• Russia, on Trump idea for G7 return, says show us the proposals: Ifax
    Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reacts during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia on January 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, August 21 (Reuters): Russia needs to receive and examine tangible proposals for it to return to the G7 group of nations if that is what is being proposed, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, the Interf
  • What early U.S. presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race
    Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pose together before the start of the second night of the second U.S. 2020 presidential Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, Mich
  • Water pollution an ‘invisible threat’ to global goals
    A man brushes his teeth as he stands in the polluted water of Ganges river in Kolkata. (REUTERS File Photo)     JOHANNESBURG, August 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world's water quality.   The World Bank report warned of the ripple effe
  • Amazon burning: Brazil reports record forest fires
    A tract of Amazon jungle is seen burning as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Iranduba, Amazonas state, Brazil on August 20, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BRASILIA, August 21 (Reuters): Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil's space research center INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy.   The surge marks an 83% increase over the
  • Japan, South Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties
    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks beside South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (not pictured) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) during a press conference after the ninth trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting among China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing, China on August 21. (REUTERS Photo)   TOKYO/SEOUL, August 21 (Reuters): Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over co
  • Israel holds back on Trump's Democrat Jews 'disloyalty' remark
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey US on August 18, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)         JERUSALEM, August 21 (Reuters) - Israeli officials on Wednesday offered a muted response to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump who said American Jews who vote for the Democratic Party were 'disloyal.'   Referring to Democ
  • Iran's Zarif says will see if scientist's death sentence can be delayed
    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)   STOCKHOLM, August 21 (Reuters): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran "will do its best" to see if the death sentence on Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali can be delayed.   Djalali, a medical doctor and lectu
  • Hong Kong protesters gather at mob-attack subway as bank warns of economic fallout
    Protesters call people to join further rallies against the government at Kowloon Tong subway station in Hong Kong, China on August 21. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 21 (Reuters): A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators began to gather for a sit-in at the subway site of a mid-summer mob attack.   Hong Kong-based Bank of East Asia Ltd
  • Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80 - officials
    KABUL, August 21 (Reuters): The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said on Wednesday.   The initial death toll after the Saturday night blast was 63, but some of the wounded had died, said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry.   "Seventeen others have succumbed to their injuries in hospital and over 160 are still being treated either in hospitals or at h
  • Hong Kong protests planned for mob-attack subway as bank warns of economic fallout
    HONG KONG, August 21 (Reuters): A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators headed for a sit-in at the subway site of a mid-summer mob attack.   Hong Kong-based Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) posted a 75% slump in first-half net profit after it wrote down loans in China because of a downturn in commercial property markets outside China's top cities. &nbs
  • Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions
    FILE PHOTO - Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell is surrounded by Australian police as he leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Australia, October 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Mark Dadswell/File Picture)   MELBOURNE, August 21 (Reuters): Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will remain in prison for at least another three years after losing an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday. &
  • Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission
    BRUSSELS, August 21 (Reuters): Five European Union countries will take in migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship before being allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday night, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Wednesday.   Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal will send teams to register and interview the people, make the necessary checks and transport arrangements, meaning the actual relocation to other EU state
  • Japan, South Korea agree on need for dialogue to resolve feud on wartime labour
    TOKYO/SEOUL, August 21 (Reuters): Japan and South Korea on Wednesday agreed on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled into trade, and put a deep chill on ties between Washington's two biggest Asian allies.   Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, speaking after talks with South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, said both sides shared that view over the dispute, which is a bitter legacy of Japan's 1910-1945 colonisatio
  • Trump cancels Denmark visit after PM says 'Greenland is not for sale'
    FILE PHOTO: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 21  (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country's prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.   "Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Fred
  • Zimbabwe opposition to review strategy in face of 'political asphyxiation'
        HARARE, August 20 (Reuters): Zimbabwe police on Tuesday blocked a street protest for the third time in five days, as the main opposition party said hopes were vanishing that the government might become more tolerant of dissent than the one it replaced.   President Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected a year ago, promising a break with the repression that characterised Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule, and an economic upturn.   But the economy is mir
  • Brazilian police sniper kills Rio bus hijacker; no hostages hurt
    A man who hijacked a bus points a gun to a hostage's head on the Rio-Niteroi Bridge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20. (REUTERS Photo)   RIO DE JANEIRO, August 20 (Reuters): A police sniper in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday shot dead a man who had hijacked a bus on a bridge across Guanabara Bay and taken 37 people hostage, in a dramatic end to an incident that underlined the daily grind of violence in the Brazilian city.   The hijacking, from which all the ho
  • Syrian army poised to take key town after rebel withdrawals
    A general view shows Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside of Idlib on March 16, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIRUT, August 20 (Reuters): Syrian government forces look set to recover a strategic town that has been in rebel hands since 2014 in a major Russian-backed offensive into the opposition's last major stronghold.   An organisation that monitors the war and a pro-Damascus military source said insurgents had withdrawn from Khan Sheikhoun overni
  • U.S. Democrat Warren wants to repeal 1994 crime bill, end cash bail
    U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren sits between Wampanoag Tribe Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais and Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. as she appears with Native American tribal leaders during an appearance at the Frank LaMere Native American Forum while campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa, US on August 19, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 20 (Reuters): U.S. Democratic presidential
  • Pompeo says North Korea talks have not resumed as quickly as hoped: CBS
    U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea on June 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 20 (Reuters): The United States has not returned to the negotiation table with North Korea as quickly as it had hoped, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, but he added that Washington knew there would be 'bumps on the road' in the denuclearization
  • Far-right party surge in eastern German regions threatens Merkel's coalition
    A placard of Daniela Kuge, candidate of the Christian Democratic Party CDU for the upcoming Saxony state elections, is seen in a window in Meissen, Germany on August 13, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   MEISSEN, Germany, August 20 (Reuters): A surge in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party before regional elections next month in two former communist eastern states threatens to wreck Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwieldy right-left coalition government.