• Argentina's Grossi secures votes to head U.N. nuclear watchdog
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters is pictured in Vienna, Austria on June 20, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     VIENNA, October 29 (Reuters): Argentina's Rafael Grossi has secured the backing of enough countries on the U.N. nuclear watchdog's board to become the head of the agency, succeeding Yukiya Amano after he died in office, diplomats who followed the vote on Tuesday said.   Grossi, 58, is currently Argentina's ambassador to the
  • Japan's Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata gestures during a news conference in Geneva on November 20, 1998. (REUTERS File Photo)   TOKYO, October 29 (Reuters): Sadako Ogata, a former top United Nations official who was the first and only woman to serve as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and became known for donning a helmet and flak jacket on trips into the field, has died, aged 92.   Japanese government officials said Ogata had died on Oc
  • Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, kill 14
    Demonstrators run after Iraqi security forces fired tear gas during a protest over corruption, lack of jobs, and poor services, in Baghdad, Iraq on October 28, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     HILLA, October 29 (Reuters): Iraqi security forces killed at least 14 people in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala overnight after opening fire on protesters, medical and security sources said, in a return to tactics denounced by the government's own internal inquiry.   At le
  • Trump says U.S. may release parts of Baghdadi raid video
    Iraqi youth watch the news of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi death, in Najaf, Iraq on October 27, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, October 28 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he may declassify and release part of the video taken on Saturday of the raid in Syria in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.   The video is believed to include aerial footage and possibly footage from cameras mounted on t
  • Fast-moving Los Angeles wildfire destroys homes, prompts evacuation orders
    The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, California, US on October 28. (REUTERS Photo)   Healdsburg, California, October 28 (Reuters): Thousands of people in Los Angeles were ordered to evacuate after a fast-moving brush fire ignited early on Monday morning near the Getty Center museum, the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has scorched parts of California.   The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. (0830 GMT
  • Argentina's Grossi takes lead in race to head U.N. atomic watchdog
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters is pictured in Vienna, Austria on June 20, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     VIENNA, October 28 (Reuters): Argentina's Rafael Grossi has taken the lead in a two-person race to head the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog and succeed Yukiya Amano after he died in office in July, according to diplomats who followed a vote by the agency's board on Monday.   Grossi has secured the support of International Atomic Ene
  • Chileans call for new protests even as Pinera readies cabinet reshuffle
    Demonstrators take part in a protest against Chile's state economic model in Valparaiso, Chile on October 27, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   SANTIAGO, October 28 (Reuters): President Sebastian Pinera readied a cabinet reshuffle Monday morning, as Chileans angry at inequality called for more demonstrations this week in the biggest political crisis since the country's return to democracy in 1990.   The president was considering sacking his embattled interior minister,
  • Russia guarded over Baghdadi killing, world leaders say fight goes on
    A satellite view of the reported residence of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to the source, near the village of Barisha, Syria, collected on September 28, 2019, is shown in this handout image released on October 27, 2019 by Maxar Technologies. (REUTERS. Photo)   WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, October 28 (Reuters): Russia offered guarded praise on Monday after President Donald Trump announced that U.S. forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but wo
  • EU nations agree Brexit delay until Jan. 31 as PM Johnson seeks election
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts a poppy on his jacket during a meeting with fundraisers for the Royal British Legion outside Downing Street in London, Britain on October 28. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON/BRUSSELS, October 28 (Reuters): The European Union agreed a three-month flexible delay on Monday to Britain's departure from the bloc as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for an election after opponents forced him to request an extension he had vowed never to ask
  • Syrian Kurdish forces say leaving Turkish border area, Damascus welcomes move
    A Syrian Democratic Forces flag flutters on a damaged building in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria on March 23, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, October 28 (Reuters): The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should now end its "aggression" in northeast Syria.   Turkey la
  • IMF stresses urgency of reforms in Lebanon to restore economic stability
    Lebanese army soldiers confront with demonstrators in an attempt to open a road blocked by them during ongoing anti-government protests in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon on October 28. (REUTERS Photo)   DUBAI, October 28 (Reuters): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it is assessing an emergency reform package announced by Lebanon's government last week and stressed reforms should be implemented urgently given the country's high debt levels and fiscal deficits.
  • Japan ramps up spending for typhoon relief, but workers are scarce
     A man cleans debris in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Yanagawamachi district, Date City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan on October 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     TOKYO, October 28 (Reuters): Ravaged by a series of storms, including the worst typhoon in decades, Japan is ramping up spending on rescue, repair and clean-up. But there's a catch: there are more shovels than hands.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has agreed to use $6.5 milli
  • Driver of truck found with 39 bodies appears in British court
    Residents light candles to pray for 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London, in front of Hanoi Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 27. (REUTERS Photo)   CHELMSFORD, England, October 28 (Reuters): The driver of a truck in which 39 people were found dead appeared in a British court via video link on Monday charged with manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.   The discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated truck on an industrial estate e
  • Argentina's Peronists sweep back into power as Macri ousted
    Presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez and running mate former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (not pictured) celebrate after election results in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 27, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BUENOS AIRES, October 28 (Reuters): Argentina's Peronists swept back into power on Sunday, ousting conservative president Mauricio Macri in an election result that shifts Latin America's No. 3 economy firmly back toward the left after it was battered by
  • EU likely to agree Brexit delay as PM Johnson seeks an election
     Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to head for the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain on October 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BRUSSELS, October 28 (Reuters): The European Union is likely to agree a 3-month flexible Brexit delay on Monday as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for an election after he was force
  • Trump hails death of 'depraved' Islamic State leader Baghdadi in U.S. raid
    U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House following reports that U.S. forces attacked Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria, in Washington, US on October 27, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, October 28 (Reuters): Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died "whimpering and crying" in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, fulfilling what he called his t
  • Italy's Salvini triumphs in Umbria as govt alliance slumps
    League party leader Matteo Salvini gestures during an anti-government demonstration in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ROME, October 28 (Reuters): League leader Matteo Salvini led the opposition centre-right to a crushing victory in the Italian region of Umbria, results on Monday showed, raising questions about how long the national government in Rome can survive.   Parties in the ruling coalition, the anti-establishment 5-St
  • Turkish President says killing of IS leader "turning point"
    Ankara, October 28 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the killing of the fugitive leader of the Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a "turning point" in fight against terrorism. "The killing of Daesh (IS) ringleader marks a turning point in our joint fight against terrorism. Turkey will continue to support anti-terror efforts as it has done in the past," Erdogan tweeted, the Xinhua news agency reported. "Having paid the dearest price in the
  • 74 killed in anti-govt protests in Iraq
    Baghdad, October 28 (IANS) The Iraqi authorities said on Sunday that the death toll from the new wave of nationwide protests over unemployment, corruption and lack of public services has risen to 74 and more than 3,600 wounded. Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), said in a statement that the clashes between the protesters and the security forces from October 25 to 27 left 74 people killed, the Efe news reported. He said that
  • US Congresswoman resigns over compromising allegations
    Washington, October 28 (IANS) Katie Hill, a US Congresswoman and also Vice Chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, has announced her resignation as she faces allegations of inappropriate relationships with congressional and campaign staffers. "It is with a broken heart that today (Sunday) I announce my resignation from Congress," Xinhua news agency quoted the California Democrat as saying in a statement released on Twitter on Sunday. "This is the hardest thing I hav