PICTURE AND ITS STORY – Key Reuters photographs from 2016

PICTURE AND ITS STORY – Key Reuters photographs from 2016

LONDON, December 6 (Reuters) – From Syria’s festering conflict to the Bastille Day attack in Nice, Reuters photographers have been on the scene to record the biggest news stories this year.   A young woman tearing off the niqab she had been forced to wear for two years until U.S.-backed forces liberated her northern Syrian […]

Trump says “cancel order” on new Boeing Air Force One plane

Trump says “cancel order” on new Boeing Air Force One plane

WASHINGTON, December 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urged the government to cancel purchase of Boeing’s new Air Force One plane on Tuesday, saying it was “ridiculous” and too expensive.   “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. […]

South Korea’s Park digs in, as tycoons deny seeking favors

South Korea’s Park digs in, as tycoons deny seeking favors

SEOUL, December 6 (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye, engulfed in an influence peddling scandal, said if she was impeached she would wait for a court to uphold the decision, a party official said on Tuesday, a sign a political crisis could drag on for months.   Park’s embattled presidency faces a critical juncture, […]

At Dakota pipeline protest, activists celebrate, mindful fight is not over

At Dakota pipeline protest, activists  celebrate, mindful fight is not over

CANNON BALL, N.D., December 6 (Reuters): Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline project on Sunday, even though many recognized that the fight is likely to continue into next year.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it rejected an application to allow the Dakota […]

Special Report: 500 migrants drowned at sea. No one investigated

Special Report: 500 migrants drowned at sea. No one investigated

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, December 6 (Reuters) – At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt.   Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan Oromo. The few with […]

Rouhani says Iran will not let Trump rip up nuclear deal

Rouhani says Iran will not let Trump rip up nuclear deal

BEIRUT, December 6 (Reuters) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement.   Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran’s pact with world powers […]

Golden ‘King Bibi’ statue causes guerrilla-art stir in Israel

Golden ‘King Bibi’ statue causes guerrilla-art stir in Israel

TEL AVIV, December 6 (Reuters) – A gilded statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, erected in a Tel Aviv square and dubbed “King Bibi” by its guerrilla-artist creator, stirred bemusement from passersby and condemnation from Israel’s culture minister on Tuesday.   Sculptor Itay Zalait told reporters he had placed the four metre (13 foot) tall […]

Trump’s deal-making skill to resolve Kashmir issue: Pence

Trump’s deal-making skill to resolve Kashmir issue: Pence

Washington, December 6 (IANS) US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has stated that Donald Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and resolve problems, including the Kashmir issue.   Dunya News cited Pence as saying in an interview with the NBC Newsthat the new US administration intends to be “fully […]

Asia-Pacific loses steam in efforts to end hunger – study

Asia-Pacific loses steam in efforts to end hunger – study

HONG KONG, December 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Even as malnutrition killed millions of children worldwide last year – with many deaths in Asia-Pacific, the region’s progress towards defeating hunger has slowed down, a new study has found.   The study, published on Tuesday by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said although Asia- Pacific […]

Uzbekistan PM wins presidential vote panned by Western monitors

Uzbekistan PM wins presidential vote panned by Western monitors

TASHKENT, December 5 (Reuters) – Shavkat Mirziyoyev, long-serving prime minister of Uzbekistan, has become its second president, winning 88.61 percent of the vote in an election on Sunday criticised by Western observers.   “This shows that we are going along the path outlined by the late president (Islam Karimov),” Mirziyoyev told thousands of supporters at […]