• Indonesia president proposes $178 billion budget for 2020 with focus on education
    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla react to reporters after the president addressed them ahead of Independence Day at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, August 16 (Reuters): Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday proposed a 2,528.8 trillion rupiah ($177.56 billion) budget to parliament for 2020, focusing spending on human resources, which was central in his re-election campaign. &nb
  • Myanmar insurgents attack elite military college, other targets; 15 killed
    Myanmar army soldiers walk on a bridge on the Myanmar-China major trading route destroyed in an insurgent attack in Nawnghkio township, Shan state, Myanmar August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer   YANGON, August 15 (Reuters) - Myanmar insurgents killed at least 15 people on Thursday, most of them members of the security forces, in attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country's north, an army spokesman said.   The Northern Alliance, a
  • Russia hails miracle after plane makes emergency landing near Moscow
    A view shows the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 passenger plane following an emergency landing in a field near Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow Region, Russia August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer   MOSCOW, August 15 (Reuters) - Russians hailed a miracle on Thursday after a passenger plane carrying 233 people made an emergency landing in a corn field on the outskirts of Moscow after striking a flock of birds shortly after take-off.   The Ministry of Health said 23
  • Hunger driving migration in drought-hit Central America - U.N.
    A woman carries a bucket of water on her head in Santa Isabel August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas   Five years of recurring droughts have destroyed maize and bean harvests, leaving poor subsistence farmers in the so-called Dry Corridor that runs through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua struggling to feed their families   BOGOTA, August 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor harvests and prolonged drought are driving rural families in parts of Cent
  • Mexico pushes U.S. to designate El Paso shooting an act of terrorism
    Faithful take part in a "Mass for the Peace" a week after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S., at the border between Mexico and the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 10 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez   MEXICO CITY, August 15 (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Wednesday amplified its assertion that the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, was an act of terrorism against Mexicans, urging the United States to ensure the attack was designated
  • United States seeks to seize the Iranian vessel in Gibraltar: newspaper
    A sailboat sails as a boat approaches to the boarding ladder of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca   LONDON/GIBRALTAR, August 15 (Reuters) - The United States has applied to seize the Iranian Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar com
  • Trump says China should treat Hong Kong 'humanely' before trade deal can be agreed
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about U.S. energy production and manufacturing at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaco, Pennsylvania, U.S. August 13, 2019.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   WASHINGTON, August 15 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that China wants to make a trade deal but it should treat Hong Kong "humanely" first, explicitly tying a trade agreement to a peaceful resolution of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • South Korea urges dialogue with Japan on WW2 anniversary
    SEOUL/TOKYO, August 15 (Reuters) - On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while Japan pledged to never repeat the horrors of war.   Relations between Japan and South Korea are arguably at their lowest ebb since they normalised ties in 1965, strained over the issue of South Korean forced labour during World War Two and a
  • Fire resurges on Greece's Evia, challenges firefighters
    A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire burning near the village of Makrimalli on the island of Evia, Greece on August 13, 2019.( REUTERS Photo)   ATHENS, August 14 (Reuters): Aircraft and firefighters on the ground fought a blaze that burned large tracts of pristine pine forest on the Greek island of Evia on Wednesday as the wildfire flared up again at different spots.   A state of emergency has been declared in regions of the densely forested isla
  • Top Canada ethics watchdog says Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules
     Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     OTTAWA, August 14 (Reuters): Canada's top ethics watchdog on Wednesday ruled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his officials had contravened conflict of interest rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case, dealing a blow to the ruling Liberals less than 10 weeks before an election.  
  • Child sex abuse victims sue Catholic Church, other groups in New York after change in law
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, US on September 14, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     NEW YORK, August 14 (Reuters): Dozens of people in New York state who were victims of sexual abuse as children sued institutions including the Roman Catholic Church in New York on Wednesday, the first day a new law temporarily enabled them to file lawsuits over decades-old crimes.   About 85 people had filed lawsuits agai
  • Argentina announces economic relief plan but peso still flailing
    Argentine coins of 1 and 2 pesos are pictured in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 6, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     BUENOS AIRES, August 14 (Reuters): Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday unveiled a package of welfare subsidies and lower taxes for workers to lessen the impact of an economic crisis just months before a re-election bid, but his announcement did not immediately halt the peso currency's collapse.   The peso opened 12.3% wea
  • Japan heat leaves 23 dead, over 12,500 people hospitalized
    Tokyo, August 14 (IANS): Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said on Wednesday that 23 people died among 12,751 people who were rushed to hospitals due to heat-related illnesses across Japan over the week from August 5. Amid a protracted heatwave that has scorched wide swathes of Japan, the agency's preliminary data showed that the number of people rushed to hospital due to the heat had risen past the 10,000 level for the second straight week, the Japan Times reported.
  • Halt Afghan civilian casualties, U.N. says after report of 11 killed by government
    KABUL, August 14 (Reuters): The United Nations said on Wednesday it was gravely concerned about reports indicating 11 civilians had been killed in an Afghan security force operation in an eastern province near the border with Pakistan.   Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have been increasing, despite attempts by the United States and the Taliban to negotiate an agreement to end the 18-year war.   The government's main security agency, the National Directorat
  • No concessions from China as U.S. postpones some tariffs: U.S. Commerce chief
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks during a 17th Latin American Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 14 (Reuters): There were no concessions from China for the U.S. decision to postpone tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to assess where U.S.-China trade talks stand.   Ross, speaking
  • South Koreans protest, unveil memorial in 'comfort women' row with Japan
    SEOUL, August 14 (Reuters): Thousands of South Koreans protested outside Japan's embassy in Seoul on Wednesday and city officials unveiled a new memorial to wartime 'comfort women' at the centre of a row over the two countries' shared history.   The day of remembrance for women forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels comes amid renewed tensions over political and economic disputes dating back to Japan's colonial occupation of the Korea peninsula from 1910-19
  • No concessions from China as U.S. postpones some tariffs: U.S. Commerce chief
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks during a 17th Latin American Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 14 (Reuters): There were no concessions from China for the U.S. decision to postpone tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to assess where U.S.-China trade talks stand.   Ross, speaking
  • Japan urges more than 300,000 to evacuate as storm Krosa nears
    A man makes his way amid strong wind by typhoon Krosa in Miyazaki in this photo taken by Kyodo on August 14. (REUTERS Photo)     TOKYO, August 14 (Reuters): Japan advised more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes on Wednesday and airlines cancelled hundreds of scheduled flights as a tropical storm bore down on the archipelago, public broadcaster NHK said.   Tropical storm Krosa, packing maximum winds of 108 kph (68 mph), was heading north towar
  • China says Hong Kong protests 'near terrorism' as airport reopens
    Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong, China on August 13, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 14 (Reuters): China said Hong Kong's protest movement had reached "near terrorism" on Wednesday, after a night of ugly clashes at the city's airport where demonstrators set upon and detained two men they suspected of being government sympathisers.   Flights out of the financial hub resumed after two days of disruptions caused by u
  • 'Collaborators' are undermining Britain's Brexit bet, PM says
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives at the BBC studios in London, Britain on July 21, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON, August 14 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday some British lawmakers hoping to block Brexit were engaged in "terrible" collaboration with the European Union by undermining London's negotiating hand and so making no deal more likely.   Hours after senior lawmakers said they would see