Myanmar president to be selected today

NAYPYITAW, March 14 (AP): Myanmar’s parliament votes Tuesday to pick the country’s next president from a group of three final candidates, including a front runner who is a longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.   Suu Kyi’s NLD won overwhelming majorities in both houses of parliament and its lawmakers are expected to […]

U.N. rights envoy urges prosecution of North Korean leader

U.N. rights envoy urges prosecution of North Korean leader

By Stephanie Nebehay   GENEVA, March 14 (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights investigator for North Korea called on Monday for leader Kim Jong Un and senior officials in the country to be prosecuted for committing crimes against humanity.   Marzuki Darusman told the U.N. Human Rights Council that North Korea is devoting huge […]

ANALYSIS – Trump without the hair? EU’s migration policy gets rough

By Paul Taylor   BRUSSELS, March 13 (Reuters) – Europe’s emerging migration policy is looking increasingly like Donald Trump without the hair.   Except that, unlike the Republican presidential frontrunner, who wants to make Mexico pay for a wall to keep migrants out of the United States, the Europeans are willing to pay their neighbour […]

Israel calls on world powers to punish Iran for its missile tests

Israel calls on world powers to punish Iran for its missile tests

JERUSALEM, March 13 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday called for world powers to take “immediate punitive steps” against Iran, following its ballistic missile tests last week.   A series of tests conducted by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards caused international concern, with the United States, France and other countries saying that, if confirmed, […]

As anti-Islam tone rises in U.S., Muslim women learn self-defence

As anti-Islam tone rises in U.S., Muslim women learn self-defence

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Some 20 women in Islamic hijab worried by rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States watched on a recent night as their self-defence instructor showed them how to punch a would-be attacker.   “Kiai!” shouted Rana Abdelhamid, an Egyptian-American with a black belt in shotokan karate, as she demonstrated the […]

Graffiti artwork of drowned Aylan highlights refugees’ plight

Graffiti artwork of drowned Aylan highlights refugees’ plight

March 12, REUTERS – A huge graffiti image of toddler Aylan Kurdi, pictures of whose dead body stirred global sympathy for migrants fleeing war and poverty, confronts motorists, pedestrians and river travellers in Frankfurt.   Thousands of weekday commuters using the Main river footpath and road bridge will see the 120-square-metre image of the three-year-old […]

WHO lists Zika R&D priorities

GENEVA, March 9 (Reuters): A meeting of experts on the Zika virus outbreak has agreed on three top priorities for research into medical products, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning that vaccine trials may come too late for the current outbreak. The top priorities were tests for other viruses such as dengue and […]