• Ukraine frees jailed Russian journalist amid prisoner swap talks
    Kirill Vyshinsky, director of the Ukrainian office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, who was detained by Security Service of Ukraine on treason charges in 2018, attends a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine on July 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     KIEV/MOSCOW, August 28 (Reuters): A court in Ukraine ordered jailed Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky to be freed on bail and released from custody, as Moscow and Kiev hold behind-the-scenes talks on a possi
  • As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MANILA, August 28 (Reuters): When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbours to a new level of brinkmanship in the South China Sea
  • Hezbollah to hit back at Israel but war unlikely: deputy chief
    Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem is pictured during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon on August 3, 2016. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIRUT, August 28 (Reuters): Hezbollah will respond with a "surprise" strike against Israel after drones crashed in Lebanon, but a new war remains unlikely, the Iran-backed movement said, amid heightened fears of a full-scale confrontation between the longtime adversaries.  
  • U.N. Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations as funding slips
    Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), speaks to the media in Gaza City on August 27. (REUTERS Photo)   GAZA, August 27 (Reuters): The head of a U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees, which is under a corruption investigation, said on Tuesday it still needed $150 million in donations to keep it operating until the end of this year.   Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief a
  • Iran jails Iranian-British national for 10 years for spying for Israel: TV
    DUBAI, August 27 (Reuters): Iran has sentenced a British-Iranian national to 10 years in jail for spying for Israel, state TV reported on Tuesday.   Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last year that Western agents had infiltrated the country, and its relations with major world powers deteriorated as Washington pulled out of the nuclear deal they signed with Tehran in 2015.   Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili named the jailed dual-national as A
  • Brazil will reject G7 Amazon aid unless Macron withdraws 'insults'
    FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the Brazilian Steel Conference in Brasilia on Brazil, August 21, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRASILIA, August 27 (Reuters): Brazil will reject an offer of at least $20 million from the Group of Seven nations to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest unless French President Emmanuel Macron withdraws his "insults," President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday.   The two leaders have become embroiled in
  • Japan minister, meeting Iranian counterpart, urges Iran to abide by nuclear deal
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono at a hotel in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan on August 27. (REUTERS Photo)   YOKOHAMA, Japan, August 27 (Reuters): Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he urged Iran to abide by a 2015 nuclear deal during a meeting on Tuesday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.   The men agreed to maintain close communication between Japan and Iran, which hi
  • Iran's Rouhani rules out talks with US until sanctions lifted
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he delivers a speech during the Conference of Government’s Achievements in Developing Rural Infrastructure in Tehran, Iran on August 26. (REUTERS Photo)   DUBAI, August 27 (Reuters): Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff. &n
  • Thai PM breached constitution by failing to vow to uphold it: ombudsman
    Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reacts while taking questions from journalists after the group photo session with new government cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand on July 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BANGKOK, August 27 (Reuters): Thailand's prime minister and his cabinet breached the constitution by failing to recite the full oath of allegiance when they were sworn in before the king last month, the Office of the Ombudsman said on Tuesday.   P
  • Algerian economy creaks at the seams after six months of turmoil
    Demonstrators carry flags as they walk past Algiers Stock Exchange during an anti-government protest in Algiers, Algeria on August 23, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   ALGIERS, August 27 (Reuters): On the face of it, Algeria's state-dominated economy has weathered six months of turmoil well, with flightloads of public sector workers heading abroad for holidays even as protesters who ousted the veteran president in April now target his allies.   But business, and leisu
  • Romanian government looks unlikely to survive confidence vote after it loses ally
    Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila delivers a speech during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on January 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BUCHAREST, August 27 (Reuters): Romania's Social Democrat (PSD) minority government may not survive an expected no-confidence vote next month after its sole potential partner said on Tuesday it would not lend support.   Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's government lost its majority
  • Hong Kong violence becoming more serious, but govt in control, says Lam
    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China on August 27. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 27 (Reuters): Violence in Hong Kong's anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the embattled leader of the former British colony said on Tuesday.   Carrie Lam was speaking in public for the first time since demonstrations escalated on Sunday, when pol
  • Netanyahu tells Hezbollah's Nasrallah to 'calm down' after drone incident
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cornerstone-laying ceremony for Mobileye's center in Jerusalem on August 27. (REUTERS Photo)   JERUSALEM, August 27 (Reuters): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday to "calm down" after Nasrallah said his movement was preparing a response to the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb.   In a speech on Sunday, Nasrallah accused Israel
  • Australian writer held for seven months in China faces espionage charge
    Australian writer Yang Hengjun wishes Happy New Year to his Twitter followers at an unidentified location in this still image from an undated video obtained via social media. (REUTERS File Photo)   CANBERRA, August 27 (Reuters): A Chinese-born Australian writer held in China since January has been formally arrested on suspicion of espionage, the Australian and Chinese governments said on Tuesday, amid growing diplomatic tension between Canberra and Beijing.  
  • Britain's Corbyn 'will do everything necessary' to stop no-deal Brexit
    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London, Britain on August 19, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON/BRUSSELS, August 27 (Reuters): Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would do everything necessary to prevent Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal as he met senior lawmakers from other parties on Tuesday to discuss tactics.   The United Kingdom is heading towards a constitutional crisis at h
  • Italy's 5-Star, opposition, clash over potential cabinet roles
    5-Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio speaks to the media after consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, August 27 (Reuters): Talks on forming a new Italian government ran into trouble on Tuesday as the ruling 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) traded accusations over key jobs, including that of interior minister.   The anti-establishment 5-Star suspended negoti
  • Meeting Iran counterpart, Japan minister says he hopes to ease Mid-East tension
    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono attends the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok on Thailand, August 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     YOKOHAMA, Japan, August 27 (Reuters): Japan will try to help ease tension in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday as he began a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.   Zarif said he looked forward to discussions with Kono as both countries had specia
  • Rain will not extinguish Amazon fires for weeks, weather experts say
    A tract of Amazon jungle is seen after a fire in Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil ON August 24, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BRASILIA, AUGUST 27 (Reuters): Weak rainfall is unlikely to extinguish a record number of fires raging in Brazil's Amazon anytime soon, with pockets of precipitation through September 10 expected to bring only isolated relief, according to weather data and two experts.   The world's largest tropical rainforest is being ravaged as the num
  • Trump says ready to meet Iran's president to solve nuclear impasse
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (not pictured) for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 26. (REUTERS Photo)   BIARRITZ, France, August 26 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran's president under the right circumstances to end a confrontation over a 2015 nuclear deal and that talks were underway to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Ir
  • PM Hariri: Lebanon wants to avoid escalation with Israel
    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen during the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon on February 6, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, August 26 (Reuters): Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Monday his government wants to avoid an escalation with Israel but the international community must reject Israel's "blatant violation" of Lebanese sovereignty.   Two drones crashed on