• Most Germans expect Merkel coalition to last to 2021, poll shows
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in Leipzig, Germany on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BERLIN, September 5 (Reuters): Almost three-quarters of Germans expect the ruling coalition government to last until the end of the current legislative period in 2021 and believe it would be good for Chancellor Angela Merkel to serve until then, a poll showed on Thursday.   The survey by pollster Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (FGW) for ZDF showed that 72% of t
  • Italy swears in new coalition, seen bolstering EU ties
    Italian President Sergio Mattarella poses for a photo with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the members of the new government after their swearing-in ceremony at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy on September 5. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, September 5 (Reuters): A new Italian government was sworn into office on Thursday, with the pro-European Democratic Party (PD) flanking the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in an unlikely alliance that has been cheered on by fina
  • British PM Johnson's own brother quits on eve of Brexit election campaign
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain on September 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     LONDON, September 5 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to kick off what is in effect an election campaign casting parliament as the enemy of Brexit was overshadowed on Thursday when his younger brother quit the government, citing the national interest.   As the United Kingdom spins towards an election, Brexit re
  • 'Everything is gone:' Bahamians struggle in Dorian's devastating wake
    Displaced Haitian nationals take refuge on the grounds of the Government complex in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on September 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   NASSAU, Bahamas, September 5 (Reuters) - Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast, threatening record
  • North Korea tells United Nations to cut international aid staff: letter
    A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva on October 2, 2014. (REUTERS File Photo)     UNITED NATIONS, September 5 (Reuters): North Korea has told the United Nations to cut the number of international staff it deploys in the country because the world body's programs have failed "due to the politicization of U.N. assistance by hostile forces," according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.   The United Nation
  • Vienna holds off Melbourne to top EIU ranking of most liveable cities
    A tourists enjoys a sunny day on mount Kahlenberg in Vienna, Austria on March 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   VIENNA, September 5 (Reuters): Vienna has held off Melbourne to retain the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for 2019, further strengthening its reputation as the world's most pleasant city, while the 'gilets jaunes' protests hurt Paris' score.   The Austrian capital, which attracts tourists for its classical musi
  • Solomon Islands to sever ties with Taiwan, shift alliance to Beijing
    Houses are seen in Honiara in the Solomon Islands on June 3, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     SYDNEY, September 5 (Reuters): The Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with Beijing, the leader of a high-level government team representing the South Pacific archipelago has said.   The switch, which still needs to be formalised, would be a prize for China in its bid to peel away allies from what it considers a wa
  • World food prices dip in Aug for third month running - U.N. FAO
    A man prepares vegetables for his shop at a food market near Wan Chai station in Hong Kong, China on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ROME, September 5 (Reuters): World food prices fell for a third month running in August, pushed down by a sharp drop in the prices of sugar, wheat and maize, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.   The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a
  • Nurture peace and make it last, Pope tells post-war Mozambique
    Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with authorities, leaders of civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Palacio da Ponta Vermelha in Maputo, Mozambique on September 5. (REUTERS Photo)   MAPUTO, September 5 (Reuters): Pope Francis urged the people of Mozambique on Thursday to nurture their hard-earned peace and strive to provide equal opportunities for all so as not to slip back into civil war.   Francis addressed President Filipe Nyusi
  • EU fears UK is rowing back on Irish border and 'level playing field': sources
    European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends a college meeting of the EU executive at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on September 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BRUSSELS, September 5 (Reuters): The European Union is increasingly worried about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's stance on the Irish border and future competition rules, sources said on Thursday.   Johnson is pushing for a parliamentary election af
  • Turkey plans to return 1 million Syrians, warns of new migrant wave in Europe
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attempted coup at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on July 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ANKARA, Septeber 5 (Reuters): Turkey plans to resettle 1 million refugees in northern Syria and may reopen the route for migrants into Europe if it does not receive adequate international support for the plan, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday
  • Putin rebuffs call by Japan's Abe to sign World War Two peace treaty
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet at the sideline of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia on September 5. (REUTERS Photo)     VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, September 5 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday that Tokyo's military ties with the United States and many other issues made it hard for Japan and Russia to sign a World War Two peace treaty.  
  • China hacked Asian telcos to spy on Uighur travellers - sources
    People hold signs protesting China's treatment of the Uighur people during a court appearance by Huawei's Financial Chief Meng Wanzhou, outside of British Columbia Supreme Court building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 8, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, September 5 (Reuters): Hackers working for the Chinese government have broken into telecoms networks to track Uighur travellers in Central and Southeast Asia, two intelligence officials and two securit
  • U.S. to give additional $120 million to help Venezuelan migrants
    White House adviser Ivanka Trump greets a handicapped boy during a visit to a center for Venezuelan migrants in Cucuta, Colombia, September 4, 2019.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   BOGOTA, September 5 (Reuters) - The United States will give an additional $120 million in humanitarian assistance to help Latin America cope with the arrival of millions of Venezuelan migrants fleeing a crushing economic crisis, the State Department said on Wednesday.   More than 4 milli
  • U.S. blacklists oil shipping network allegedly run by Iran Revolutionary Guards
    Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 sails past Liberian container ship Spica as it is anchored, after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain on August 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, September 4 (Reuters): The United States on Wednesday sanctioned an "oil for terror" network of firms, ships and individuals allegedly directed by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that supplied Syria w
  • Bolsonaro accuses U.N.'s Bachelet of meddling in Brazil's sovereignty
    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   GENEVA/RIO DE JANEIRO, September 4 (Reuters): Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused Chile's former leader Michelle Bachelet, now the United Nations human rights chief, of meddling in his country's affairs after she criticized a rise police violence and an erosion of democracy.   In comments to reporters i
  • Yemen's govt starts indirect talks with southern separatists in South Arabia: officials
    Southern Yemeni separatists guard a checkpoint in Aden, Yemen on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ADEN, September 4 (Reuters): Yemeni government officials have begun indirect talks with United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces, a Yemeni official said on Wednesday.   The fight for Yemen's south has opened a new front in a multi-tiered war and threatens to fu
  • Russia jails protester for 3.5 years for violence against police: RIA
    Participant of a recent rally to demand free elections Yevgeny Kovalenko looks out of a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia on September 4. (REUTERS Photo)     MOSCOW, September 4 (Reuters): A Russian court sentenced a protester to 3-1/2 years in jail on Wednesday after finding him guilty of using violence against the police at an opposition rally in July, the RIA news agency reported.   Yevgeny Kovalenko, 48, who denied the charges a
  • U.N. warns of Burundi atrocities as 'divine' ruler eyes 2020 election
    Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza claps after signing the new constitution at the Presidential Palace in Gitega Province, Burundi on June 7, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   GENEVA, September 4 (Reuters): Burundi is at risk of a new wave of atrocities as it approaches a 2020 election with an unresolved political crisis and a president who is increasingly portrayed as a "divine" ruler, U.N. investigators said in a report on Wednesday.   Burundi's government, which ha
  • Italian PM sets seal on new government, unveils cabinet
    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media at the Quirinale Presidential Palace after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy on September 4. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, September 4 (Reuters): Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte unveiled his new cabinet on Wednesday, uniting two rival political parties in an unlikely coalition that is expected to improve ties with the European Union and adopt a softer stance on immigration. &nbs