• Indonesia's Habibie, president during transition to democracy, dies
    Former Indonesian President B.J. Habibie speaks with the media following his meeting with Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim at Habibie's home in Jakarta on Indonesia May 20, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     JAKARTA, September 11 (Reuters): Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie, who came to power during the country's turbulent transition to democracy after former strongman leader Suharto stepped down in 1998, has died, his son said on Wednesday.  
  • 'You will never break our will,' Palestinians tell Netanyahu after Jordan Valley annexation pledge
    Tents of Bedouin Palestinian families are seen in the Bedouin village of Al-Maleh in Jordan valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on March 13, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   JIFTLIK, West Bank, September 11 (Reuters): Palestinians tilling the fertile Jordan Valley said on Wednesday they have been rooted for generations to the West Bank land that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex, and they vowed never to give it up.   "We tell Netanyahu, and
  • Hijab but no helmet, Indonesian woman conquers Wall of Death
    TAKENGON, Indonesia, September 11 (Reuters): Devi Apriliyani turns heads when the carnival she works with comes to town.   The slight 20-year-old, clad in a hijab headscarf and without a helmet, performs a daring Wall of Death stunt, speeding around a ring on a pink motorcycle to a height of 10 m (33 ft).   "I want to show that women, though usually considered weak, are capable of doing dangerous things," said the stunt rider before a show in Takengon, a
  • Trump fires foreign policy hawk Bolton, citing strong disagreements
    U.S. national security adviser John Bolton gestures as he meets with journalists during a visit to London, Britain on August 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, September 11 (Reuters): US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.   "I informed John Bolton last night that his servic
  • Japan: Rising star to be tested in PM Abe's new cabinet
    Shinjiro Koizumi, a Japanese lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and son of former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, announces to media with television presenter Christel Takigawa on their marriage plans, at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan on August 7, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. (REUTERS File Photo)   TOKYO, September 11 (Reuters): Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, the son of charismatic former Japanese p
  • Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stage
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel on September 10. (REUTERS Photo)   GAZA, September 11 (Reuters): Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel.   The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval
  • Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke
    Indonesian Muslim women pray for rain during a long drought season and haze in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on September 11, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, September 11 (Reuters): Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of the dry season, the state Antara news agency reported. Fires have burnt through parts of Sumatra and Bo
  • South Sudan parties agree to form interim government by November 12
    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit shakes hands with ex-vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar during their meeting in Juba, South Sudan on September 9, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     JUBA, September 11 (Reuters): South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government by the middle of November, the information minister said on Wednesday.   The two men signed a pact a year ago to end a c
  • Thai court won't rule on PM's oath omitting duty to constitution
    Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the new government cabinet pose for a photo in Bangkok, Thailand on July 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BANGKOK, September 11 (Reuters): Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday declined to rule on a controversy over the new prime minister omitting a vow to uphold the constitution when he was sworn in as a civilian leader, five years after he toppled an elected government.   Prime Minister Prayut
  • Iran says U.S. should avoid 'warmongers' after Bolton departure
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran on September 11. (REUTERS Photo)     DUBAI, September 11 (Reuters): Iran said on Wednesday Washington should distance itself from "warmongers" after the resignation of hawkish White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Tehran stood by its demand that sanctions be lifted before any talks.   The departure of Bolton removes one of the strongest advocates of a h
  • Netanyahu's West Bank pledge alarms Middle Eastern states
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel on September 10, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     CAIRO, September 11 (Reuters): Middle Eastern nations have expressed alarm at a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if he wins a closely contested election less than a week away.   Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex the Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the
  • Brexit in chaos after court rules PM's suspension of parliament was unlawful
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he meets Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (not pictured) in Dublin, Ireland on September 9, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, September 11 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the British parliament was unlawful, a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliament battle over the future of Brexit. &
  • North Korea confirms 2nd test of multiple rocket launcher
    This Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government shows a test-firing from a multiple rocket launcher at an undisclosed location in North Korea. KCNA reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the site. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service v
  • Hong Kong protesters boo Chinese anthem, as leader warns against interference
    A demonstrator holds a sign in support of anti-government protesters at a football World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and Iran, at Hong Kong Stadium, China September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha   HONG KONG, September 11 (Reuters) - Anti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many local fans defied Chinese law to boo the country's national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifi
  • Trump fires national security adviser Bolton
    US national security adviser John Bolton gestures as he meets with journalists during a visit to London, Britain on August 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, September 10 (Reuters): White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the request of President Donald Trump, who said he called for the resignation due to numerous policy disagreements.   "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the
  • Kremlin says alleged U.S. spy did not have access to Putin
    National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia on April 11, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW/LONDON, September 10 (Reuters): The Kremlin played down reports of a CIA spy inside Russia's presidential administration, but said an official identified by Russian media as the likely U.S. mole had worked there although he did not have access to President Vladimir Putin.   CNN reported on Monday that the Unit
  • Britain accuses Iran of selling Adrian Darya 1 tanker oil to Syria
    What appears to be the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria, is pictured in this September 6, 2019 satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies. (REUTERS Photo)     LONDON, September 10 (Reuters): Britain said Iran had sold the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 to Syria, breaking assurances it had given over the vessel which had been detained in Gibraltar for a suspected breach of European Union sanctions.   The vessel,
  • EU creates defence and space branch 'to complement NATO'
    Sylvie Goulard, named on Tuesday as EU commissioner overseeing defence and space, leaves the Elysee Palace as French minister of the armed forces after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France on May 31, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     BRUSSELS, September 10 (Reuters): The European Union will create a new defence and space arm to help fund, develop and deploy armed forces, the bloc's incoming chief executive said on Tuesday, naming an ally of French Preside
  • Lebanon hopes U.S. will resume mediation in border disputes with Israel
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun, gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage International Airport to attend the Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia on March 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, September 10 (Reuters): Lebanon's president said he hopes the United States will resume mediation efforts to resolve a land and sea border dispute with Israel, after the man who had been leading them changed jobs.   President Michel Aoun made the comments, rep
  • Mugabe polarises Zimbabwe in death as well as in life
    The grave of Sarah Francesca "Sally" Mugabe, the first wife of Robert Mugabe is seen next to two unoccupied graves at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 10. (REUTERS Photo)   HARARE, September 10 (Reuters): Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, with a fight over where he will be buried threatening to embarrass his successor and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.   President Emmerson