Trump announces release of US citizen jailed in Venezuela

Trump announces release of US citizen jailed in Venezuela

Washington, May 27 (IANS): US President Donald Trump on Saturday said an American citizen jailed in Venezuela since 2016 had been released.   “Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 p.m. The great […]

South Korea says North Korea committed to “complete” denuclearisation, summit with Trump

South Korea says North Korea committed to “complete” denuclearisation, summit with Trump

SEOUL, May 27 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday.   In Washington, Trump signalled that preparations for the summit with Kim were going ahead.   Moon […]

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos gives a speech to the nation in Bogota, Colombia on May 25. (REUTERS Photo) BOGOTA, May 26  (Reuters): Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance, President Juan Manuel Santos said late on Friday.   Colombia will […]

End ‘hide and seek’ Brexit approach, Barnier tells UK

End ‘hide and seek’ Brexit approach, Barnier tells UK

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator speaks to media after arriving to attend a discussion with business stakeholders and cross-border groups and companies in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on May 1. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRUSSELS, May 26 (Reuters): The EU’s Brexit negotiator urged the British government on Saturday to stop playing “hide and […]

Afghanistan registers candidates for long-delayed elections

Afghanistan registers candidates for long-delayed elections

Afghan women arrive at a voter registration centre to register for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections in Kabul, Afghanistan. (REUTERS File Photo)   KABUL, May 26 (Reuters): Afghanistan launched the registration of candidates for parliamentary and district elections on Saturday, taking another step towards a long-delayed ballot that has been threatened by deadly […]

Ethiopia pardons senior opposition leader sentenced to death

Ethiopia pardons senior opposition leader sentenced to death

ADDIS ABABA, May 26 (Reuters): Ethiopia pardoned on Saturday an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death, the latest in a series of pardons and releases of jailed dissidents announced in the wake of years of violent unrest.   Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his […]

Prospects of U.S.-North Korea summit brighten after Trump’s tweet

Prospects of U.S.-North Korea summit brighten after Trump’s tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, US on May 25. (REUTERS Photo)   SEOUL/WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters): Prospects that the United States and North Korea would hold a summit brightened after […]

Lebanon tells Syria development law could hinder refugees’ return

Lebanon tells Syria development law could hinder refugees’ return

BEIRUT, May 26 (Reuters): Lebanon expressed concern to Syria on Saturday over a new law aimed at redeveloping areas devastated by seven years of war, saying the initiative could hinder the return of many Syrian refugees to their homeland.   Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wrote in a letter to his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem […]

Ireland to end abortion ban in historic vote

Ireland to end abortion ban in historic vote

Ballot boxes wait to be unlocked as counting of the votes begins the day after the Abortion Referendum on liberalising abortion laws in Dublin, Ireland May 26, 2018. (REUTERS)   DUBLIN, May 26 (Reuters): Ireland is set to liberalise some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws after exit polls suggested a landslide vote for […]

Iran sets May 31 deadline in scramble to salvage nuclear deal

Iran sets May 31 deadline in scramble to salvage nuclear deal

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves the EU council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on May 15. (REUTERS File Photo)   VIENNA, May 25 (Reuters): European powers have until May 31 to present Iran with a plan to offset the U.S. pullout from its nuclear deal and Washington’s renewed sanctions, a senior Iranian official said, […]

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