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  • N. Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end
    People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea's firing projectiles with a file image at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh consecutive week of weapons tests, South Korea’s military said, a day after it threatened to remain America’s biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. The part of Korean letters read: "
  • WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it
    A public health worker takes a blood sample from a woman to be tested for malaria in Bo Rai district, Trat provice, Thailand, November 29, 2017. Picture taken November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Prapan Chankaew/File Photo   WHO experts say it's not yet possible to put a price tag or target date on achieving eradication   LONDON, August 24 (Reuters) - Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus fo
  • Brazil's indigenous people swear to fight for Amazon 'to last drop of blood'
    Indigenous people from the Mura tribe show a deforested area in unmarked indigenous lands inside the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 20, 2019. Picture taken August 20, 2019. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)   CANUTAMA (Brazil), August 23  (Reuters) :Members of Brazil's Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. Their enemy? The def
  • Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest
    Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's Central district, China on August 23. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 23 (Reuters): Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined hands to form human chains on Friday in a peaceful protest, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory.   Demonstrators, families youn
  • EU piles pressure on Brazil over Amazon fires
    An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   DUBLIN/BRUSSELS, August 23 (Reuters): The European Union piled pressure on Friday on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon basin, with Ireland and France saying they could block a trade deal with South America.   Bolsonaro has rejected what he calls foreign interference in domestic affairs in Brazil, where v
  • Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks
    Sri Lankan military stand guard as priests arrive at the reopening ceremony of the St. Anthony's Shrine, one of the churches attacked in the April 21st Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     COLOMBO, August 23 (Reuters): Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation which is set to vote in a new head of st
  • Mexican Senate bust-up exposes fragility of president's ruling party
     Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MEXICO CITY, August 23 (Reuters): A fight among leaders of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's ruling party is unlikely to weaken his iron grip on the country, but the row has also underlined how fragile the political legacy he is seeking to build may be.   Smashing the opposition w
  • Erdogan tells Putin Syrian offensive is causing humanitarian crisis
    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pays his respects at a convoy carrying remains of the Srebrenica genocide victims, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ANKARA, August 23 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday that Syrian army attacks in northwest Syria are causing a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey's national security, the Turkish presidency said.  
  • WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it
    A worker sprays insecticide for mosquitos at a village in Bangkok, Thailand on December 12, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, August 23 (Reuters): Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it.   Launching the findings of a three-year long analysis of the global fight against malaria, WHO experts said
  • Japan says South Korea fails to grasp North Korea threat with scrapping of pact
    Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya speaks during a news conference at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 21, 2018. (REUTERS File photo)     TOKYO/SEOUL, August 23 (Reuters): Japanese Minister of Defence Takeshi Iwaya said on Friday South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact was regrettable and showed it failed to appreciate the growing security threat posed by North Korea.   South Korea offi
  • Pakistan Supreme Court orders action against judge in Nawaz Sharif's case
    Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, speaks during a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain on July 11, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   ISLAMABAD, August 23 (Reuters): Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday ordered disciplinary action against a judge who convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif, effectively giving a boost to Sharif's appeal against a seven-year jail term for corruption.   Sharif was convicted and jailed last year after failing to pro
  • Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to U.S. missile test
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi in Moscow on Russia August 22, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     MOSCOW, August 23 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a like-for-like response to a recent U.S. missile test, which he said showed that Washington aimed to deploy previously banned missiles around the world.   The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-
  • Syrian army captures Hama rebel pocket in northwest: state media
    Syrian army soldiers gesture as they pose for a picture in Idlib countryside, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIRUT, August 23 (Reuters): Syrian army troops seized a pocket of territory in the northwest where they had encircled rebels and a Turkish military post on Friday, reclaiming towns they lost early in the war.   Government forces pounded the south of Idlib and nearby Hama with air and ground attacks this we
  • The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burns
    A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Novo Airao, Amazonas state, Brazil on August 21, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HUMAITA, Brazil, August 23 (Reuters): There are no lights in sight but the night sky glows a dusky yellow, for the Amazon is burning.   The smell is of barbecue, of wood charcoal up in flames. During the day the sun, usually so fierce in these parts, is obscured by thick gray smoke.   For the last
  • Hong Kong airport targeted in weekend protest after last week's mayhem
    Students attend a rally to call for political reforms outside City Hall in Hong Kong, China on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 23 (Reuters): Hong Kong braced for an anti-government protest "stress test" of the airport this weekend, as weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city showed no signs of let-up amid rising tension between China and some Western nations.   The airport, reached by a gleaming suspension
  • Global watchdog to monitor Pakistan's progress in tackling militant funding
    A supporter of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan Islamic political party (TLP) waves a national flag as he takes part in a protest against, what they call, Indian atrocities in Kashmir and to mark solidarity with Pakistan Army in Karachi, Pakistan on February 24, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     ISLAMABAD, August 23 (Reuters): The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will monitor Pakistan's progress in implementing a proposed plan against financing for militant organizations ahea
  • Russia's first seaborne nuclear power plant sets sail across Arctic
    People take pictures of Russia's floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov, which leaves the service base of Rosatomflot company for a journey along the Northern Sea Route to Chukotka from Murmansk, Russia on August 23. (REUTERS Photo)   MURMANSK, Russia, August 23 (Reuters): Russia's first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country's most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns.
  • The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burns
    FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, Brazil August 17, 2019. Picture Taken on August 17. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo)   HUMAITA (Brazil), August 23 (Reuters): There are no lights in sight but the night sky glows a dusky yellow, for the Amazon is burning.   The smell is of barbecue, of wood charcoal up in flames. During the day the sun, usually s
  • As Amazon burns, Brazil's Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere
    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the Brazilian Steel Conference in Brasilia, Brazil on August 21. (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)   Fires in the Amazon have surged 83% so far this year compared with the same period a year earlier, government figures show   BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, August 23 (Reuters): Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted far
  • New Zealand Speaker cradles and feeds MP's baby during debate
    Screenshot from a Parliament broadcast of New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard feeding a Member of Parliament’s baby during a parliamentary session in Wellington on August 21. (New Zealand Parliament and Speaker's Office/Handout via REUTERS)     Makes parliament more parent-friendly as about a dozen MPs have had infants in a parliamentary baby boom, and Prime Minister last year became New Zealand's first premier to take maternity leave and world's second elected