• 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
  • Sudan needs up to $10 billion in aid to rebuild economy, new PM says
    Sudan's new Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok, speaks during a Reuters interview in Khartoum, Sudan on August 24, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     KHARTOUM, August 25 (Reuters): Sudan needs $8 billion (£6.5 billion) in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister said on Saturday.   Abdalla Hamdok, sworn in three days ear
  • 'We are hostages': Two years on, Rohingya still in Myanmar trapped by new war
    Muslim vendors sell fish in the market of Maungdaw, Rakhine on July 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     YANGON, August 25 (Reuters): When Myanmar officials toured refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, inviting Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to return, they brought with them pamphlets adorned with cartoons showing hijab-wearing women passing through checkpoints and happily grasping identity cards.   They did not mention the new war being waged a
  • Trump, Abe at odds on North Korea missile launches
    U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands as they attend a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)     BIARRITZ, France, August 25 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea's series of short-range missile launches on Sunday, while maintaining that they would remain in synch on the is
  • Pope calls for global commitment to put out Amazon fires
    A tract of Amazon jungle is seen after a fire in Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil on August 24, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     VATICAN CITY, August 25 (Reuters): Pope Francis on Sunday called for a global commitment to put out the fires in the Amazon, saying the area was essential for the health of the planet.   "We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon. Let us pray so that with the commitment of all, they can be put ou
  • Trump dampens Macron optimism on Iran talks
    French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a G7 working session on "International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)   &
  • Hong Kong police briefly turn water cannon on protesters, fire tear gas
    A demonstrator stands in front of riot police during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China on August 25. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 25 (Reuters): Hong Kong police fired tear gas and brief spurts of water cannon amid running battles with brick-throwing protesters in driving rain on Sunday after violent clashes a day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in more than a week.   At least one petrol bomb was thrown by protesters,
  • Trump paints picture of unity at prickly G7 summit
    U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Pool   BIARRITZ, France, August 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was getting along well with Western allies at a G7 summit in France, dismissing reports of rifts among leaders and declaring that they "respect" the trade war between Washington and Beijing.   The
  • N. Korea tests new ‘super-large’ multiple rocket launcher
    This Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, photo provided Sunday, Aug. 25, by the North Korean government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. The content of this image is as pro
  • Soyuz carrying humanoid robot aborts docking at ISS
    The unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is pictured near the International Space Station. (Photo Courtesy: NASA)     Washington, August 25 (IANS): The unmanned Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) will make a second docking attempt on Monday after the first attempt was aborted on Saturday, NASA said. A problem with a component associated with the automated docking system believed to have led to its failure
  • At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-it-alone stance
    U.S President Donald Trump sits for lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron, right, at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, south-west France, Saturday Aug. 24, 2019. Efforts to salvage consensus among the Group of Seven rich democracies on the economy, trade and environment were fraying around the edges even as leaders were arriving before their three-day summit in southern France. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)   BIARRITZ, France, August 24 (AP) — President Donald Trump arrive
  • Hong Kong police use tear gas to counter protest petrol bombs
    HONG KONG, August 24 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb on Saturday after some activists threw petrol bombs and bricks, as China freed a British consulate worker whose detention helped fuel tension.   Four MTR subway stations were closed around Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of the Chinese-ruled city on the east of the Kowloon peninsula, but thousands packed the streets anyway, most carrying
  • Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in French resort
    French policemen stand guard near the Grande Plage beach ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 22, 2019.  REUTERS/Sergio Perez   BIARRITZ, France, August 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday for what promises to be a fraught meeting of major industrialised nations, with friction over trade, climate change and Iran likely to snarl the talks.   The three-day Group of Seven meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort o