International

Swedish ex-finance minister and tycoon named suspects in bribery case

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Fredrik Lundberg, one of Sweden's most powerful tycoons, and former finance minister Anders Borg have been questioned by prosecutors as suspects in a bribery probe. Forestry firm Holmen, where Lundberg is chairman, said Lundberg was...

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 4:01pm

South Korean, U.S. Marines tussle in snow in what North brands 'madcap' drill

By Kim Daewoung PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. Marines are conducting military exercises on ski slopes in sub-freezing temperatures, including shirtless hand-to-hand combat in the snow, prompting warnings of retaliation...

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:27am

China says cities must avoid looking identical in urban development

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese cities must avoid looking identical in their urban development and focus on each city's unique historical value, the government said in a policy document released late on Wednesday. Rapid development over the last four decades of...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 10:28pm

Doomsday Clock moves 30 seconds closer to midnight

UPDATE: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists "has decided to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to catastrophe. It is now two minutes and 30 seconds to midnight." You can read their full statement here.It’s three minutes to midnight. Is “doomsday” upon us?The Bulletin of...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:16pm

Chinese language can't decide if Trump is 'bright' or 'loud'

The country has two opinions of our new president and it seems so does the Chinese language.According to US Today, Trump's name can have two meanings inChinese.One describes the Commander-in-Chief as"extraordinary, bright and popular." But a less flattering translation is "unusual, loud and common...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 1:08pm

Chile's presidential hopefuls bet on anti-immigrant sentiment

By Anthony Esposito and Felipe Iturrieta SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A wave of recent arrivals from Haiti and Venezuela has spurred Chile's presidential candidates to tap into and stoke anti-immigrant sentiment, turning...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:08am

As Trump stresses 'America First', China plays the world leader

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China is calmly mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping's steady hand and new U.S. President Donald Trump, whose first days have...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 2:27am

Thai junta gives go-ahead to buy Chinese submarine and tanks

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government has approved 13.5 billion baht ($380 million) to buy a submarine from China after putting the purchase on hold last year, Thai officials said on Wednesday. While the Thai army will purchase 10 tanks and auxiliary...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 1:00am

Pope intervenes in Knights of Malta after head resigns under pressure

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will name his own man to run the Knights of Malta temporarily after the head of the ancient chivalric and charity institution resigned in the climax of a bitter dispute over sovereignty with the Vatican...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:03pm

Saris swirl at rare transgender 'birthday' party in Pakistan

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At a party in Peshawar, the guests' saris twirled as they danced to the music and fed each...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:37pm

Egypt to allow Italian experts to examine CCTV footage in Regeni murder investigation

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor agreed on Sunday to allow experts from Italy and a German company that specialises in salvaging CCTV footage to examine cameras in Cairo as part of the investigation into last year's murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni...

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 11:33am

Your last-minute guide to becoming a Canadian citizen

When all the electoral votes were counted on Nov. 8, Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one scrambling to figure out what she was going to do for the next four years. Americans logged onto Canada’s Immigration Department website in such vast numbers that it crashed under their collective despair....

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:25pm

Gangs clash inside Brazil prison, site of recent massacre

By Pedro Fonseca and Brad Brooks RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Hundreds of inmates from rival drug gangs clashed on Thursday in a Brazilian prison where 26 inmates were killed in the latest of a string of bloody uprisings,...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:03am

Peru tries to rescue seven miners trapped by landslide

LIMA (Reuters) - Rescuers worked frantically on Wednesday to free seven miners trapped for two days in a tunnel covered by a landslide in southern Peru, authorities said on Wednesday. One miner managed to escape early Tuesday but emergency workers were not notified...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:19pm

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed. The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:51am

Teen shoots four, kills self at private school in northern Mexico

By David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A teenage student suffering from depression shot three students and a teacher at a private school in northern Mexico on...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:24am

Following controversy, Vatican McDonald's feeds the homeless

When McDonald's opened just steps from the Vatican onDec. 30, not everyone welcomed the golden arches so close to the pope's home.But the fast-food joint decided to take up one of Pope Francis's principle's, according to Reuters, and feed the hungry on Monday.

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 5:10pm

In danger of extinction: Species that could disappear in 2017

In 2016, the World Wildlife Foundation warned harmful climate change was causing massive extinction of animals around the globe.According to a report WWF released in October, there was a 58 percent decrease in the numberof fish, mammals, birds and reptiles worldwide between 1970 and 2016.For more...

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 1:33pm

At least 5 dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least five people, including foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday, when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival...

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 8:34am

Surge of African migrants brave Latin America jungle trek for U.S. dream

By Anastasia Moloney TAPACHULA, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Using a stone, Ahmed Ali Hassan scraped away at the side of the container truck until he made a small hole, and putting his parched mouth to it, gasped for air. The overcrowded truck...

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 5:39am