International

Victims of sex crime race strict Indian abortion deadline

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shiny Varghese Padiyara knew she faced a race against time when a woman rescued from a brothel was brought to her shelter in the Indian city of Pune and then said she wanted to end her 19-week pregnancy...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:46am

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:13am

Hungary central banker's claims of political interference "not credible", U.S. says

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday Hungary's central bank chief lacked credibility in accusing an unspecified "large NATO ally" of trying to topple the Hungarian government two years ago. Gyorgy Matolcsy, a close ally of authoritarian Prime...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:04am

Malaysia requests Interpol alert on four North Koreans over airport murder

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has requested Interpol to put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysia's police chief said on...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:22am

Iceland’s president wants to ban pineapple on pizza instead of, you know, refugees

President Donald Trump has opened the door for mass deportations of people in the U.S. illegally, just weeks after instituting a controversial ban on refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations entering the country.But a few thousand miles to the northeast, one country’s president would...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 8:54am

Retired Philippine policeman says Duterte ordered 'death squad' hits

By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte operated a "death squad" while mayor of Davao city, giving cash and orders for police and assassins to murder criminals, according to a former policeman who said he...

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:29pm

Gambia leader heralds new dawn for minister jailed 22 times

By Edward McAllister DAKAR (Reuters) - For one Gambian government minister, the ceremonial swearing in of President Adama Barrow marked the new dawn of a democracy he was jailed 22 times for...

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 7:10am

Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were 'normal'

By Michael Georgy SULAIYMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women...

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 11:37am

Venezuela Catholic Church feels backlash after chiding Socialists

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshippers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 1:19am

Ukraine charges Russia with new cyber attacks on infrastructure

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russian hackers of targeting its power grid, financial system and other infrastructure with a new type of virus that attacks industrial processes, the latest in a series of cyber offensives against the...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:15pm

Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - Before Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 6:51pm

Exclusive: Australia increases pressure, cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch SYDNEY (Reuters) - Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 6:06pm

From Iraq, with love: Refugee family embraced in US days before travel ban

It took three years for Mohammed Hameed to go through the immigration process to get to America from Iraq despite his dangerous service as a translator for the U.S. Army. He and his family landed at Newark International Airport just three weeks before President Donald Trump signed an executive...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:32pm

Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo: rights group

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday. The...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:39am

Gambia announces plans to stay in International Criminal Court

By Pap Saine and Lamin Jahateh BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's new government has told the United Nations it will remain in the International Criminal Court (ICC), state media reported on Monday, reversing the previous administration's plan to withdraw from the tribunal...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:05am

Exclusive: After Islamic State defeat, broken Iraqi farmers weigh heavy losses

By Michael Georgy and Maha El Dahan QARAQOSH, Iraq/ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Sami Yuhanna was making a decent living as a wheat farmer until a jihadist put a gun to his head and declared his land in Iraq's Nineveh province the property...

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:54pm

Jihadist rebel groups clash in northwest Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jihadists seen as close to Islamic State battled a rival hardline Islamist faction on Monday in northwestern Syria, a war monitor and an official with another insurgent group said. Jund al-Aqsa and Tahrir al-Sham clashed around Kafr Zeita...

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 3:42pm

Khamenei says Sweden has good name among Iranians

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Saturday the United States and Western powers are regarded with suspicion in the Middle East because of their interference, but that Sweden has a good name among Iranians and is seen as a reputable economic partner...

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 11:27pm

Paraguay gives remains of military dictatorship victims to families

By Mariel Cristaldo ASUNCION (Reuters) - The remains of four people killed during Paraguay's 1954-1989 military dictatorship were given to their families on Friday in an emotional ceremony that was the first of its kind...

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:17am

France watches skies for Russian wargames, domestic drone threat

By Marine Pennetier LYON-MONT VERDUN AIRBASE, France (Reuters) - From close-up encounters with Russian warplanes to the threat of attacks from lightweight drones, France's air force is on alert on two fronts as it...

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:23pm