• Lebanon's Aoun: Israeli drone strikes like 'declaration of war'
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun, gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage International Airport to attend the Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia on March 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, August 26 (Reuters): President Michel Aoun said on Monday Lebanon had a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that he likened to a "declaration of war".   Two drones crashed early on Sunday in Beirut's southern suburbs, which are dominated by the
  • Zimbabwe bails senior opposition official arrested over protest
    Main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)'s national organising secretary Amos Chibaya arrives at the Harare Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe on August 26. (REUTERS Photo)     HARARE, August 26 (Reuters): A Zimbabwean court freed a senior opposition official on bail on Monday, after charging him with failing to stop an anti-government protest that authorities had banned.   Amos Chibaya, national organising secretary for the oppo
  • Mexico president says 'doing well' on migration ahead of U.S. deadline
    A Central American migrant walks past the image of a U.S. flag on a train during his journey towards U.S. in Saltillo, Mexico on August 3, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     MEXICO CITY, August 26 (Reuters): Mexico's president said on Monday his country was "doing well" in addressing U.S. demands to contain illegal immigration and that Mexican and American officials will meet on Sept. 10 to take stock of the situation after a key deadline expires.   In June, M
  • Lebanon's Aoun met with U.N. official over 'Israeli assault': presidency
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun, gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage International Airport to attend the Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia on March 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, AUGUST 26 (Reuters): Lebanese President Michel Aoun discussed on Monday the "Israeli assault on the southern suburbs of Beirut" with the country's United Nations Special Coordinator, Aoun's office said.   Two Israeli drones crashed early on Sunday in the south
  • Brazilian women must be ashamed of Bolsonaro for mocking my wife, says Macron
    French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on environment and social equality to business leaders on the eve of the G7 summit in Paris, France on August 23, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BIARRITZ, France, August 26 (Reuters): Brazilian women are probably ashamed of President Jair Bolsonaro, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, hitting back after the Brazilian leader mocked Macron's wife on Facebook.   The leaders have been feuding in recent week
  • Saudi-led coalition acts to stabilise south Yemen as allies face off
    Supporters of Yemen's UAE-backed southern separatists march during a rally in the port city in Aden, Yemen on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ADEN, August 26 (Reuters): The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen acted on Monday to work out a ceasefire with its nominal allies in the south of the country who turned on each other in a power struggle, fracturing the military alliance.   Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, th
  • Malaysia hopes to pay for military equipment with palm oil
    A Malaysian navy vessel patrols waters near Langkawi island on May 17, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     KUALA LUMPUR, August 26 (Reuters): Malaysia is in talks with at last six countries on the possibility of using palm oil to pay for arms, as Southeast Asia's third-biggest economy seeks to replace old equipment to boost its defence capabilities.   Malaysia has struggled to update its defence equipment over the years and a cut in its defence budget
  • U.S., Taliban deal will not stop attacks on Afghan forces, some Taliban say
    A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard next to damaged army vehicles after a Taliban attack in Ghazni city, Afghanistan on August 15, 2018. (REUTERS File photo)     KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, August 26 (Reuters): As U.S. and Taliban negotiators push to wrap up talks aimed at securing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, disagreement remains about whether a pact will mean an end to the insurgents' fight with the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
  • Rejection of international law on the rise, Iran's foreign minister says
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd L) speaks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China on August 26. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, August 26 (Reuters): The rejection of international law is on the rise, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, during a meeting in Beijing with the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi.   "Rejection of internat
  • Hezbollah leader says Israeli army to face quick retaliation to drone 'attack' in Beirut
    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gestures as he addresses his supporters via a screen during a rally marking the anniversary of the defeat of militants near the Lebanese-Syrian border, in al-Ain village, Lebanon on August 25, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIRUT, August 26 (Reuters): Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned the Israeli army stationed along the border with Lebanon that his movement was preparing an imminent response to two Is
  • Trump leaves Iran diplomacy door open after Macron's Zarif gambit
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (not pictured) for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 26. (REUTERS Photo)   BIARRITZ, France, August 26 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to leave a window open for diplomacy with Iran on Monday after French President Emmanuel Macron flew in Iran's foreign minister to a G7 summit in an effort to reduce U.S.-Iranian tensions.   Eu
  • Hong Kong government warns of great danger after weekend of violence
    Riot police officers raise a warning flag as they stand guard during a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 25, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 26 (Reuters): Illegal violence is pushing Hong Kong to the brink of great danger, the city government said on Monday, after a weekend of clashes that included the first gun-shot and the arrest of 86 people, the youngest just 12.   Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles wit
  • Indonesia unveils site of new capital on Borneo island
    A general view shows the business district in the capital of Jakarta, Indonesia on May 2, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     JAKARTA, August 26 (Reuters): Indonesia on Monday revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea.   The capital of the world's fourth most populous country, on the island of Java, is now home to
  • Erdogan says Turkish troops will enter planned Syria safe zone 'soon'
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkey on July 26, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ANKARA, August 26 (Reuters): Turkish ground troops will enter a planned safe zone in northern Syria "very soon," President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, after a joint operation centre with the United States opened at the weekend.   Turkey and the United States agreed earlier this month to set up the joint centre
  • Why are the Amazon fires sparking a crisis for Brazil - and the world?
    A snake is seen while a tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino   BRASILIA, August 26 (Reuters) - A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest's importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting. Here is what you need to know about th
  • Shock at G7 summit as Iran's Zarif lands in Biarritz
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)   BIARRITZ, France, August 25 (Reuters): Iran's foreign minister flew into the French resort hosting a G7 summit on Sunday, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran.   M
  • Israel says air strike in Syria sent "no immunity" message to Iran
    JERUSALEM/DAMASCUS, August 25 (Reuters): Israel said on Sunday an air strike against an arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards in Syria that it accused of planning "killer drone attacks" showed Tehran that its forces were vulnerable anywhere.   A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied that Iranian targets had been hit late on Saturday and said its military "advisory centres have not been harmed", the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.   The Israeli mi
  • Trump regrets not raising tariffs on China higher, White House says
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)     BIARRITZ, France, August 25 (Reuters): When President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China, he meant that he wished he had raised tariffs on Beijing even higher, the White House said.   Trump
  • Tens of thousands of Rohingya mark ‘Genocide Day’ amid tensions in Bangladesh camps
    Rohingya refugees gather to mark the second anniversary of the exodus at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)   COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, August 25 (Reuters): At least 100,000 Rohingya refugees rallied in camps in Bangladesh on Sunday, marking two years since the start of a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar that forced more than 730,000 to flee across the border.   Massive crowds gathered in the morning on
  • Hariri says Israeli drones in Beirut attempt to stir Middle East tensions
    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen during the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon on February 6, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIRUT/JERUSALEM, August 25 (Reuters): Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said two Israeli drones which crashed in a suburb of Beirut dominated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah were designed to stir up regional tensions.   In the first such incident in more than a decade