• Myanmar army drops lawsuit against religious leader who complained to Trump of persecution
    Myanmar's military Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes as he attends an event marking the 72nd anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum dedicated to the fallen independence heroes, in Yangon, Myanmar on July 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     YANGON, September 9 (Reuters): Myanmar’s army said on Monday it had dropped a criminal complaint against a religious leader who told U.S President Donald Trump the military was oppressin
  • Climate groups call for SUVs to be banned
    Opel presents their new Crossland X SUV in Frankfurt, Germany on February 20, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     FRANKFURT, September 9 (Reuters): Climate groups including Greenpeace and Deutsche Umwelthilfe called on Monday for sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) to be banned as part of a wider campaign to curb pollution by the auto industry.   Carmakers should stop developing large, heavy cars and vehicles with combustion engines, the "Exit" consortium said a
  • Lebanon's Hezbollah says it downed Israeli drone
    U.N. peacekeepers (UNIFIL) patrol in southern Lebanese town of Ramyah, Lebanon on September 9. (REUTERS Photo)     BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah said it downed an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon on Monday in the latest flare-up raising tensions between the Iran-backed group and Israel.   The drone is now in Hezbollah's possession, the group said in a statement.   The incident happened a week after Hezbollah and Israel exchanged cross-border fir
  • Typhoon lashes Japanese capital, one dead, power, transport disrupted
    A woman using an umbrella struggles against a heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Faxai in Tokyo, Japan on September 9. (REUTERS Photo)   TOKYO, September 9 (Reuters): One of the strongest typhoons to hit eastern Japan in recent years struck just east of the capital Tokyo on Monday, killing one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain damaging buildings and disrupting transport.   More than 160 flights were cancelled and scores of train line
  • Russia's ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests
    A man casts his ballot at a polling station during the Moscow city parliament election in Moscow, Russia on September 8, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, has lost one third of its seats in the Moscow city assembly, final polling data cited by Russian news agencies showed on Monday, in an awkward setback for the Kremlin.   However, the party retained its majority in the Moscow a
  • Hong Kong children form chains of protest as economic worries grow
    Secondary school students wearing masks join a human chain protesting against what they say is police brutality against protesters, after clashes at Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, China on September 9. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, September 9 (Reuters): Hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city. &
  • UK's Johnson again bids for snap poll as Brexit delay bill to become law
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on during a meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland on September 9. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, September 9 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try for a second time on Monday to call a snap election, but is set to be thwarted once more by opposition lawmakers who want to ensure he cannot take Britain out of the European Union without a divorce agreement.  
  • Pope gives hope to Mauritians who want UK to return islands
    Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives in Papamobile to celebrate a mass at the monument to Mary, Queen of Peace in Port Louis, Mauritius on September 9. (REUTERS Photo)   PORT LOUIS, September 9 (Reuters):  Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Africa on Monday with a lightning visit to Mauritius, saying Mass for 100,000 people and giving hope to a movement that wants Britain to return a group of islands.   Francis arrived in Mauritius, a former Bri
  • Factbox: Four Republicans, 20 Democrats vie for U.S. presidential nominations
    Twenty four 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are seen in a combination from file photos. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, September 8 (Reuters): Former South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford on Sunday became the third Republican challenger to U.S. President Donald Trump's bid for the party's 2020 presidential nomination.   The largest Democratic field in the modern U.S. political era is competing for their party's nomination to take on the
  • Turkish military enters Syria to begin joint U.S. 'safe zone' patrol
    Turkish military helicopters fly over as media members report from the Turkish-Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey on September 8. (REUTERS Photo)   AKCAKALE, Turkey/TAL ABYAD, Syria, September 8 (Reuters): Armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into war-stricken Syria on Sunday to begin joint patrols with U.S. counterparts to establish a high-stakes "safe zone" along a border region controlled by Kurdish forces.   Vehicles with Tu
  • Taliban says Trump's decision to cancel Afghan talks will mean U.S. lives lost
    Angry Afghan protesters burn tires and shout slogans at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   KABUL, September 8 (Reuters): The Taliban on Sunday said U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to cancel peace talks would lead to fresh losses to American lives in Afghanistan at a time when the insurgent group was ready to finalise a deal to end the war.   The Islamist group issued a statement hours after Tru
  • Afghan peace talks dead, U.S. to keep pressure on Taliban: Pompeo
     U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington, US on August 7, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, September 8 (Reuters): Talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan are on hold and the United States will keep pressuring Taliban militants while providing military support to Afghan troops until it sees significant Taliban commitments, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.   U.S. President
  • As desperation rises, thousands in Bahamas flee Dorian's devastation
    Residents and visitors await hopting to catch a flight from the island devastated by Hurricane Dorian at the airport in Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas on September 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     NASSAU, Bahamas, September 8 (Reuters): Thousands of people fled devastation in the Bahamas on Saturday as conditions grew increasingly desperate nearly a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall, reducing many homes to rubble and knocking out water and power.  
  • Taliban release 6 Afghan journalists
    Kabul, September 8 (IANS): The Taliban on Sunday released six Afghan journalists it kidnapped two days ago from a highway in Paktika province, an official said. "The kidnapped journalists were released this morning at around 9 a.m. by Taliban fighters," a spokesman for Paktika police told Efe news. The Taliban abducted the journalists on Friday, accusing them of cooperating with the Afghan government, he said. The journalists, who work for various media outlet
  • Elections in Afghanistan becoming more necessary by the hour, says EU special envoy
    An Afghan boy washes a car near a poster of Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 8. (REUTERS Photo)     KABUL, September 8 (Reuters): The European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia said on Sunday presidential elections must be held this month as the country needs a political leadership that has received a renewed democratic mandate from its citizens.   "It seems today that the E
  • U.S. House panel poised to spell out Trump impeachment probe: source
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. US on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, September 8 (Reuters): The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, criticized for an unorthodox impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, is poised to vote next week on a resolution to formalize the investigation, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.   The panel has rebr
  • In Mugabe's church, faithful pray for departed leader to be forgiven
    Congregants attend Sunday Mass at Zimbabwe's founding father Robert Mugabe's church in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 8. (REUTERS Photo)   HARARE, SEPTEMBER 8 (REUTERS): In the church where Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe used to worship, people prayed on Sunday for him to be forgiven following his death two years after he was toppled in a coup.   Mugabe, who had been receiving treatment in a Singapore hospital for months before he died on Friday aged 95, dom
  • Pope, on Madagascar visit, condemns clan culture of privilege, graft
    Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Sunday Mass at the diocesan grounds of Soamandrakizay in Antananarivo, Madagascar on September 8. (REUTERS Photo)   ANTANANARIVO, September 8 (Reuters): Pope Francis, on a visit to Madagascar, on Sunday condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in grinding poverty.   He spoke in a homily of a Mass on a sprawling field on th
  • Sticking to Brexit plan, UK's Johnson will not seek a delay
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech during a visit to West Yorkshire, Britain on September 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     LONDON, September 8 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sticking to his Brexit plan and will not seek a delay to Britain's departure from the EU at a summit next month, two of his ministers said on Sunday following a resignation from his government.   After work and pensions minister Amber Rudd's shock r
  • Hong Kong police fire tear gas as clashes erupt after thousands appeal to Trump
    Protesters hold up five fingers and a U.S. flag during a rally to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, China on September 8. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, September 8 (Reuters): Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, after demonstrators had rallied at the U.S. Consulate calling for help in bringing democracy to the Chinese-ruled city.   Police moved on protesters from the Central bus