• Rotated China troops 'will defend Hong Kong prosperity'
    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier guards the entrance to the PLA Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in the Central Business District in Hong Kong, China on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 29 (Reuters): China rotated troops in its People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong on Thursday, days before protesters planned to hold a march calling for full democracy for the Chinese-ruled city after three months of sometimes violent demonstrations.
  • Conte accepts president's mandate to form new Italian government
    Italy's President Sergio Mattarella meets Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, Italy on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, August 29 (Reuters): Italy's president asked Giuseppe Conte to head a coalition of the 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday, a move could that could mark a turning point in Italy's frayed relations with the European Union.   Sergio Mattarella handed Conte a fresh mandate to form a cabinet barely a week after the l
  • West Africa's historic slave sites bear witness to brutal trade
    Open gates are seen before a monument at the site of the 'Point of No Return' where slaves were loaded onto ships in the historic slave port of Ouidah, Benin on July 17, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND, Gambia, August 29 (Reuters): When Gambian boat captain Abdoulie Jabang ferries visitors to Kunta Kinteh island he tells them that the waves lapping the shores of the former slave site threaten to wash history away.   Situated at the mouth of t
  • U.S. warship sails near South China Sea islands claimed by China
    The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 29 (Reuters): A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, a move that Beijing condemned as an illegal attempt by Washington at "marit
  • Myanmar workers facing death penalty for British tourist murders to seek Thai pardon
    Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun arrive at the Nonthaburi provincial court in Thailand on August 29. (REUTERS Photo)   BANGKOK, August 29 (Reuters): Two migrant workers from Myanmar will seek a royal pardon from Thailand's king after its Supreme Court on Thursday upheld their death sentences for the murder of two British backpackers that drew world attention to the tourist island of Koh Tao.   The defence lawyer said he would seek a royal pard
  • White House hopeful Kamala Harris to emphasize access for individuals with disabilities
    2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, US on August 10, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 29 (Reuters): U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris will announce a plan on Thursday aimed at ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal access to job opportunities, education, housing and healthcare.   Harris, a U.S. senator
  • Scottish Conservative leader Davidson quits, citing Brexit and family
    Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives smiles during a television interview on the opening day of the Conservative Party Conference, in Manchester Britain on October 1, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON, August 29 (Reuters): Ruth Davidson quit as leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland on Thursday, saying she could no longer juggle the demands of being a politician with family life and after doing everything she could to mitigate the r
  • Drone disruption? Climate activists to target London's Heathrow airport
    A British Airways aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain on February 23, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, August 29 (Reuters): British climate change activists said they would disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Sept. 13, a step they hope will ground flights and put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.   Heathrow could mitigate the impact of the action, but flying dr
  • In watershed discovery, skull of ancient human 'ancestor' unearthed
    A fossil of Lucy's ancestor, 3.8 million years old cranium of Australopithecus Anamensis which was discovered in Waranso-Mile paleontological site, Afar region in Ethiopia is seen at the National Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 28, 2019. )REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri Photo)   The fossil of Australopithecus anamensis species dubbed MRD was discovered in Waranso-Mile paleontological site, Afar region in Ethiopia. The species first appeared roughly 4.2 million years ago  
  • Collapse us if you can, British government dares Brexit opponents
    LONDON, August 29 (Reuters):  Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government on Thursday challenged opponents of Brexit in parliament to collapse the government or change the law if they wanted to thwart Britain's exit from the European Union.   More than three years since the Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom is heading towards its gravest constitutional crisis in decades and a showdown with the EU over Brexit due in just 63 days time.   In his boldest s
  • U.S. will not release Mideast peace plan before Israeli election
    Jason Greenblatt (C), U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, arrives to visit Kibbutz Nahal Oz, just outside the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel on August 30, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 28 (Reuters): The United States will not release the long-delayed political portion of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan before Israel's elections, White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said on Wednesday.   The move, announced
  • At least 25 killed in 'horrendous' arson attack on bar in Mexico
    A man is comforted at a crime scene following a deadly attack at a bar by unknown assailants in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico on August 28. (REUTERS Photo)   COATZACOALCOS, Mexico, August 28 (Reuters): At least 25 people were killed in an arson attack by suspected gang members on a bar in the southeastern Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos late on Tuesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, in a fresh blow to his efforts to curb violence.   Calling the attack "horrend
  • British PM to suspend parliament before Brexit, opposition denounces 'coup'
    Police officers detain a protester outside the Houses of the Parliament in London, Britain on August 28. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, August 28 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson will suspend Britain's parliament for more than a month before Brexit, enraging opponents and raising the stakes in the country's most serious political crisis in decades.   Cheered on by U.S President Donald Trump, Johnson launched his boldest move yet to take the country out of t
  • South Korea summons Japan ambassador as export trade curbs take effect
    A police officer stands guard near Japan and South Korea national flags at hotel, where South Korean embassy in Japan is holding the reception to mark the 50th anniversary of normalisation of ties between Seoul and Tokyo, in Tokyo on June 22, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL, August 28 (Reuters): South Korea summoned Japan's ambassador to protest against a decision to remove Seoul's fast-track export status, which took effect on Wednesday amid a deepening po
  • Swedish teen climate activist to sail into New York for U.N. summit
    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and crew's Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann wave from the Malizia II boat, as she starts her trans-Atlantic boat trip to New York, in Plymouth, Britain on August 14, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   Rather than travel in an airplane that burns fuel and contributes to atmospheric carbon pollution, Thunberg opted to make her trans-Atlantic journey carbon emission-free by sailing on the Malizia II, a 60-foot yacht equipped with sol
  • U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions
    The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 28 (Reuters): A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties betwe
  • As fires race through Amazon, Brazil's Bolsonaro weakens environment agency
    Machines are destroyed at an illegal cassiterite mine during an operation conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or IBAMA, in national parks near Novo Progresso, southeast of Para state, Brazil on November 4, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRASILIA, August 28 (Reuters): As the world recoils at the sight of fires ravaging Brazil's Amazon jungle, the nation's far-right government is undermining the agency charged
  • Uproar as British PM Johnson cuts parliament time before Brexit
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, August 28 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to limit parliament's opportunity to derail Brexit by cutting the amount of time it sits between now and EU exit day on Oct. 31, infuriating opponents who accused him of leading a "very British coup".   In his boldest move yet to
  • Hong Kong protesters denounce Cathay Pacific for firing cabin crew
    People paste placards on windows as they take part in a rally held by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions after a number of crew members in the aviation industry were let go for joining the anti-extradition bill protests, in Hong Kong, China on August 28. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 28 (Reuters): Hundreds of people protested in Hong Kong on Wednesday to denounce Cathay Pacific Airways for dismissing crew taking part in or supporting anti-government
  • Ukraine frees jailed Russian journalist amid prisoner swap talks
    Kirill Vyshinsky, director of the Ukrainian office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, who was detained by Security Service of Ukraine on treason charges in 2018, attends a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine on July 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     KIEV/MOSCOW, August 28 (Reuters): A court in Ukraine ordered jailed Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky to be freed on bail and released from custody, as Moscow and Kiev hold behind-the-scenes talks on a possi