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Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin

By Angus McDowall and Tuvan Gumrukcu BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 12:33 PM

'Bad guy' Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

By Robin Emmott and Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - European and U.S. officials divided over U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy found common cause this weekend in decrying what they say is Russia's covert campaign to undermine Western democracies...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 11:37 AM

Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 9:11 AM

Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing

By Andrew Osborn and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and several Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 7:07 AM

Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers search

LONDON (Reuters) - The wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report. The Aseman Airlines flight...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 7:07 AM

Oxfam says Haiti director admitted using prostitutes

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's country director in Haiti admitted to using prostitutes at his residence during a relief mission before resigning in 2011, according to an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct released by the charity on Monday...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:22 AM

Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode

By Rich McKay (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:22 AM

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp <CCL.N>, the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 1:26 AM

World stocks break recovery streak with U.S. and China closed

By Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were set to post their first loss in five days on Monday, breaking a winning streak that saw them recover almost half their losses from a violent sell-off two weeks ago. In a day of...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:08 PM

Russian medalist at Games suspected of doping: source

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, in a potential major blow...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:08 PM

Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism

By Michelle Price WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:08 PM

Exclusive: For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal

By Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Robin Emmott WASHINGTON/PARIS/MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States has sketched out a path under which three key European allies would simply commit to try to improve the Iran nuclear deal over time in return...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:52 PM

All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

DUBAI (Reuters) - All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region. A spokesman for Iranian carrier...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:52 PM

Leading SPD mayors back coalition with Merkel, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading Social Democrat (SPD) mayors favor joining a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Sunday, boosting the prospects of the center-left party backing the alliance in a ballot starting this week...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:52 PM

Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missiles

By Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 8:50 AM

Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 8:50 AM

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

By Robin Emmott and Thomas Escritt MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 6:35 AM

U.S. still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian dead

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 AM

Trump ex-aide Manafort accused of bank fraud in bail offer: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, according to court documents made public on Friday. The new accusation, related to a property...

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:36 PM