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  • Germany asks for forgiveness as Poland marks 80th anniversary of war
    Leaders and officials watch honour guards passing by during a commemorative ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two in Warsaw, Poland on September 1. (Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS)   WARSAW, September 1 (Reuters): Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest
  • Trump says gun background checks would not have prevented recent gun violence
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media about Hurricane Dorian as he returns from Camp David to the White House in Washington, US on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, September 1 (Reuters): As the United States grappled with yet another mass shooting event on Sunday, President Donald Trump said that background checks on gun purchasers would not have prevented recent gun violence in the country.   A gunman near Odessa, Texas, killed
  • Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen prison, scores killed
    People and the Red Crescent medics inspect the site of Saudi-led air strikes on a Houthi detention centre in Dhamar, Yemen on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)   DUBAI, September 1 (Reuters): Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition in southwest Yemen hit a prison complex, killing scores of people, Yemen's Houthi movement and a Red Cross official said on Sunday.   The Sunni Muslim coalition, which has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthis for over four years
  • Italy's Salvini issues new migrant ban as seeks to derail new coalition
    League leader Matteo Salvini speaks to the media after consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ABOARD THE ALAN KURDI, September 1 (Reuters): Italy's outgoing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has banned another migrant-rescue ship from docking in the country, using the issue of immigration to pile pressure on his main two political rivals as they seek to form a new government. &n
  • Five killed, including gunman, 21 injured in West Texas shooting
    People are evacuated from Cinergy Odessa cinema following a shooting in Odessa, Texas, U.S. in this still image taken from a social media video on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   Odessa, September 1 (Reuters): A white male in his 30s who was known to police killed four people and wounded 21 others on Saturday in a gun rampage between the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa that started with a traffic stop and ended when he was killed by officers, authorities
  • Germany asks for forgiveness as Poland marks 80th anniversary of war
    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivers a speech during a commemorative ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two in Warsaw, Poland on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)   WARSAW, September 1 (Reuters): Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human histor
  • Rise of populists in Europe resembles eve of WW2, warns London mayor
    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks in Westminster, London, Britain on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     GDANSK, Poland, September 1 (Reuters): Europe is starting to resemble the situation on the eve of World War Two, with leaders using divisive language to win popularity and spreading hatred against minorities, London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned on Sunday.   Khan, a Muslim of Pakistani heritage, was speaking at an event in Poland with other world le
  • Indonesia arrests dozens for Papua protests that set buildings afire
    A man looks at damaged vehicles in front of Indonesia's Customs and Excise office after a riot in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia on August 30, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)     JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police have arrested dozens of people in the easternmost region of Papua following protests last week in which buildings were set ablaze, a police spokesman said on Sunday.   The area has been racked by civil unrest for two
  • Colombia's fight against rebels would be easier without Maduro: minister
    Venezuela's Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez holds an image as he delivers a statement at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BOGOTA, September 1 (Reuters): There is "no doubt" it would be easier to combat Colombia's rebel groups if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were no longer in power, Colombia's foreign minister said, amid accusations that Caracas is providing the groups with shelter
  • Myanmar Army says will punish soldiers in Rohingya atrocities probe
    Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine State, Myanmar on September 27, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     YANGON, September 1 (Reuters): Myanmar's army will court-martial soldiers after a new finding in an inquiry into atrocities in Rakhine state, from which more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a 2017 army-led campaign the United Nations says was executed with "genocidal intent".   On Saturday, the website of Comm
  • Pope urges politicians to take 'drastic measures' on climate change
    Pope Francis gestures as he speaks during the weekly general audience at the Vatican on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     VATICAN CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Pope Francis challenged governments on Sunday to take "drastic measures" to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency.   Francis issued his appeal, a written message for Sunday's World Day of Prayer for the Care o
  • UK lawmakers opposed to no-deal Brexit to bring forward legislation
    Labour Party's Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit Keir Starmer appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, September 1 (Reuters): British lawmakers opposed to no-deal Brexit will attempt to pass a law this week to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowing Britain to crash out of the European Union on October 31, the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said.   Senior minister
  • Hong Kong protesters target airport in call for democracy
    People and protesters run away from the riot police outside the terminals at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, September 1 (Reuters): Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in a bid to draw global attention to their fight for greater democracy for the Chinese-ruled city which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades.   Planes were
  • Pope to appoint new cardinals next month
    Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     VATICAN CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Pope Francis will elevate 13 Roman Catholic prelates to the high rank of cardinal next month, including 10 "cardinal electors" under 80 years old and thus eligible to vote in an eventual conclave to choose his successor.   The surprise announcement was made at the Pope's we
  • North Korea denies it amassed $2 billion through cyberattacks on banks
    A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL, September 1 (Reuters): North Korea denied on Sunday allegations that it had obtained $2 billion through cyberattacks on banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, and accused the United States for spreading rumours.   A United Nations report seen by Reuters last month said North Korea had used "widespread
  • Russia says U.S. strikes in Syria's Idlib put ceasefire at risk - reports
    A Syrian army soldier holds a Syrian flag as he stands on a military vehicle in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria on August 24, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, September 1 (Reuters): Russia's military said the United States had mounted air strikes in Syria's Idlib without forewarning Moscow or Ankara, endangering a ceasefire there, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday.   The strikes without a heads-up in the "de-escalation zone" breached previou
  • 'Earthquake' elections in east Germany could jolt Merkel's coalition
    Alternative for Germany (AfD) supporters react during an election campaign event ahead of the upcoming Brandenburg and Saxony state elections in Koenigs Wusterhausen, Germany on August 30, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, September 1 (Reuters): Elections in two east German states on Sunday are set to show a surge in support for the far right and raise the pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to quit her government.
  • U.S., Taliban near Afghanistan deal, fighting intensifies in north
    Afghan security forces patrol an area during a Taliban attack in the downtown of Kunduz city, Afghanistan on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   KABUL, September 1 (Reuters): U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official said on Sunday, as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic centre of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city.   Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afgha
  • Environment, poverty, corruption on agenda for pope's Africa trip
    A women poses with flags bearing the face of Pope Francis outside a Catholic church in Lhanguene, Maputo, Mozambique on August 31, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     VATICAN CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday for Africa, where poverty, the environment, foreign exploitation of resources and corruption are expected to be high on his agenda as he visits the continent where Catholicism is growing fast.   He will spend most of the Se
  • Poland marks 80th anniversary of start of World War Two
    Officials, including Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, head of the Constitution Tribunal Julia Przylebska and Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, attend a commemorative ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two in Warsaw, Poland on September 1. (REUTERS Photo)   WARSAW/GDANSK, Poland, September 1 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence joined local leaders on Sunday to commemorate 80 ye