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  • No proposals 'at all' from Britain on Brexit impasse, Ireland says
    British expatriates protest against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's planned suspension of parliament and potential "no-deal" exit from the European Union, outside Britain's embassy in Dublin, Ireland on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   DUBLIN, September 4 (Reuters): Britain has not yet presented any solutions to solve the Brexit impasse, Ireland's foreign minister said on Wednesday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament substantial progress was be
  • Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores
    Crowds look at a burnt police truck as a solider walks out of the scene outside the Novare Shoprite Mall in Lekki, near Lagos, Nigeria on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   ABUJA, September 4 (Reuters): South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday after attacks on their facilities in the country.   The facilities were attacked in retaliation after days of riots in South Africa chiefly targeting foreign-owned, including Nige
  • Bangkok tops Paris, London as world's most-visited city: MasterCard
    A rainbow arches over Bangkok's skyline after a rain storm on May 27, 2007. (REUTERS File Photo)   BANGKOK, September 4 (Reuters): Thailand's capital, Bangkok, edged out Paris and London as the world's most popular city to visit, according to a survey released on Wednesday, welcome news for Thailand after worries over a drop in foreign arrivals.   Bangkok was named the most-visited city for the fourth consecutive year, with about 22.8 million visitors reported in
  • Ramaphosa says South Africa must quell attacks on foreigners as summit starts
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attends the opening day of the International Labour Organization's annual labour conference in Geneva, Switzerland on June 10, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     CAPE TOWN, September 4 (Reuters): South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told officials and business leaders on Wednesday that he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners that have threatened to cast a cloud over an economic forum aimed at boosting intra-Afric
  • Recovery on Bahamas begins as Hurricane Dorian heads for Florida, Carolinas
    An aerial view shows devastation after hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas on September 3, 2019, in this image obtained via social media. (REUTERS Photo)   MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas, September 4 (Reuters): Debris extended for miles and floods covered much of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, in what the archipelago's prime minister called one of the worst disasters to ever strike the island nation.   Emergency workers struggled to reach v
  • Dozens protest against Chinese influence in Kazakhstan
    People protest against the construction of Chinese factories in Kazakhstan during a rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan on September 4. (REUTERS Photo)     ALMATY/NUR-SULTAN, September 4 (Reuters): Kazakhs protesting against the construction of Chinese factories held public rallies in three Kazakh cities on Wednesday, demanding a ban on an initiative which the Central Asian nation's government hoped would bring investment and jobs.   Neighbouring China i
  • British PM Johnson demands October 15 election after defeat over Brexit
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London, Britain on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, September 4 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday demanded an Oct. 15 snap election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in parliament which he cast as an attempt to surrender to the European Union.   Parliament's move leaves Brexit up in the air, with poss
  • Iran gives Europe two more months to save nuclear deal
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on June 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   DUBAI, September 4 (Reuters): Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gave European powers another two months to save a 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday, but warned that Tehran was still preparing for further significant breaches of the agreement if diplomatic efforts failed.   His statem
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam kills bill but some say too little too late
    A news conference of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam is televised in Hong Kong, China on September 4. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, September 4 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a "highly vulnerable and dangerous" place and find solutions.   The announcement, live on television, came after Reuters reports on
  • Iran to release seven crew members of detained British tanker
    Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     DUBAI/LONDON, September 4 (Reuters): Iran will free seven crew members of the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday, although the vessel's owner said it had yet to receive any official confirmation of the release date.   The Swedish-ow
  • Malaysia had plan to use Chinese money to bail out 1MDB, court hears
    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak gestures during a break at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   KUALA LUMPUR, September 4 (Reuters): Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak approved a plan to bail out troubled state fund 1MDB by offering stakes in several big infrastructure projects to Chinese firms in 2016, a former aide told a court on Wednesday.   Najib, who was voted out of power last year a
  • Test-ban body chief enters race to lead U.N. nuclear watchdog
    Lassina Zerbo, head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea on December 7, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     VIENNA, September 4 (Reuters): The head of the global nuclear test-ban agency is running to become the next director general of the U.N. atomic watchdog, he told staff on Wednesday, bringing the number of candidates so far to three from three continents.   Int
  • Hong Kong leader announces withdrawal of controversial extradition bill
    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong on September 3, 2019. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)   HONG KONG, SEPTEMBER 4 (Reuters):  Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that triggered months of unrest and threw the Chinese-ruled city into its worst crisis in decades, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.   The announcement, in an internal meeting with
  • Opponents of 'no-deal' Brexit defeat PM Johnson, who promises an election
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London, Britain on September 3. (©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS)   LONDON, September 4  (Reuters): British lawmakers defeated Boris Johnson in parliament on Tuesday in a bid to prevent him taking Britain out of the EU without a divorce agreement, prompting the prime minister to announce that he would immediately push for a snap election.   The government was
  • Recovery on Bahamas begins as Hurricane Dorian heads for Florida, Carolinas
    MARSH HARBOUR (Bahamas), September 4 (Reuters):  Debris extended for miles and floods covered much of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, in what the archipelago's prime minister called one of the worst disasters to ever strike the island nation.   Emergency workers struggled to reach victims as search and rescue operations continued into Wednesday and the scope of the damage and humanitarian crisis unfolded.   "We are in the midst of one of the
  • Bangladesh blocks internet services in Rohingya refugee camps
    Rohingya refugees walk on a road at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on April 8, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     DHAKA, September 3 (Reuters): Bangladesh's telecom regulatory authority on Tuesday ordered mobile phone operators to partially block high-speed data services to areas where Rohingya refugees are living in sprawling camps, citing security concerns following recent violence in the area.   The move came following a spike
  • U.S., France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes, U.N. report says
    Destroyed car is seen between rubble as Red Crescent medics inspect the site of Saudi-led air strikes on a Houthi detention centre in Dhamar, Yemen on September 1, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     GENEVA, September 3 (Reuters): The United States, Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
  • Sudan's PM selects members of first cabinet since Bashir's ouster
    Sudan's new Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok, speaks during a Reuters interview in Khartoum, Sudan on August 24, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   KHARTOUM, September 3 (Reuters): Sudan's prime minister has approved 14 civilian members of his cabinet, the first to be appointed since the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in April, a source said on Tuesday.   The nominations include Sudan's first female foreign minister, and a forme
  • On the front lines of climate change in the world's northernmost town
    The Wahlenberg Glacier is seen in Oscar II land at Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   SVALBARD, Norway, September 3 (Reuters): Icebergs float liked doomed islands past the small boat as it makes its way through a fjord filled with the slush of a melting glacier. Occasionally, as the warming waters dissolve the bottom of one of the icebergs, it becomes top-heavy and does a somersault, as if it were playing instead of dying.  
  • Brexit showdown: British lawmakers bid to block PM leaving EU with no deal
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the media outside Downing Street in London, Britain on September 2, 2019. (REUTERS FIle Photo)     LONDON, September 3 (Reuters): British lawmakers will on Tuesday try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson from pursuing what they cast as a calamitous no-deal Brexit, a challenge a senior government source said would prompt him to call for a snap election on Oct. 14.   More than three years since