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  • Fire resurges on Greece's Evia, challenges firefighters
    A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire burning near the village of Makrimalli on the island of Evia, Greece on August 13, 2019.( REUTERS Photo)   ATHENS, August 14 (Reuters): Aircraft and firefighters on the ground fought a blaze that burned large tracts of pristine pine forest on the Greek island of Evia on Wednesday as the wildfire flared up again at different spots.   A state of emergency has been declared in regions of the densely forested isla
  • Top Canada ethics watchdog says Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules
     Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     OTTAWA, August 14 (Reuters): Canada's top ethics watchdog on Wednesday ruled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his officials had contravened conflict of interest rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case, dealing a blow to the ruling Liberals less than 10 weeks before an election.  
  • Child sex abuse victims sue Catholic Church, other groups in New York after change in law
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, US on September 14, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     NEW YORK, August 14 (Reuters): Dozens of people in New York state who were victims of sexual abuse as children sued institutions including the Roman Catholic Church in New York on Wednesday, the first day a new law temporarily enabled them to file lawsuits over decades-old crimes.   About 85 people had filed lawsuits agai
  • Argentina announces economic relief plan but peso still flailing
    Argentine coins of 1 and 2 pesos are pictured in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 6, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     BUENOS AIRES, August 14 (Reuters): Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday unveiled a package of welfare subsidies and lower taxes for workers to lessen the impact of an economic crisis just months before a re-election bid, but his announcement did not immediately halt the peso currency's collapse.   The peso opened 12.3% wea
  • Japan heat leaves 23 dead, over 12,500 people hospitalized
    Tokyo, August 14 (IANS): Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said on Wednesday that 23 people died among 12,751 people who were rushed to hospitals due to heat-related illnesses across Japan over the week from August 5. Amid a protracted heatwave that has scorched wide swathes of Japan, the agency's preliminary data showed that the number of people rushed to hospital due to the heat had risen past the 10,000 level for the second straight week, the Japan Times reported.
  • Halt Afghan civilian casualties, U.N. says after report of 11 killed by government
    KABUL, August 14 (Reuters): The United Nations said on Wednesday it was gravely concerned about reports indicating 11 civilians had been killed in an Afghan security force operation in an eastern province near the border with Pakistan.   Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have been increasing, despite attempts by the United States and the Taliban to negotiate an agreement to end the 18-year war.   The government's main security agency, the National Directorat
  • No concessions from China as U.S. postpones some tariffs: U.S. Commerce chief
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks during a 17th Latin American Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 14 (Reuters): There were no concessions from China for the U.S. decision to postpone tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to assess where U.S.-China trade talks stand.   Ross, speaking
  • South Koreans protest, unveil memorial in 'comfort women' row with Japan
    SEOUL, August 14 (Reuters): Thousands of South Koreans protested outside Japan's embassy in Seoul on Wednesday and city officials unveiled a new memorial to wartime 'comfort women' at the centre of a row over the two countries' shared history.   The day of remembrance for women forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels comes amid renewed tensions over political and economic disputes dating back to Japan's colonial occupation of the Korea peninsula from 1910-19
  • No concessions from China as U.S. postpones some tariffs: U.S. Commerce chief
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks during a 17th Latin American Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil on August 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 14 (Reuters): There were no concessions from China for the U.S. decision to postpone tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to assess where U.S.-China trade talks stand.   Ross, speaking
  • Japan urges more than 300,000 to evacuate as storm Krosa nears
    A man makes his way amid strong wind by typhoon Krosa in Miyazaki in this photo taken by Kyodo on August 14. (REUTERS Photo)     TOKYO, August 14 (Reuters): Japan advised more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes on Wednesday and airlines cancelled hundreds of scheduled flights as a tropical storm bore down on the archipelago, public broadcaster NHK said.   Tropical storm Krosa, packing maximum winds of 108 kph (68 mph), was heading north towar
  • China says Hong Kong protests 'near terrorism' as airport reopens
    Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong, China on August 13, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   HONG KONG, August 14 (Reuters): China said Hong Kong's protest movement had reached "near terrorism" on Wednesday, after a night of ugly clashes at the city's airport where demonstrators set upon and detained two men they suspected of being government sympathisers.   Flights out of the financial hub resumed after two days of disruptions caused by u
  • 'Collaborators' are undermining Britain's Brexit bet, PM says
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives at the BBC studios in London, Britain on July 21, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     LONDON, August 14 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday some British lawmakers hoping to block Brexit were engaged in "terrible" collaboration with the European Union by undermining London's negotiating hand and so making no deal more likely.   Hours after senior lawmakers said they would see
  • Malaysian ministers say Indian Islamic preacher should be expelled
    Zakir Naik, an Indian Islamic preacher and founder of Islamic Research Foundation, speaks to the media via a video conference in Mumbai July 15, 2016. (REUTERS File Photo)   KUALA LUMPUR, August 14 (Reuters): Malaysia's cabinet discussed the permanent residency of Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday, with three ministers demanding his expulsion for allegedly making racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation.   Naik, who has lived in Malaysia
  • Accused New Zealand gunman's letter from jail circulates online
    Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is seen in the dock during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand on March 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MELBOURNE, August 14 (Reuters): The gunman accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed, media said o
  • UK court blocks bid to prosecute PM Johnson over Brexit bus claim
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside Downing Street in London, Britain on July 24, 2019. (REUTERS File Picture)     LONDON, August 14 (Reuters): A campaigner who wanted to prosecute British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allegedly lying about the benefits of Brexit before the 2016 European Union referendum, has lost his bid to take the case to Britain's top court, Sky News reported.   Marcus Ball, 29, wanted to bring the
  • Italy's Salvini snarled in political crisis of his own making
    Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference at the end of a meeting with key economic players to discuss the forthcoming 2020 budget, at Viminale Palace, Rome, Italy on July 15 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ROME, August 14 (Reuters): Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League party, announced last Thursday that he would file a motion of no-confidence in the government and wanted early elections
  • China tells U.S. to back off after lawmakers condemn Hong Kong violence
    Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China on January 6, 2016. (REUTERS File)     HONG KONG, August 13 (Reuters): China's foreign ministry on Tuesday told the United States to stay out of its internal affairs after some U.S. lawmakers, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong.  
  • Saudi woman activist rejects release deal tied to denying torture: family
    Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. (REUTERS File Photo)     RIYADH, August 13 (Reuters): Prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has rejected a proposal to secure her release from prison in exchange for a video statement denying reports she was tortured in custody, her family said on Tuesday.   Hathloul, along with at least a dozen other women's rights activists, were arrested
  • China hits back at U.N. rights boss over Hong Kong remarks
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet looks on before signing an agreement on the provision of guidance and technical assistance in the Ayotzinapa case, in Mexico City, Mexico on April 8, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     GENEVA, August 13 (Reuters): China rejected on Tuesday what it called a "wrongful statement" on Hong Kong by U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, saying it amounted to interference in its domestic affairs and sent "the wr
  • Macron to push Putin to resume Ukraine talks during France visit: official
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron at a news conference after a Syria summit, in Istanbul, Turkey on October 27, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     PARIS, August 13 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to persuade his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week to resume peace talks with Ukraine after its new president offered an olive branch, a French official said on Tuesday.   Putin travels to Macron