U.N. to hold conference in Libya in April to discuss conflict solution

U.N. to hold conference in Libya in April to discuss conflict solution

The U.N. Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, speaks during a news conference in Tripoli, Libya on March 20. (REUTERS Photo) TRIPOLI, March 20 (Reuters): The United Nations will hold a long-awaited conference inside Libya in April to discuss a way out of the country’s eight-year conflict, a U.N. envoy said on Wednesday, although it remains […]

German conservatives eye compromise in EU row with Hungary, Orban defiant

German conservatives eye compromise in EU row with Hungary, Orban defiant

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during Hungary’s National Day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary on March 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo) BRUSSELS/BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters): Germany’s conservatives proposed that the EU’s centre-right grouping should suspend, not expel, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party on Wednesday, in a compromise aimed at defusing a bitter row over Budapest’s commitment […]

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Crop-damaging armyworms raise growing sense of alarm in Asia BANGKOK, March 20 (Reuters): Farming in several Asian countries is under threat from a type of crop-damaging insects that have munched their way from the Americas and across Africa, the United Nations’ food agency said on Wednesday as global experts commence a three-day meeting to discuss […]

NZ foreign minister headed to Turkey to “confront” Erdogan’s mosque shooting comments

NZ foreign minister headed to Turkey to “confront” Erdogan’s mosque shooting comments

People attend the burial ceremony for the victims of the mosque attacks, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 20. (REUTERS Photo) SYDNEY, March 20 (Reuters): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Turkey to “confront” comments made by Turkish President Tayyip […]

Iran denies hacking phone of Israeli election frontrunner

Iran denies hacking phone of Israeli election frontrunner

 Benny Gantz, head of Blue and White party speaks to the media in Kibbutz Nir-Am, Israel on March 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo) LONDON, March 20 (Reuters): Iran on Wednesday denied an Israeli media report that its intelligence service had hacked the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, the main challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Killed, orphaned, sold: Afghan war takes brutal toll on children

Killed, orphaned, sold: Afghan war takes brutal toll on children

Afghan girls attend a class at the Aschiana center in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo) KABUL/BALKH, March 20 (Reuters): After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder […]

Indonesia crash revelations raise pressure on Ethiopia probe

Indonesia crash revelations raise pressure on Ethiopia probe

Men unload a case containing the black boxes from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 outside the headquarters of France’s BEA air accident investigation agency in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France on March 14, 2019. (REUTERS Photo) ADDIS ABABA/JAKARTA, March 20 (Reuters): The world’s biggest planemaker Boeing faced growing obstacles to returning […]

Counting the cost: Nissan unpicks Ghosn legacy of “high-handedness” and “wrongdoings”

Counting the cost: Nissan unpicks Ghosn legacy of “high-handedness” and “wrongdoings”

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves at his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka’s office in Tokyo, Japan on March 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo) YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 20 (Reuters): In September 2007, despite weighty responsibilities at the helm of Nissan Motor Co and alliance partner Renault SA, Carlos Ghosn found time to get involved in a […]

In early campaigning, 2020 Democrats try out tactics for taking on Trump

In early campaigning, 2020 Democrats try out tactics for taking on Trump

A man wears a Trump 2020 campaign button as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, US on March 10, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo) HEMINGWAY, S.C., March 20 (Reuters): In the most polarized political environment in decades, Democratic […]

Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

Vehicles move on a road on a polluted day in Seoul, South Korea on March 12, 2019. (REUTERS Photo) SEOUL, March 20 (Reuters): Whenever dust particles hang thick in the air in South Korea, sales of pork rise. This quirky correlation in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, where air pollution outstrips industralised peers, stems from an old […]

Could Thailand’s populists win again despite army obstacles?

Could Thailand’s populists win again despite army obstacles?

A volunteer waits for a voter at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand on March 17. (REUTERS Tun Photo) BANGKOK, March 20 (Reuters): Nearly five years after Thailand’s 2014 military coup, the populist movement that the army has overthrown twice in a decade is contesting an election on Sunday that its leaders say is rigged […]

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