• Weary residents of Pakistani capital endure another round of protests
    Supporters of religious and political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) offer Friday prayers, during the so called Azadi March (Freedom March), called by the opposition, to protest against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 8. (REUTERS Photo)   ISLAMABAD, November 8 (Reuters): Patience is wearing thin among some residents of the Pakistani capital enduring another round of anti-government protests, with tens of thousands
  • Pompeo criticises Russia and China but says NATO must change
    German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Berlin, Germany on November 8. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, November 8 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Macron's comments in an interview with British weekly T
  • Australian bushfires wipe out half of koala colony, threaten more
    A burnt koala named Anwen, rescued from Lake Innes Nature Reserve, receives formula at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital ICU in Port Macquarie, Australia on November 7. (REUTERS Photo)     MELBOURNE, November 8 (Reuters): Bushfires have wiped out about half the koalas living on a coastal reserve in New South Wales, experts estimated on Friday, as a record number of intense fires rage around the Australian state.   A fierce early start to the bushfire
  • Serbia faces risk of U.S. sanctions over Russian arms deal
    A Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system fires a missile during the Keys to the Sky competition at the International Army Games 2017 at the Ashuluk shooting range outside Astrakhan, Russia on August 5, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     BELGRADE, November 8 (Reuters): A U.S. official is expected to arrive in Belgrade on Friday to discuss the purchase of advanced Russian anti-aircraft missile systems which could expose Serbia to U.S. sanctions.   Serbia's
  • Why are Republicans hell-bent on exposing Trump whistleblower?
     Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks as he and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, US on September 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, November 8 (Reuters): An aggressive push by President Donald Trump's Republican allies to unmask an anonymous whistleblower who ignited the impeachment inquiry could help shore
  • White House blockade of impeachment probe likely to hold ahead of open hearings
    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney listens during a cabinet meeting held by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US on, October 21, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, November 8 (Reuters): The White House blockade of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump seemed likely to hold firm on Friday, as congressional officials said they expected two administration officials to rebuff a request to te
  • Death of Hong Kong student likely to add fuel to unrest
    Graduates attend a ceremony to pay tribute to Chow Tsz-lok, 22, an university student who fell during protests at the weekend and died early on Friday morning, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in Hong Kong, China on November 8. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, November 8 (Reuters): A student at a Hong Kong university who fell one floor in a parking lot during pro-democracy protests at the weekend died on Friday, the first student death in months of dem
  • World Bank ready to support Lebanon, urges quick formation of new cabinet
    A woman waves a national flag as police officers stand guard during ongoing anti-government protests near the directorate general of finance building in Beirut, Lebanon on November 6, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIRUT, November 7 (Reuters): The World Bank said on Wednesday it stood ready to back a new Lebanese government, warning the country had no time to waste to tackle an emerging economic crisis worsening by the day.   The bank called for the rapid formation
  • U.S. accuses two former Twitter employees of spying for Saudi Arabia
    The Twitter App loads on an iPhone in this illustration photograph taken in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)         WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, November 7 (Reuters): Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, a complaint from the Department of Justice shows.
  • 'Wave of hope' to end FGM in Ethiopia as activist pioneer dies
    Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre (L) hugs Almaz Someno, a staff member of the charity Kembatti Mentti Gezzimma. (Photo credit: Martin Dixon)     LONDON, November 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Ethiopia's Bogaletch Gebre - feted for almost eradicating female genital mutilation in her home region - has died, her charity said on Wednesday, as activists vowed to push on with her work.   The former scientist and marathon runner's quiet revolution saved tens
  • Cambodia opposition founder says he was blocked from boarding plane home from Paris
    Cambodia's self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return to his home country, gestures to supporters after being prevented from checking-in for a flight from Paris to Bangkok at Roissy Airport in Paris, France on November 7. (REUTERS Photo)   PARIS/KUALA LUMPUR, November 7 (Reuters): Cambodia's self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return to his home country to lead demonstrations against authoritarian rule, said he
  • North Korea slams door on Japan PM Abe visit, calls him a 'moron'
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the ASEAN-Japan Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on November 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   SEOUL, November 7 (Reuters): North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a moron who should not even dream of setting foot in Pyongyang in a state media commentary laden with insults in response to his criticism of the North’s latest weapons test.   North Korea conducted a test of what it called “super-large
  • Include Tibetan plateau in UN discussions: Climate researchers
    Dharamsala, November 7 (IANS): In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference beginning early next month, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) climate researchers on Thursday sought global intervention to protect the Tibetan plateau -- the third largest concentration of ice after the south and north poles -- from manmade disaster.   Known as the water tower of Asia, it directly sustains over 150 million people and affects the lives of several billion downstream dwellers m
  • Masked Hong Kong students chant at graduation amid fears for elections
    Graduates wearing Guy Fawkes masks throw their hats as they pose for their photo after a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China on November 7. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, November 7 (Reuters): Hong Kong students, many wearing banned black masks, chanted slogans at their graduation at the Chinese University on Thursday, with some holding up banners urging "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now".   The students defied a ban on
  • Harassed but unbowed, Philippines VP to take on 'poisoned chalice' role
    President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo stand at attention for the national anthem during the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation ceremony in Camp Castaneda, Silang town in Cavite city, south of Manila, Philippines on March 24, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     MANILA, November 7 (Reuters): The last time aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a text message to his vice president, it was to tell her to stay away from his cab
  • Germany commits to NATO spending goal by 2031 for first time
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Brussels, Belgium on July 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BERLIN, November 7 (Reuters): Germany will reach a NATO defence spending target by 2031, its defence minister said, missing a 2024 deadline agreed by the allies who are under heavy U.S. pressure to beef up their military budgets.   Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany would
  • U.S.'s Pompeo says Iran's latest nuclear steps raise concern
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US on September 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, November 7 (Reuters): Iran's recent "nuclear escalations" raise concerns that should move all countries to increase pressure on Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pomeo said on Thursday, as Iran resumed uranium enrichment at one o
  • War crimes judges sentence Congolese warlord Ntaganda to 30 years in prison
    Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda rises as judges enter the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands on November 7. (REUTERS Photo)   THE HAGUE, November 7 (Reuters): The International Criminal Court sentenced former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda on Thursday to 30 years in prison for atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers.   Ntaganda, 46, was found guilty in July on 18 charges
  • Iraqi forces shoot at protesters killing four in Baghdad
    Iraqi protesters burn tires as they block the entrance to Umm Qasr Port, south of Basra, Iraq on November 7. (REUTERS Photo)   BAGHDAD, November 7 (Reuters): Iraqi security forces shot dead at least four protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.   Another 35 people were wounded in the clashes near Shuhada Bridge, they said, as mass demonstrations continued for a 13th strai
  • 'There are problems': Doubts in Darfur as new PM promises peace
    Sudan's Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok addresses residents during his visit to the camps of El-Fashir in North Darfur, Sudan on November 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   EL FASHER, Sudan, November 6 (Reuters): Saleha Nour sits selling nuts in the market in El Fasher, Darfur and dismisses her new prime minister's promise of a brighter new future with a wave of her hand.   She is talking on the eve of a visit by the premier - Abdalla Ham