• Trump meeting advisers on Afghan peace plan
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON, August 16 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior admin
  • U.S. Rep. Tlaib refuses Israel's 'oppressive conditions' for West Bank visit
    U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib listens to a comment from a constituent during a Town Hall style meeting in Inkster, Michigan, US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, August 16 (Reuters): U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family there because the Israeli government had imposed "oppressive conditions" to humiliate her.   Tlaib, a Demo
  • UK lawmakers opposed to Labour plan should consider no-deal Brexit threat: Corbyn
    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London, Britain on July 3, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON, August 16 (Reuters): The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said lawmakers who oppose his proposal to lead an emergency government should consider the threat posed to Britain by a no-deal exit from the European Union.   Given Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to take Britain out of the EU on Oc
  • Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned
    Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg attends a news conference on the carrier's annual results in Hong Kong, China on March 14, 2018. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 16 (Reuters): The boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony, after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in mass protests.   The corporate upheaval comes ahea
  • Italian political standoff keeps rescued migrants stranded at sea
    Migrants are seen aboard Spanish migrant rescue ship Open Arms, close to the Italian shore in Lampedusa, Italy on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)   LAMPEDUSA, Italy, August 16 (Reuters): A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, waited off the coast of Italy on Friday as a battle between former political allies in Rome stopped it docking at the southern island of Lampedusa.   Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered his officials to prevent
  • Indonesia president vows to process more resources onshore
    Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers a speech in front of parliament members, ahead of Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)     JAKARTA, August 16 (Reuters): Indonesia should do more to develop downstream industries to process natural and mineral resources domestically, bolstering Southeast Asia's largest economy, President Joko Widodo said in his state of the union address to parliament on Fri
  • Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel - sources
    U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 16 (Reuters): Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts.   The inter
  • Iran denies commitments in exchange for tanker release
    The anchor of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 is seen dropped after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted detention order yesterday, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)     DUBAI, August 16 (Reuters): Iran has made no commitments to gain the release of its tanker from detention in Gibraltar, an Iranian government spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday, reiterating that Grace 1 was never bound for Syria as alleged by its c
  • Malaysia set to begin biggest 1MDB trial involving ex-PM Najib
    Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     KUALA LUMPUR, August 16 (Reuters): Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, on Monday faces the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB, although lawyers are seeking a delay to allow time for the completion of a previous trial.   Najib, who lost a general e
  • Rudderless rebellion - Inside the Hong Kong protesters' anarchic campaign against China
    Riot police use pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists inside a mall after a march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, China on July 14, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   HONG KONG, August 16 (Reuters): Ah Lung spends his days working as a clerk for a Hong Kong shipping firm. At night, he dons a mask, black helmet and body armor, and heads out into the streets to face off against the city's riot police.   The 25-year-old activist has
  • Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China's Xi political cover at home
     A People's Liberation Army Navy soldier stands in front of a backdrop featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping during an open day of Stonecutters Island naval base, in Hong Kong, China on June 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIJING, August 16 (Reuters): To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party - faced with an expanding trade war crimping an already slowing economy and spiralling protests in Hong Kong - is confronting some of its strongest political and
  • Foreign ministers of China, Japan, South Korea to hold talks amid trade, history tensions
    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 16 (Reuters): Top diplomats of South Korea and Japan plan to meet their Chinese counterpart in Beijing next week amid a flare-up in tension over trade and history, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Friday.   Foreign mi
  • 'Nobody is not afraid': Chernobyl pilot recalls his fear 33 years ago
    Ukrainian military pilot Mykola Volkozub looks around as he tries to find a place where he landed his helicopter in April 1986, in the abandoned city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine on July 5, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, August 16 (Reuters): More than three decades after he flew his helicopter above the radioactive volcano that was Chernobyl's nuclear reactor number four, the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, Mykola
  • Zimbabwe police beat protesters as opposition denounces 'fascist' government
    Riot police patrol the streets after police earlier banned planned protests by the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Harare, Zimbabwe on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)   HARARE, August 16 (Reuters): Zimbabwe police fired tear gas and beat scores of opposition supporters gathered in central Harare on Friday, as authorities moved to enforce a ban on an anti-government protest that the country's high court had upheld.   More than a hundred Mov
  • French 'spiderman' climbs HK tower, hoists reconciliation flag amid mass protests
    French urban climber Alain Robert climbs the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong, China on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 16 (Reuters): French "spiderman" climber Alain Robert scaled a 68-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong on Friday to hoist a flag symbolising reconciliation between China and the territory as weeks of escalating pro-democracy protests show no signs of abating.   Using his bare hands and without a harness, Robert clambered up
  • North Korea fires missiles, derides South Korea's Moon as 'impudent'
    People visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, in this undated photo supplied by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)     SEOUL, August 16 (Reuters): North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea's military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea's president as "im
  • After ban, Israel permits U.S. Rep Tlaib to make humanitarian visit to family in West Bank
    U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib addresses her constituents during a Town Hall style meeting in Inkster, Michigan, US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     JERUSALEM, August 16 (Reuters): Israel decided on Friday to allow U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib - a critic of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians - to visit family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds after barring her from making an official visit to Israel.   Under pressure
  • Historic Budapest synagogue to reopen amid Jewish cultural revival
    The facade of the renovated Rumbach street synagogue is seen in Budapest, Hungary on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BUDAPEST, August 16 (Reuters): Tamas Irsai was a teenager when he last sang in the choir in Budapest's Rumbach synagogue during World War Two, before most Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.   Irsai survived the Holocaust but the great majority of Hungarian Jews, including many of his relatives and friends, did not. Under Communist
  • Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale
    Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland on June 15, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   COPENHAGEN, August 16 (Reuters): Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island.   "We are open for business, but we're not for sale," Greenland's foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told R
  • 'Until her bones are broken': Myanmar activists fight to outlaw domestic violence
     Hle Hle Saw, a victim of a domestic violence poses with her son in the village around Shwelaung, Ayeyarwady on August 7, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   YANGON, August 16 (Reuters): Cradling her one-year-old daughter in a house in southern Myanmar, 22-year-old Nu Nu Aye recalled the reasons her husband gave for beating her. She hadn't looked after his rooster. She wouldn't have sex with him.   In a meeting brokered by a village elder, he said he would beat her