• Italian PM to resign, denounces Salvini for sinking government
    Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a session of the upper house of parliament over the ongoing government crisis, in Rome, Italy on August 20. (REUTERS Photo)     ROME, August 20 (Reuters): Italy's prime minister announced his resignation on Tuesday as he made a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and po
  • Pakistan to take Kashmir dispute with India to World Court
    Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi listens during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan on August 20, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     ISLAMABAD, August 20 (Reuters): Pakistan said on Tuesday it would take its dispute with India over Kashmir to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the region earlier this month.   Islamabad reacted with fury to that decision,
  • Clashes hit Yemen's south, Saudi-led forces strike capital
     Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatist forces stand by a military vehicle during clashes with government forces in Aden, Yemen on August 10, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ADEN, August 20 (Reuters): Southern separatists seized two Yemeni government military bases near the southern port of Aden early on Tuesday, triggering fresh clashes between nominal allies that have complicated U.N. peace efforts, residents and officials said.   The separatists and
  • U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says ISIS strong in some areas: CBS
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media after his meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the State Department in Washington, US on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas     WASHINGTON, August 20 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that Islamic State militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been diminished.   "It's compli
  • Less bluster, but no compromise seen as South Korean, Japan ministers meet in China
    A police officer stands guard near Japan and South Korea national flags at a hotel in Tokyo on June 22, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL/TOKYO, August 20 (Reuters): South Korea and Japan have toned down the rhetoric but show little sign of compromise in a bitter political and economic dispute as their foreign ministers prepare to meet in China this week.   Relations between the two U.S. allies are at their worst in years, with a trade row rooted i
  • Thailand extends visa fee waivers to boost tourism as growth slows
    People have fun on a beach during sunset at Ko Kut island in Trat Province, Thailand on October 27, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     BANGKOK, August 20 (Reuters): Thailand will extend until April next year a measure that waives fees for visas on arrival issued to tourists from 18 countries, as it looks to stimulate growth in tourism to spur a slowing economy, the prime minister said on Tuesday.   The waivers are part of a $10-billion stimulus package to
  • Russia accuses U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test: TASS
    National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia on April 11, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, August 20 (Reuters): Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but said it would not be drawn into an arms race, TASS news agency reported.   The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hi
  • Hong Kong leader says dialogue and 'mutual respect' offer way out of chaos
    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China on August 20. (REUTERS Photo)     HONG KONG, August 20 (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of efforts to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide "a way out" for the Chinese-ruled city.   Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully in to
  • Political reform hopes dim in Zimbabwe as police block another protest
    Riot police officers round up vendors as they keep watch outside the Tredgold Building Magistrate court in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on August 19, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HARARE, August 20 (Reuters): Zimbabwe police deployed in force on Tuesday to block 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 regime it replaced.   President Emmerso
  • U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar
    Rohingya refugees walk on a road at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on April 8, 2019. (REUTERS File photo)     DHAKA, August 20 (Reuters): The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched.   More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for neighbouring
  • Germany takes back four Islamic State children from Syria
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany on July 31, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BERLIN, August 20 (Reuters): Germany has for the first time allowed children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State to return to Germany from northern Syria and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said it will push for more such children to come to the country.   Like other western countries, Germany faces
  • People in protest-hit Hong Kong eye Malaysia's second-home programme
    A view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline in Malaysia on August 15, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     KUALA LUMPUR, August 20 (Reuters): A Malaysian programme to attract wealthy foreigners to live in the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 251 applications from Hong Kong residents this year, compared with 193 approved last year from the Chinese-ruled city, a government official said.   Property consultants said interest in the "Malaysia My Second Home" (MM2H)
  • EU rebuffs British PM Johnson's opening Brexit bid
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks next to Youth Justice Board Adviser Roy Sefa-Attakora during a roundtable on the criminal justice system at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain on August 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON/BRUSSELS, August 20 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand that the European Union reopen the Brexit divorce deal was rebuffed on Tuesday by the bloc, which said Britain had failed to propose any realistic alterna
  • Philippines' Duterte warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   MANILA, August 20 (Reuters): President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Tuesday foreign ships faced "unfriendly" treatment if they ventured into Philippines' territorial waters without permission, in a swipe at China's deployment of warships a few miles off the coast.   Th
  • France's Macron urges Putin to respect democracy
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the French President's summer retreat of the Bregancon fortress on the Mediterranean coast, near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, southern France on August 19. (REUTERS Photo)     FORT BREGANCON, France, August 19 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow must abide by fundamental democratic principles, and that it wa
  • Polish opposition unites in bid to wrest Senate from ruling nationalists
    People attend the Polish regional elections, at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland on October 21, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     WARSAW, August 19 (Reuters): Polish opposition parties have joined forces to try to win a majority in the upper house of parliament, the Senate, in parliamentary elections on Oct. 13, as they struggle to oust the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) from power.   Opinion polls show PiS winning a second four-y
  • Pakistan accuses India of using water as a weapon in Kashmir dispute
    Lt. Gen. (Retd) Muzammil Hussain, Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) gestures during an interview with Reuters at his office in Islamabad, Pakistan on August 19. (REUTERS Photo)     ISLAMABAD, August 19 (Reuters): Accusing India of waging "fifth-generation warfare", Pakistan said on Monday New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border.   Relations between
  • Global network's nuclear sensors in Russia went offline after mystery blast
    Antennas of a testing facility for seismic and infrasound technologies of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) are shown in the garden of their headquarters in Vienna, Austria on September 28, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     VIENNA, August 19 (Reuters): The operator of a global network of radioactivity sensors said on Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion on Aug. 8 went offline two days after the blast, rais
  • Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S. critical of decision
    Chief of staff of Sri Lankan army Shavendra Silva attends a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 16, 2019. On August 19, 2019 Shavendra Silva was named as army chief. (REUTERS File Photo)   COLOMBO, August 19 (Reuters): Sri Lanka's President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of human rights violations.   Silva, 55, is credited
  • Afghanistan blasts wound dozens on Independence Day
    A man caries a wounded person to the hospital after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on August 19. (REUTERS Photo)   KABUL, August 19 (Reuters): A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.   No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs but both Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban militan