Philippine lawmakers file criminal case against Duterte critic

Philippine lawmakers file criminal case against Duterte critic

MANILA, December 13 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in Congress on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against a senator who has been an outspoken critic of a surge of extrajudicial killings unleashed by the president’s campaign against drugs.   The legal complaint against Senator Leila de Lima, who was justice minister in a […]

China warns Trump against ignoring its Taiwan interests

China warns Trump against ignoring its Taiwan interests

BEIJING, December 12 (Reuters) – China expressed “serious concern” on Monday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of “one China”, calling it the basis for relations.   Trump’s comments on “Fox News Sunday”, questioning nearly four decades of […]

Syrian army in “final stages” of Aleppo offensive

Syrian army in “final stages” of Aleppo offensive

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, December 12 (Reuters) – The Syrian army and its allies are in the “final stages” of recapturing Aleppo after a sudden advance that has pushed rebels to the brink of collapse in a shrinking enclave, a Syrian general said on Monday.   A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone said the bombardment of […]

Egypt mourns victims of church bombing, angry survivors say security lax

Egypt mourns victims of church bombing, angry survivors say security lax

CAIRO, December 12 (Reuters) – Mourners packed an Egyptian church on Monday for a funeral service for 24 people killed in the bombing of Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral, while angry survivors accused authorities of security lapses.   Tearful Christians gathered at the Virgin Mary and St Athanasius Church in Cairo where Coptic Pope Tawadros II […]

‘Putin wanted revenge on Hillary Clinton’

‘Putin wanted revenge on Hillary Clinton’

Washington, December 12 (IANS) A former US envoy has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted “revenge” on Democrat Hillary Clinton while discussing Russias alleged interference in the 2016 election.   “Let’s remember that Vladimir Putin thinks she interfered in his election in 2011, and has said as much publicly, and I’ve heard him talk […]

Macedonia’s nationalists, Social Democrats, almost tied in parliamentary vote

Macedonia’s nationalists, Social Democrats, almost tied in parliamentary vote

SKOPJE, December 12 (Reuters) – Macedonia’s nationalist VMRO-DPMNE and opposition Social Democrats were virtually tied in a Sunday election aimed at ending a two-year-long crisis that brought down the previous government, state election commission preliminary results showed.   The centre-right VMRO-DPMNE of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski won 37.96 percent of the vote, while the […]

Santa in trouble? Reindeer shrink in Arctic as climate changes

Santa in trouble? Reindeer shrink in Arctic as climate changes

OSLO, December 12 (Reuters) – Reindeer are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side-effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas’ sleigh, scientists said on Monday.   The average weight of adult reindeer on Svalbard, a chain of islands north of […]

Trump rejects election hacking allegations

Trump rejects election hacking allegations

Washington, December 12 (IANS) US President-elect Donald Trump said he does not believe the allegations by the US intelligence agencies that the Russian government helped him win the White House via election-related cyberattacks.   “I think it is just another excuse. I do not believe it … Every week it’s another excuse,” Xinhua cited Trump […]

Philippines president rejects rebels’ demand to free more prisoners

Philippines president rejects rebels’ demand to free more prisoners

MANILA, December 11 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday rejected a demand by Maoist-led rebels to free more prisoners as part of a ceasefire deal, saying he had made enough concessions and was willing to let peace talks collapse if necessary.   For decades the government and the communists’ political arm, National Democratic […]

Trump says U.S. not necessarily bound by “one China” policy

Trump says U.S. not necessarily bound by “one China” policy

WASHINGTON, December 11 (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States had to be bound by its longstanding position that Taiwan is part of “one China” and brushed aside Beijing’s concerns about his decision to accept a phone call from Taiwan’s president.   “I fully understand the ‘one China policy,’ but I […]