• Bolton says time to act against Venezuela's Maduro is now
    U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, US on May 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LIMA, August 6 (Reuters): U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday called for tougher international action against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after Washington froze his government's assets in a sharp escalation of its pressure on the leftist leader.  
  • Trump, without evidence, accuses Google of 'very illegal' action ahead of election
    U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown municipal airport en route to Washington after a weekend in Bedminster,  New Jersey, US on August 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 6 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stepped up his accusations against Google, claiming without offering evidence that the technology company worked to subvert his 2016 presidential campaign and warning he was watching it "very closel
  • China might escort ships in Gulf under U.S. proposal: envoy
    Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz on December 21, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     DUBAI, August 6 (Reuters): China might escort Chinese commercial vessels in Gulf waters under a U.S. proposal for a maritime coalition to secure oil shipping lanes following attacks on tankers, its envoy to the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday.   "If there happens to be a very unsafe situation we will consider having our navy escort our commercial vessels,
  • 'We will make them pay': North Korea launches missiles, condemns U.S.-South Korea drills
    A man watches a TV showing a file picture for a news report on North Korea firing two unidentified projectiles, in Seoul, South Korea on August 6. (REUTERS Photo)   SEOUL, August 6 (Reuters): North Korea fired missiles into the sea off its east coast for the fourth time in less than two weeks, South Korea said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang warned that hostile moves against it "have reached the danger line."   The North, criticising the U.S.-South Korean drills and
  • U.S. watching North Korea missile launches very carefully: Trump adviser Bolton
    U.S. national security advisor John Bolton attending the French - USA Commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on 6 June 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 6 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump has an understanding with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Pyongyang will not launch intercontinental-range ballistic missiles, and th
  • Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam
    A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LOPBURI, Thailand, August 6 (Reuters): Thousands are flocking to see a Buddhist temple in central Thailand exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.   As the reservoir reaches less than 3% of capacity, the remains of Wat Nong Bua Yai,
  • War with Iran is the mother of all wars - Iran president
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq on March 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   GENEVA, August 6 (Reuters): War with Iran is the mother of all wars, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV, warning once again that shipping might not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz oil waterway.   Tensions have risen between Iran and the West since last year when the United
  • Erdogan says Trump will not allow ties to be held 'captive' to S-400 row
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attempted coup at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on July 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ANKARA, August 6 (Reuters):Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he believes U.S. President Donald Trump will not allow ties between the two NATO allies to become captive to a dispute over Ankara's purchase of a Russian S-400 defence system.  
  • EU open to Brexit discussions but prepared for no-deal: spokeswoman
    European Union and British flags flutter in front of a chancellery ahead of a visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany on April 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRUSSELS, August 6 (Reuters): The European Commission is willing to discuss Brexit with Britain over the coming weeks, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.   She said while the bloc's executive was hoping to avoid a "no-deal" exit, the EU was prepared for such an outcome.   "
  • Malaysian police widen search for missing Irish girl
    A police officer uses a sniffer dog as police search for 15-year-old Irish girl Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing from a resort in Seremban, Malaysia on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   KUALA LUMPUR, August 6 (Reuters): Police in Malaysia widened their search on Tuesday for an Irish teenager who went missing from a holiday resort over the weekend, adding that they had found no evidence she was abducted.   Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, was reported missing from her
  • China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'
    Police fires tear gas a demonstration in support of the city-wide strike and to call for democratic reforms at Tai Po residential area in Hong Kong. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, August 6 (Reuters): Protesters in Hong Kong must not "play with fire" and mistake Beijing's restraint for weakness, China said on Tuesday in its sharpest rebuke yet of the "criminals" behind demonstrations in the city whom it vowed to bring to justice.   Hong Kong has suffered weeks of somet
  • Ebola outbreak in east Congo's main city tests flexibility of response
    Children look at a billboard providing information about Ebola outside the newly constructed MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo on August 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters): Deo Bakulu has been washing his hands every chance he gets since Ebola reached eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's main city of Goma last month.   But the washing station set up by local auth
  • UK joins United States for maritime security mission in Gulf
    Newly appointed Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain on July 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, August 5 (Reuters): Britain on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel.   British officials stressed that there was no change to London's policy on Iran but joini
  • Texas suspect charged with murder in shooting labeled domestic terrorism
    A group of men embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, US on August 4, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   EL PASO, Texas, August 5 (Reuters): Texas prosecutors charged a man with capital murder for fatally shooting 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, one of two weekend shooting sprees that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to condemn white supremacy and violent video games.   Texas Governor Greg Abbott s
  • Saudi Arabia women's rights reforms may still be thwarted by custom
    Women shop at a jewellery stand in Dhahran Mall, Saudi Arabia on August 2, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   RIYADH, August 5 (Reuters): Saudi officials have hailed as "historic" new rights granted to women in Saudi Arabia that further dismantle its heavily criticised guardianship system, but male relatives could still find ways to thwart these freedoms.   Thousands of Saudi women took to social media to celebrate royal decrees on Friday that allow women above 21
  • Russia says it would respond to U.S. missile deployments in Asia
    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia on February 7, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, August 5 (Reuters): Russia said on Monday it would take measures to defend itself if the United States stationed missiles in Asia following the collapse of a landmark arms control treaty and that it expected Japan to deploy a new U.S. missile launch system.   U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Sa
  • Iran says will not tolerate 'maritime offences' in Gulf
    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks to the media during the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Coordinating Bureau in Caracas, Venezuela on July 20, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offences" there, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic waterway that it accused of smuggling fuel.
  • Nigeria to allow detained Shi'ite Muslim leader to seek medical treatment abroad
    Protesters hold banners calling for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), in Abuja, Nigeria on January 26, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   KADUNA, Nigeria, August 5 (Reuters): A Nigerian judge ruled on Monday that the detained leader of a banned Nigerian Shi'ite Muslim group could seek medical treatment abroad, after a series of protests calling for his release turned violent last month.   Nigeria banned the Islam
  • Turkey wants to expand Asian diplomatic ties: minister
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference during a visit to Riga, Latvia on May 16, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     ANKARA, August 5 (Reuters): Turkey wants to expand its diplomatic presence in Asia as the region becomes the economic centre of the world, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding that the initiative did not mark a shift away from Western allies.   "The international community is in a rivalry for great
  • UK PM Johnson's spokesman: We leave EU on Oct. 31
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves during a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Britain on August 5. (REUTERS Photo)     LONDON, August 5 (Reuters): Britain will be leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter what, Prime minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Monday, responding to reports that a government adviser had suggested parliament had missed its chance to block a no-deal Brexit.   The spokesman also said that Britain would k