Myanmar frees BBC reporter from jail after appeal

Myanmar frees BBC reporter from jail after appeal

YANGON, July 21 (Reuters) – A journalist from the BBC’s Myanmar-language service walked free from prison on Thursday after a court accepted his appeal against a three-month sentence handed down in June for striking a policeman.   “I’m in good health and I’m very thankful to those who expressed concerns and worked for my release,” […]

Turkey says no return to past repression despite state of emergency

Turkey says no return to past repression despite state of emergency

ISTANBUL, July 21 (Reuters) – Turkey tried to assure its citizens and the outside world on Thursday that there will be no return to the deep repression of the past, even though President Tayyip Erdogan has imposed the first nationwide state of emergency since the 1980s.   With Erdogan cracking down on thousands of people […]

Trump raises new questions about commitment to NATO allies – NYT

Trump raises new questions about commitment to NATO allies – NYT

July 21(Reuters) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has raised fresh questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they were attacked, a stance in keeping with his “America First” agenda, the New York Times reported.   In response to a question about potential Russian aggression towards the Baltic states, Trump told the […]

Exclusive: Trump considering fracking mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary – sources

Exclusive: Trump considering fracking mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary – sources

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump’s campaign.   The chief executive of Continental Resources would be the first U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from […]

Pakistan to pass law against honour killings in weeks – PM’s daughter

Pakistan to pass law against honour killings in weeks – PM’s daughter

ISLAMABAD, July 20 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ruling party plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of an outspoken social media star, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday.   The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said […]

Turkey set for emergency measures to quell post-coup turmoil

Turkey set for emergency measures to quell post-coup turmoil

ISTANBUL, July 20 (Reuters) – Turkey will announce emergency measures on Wednesday to try to shore up stability and prevent damage to the economy as it purges thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after an abortive coup.   Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been […]