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  • Spain's Sanchez says no to coalition with Podemos; offers another option
    Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez leaves after the final day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain on July 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MADRID, September 3 (Reuters): Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday there were too many disagreements with far-left Unidas Podemos to form a coalition government but offered an option that would see the parties agree on policies and give non-cabinet positions to Podem
  • No-deal Brexit 'very distinct possibility': EU executive
    A Pro-Brexit protester talks with anti-Brexit protesters in London, Britain on September 2, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BRUSSELS, September 3 (Reuters): A no-deal Brexit is a "very distinct possibility" and European Union citizens and businesses must be ready for Britain's departure on Oct. 31, the bloc's executive said on Tuesday.   In London, British lawmakers were trying to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson from pursuing what they cast as a cala
  • Saudi Arabia boosts troop levels in south Yemen as tensions rise
    Yemeni army soldiers secure the site of a funeral for a Yemeni army officer killed in the southern province of Abyan in clashes with UAE-backed southern separatist forces, in Marib, Yemen on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ADEN, September 3 (Reuters): Saudi Arabia has deployed more troops in southern Yemen to try to contain clashes between nominal allies in the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis that risks further fragmenting the country.  
  • Hong Kong leader says she never discussed resigning with Beijing
    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China on September 3. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, September 3 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she had never asked the Chinese government to let her resign to end the Chinese-ruled city's political crisis, responding to a Reuters report about a recording of her saying she would step down if she could.   China for its part expressed confidence in Lam and her gov
  • Myanmar forces Rohingya to accept cards that preclude citizenship: group
    Myanmar police officer stands guard in Maungdaw, Rakhine on July 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   YANGON, September 3 (Reuters): - Myanmar authorities are forcing members of the Rohingya Muslim minority at gunpoint to accept identity cards that categorise them as foreigners, stripping them of the chance to become citizens, a rights group said on Tuesday.   Myanmar has drawn global condemnation for its treatment of the Rohingya and the report by the group Fortify
  • Hong Kong students plan second day of pro-democracy rallies
    HONG KONG, September 3 (Reuters): Hong Kong school and university students on Tuesday are due to boycott classes and hold pro-democracy rallies for the second straight day, further fuelling the political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city.   Thousands of students joined demonstrations at universities on Monday, many wearing gas masks, joining hands to form human chains and chanting for Hong Kong to be given greater autonomy from the central Chinese government. &nb
  • 8 killed, 26 missing in California boat fire
    Los Angeles, September 3 (IANS): At least eight people were killed and 26 others reported missing after a commercial diving boat caught fire and capsized in the US state of California, authorities said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown on Monday night updated reporters on the ongoing search-and-rescue operations after the Conception, a 75-foot diving boat, issued a mayday call near the Santa Cruz Island, reports Efe news reported. "Four bodies have been recovered thus
  • Hurricane Dorian kills 5 in the Bahamas
    Miami, September 3 (IANS): Hurricane Dorian has killed at least five people in the Bahamas after making a "catastrophic" landfall in the island, the Prime Minister of the Atlantic archipelago has said. "There are questions about fatalities... Thus far, the Royal Bahamas Police Force has confirmed that there are five deaths in Abaco," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference at the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday. "Teams wi
  • 5 die in Kabul bombing, Taliban claims responsibility
    Kabul, September 3 (IANS): At least five people were killed and 50 others injured in a car bombing in Kabul, police said on Tuesday, adding that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. "The explosion took place at 9.45 p.m. on Monday night in the Green Village complex in Qabilbay locality, Police District 9. A fuel pump station at the site also exploded and caught fire following the explosion," the city police said in a statement. The number of casualties was
  • Aasia Bibi breaks silence on death row ordeal
    Islamabad, September 3 (IANS): Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was cleared by the country's Supreme Court of blasphemy charges last year after spending eight years on death row, has expressed her gratitude to the top court and the international forces who helped her achieve freedom, a media report said on Tuesday. In her first print interview nearly four months after her release, Bibi told British daily, The Sunday Telegraph that she had at times fallen into despair
  • Pak arrests man for alleged links with Indian intel
    Islamabad, September 3 (IANS): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) announced that it has arrested aman for his alleged links with Indian as well as Afghan intelligence agencies, the media reported on Tuesday. FIA Deputy Director Anti Human Smuggling Imran Shahid on Monday said the suspected "agent", Umar Daud Khatak, was arrested from the Torkham border on August 22, Dawn news reported.  Khatak had established a group entitled Pakhtun Liberation Army, Shahid s
  • Hong Kong leader says she would 'quit' if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now 'very limited'
    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo   HONG KONG, September 2 (Reuters) - Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused "unforgivable havoc" by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople.   At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the
  • Hong Kong students rally peacefully after weekend violence
    Students hold umbrellas as they protest at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach   HONG KONG, September 2 (Reuters) - Thousands of Hong Kong university and school students boycotted class and rallied peacefully for democracy on Monday, the latest acts of defiance in an anti-government movement that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into crisis.   The boycott followed a weekend marred by some of the worst violence since unr
  • As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection
    Indigenous people from the Shanenawa tribe use indigenous medicine during a festival to celebrate nature and ask for an end to the burning of the Amazon, in the indigenous village of Morada Nova near Feijo, Acre State, Brazil, September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino   FEIJO (Brazil), September 2 (Reuters):  As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction
  • Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas, menaces east U.S. coast
    Sea conditions are seen in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas September 1, 2019 in this still image taken from a video by social media. Mark Hall/Christopher Hall via REUTERS   Titusville, Fla., September 2 (Reuters) - Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas early on Monday, peeling off roofs, toppling cars and snapping power lines as rising floodwater threatened to engulf houses.   The second-strongest Atlantic storm on record was forecast to pound the archipelago through the
  • Explainer: Saudi Arabia struggles to hold Yemen coalition together as allies face off
    A man stands next to an oil tanker truck set ablaze during recent clashes between Yemeni southern separatists and government forces near Aden, Yemen, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman/File Photo   RIYADH/DUBAI, September 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is struggling to hold together a military coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen after local allies turned on each other in a power struggle that has strained Riyadh's alliance with its main regional partner, the Unit
  • British PM Johnson threatens Brexit rebels with party expulsion
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez   LONDON, September 2 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to expel rebel lawmakers from his Conservative Party if they thwart his Brexit plans by voting to prevent a no-deal exit from the European Union.   Johnson's promise to leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce agree
  • Berlin celebrates birth of Germany's first giant panda cubs
    Panda Meng-Meng carries one of her newborn twin cubs in her mouth at Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany August 31, 2019 in this still image taken from a video made available September 2, 2019. Berlin Zoo/REUTERS TV via REUTERS   BERLIN, September 2 (Reuters) - Germany's first giant panda cubs have been born and their mother, Meng Meng, is doing a wonderful job looking after the pink twins who bear no resemblance to their black and white furry parents, Berlin Zoo announced on Monday
  • Hong Kong students rally for democracy after weekend violence
    Students hold umbrellas as they protest at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China  on September 2. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)   HONG KONG, September 2 (Reuters): Thousands of Hong Kong university and school students swapped classes for democracy demonstrations on Monday, the latest act of defiance in an anti-government movement that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into crisis. The boycott follows a weekend marred by some of the worst violence since unrest es
  • 'Monster' Hurricane Dorian pummels Bahamas, forecast to threaten Florida
    Sea conditions are seen in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas September 1, 2019 in this still image taken from a video by social media. (Mark Hall/Christopher Hall via REUTERS)   TITUSVILLE (Fla.), September 2 (Reuters):  Hurricane Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic storm on record, pounded the Bahamian islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama on Sunday night and was forecast to move dangerously close to Florida in the next two days, U.S. forecasters said. Hazards for the