International

'I've never seen such war' says 90-year-old rescued from Mosul

By Zohra Bensemra MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Ninety-year-old Khatla Ali Abdallah has survived decades of turbulence in northern Iraq, but the frail grandmother who fled the battle for Mosul this week says the fighting there is the...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:09pm

PHOTOS: Scenes from 2017 Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Every February, Brazil hosts one of the biggest, and most colorful parties in the world.Thousands ofpeoplegathered together on the streets in cities of Brazil to participate in Carnival—a five-day celebration leading up to Lent.The festivities kicked off last Friday and the party didn't stop until...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:29pm

Purge of academics leaves future of Turkish universities in doubt

By Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - Standing at a blackboard in an Ankara park, Sevilay Celenk delivers her lecture, titled: "Resisting with Stories". Several hundred students huddle in heavy coats against winter cold to listen as she...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:41am

Mass killer Breivik loses human rights case against Norway

By Alister Doyle and Terje Solsvik OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik lost a human rights case on Wednesday when an appeals court overturned a lower court verdict that his near-isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:21am

Ex-CIA spy freed in Portugal, avoids extradition over kidnapping

By Andrei Khalip and Jonathan Landay LISBON (Reuters) - A former CIA officer convicted of involvement in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy was released by authorities in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday after winning a last-minute...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:22am

German SPD trims Merkel's lead in Forsa poll

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) have narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to 2 percentage points from 3 in the last week, according to a poll for Stern magazine by the Forsa institute...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:15am

Trump: Yemen raid was success, gathered vital intelligence

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that a January raid in Yemen was a success and gathered vital intelligence against the al Qaeda affiliate there, despite questions raised about the effectiveness of the...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:41pm

Trump recommits to U.S. allies but says they must pay 'fair share'

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed support for the United States' longstanding security alliances around the world but insisted that friends and partners from Europe to the Middle East to the Pacific must “pay...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:37pm

Women charged with North Korean's murder leave court in bullet-proof vests

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia on Wednesday charged two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader in a bizarre airport assassination using a super-toxic nerve...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:02pm

U.S. gathered valuable intelligence from Yemen raid: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States gained valuable intelligence from last month's raid in Yemen about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), including its explosives manufacturing, targeting, training and recruitment practices, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:43pm

New Trump travel order will aim to short circuit legal challenges

By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg (Reuters) - In formulating a new executive order limiting travel to the United States, President Donald Trump has promised to make the directive harder to fight successfully in court than the one he issued in January...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:11pm

Shining Path founder Guzman faces second life sentence in Peru

LIMA (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Peru asked a federal judge on Tuesday to hand down a life sentence to Abimael Guzman, the founder of the Maoist-inspired rebel group the Shining Path, for allegedly ordering a bombing in Lima that killed 25 people in 1992...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:52pm

Tunisia says six guards charged in 2015 hotel attack probe

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian investigative judge has charged six security guards with failing to help tourists under attack during a 2015 massacre at a beach resort claimed by Islamic State, a counter-terrorism official said on Tuesday. The details were revealed...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:31pm

Australia calls ambassadors home to reshape foreign policy, trade

By Aaron Bunch and Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will call home all of its overseas ambassadors for a meeting, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday, as it reshapes its foreign policy to balance ties with long-time ally the United States...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:31pm

Italy gives partial pardon to ex-CIA officer, making jail unlikely

By Gavin Jones and Andrei Khalip ROME/LISBON (Reuters) - The Italian president on Tuesday gave a partial pardon to former CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa, convicted in absentia in Italy for involvement in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric there, the president's...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:31pm

Juncker to present post-Brexit EU white paper on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker will present a white paper to the European Parliament on Wednesday on options for shoring up unity once Britain launches its withdrawal process, a spokesman said. The European Commission...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

EU president Malta calls on bloc to pay more to move African migrants from Libya back home

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is being urged by one of its front line states to significantly increase funding for the United Nations to return migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries further south in Africa...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:59pm

U.S., Japan, South Korea explore ways to restrict Pyongyang weapons funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan discussed ways to further restrict funding for North Korea's weapons programs during talks in Washington on Monday, the countries said in a joint statement. "The officials...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 4:46pm

Rio sambas on to The Beatles after accident mars Carnival

By Pilar Olivares RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival revelers in Rio de Janeiro danced on to Beatles songs set to Brazilian samba rhythms on Monday after an accident injuring 20 people marred the annual pre lenten bacchanalia the night...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:19pm

Senior Myanmar police jailed for negligence over Rohingya attacks

By Wa Lone YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's police court has sentenced three senior officers to prison for negligence after Rohingya insurgents overran three border posts in October, killing nine policemen, a government official said on Friday. Several...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 1:59pm