International

Tunnels under ancient Mosul mosque show Islamic State's focus on loot

By Huda Majeed MOSUL, Iraq, (Reuters) - Extensive excavations by Islamic State militants under Mosul's ancient Mosque of Jonah show they took care to preserve artifacts for loot, a local archaeologist said,...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:57am

Amid shortage, Pope Francis mulls opening priesthood to married Catholic men

The Roman Catholic Church could see a big change — for men — in the near future.Citing a shortage of priests in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit which he said was an “enormous problem,” Pope Francis alluded that he would consider allowing married Catholic men to enter the priesthood."We...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:39am

Germany's AfD calls for 'negative immigration' of 200,000 people

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party called for the country to get rid of at least 200,000 more people a year than it takes in, as it faces a plunge in its popularity before elections this autumn....

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:51pm

Ivanka Trump's Chilean billionaire landlord is suing the US

The first daughter is renting a home from a foreign billionaire who is suing the U.S. government over a mine potentially worth billions of dollars, and it's spurring ethics questions.Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a $5.5 million house in a Washington neighborhood from Andrónico Luksic....

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:06am

Turkey's Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more U.S. support

By Orhan Coskun, Tulay Karadeniz and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey has lost momentum in the war for northern Syria as the United States draws on Kurdish allies in the assault on Islamic State-held Raqqa, but Ankara is still pressing...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:03am

Irish protesters skip work, lectures to call for abortion law repeal

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Protesters calling for a repeal of Ireland's strict abortion laws brought traffic in Dublin's city center to a standstill as supporters across the country were...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:47pm

Macedonian political crisis could drag on for years, party leader warns

By Fatos Bytyci TETOVO, Macedonia (Reuters) - A leader of an ethnic Albanian party in Macedonia said the political crisis in the country could drag on for years and could be used by some politicians to ignite an ethnic conflict. The president...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:38pm

Greek farmers clash with police in Athens during reforms protest

By Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek farmers clashed with police in central Athens on Wednesday when a protest against tax and pension reforms mandated by the country's multi-billion-euro bailout turned...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 2:03pm

U.S. secretary of state to make first trip to Asia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Asia next week and meet with senior officials to discuss North Korea's recent missile tests and U.S. economic and security interests in the region. He will arrive in Japan...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:35am

China asks North Korea to stop missile tests, tells U.S. and South to seek talks

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China, fearing a rapid escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, called on North Korea on Wednesday to stop its nuclear and missile tests and for South Korea and the United States to stop joint military drills and seek...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:17am

Facing test of resolve, Trump pushes ahead with North Korea review

By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Faced with a growing test of resolve for a new U.S. president who vowed while campaigning to get tough on North Korea, Donald Trump's aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on how...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:49am

Women make gains in corner office but still lag far behind men, reports show

Canada, the United States and Francehave the highest percentage of women in leadership positions, with an average ofone-third of women holding those roles.Around the world, more and more women are being hired into upper management slots in a variety of fields, according to a recent study by...

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:18pm

Syrian government forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria: militia spokesman

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have taken over positions from a U.S.-backed militia in the northern city of Manbij on part of a frontline with Turkish-backed rebel forces, in line with a deal brokered by Russia, the militia's spokesman said on Monday...

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 12:45pm

Palestinian gunman killed in clash with Israeli forces

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian gunman fired at Israeli soldiers and military police during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Monday and the Israeli forces shot and killed the attacker in response, the army and police said in a statement...

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:03am

Easter 2017: When is Easter Sunday? Why does date change every year?

Easter Sunday in the United States will fall on April 16 in 2017.Unlike Christmas, Easter and Good Friday are "moveable feasts" in that they do not have a fixed date. Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday that follows the first full moon after March 22(Spring Equinox). There is a 35 day span where...

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 5:26pm

Donald Trump calls for investigation into Pelosi's and Schumer's ties to Russia

President Donald Trump demanded an investigation of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — after an investigation into Sen. Chuck Schumer is launched — for allegedly lying about her ties to Russia.“I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and...

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 4:47pm

South Korea reviewing China's actions over missile defense system: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister said he was reviewing whether reported Chinese actions over a U.S. missile defense system to be deployed in South Korea violate international norms, Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday. The report came after...

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 3:37am

Bangladesh arrests Islamist militant who urged killing of foreigners

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladeshi police have arrested the head of an Islamist militant group accused of inspiring followers to kill foreigners, the chief of the counter-terrorism unit said on Friday. Shaikh Mohammad Abul Kashem, who founded an offshoot of the larger...

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 3:17am

Ukraine tax chief falls ill as police close in over $75 million graft

By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian state agencies sought to detain the head of the tax and customs service on Friday over the alleged embezzlement of around $75 million - a potentially landmark case after patchy anti-graft efforts...

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2:53am

Turkey accuses Germany of aiding its enemies, as row escalates

By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish leaders condemned Germany on Friday for cancelling rallies of Turkish residents due to be addressed by Ankara's ministers and accused Berlin of...

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2:17am