...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 1:45pm