• 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
  • As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires
    A charred trunk is seen on a tract of Amazon jungle that was recently burned by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino   BRASILIA/BRUSSELS, August 24 (Reuters) - European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.   Amid a global chorus of con
  • 'We are hostages': Two years on, Rohingya still in Myanmar trapped by new war
    Muslim vendors sell fish in the market of Maungdaw, Rakhine July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang/Files   YANGON, August 24 (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 at home. &nbs
  • N. Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end
    People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea's firing projectiles with a file image at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh consecutive week of weapons tests, South Korea’s military said, a day after it threatened to remain America’s biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. The part of Korean letters read: "
  • WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it
    A public health worker takes a blood sample from a woman to be tested for malaria in Bo Rai district, Trat provice, Thailand, November 29, 2017. Picture taken November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Prapan Chankaew/File Photo   WHO experts say it's not yet possible to put a price tag or target date on achieving eradication   LONDON, August 24 (Reuters) - Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus fo
  • Brazil's indigenous people swear to fight for Amazon 'to last drop of blood'
    Indigenous people from the Mura tribe show a deforested area in unmarked indigenous lands inside the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 20, 2019. Picture taken August 20, 2019. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)   CANUTAMA (Brazil), August 23  (Reuters) :Members of Brazil's Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. Their enemy? The def
  • Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest
    Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's Central district, China on August 23. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 23 (Reuters): Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined hands to form human chains on Friday in a peaceful protest, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory.   Demonstrators, families youn
  • EU piles pressure on Brazil over Amazon fires
    An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil on August 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   DUBLIN/BRUSSELS, August 23 (Reuters): The European Union piled pressure on Friday on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon basin, with Ireland and France saying they could block a trade deal with South America.   Bolsonaro has rejected what he calls foreign interference in domestic affairs in Brazil, where v
  • Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks
    Sri Lankan military stand guard as priests arrive at the reopening ceremony of the St. Anthony's Shrine, one of the churches attacked in the April 21st Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     COLOMBO, August 23 (Reuters): Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation which is set to vote in a new head of st
  • Mexican Senate bust-up exposes fragility of president's ruling party
     Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MEXICO CITY, August 23 (Reuters): A fight among leaders of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's ruling party is unlikely to weaken his iron grip on the country, but the row has also underlined how fragile the political legacy he is seeking to build may be.   Smashing the opposition w
  • Erdogan tells Putin Syrian offensive is causing humanitarian crisis
    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pays his respects at a convoy carrying remains of the Srebrenica genocide victims, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ANKARA, August 23 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday that Syrian army attacks in northwest Syria are causing a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey's national security, the Turkish presidency said.