International

Russia's Putin, Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev discuss Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the Syria crisis by phone, the Kremlin said on Saturday, after peace talks in Kazakhstan closed without any substantive negotiations. The Kremlin said...

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 6:01am

Little new damage found as east Libyan forces push to secure oil ports

By Ayman al-Warfalli RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) - A broken down truck and a tank lie by the side of the road in the sand, and overturned boxes are strewn across the floor of a firefighting...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 4:20pm

Russian court to consider ban on 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses HQ

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Supreme Court is to consider whether Jehovah's Witnesses is an "extremist" organization after the justice ministry applied for an order to shut down the group's national headquarters near St Petersburg. The U.S.-founded Jehovah's...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:11am

Socialists say Bulgaria pays high price for EU's Russia sanctions

By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA (Reuters) - European Union sanctions on Russia are hurting Bulgaria, which should improve ties with Moscow and defend its interests within the 28-member bloc, the leader of the leftist Socialist party said ahead of a March 26...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:55am

Missing from Trump's grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

(In March 17 item, corrects paragraph 10 to say shipyard is in Newport News, not Norfolk) By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:04am

Three quarters of French voters want Fillon to withdraw from presidential race: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Three quarters of French voters want conservative candidate Francois Fillon to pull out of the presidential race, an opinion poll by Odoxa showed on Friday, underscoring how badly his image has been hit by a series of financial scandals. The...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:14am

South Sudan government to blame for famine, still buying arms: U.N. report

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Sudan's government is mainly to blame for famine in parts of the war-torn country, yet President Salva Kiir is still boosting his forces using millions of dollars from oil sales, according to a confidential...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:04am

Between Duterte and a death squad, a Philippine mayor fights drug-war violence

(Advisory: Strong language in paragraph nine) By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - In the past eight months, a death squad known as the Bonnet Gang has gunned down...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:12pm

Opinion polls score much-needed Dutch election win

By John Geddie and Philip Blenkinsop LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch election results eased investor concerns on Thursday that opinion polls were systematically underestimating the strength of populist feeling, especially in France, after an outcome...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:16am

Letter bomb at IMF's Paris office injures woman employee

By Sophie Louet and Bate Felix...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:27am

Angelina Jolie appeals for commitment to 'imperfect' U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for internationalism in the face of wars driving people from their homes and a "rising tide of...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:53pm

Brussels installs memorial to mark attack anniversary

By Temis Tormo and Jack Schofield BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian artist is installing a metal sculpture shaped like rising waves near the seat of the European Union to honor the victims of the militant attacks on Brussels a year ago that killed...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:02pm

At wrecked Mosul airport, home is still distant for Iraq's displaced

By John Davison MOSUL AIRPORT, Iraq (Reuters) - Outside a mosque on the edge of Mosul airport's ripped up runway, Iraqis made homeless by war sit on suitcases, taking a brief rest before beginning their onward journey, on foot or in buses...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:57am

Purported Boko Haram video shows execution of alleged Nigerian spies

By Ahmed Kingimi MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist militant sect Boko Haram on Tuesday released a video purporting to show the execution of three men the group accused of being Nigerian military spies. The seven-minute clip, the first online...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:21pm

Chinese cruise passengers put patriotism above tourism by skipping South Korean port visit

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When the Costa Serena cruise ship steamed into the South Korean tourist island of Jeju, Bai Liyun stayed on board, where crew had organized a magic show, games and even a wine-tasting. She was not alone. Most of her...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:19am

Philippines 'hit man' to file ICC case vs. Duterte for crimes against humanity

By Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - A self-confessed assassin who testified to being in a "death squad" under Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte will soon file a case at the International Criminal Court accusing the president of crimes against humanity...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 3:19am

Dozens of Myanmar soldiers killed in rebel clashes near China border

YANGON (Reuters) - Dozens of Myanmar soldiers have been killed in several clashes between ethnic rebels and the army along the border with China, state media reported on Tuesday, threatening leader Aung San Suu Kyi's chief goal of ending decades of ethnic strife....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 1:40am

WFP head says 'race against time' under way to prevent Yemen famine

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Aid workers are in a "race against time" to prevent famine threatening millions of people in Yemen, a senior U.N. official said in Monday. “We have about three months of food stored inside the...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 2:11pm

Japan's Akie Abe discovers downside of U.S.-style 'First Lady' role

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, is grappling with the downside of a U.S.-style high-profile role, as a scandal over a murky land deal for a nationalist school to which she had ties provokes rare opposition questions about the spouse of a Japanese leader...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 4:08am

Scars of looting, destruction all that remain at Mosul museum

By Kawa Omar MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - After two and a half years under Islamic State control, all that is left in Mosul's museum are the...

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11:33am