• Amid crisis, China rejected Hong Kong plan to appease protesters: sources
    A man walks past a graffiti during a march to demand democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files   HONG KONG, August 30 (Reuters) - Earlier this summer, Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, submitted a report to Beijing that assessed protesters' five key demands and found that withdrawing a contentious extradition bill could help defuse the mounting political crisis in the territory.   The Chinese centra
  • Colombian dissident rebel leader issues new call to arms three years after peace deal
    Former FARC Commander known by his alias Ivan Marquez reads a statement that they will take they insurgency once again, in this undated screen grab obtained from a video released on August 29, 2019. FORMER FARC DISSIDENCE HANDOUT/Reuters TV via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.   BOGOTA, August 30 (Reuters) - A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that they will
  • Pak observes Kashmir Hour to express 'solidarity'
    People carry Pakistan's and Azad Kashmir's flags and chant slogans during a countrywide 'Kashmir Hour' to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, observing a call by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro   Islamabad, August 30 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday observed "Kashmir Hour", with the national anthems of the country and "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" (AJK) being played nationwide to exp
  • Judge refuses to halt UK Parliament suspension plans
    London, August 30 (IANS) A Scottish judge on Friday refused to order a temporary halt to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to temporarily suspend the UK Parliament. A group of 75 parliamentarians were seeking an interim interdict - similar to an injunction - at the Court of Session ahead of a full hearing, the BBC reported. Their request was declined by Lord Doherty, who said he was not satisfied there was a "cogent need" for an interdict. But the full hearing will now be
  • Gabbard dropped from Democratic presidential debate lineup
    New York, August 30 (IANS) Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu aspirant for the Democratic Party nomination for the US presidency, has been dropped by the party from the roster of ten candidates to feature in the next debate, dealing her campaign a setback and dimming its national exposure. Gabbard accused the party leadership of using a process that "lacks transparency" in the decision to drop her from the third national debate on September 12, the line up for which was announced on Thursday.
  • Hong Kong democracy activists arrested, protest march banned
    In this June 18, 2019, photo, pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, right, and Joshua Wong meet media outside government office in Hong Kong. Demosisto, a pro-democracy group in Hong Kong posted on its social media accounts that well-known activist Joshua Wong had been pushed into a private car around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 and was taken to police headquarters. It later said another member, Agnes Chow, had been arrested as well. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)     HONG
  • War and poverty drive Gazans to seek better life in Europe despite dangers
    A Palestinian man sells falafel as he uses a battery-powered light during power cut in the northern Gaza Strip August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem   About 30,000 of Gaza's population have tried to flee war and poverty to a new life elsewhere - but many have died on the journey   GAZA, August 30 (Reuters) - Shaban Khalaf's advice to any other Gazans thinking of heading to Europe in search of a better life, as he did, is blunt: don't bother - it's not worth the
  • Israel says Iran boosting bid to set up Hezbollah precision-missile plants in Lebanon
    A banner depicting Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and an United Nation's post are seen in Lebanon from the Israeli side of the border, near Zar'it in northern Israel no August 28, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   JERUSALEM, August 29 (Reuters): Israel accused Iran on Thursday of stepping up efforts to provide the Hezbollah militia with precision-guided missile production facilities, a warning to Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate.   "Dir bala
  • Britain's Labour vows to use parliament to thwart no-deal Brexit
    Anti-Brexit protestors hold placards, outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, August 29 (Reuters): The opposition Labour Party said on Thursday it would trigger an emergency debate in parliament next week to try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a withdrawal deal.   More than three years after the country voted in a referendum to leave the bloc, the U
  • New Italian coalition allies have mutual foe, but little else in common
    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media at the Quirinale Presidential Palace after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, August 29 (Reuters): The ancient adage 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' has been a staple of pragmatic statecraft throughout history and it will be the cornerstone of a new Italian coalition that looks set to take office next week.   Once bitter adversarie
  • After euphoria and anxiety, Germans turn pragmatic on immigration - study
    An exhibitor talks to visitors at a job fair for migrants to provide information about job opportunities all over the country in Berlin, Germany on January 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BERLIN, August 29 (Reuters): Germans are broadly positive towards immigration and think it benefits the country, a survey showed, suggesting the often extreme reactions triggered by the arrival of a million-plus refugees there in 2015 have given way to a calmer view.
  • War and poverty drive Gazans to seek better life in Europe despite dangers
    A Palestinian boy bids farewell to his uncle, before the boy leaves Gaza with his mother, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on July 8, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   GAZA, August 29 (Reuters): Shaban Khalaf's advice to any other Gazans thinking of heading to Europe in search of a better life, as he did, is blunt: don't bother - it's not worth the danger and the expense.   Khalaf should know. Despairing of ever finding a decent job in Gaza, whe
  • Trump: U.S. will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban
    U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One upon departure after the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 29 (Reuters): President Donald Trump said on Thursday that U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan were being reduced to 8,600 but that American forces would remain in the country even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war.   "Oh yeah, you have to ke
  • Ukraine president proposes political novice Honcharuk as prime minister
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy applauds during the first session of newly-elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)     KIEV, August 29 (Reuters): Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has proposed insider Oleksiy Honcharuk - a 35-year-old lawyer with little political experience - as prime minister, according to a parliamentary resolution published on Thursday.   Honcharuk became a deputy head of Zelenskiy's office in May
  • North Korea changes constitution to solidify Kim Jong Un’s rule
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a cosmetics factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 28, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL, August 29 (Reuters): North Korea's parliament has approved changes to the country's constitution to solidify leader Kim Jong Un’s role as head of state, state media said on Thursday.   The move comes after Kim was formally named head of state and
  • Yemen's separatists vow revenge for government assault on Aden
    Southern separatist fighters are pictured during clashes with government forces in Aden, Yemen on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)   ADEN, August 29 (Reuters): Southern Yemeni separatists vowed on Thursday to avenge a government assault on their positions in Aden and brought in reinforcements from elsewhere, threatening an escalation in fighting between nominal allies in the country's complex war.   The separatists and Yemen's internationally recognised government
  • Violent protest erupts in capital of Indonesia's Papua
    A police officer escorts a woman during a protest in Mimika, Papua, Indonesia on August 21, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)     JAKARTA, August 29 (Reuters): Protesters in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua set buildings ablaze on Thursday, forcing the state power firm to cut off electricity in parts of the provincial capital of Jayapura, state media and an executive of the utility said.   For almost two weeks, the r
  • Myanmar jails filmmaker for Facebook posts critical of military
    Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi is escorted out by police after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)     YANGON, August 29 (Reuters): A Myanmar court on Thursday sentenced a prominent filmmaker to one year in prison with hard labour for Facebook posts that criticised the military.   Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was arrested in April and accused of breaking a colonial-era law that bans statements that could cause a soldier or other
  • Scrapped intelligence pact draws United States into deepening South Korea-Japan dispute
    National flags of South Korea and Japan are displayed during a meeting between Komeito Party members and South Korean lawmakers at Komeito Party's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan on July 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL, August 29 (Reuters): South Korea's decision to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan has led to an increasingly public split with the United States, just when the allies face rising tensions with North Korea and new competit
  • Top challenger of Afghan president says ready to quit elections for peace
    Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah speaks at the India-Afghanistan international trade and investment show, in Mumbai on September 12, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   KABUL, August 29 (Reuters): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's main challenger in a election next month has said he is ready to abandon his bid for power for the sake of peace, raising more questions about prospects for an election the Taliban have vowed to block.   The twice-delayed pres