• 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.  
  • Islamic State claims Afghan wedding suicide blast that killed 63
    An Afghan man cries as he sits inside a damaged wedding hall after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 18. (REUTERS Photo)   KABUL, August 18 (Reuters): The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underling the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agree a pact with the United States.   The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the U
  • Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rain
    Anti-extradition bill protesters march to demand democracy and political reforms, in Hong Kong, China on August 18. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 18 (Reuters): At least 100,000 anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.   Sunday's turnout showed that the movement still has broad-based support de
  • Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, amid hopes for talks
    Workers inspect a damaged wedding hall after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail   KABUL, August 18 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said, as violence shows no sign of easing despite hopes for a deal on a U.S. troop withdrawal. The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate a
  • UNICEF calls for investment in education for Rohingya refugees
    United Nations, August 17 (IANS) A new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) calls for urgent investment in education and skills development opportunities for the Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh. "For the Rohingya children and youth now in Bangladesh, mere survival is not enough," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Friday, Xinhua reported. "It is absolutely critical that they are provided with the quality learning and skills development that they ne
  • Hong Kong teachers rally in thunderstorm at start of weekend of protests
    Teachers protest against the extradition bill during a rally organised by Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union in Hong Kong, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji   HONG KONG, August 17 (Reuters) - Several thousand Hong Kong school teachers and supporters braved thunderstorms on Saturday to start a weekend of anti-government protests, despite fears that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive activists off the streets.   Following the escalation in
  • U.S. issues warrant to seize Iranian tanker off Gibraltar
    The name of Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 is seen removed as it sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain, August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca   GIBRALTAR, August 17 (Reuters) - The United States has issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West in a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from leaving Gibraltar.   The G
  • US cuts Pakistan's aid by $440 million
    Washington, August 17 (IANS) The US has cut its aid to cash-strapped Pakistan by $440 million, bringing its commitments to just $4.1 billion. The decision to cut Pakistan's economic assistance was officially conveyed to Islamabad about three weeks before the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the US, the Express Tribune reported. The aid was disbursed under Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement (PEPA) 2010. The agreement was signed in 2010 to make operational the Kerry Lugar
  • North Korea's Kim oversaw the test-firing of new weapon again: KCNA
    North Korea test fires a new weapon, in this undated photo released on August 16, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  KCNA via REUTERS   SEOUL, August 17 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-firing of a new weapon again on Friday morning, state media KCNA said on Saturday.   North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea's military said, its sixth round of weapons launches
  • Voice of Kashmiri people heard at UN: Maleeha Lodhi
    United Nations, August 17 (IANS) After the UN Security Council (UNSC) concluded its informal consultation on Kashmir, Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said the voice of the Kashmiri people has been heard in the highest diplomatic forum in the world. Following the UNSC closed-door consultation here on Friday, Lodhi claimed the people from Jammu and Kashmir may be in locked up state, but their voices were heard at the UNSC. The UNSC meeting was held on Friday after China's
  • Denmark sees resolution soon to EU rift on 2050 climate goal
    Denmark's Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen speaks during an interview in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)     COPENHAGEN, August 16 (Reuters): The new energy and climate minister of Denmark, a frontrunner in fighting climate change, said on Friday he was confident fellow EU countries would soon agree to go carbon-neutral by 2050 despite resistance in the east of the bloc.   A push by most European Union nations for the world's big
  • Trump meeting advisers on Afghan peace plan
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON, August 16 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior admin
  • U.S. Rep. Tlaib refuses Israel's 'oppressive conditions' for West Bank visit
    U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib listens to a comment from a constituent during a Town Hall style meeting in Inkster, Michigan, US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, August 16 (Reuters): U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family there because the Israeli government had imposed "oppressive conditions" to humiliate her.   Tlaib, a Demo
  • UK lawmakers opposed to Labour plan should consider no-deal Brexit threat: Corbyn
    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London, Britain on July 3, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON, August 16 (Reuters): The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said lawmakers who oppose his proposal to lead an emergency government should consider the threat posed to Britain by a no-deal exit from the European Union.   Given Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to take Britain out of the EU on Oc
  • Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned
    Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg attends a news conference on the carrier's annual results in Hong Kong, China on March 14, 2018. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 16 (Reuters): The boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony, after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in mass protests.   The corporate upheaval comes ahea
  • Italian political standoff keeps rescued migrants stranded at sea
    Migrants are seen aboard Spanish migrant rescue ship Open Arms, close to the Italian shore in Lampedusa, Italy on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)   LAMPEDUSA, Italy, August 16 (Reuters): A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, waited off the coast of Italy on Friday as a battle between former political allies in Rome stopped it docking at the southern island of Lampedusa.   Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered his officials to prevent
  • Indonesia president vows to process more resources onshore
    Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers a speech in front of parliament members, ahead of Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 16. (REUTERS Photo)     JAKARTA, August 16 (Reuters): Indonesia should do more to develop downstream industries to process natural and mineral resources domestically, bolstering Southeast Asia's largest economy, President Joko Widodo said in his state of the union address to parliament on Fri