Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over Islamic State

Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over Islamic State

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 26 (Reuters) – Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win.   Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed […]

China denies demolitions at centre for Tibetan Buddhist learning

China denies demolitions at centre for Tibetan Buddhist learning

BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities are renovating one of the world’s largest centres of learning for Tibetan Buddhism to prevent overcrowding and fires, a state-run newspaper said on Tuesday, denying Tibetan rights groups’ charges of demolition and evictions.   Groups including the British-based International Campaign for Tibet say demolition work began last week […]

Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

DHAKA, July 26 (Reuters) – Bangladesh police on Tuesday killed nine militants who were believed to have been plotting an attack similar to the one on a cafe on July 1 in which 22 people were killed, the national police chief said.   Police said the militants were holed up in a building in Kalyanpur […]

Syrians in Lebanon hit by arrests, curfews and hostility after bombings

Syrians in Lebanon hit by arrests, curfews and hostility after bombings

BEIRUT, July 25 (Reuters) – Suicide bombings in Lebanon last month have prompted mass arrests, curfews and reported vigilante-style attacks directed at the large Syrian refugee population, leaving many Syrians in the country feeling fearful and cornered.   The security measures are making it harder for Syrians, who already fear arbitrary arrest, to move around […]

Cold War ghosts haunt Latvia amid renewed NATO-Russia tensions

Cold War ghosts haunt Latvia amid renewed NATO-Russia tensions

RIGA, July 25 (Reuters) – Hidden in the forests of Aluksne, near Latvia’s north-eastern border with Russia, the remains of a former Soviet nuclear missile base are a magnet for tourists now rather than a top-secret site manned by soldiers.   The Zeltini missile launch site, operational during the Cold War years from 1962 to […]

Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm

Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm

ISTANBUL, July 25 (REUTERS): Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, under a crackdown following a failed coup that has targeted more than 60,000 people, drawing fire from the European Union.   The arrests or suspensions of soldiers, police, judges and civil servants in response to the July 15-16 putsch […]

Nepali president seeks consensus candidate for new PM

Nepali president seeks consensus candidate for new PM

KATHMANDU, July 25 (Reuters) – Nepal’s president held talks with leaders of three main political parties on Monday to come up with a consensus candidate for prime minister and try to end revolving-door politics that has seen 23 governments in 26 years. Prime Minister K.P. Oli, facing defeat in a no-confidence vote in parliament brought […]

U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military

U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military

BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. and Chinese militaries have reduced the risk of encounters between them having “unintended consequences”, a top U.S. official said on Monday, while China reiterated it would not accept interference in the South China Sea.   There have been a series of incidents in recent years, most in the […]