• No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island
    A girl looks at keychains at a shop on the island of Arwad, Syria on August 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     ARWAD, Syria, August 19 (Reuters): In the years before Syria's war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered.   The tiny island is one of the few places in Syria physically untouched by eight years of conflict, its only direct brush with war being
  • Iran warns U.S. against seizing released Iranian oil tanker
    A crew member takes pictures with a mobile phone on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain on August 18, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     DUBAI, August 19 (Reuters): Iran has warned the United States against any new attempt to seize an Iranian oil tanker in open seas after it left Gibraltar, the Iranian Foreign Min
  • Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally
    Supporter of the anti-extradition bill cleans the ticket machine as part of the Sham Shui Po Station Cleaning Campaign in Hong Kong, China on August 19. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 19 (Reuters): Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes.   Sunday's massive turnout, which org
  • Aden standoff delays Saudi summit intended to forge new Yemen government: sources
    Supporters of Yemen's UAE-backed southern separatists march during a rally in southern port city in Aden, Yemen on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   DUBAI, August 19 (Reuters): The refusal of Yemeni southern separatists to hand back control of Aden port has delayed a summit in Saudi Arabia that is due to discuss reshuffling Yemen's ousted government to include the separatists and end the stand-off, three Yemeni sources said.   Saudi Arabia called for the mee
  • Iceland unveils memorial plaque for lost glacier
    People walk towards Okjokull glacier in Iceland for a ceremony on August 18, 2019. Okjokull glacier, which will be the first of the country’s hundreds of glaciers to be lost due to climate change, will be remembered with a memorial plaque. (REUTERS Photo)   COPENHAGEN, August 19 (Reuters): Iceland unveiled a plaque to its Okjokull ice sheet on Sunday, the first of the country's hundreds of glaciers to melt away due to climate change.   Scientists see the shrinki
  • Sudan's ex-president Bashir arrives at corruption trial
    Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses Sufi supporters during a campaign rally in Omdurman on March 8, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     KHARTOUM, August 19 (Reuters): Sudan's ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Monday arrived amid heavy security at the courthouse in the capital Khartoum where he is facing corruption charges, a Reuters witness said.   Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unof
  • At least 19 dead after fuel truck crash in western Uganda: police
    People look towards a fire following a fuel truck collision in Rubirizi, Uganda August 18, 2019 in this still image taken from social media video. (REUTERS Photo)   KAMPALA, August 19 (Reuters): At least 19 people were killed when a fuel truck exploded after losing control and ramming into three cars in western Uganda on Sunday, police said in a statement.   Early on Monday authorities said nine bodies had been retrieved from the crash site and transported to a ne
  • Indonesia pledges probe after Papuans protest treatment of students
    People burn tires during a protest at a road in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia on August 19, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, August 19 (Reuters): Indonesian authorities on Monday pledged a "complete and fair" investigation after violent protests in several cities in Papua in response to claims of racist abuse and physical mistreatment of students from the country's easternmost region.   A separatist movement has simmered for d
  • Evacuees fleeing Canary Islands wildfire rise to 8,000
    Flames and smoke from a forest fire are seen in the village of Moya on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain on August 18, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   TEJEDA, Spain, August 19 (Reuters): Around 8,000 people have been evacuated as firefighters battle an out-of-control wildfire on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands, authorities said on Monday.   The blaze, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, is advancing on several fronts, propelled by a combina
  • For Trump, appeals to white fears about race may be a tougher sell in 2020: poll
    People embrace while holding placards during a rally against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump after last weekend's shooting at a Walmart store, in El Paso, Texas, US on August 7, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   NEW YORK, August 19 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election. But a Reuters analysis of public opinion over the last four years suggests that Trump's brand of whi
  • Yemen's war cut a father's route to work, now his toddler starves
    Ali Muhammad, father of malnourished Muath Ali Muhammad, holds him at their home in Aslam district of the northwestern province of Hajja, Yemen on July 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   HAJJAH PROVINCE, Yemen, August 18 (Reuters): Before Yemen's war broke out four years ago Ali Muhammad used to cross the border into Saudi Arabia to work, joining thousands of other Yemenis from his poor, mountainous region.   But fighting in the border areas left him unemployed
  • Iranian tanker expected to leave Gibraltar late Sunday: Iran's envoy to UK
    An Iranian flag flies at Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, before being named as Grace 1, as it sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain on August 18. (REUTERS Photo)   GIBRALTAR, August 18 (Reuters): The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night, Iran's ambassador to Britain said, hours after the British territory re
  • Charity boat rejects Spain's offer to stranded migrants
    Minors who were among migrants stranded on the Spanish migrant rescue ship Open Arms are pictured before disembarking from an Italian Finance Police boat, in Lampedusa, Italy on August 17, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     MADRID/ROME, August 18 (Reuters): A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, saying the more than 100 people on board were in an emergency situation and it would
  • Poland's Kaczynski condemns gay pride marches as election nears
    Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during his media statement at the party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland on May 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     STALOWA WOLA, Poland, August 18 (Reuters): Poland must resist the "travelling theatre" of gay pride marches, the leader of its conservative ruling party said on Sunday, as the staunchly Roman Catholic country gears up for a parliamentary election on Oct. 13.   Poland's ruling Law an
  • Merkel: We're prepared for any Brexit outcome
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during the government's "Open Door Day" in Berlin, Germany on August 18. (REUTERS Photo)     BERLIN, August 18 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that she would meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening to discuss Britain's planned departure from the European Union, adding that Berlin was also prepared for a disorderly Brexit.   Johnson is seeking to persuade Europ
  • Ships passed us by, says sole survivor of migrant tragedy
    Mohammed Adam Oga, an Ethiopian migrant and the lone survivor of an eleven-day journey across the Mediterranean, speaks to Reuters from his hospital bed at Mater Dei Hospital in Tal-Qroqq, Malta on August 17, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   TAL-QROQQ, Malta, August 18 (Reuters): The only survivor of a disastrous attempt by 15 migrants to reach Europe by sea from Libya said ships passed them by and ignored their pleas to be rescued.   "They were very, very close to us, the
  • Sudanese army and civilians seal interim power-sharing deal
    Civilians hold their national flag as they celebrate the signing of the Sudan's power sharing deal, that paves the way for a transitional government, and eventual elections, following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan on August 17, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   KHARTOUM, August 18 (Reuters): Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday signed a final power-sharing deal that paves the way for a transitiona
  • Russia says no plans to install new missiles unless U.S. deploys them
    FILE PHOTO: Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attends the opening ceremony of the International military-technical forum ARMY-2019 at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Centre in Moscow Region, Russia on June 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, August 18 (Reuters): Russia will not deploy new missiles as long as the United States shows similar restraint in Europe and Asia, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday, after Washington's withdra
  • About 3,000 homeless as fire consumes Bangladesh slum
    Slum dwellers are seen gather near their shelters after fire burnt them out in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 17, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   DHAKA, August 18 (Reuters): About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka, government officials said on Sunday.   Three people were injured in the blaze that struck a congested slum in Mirpur town on Fr
  • UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit: Times, citing official documents
    A line of lorries is seen during a trial between disused Manston Airport and the Port of Dover of how road will cope in case of a "no-deal" Brexit, Kent, Britain on January 7, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, August 18 (Reuters): Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show.