• North Korea fires two short-range missiles in show of force, more can come: South Korea
    A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files   SEOUL, August 10 (Reuters) - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Saturday, South Korea said, in a "show of force" against U.S.-S.Korea joint military exercises.   More missile launches are highly probable, as the North Korean military is conducting its own summer drills, South Korea's Joint Chiefs
  • Typhoon in eastern China causes landslide, killing 18 people
    People walk in the rainstorm as typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai, China August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song   BEIJING, August 10 (Reuters) - Eighteen people were killed and 14 were missing in eastern China on Saturday in a landslide triggered by a major typhoon, which caused widespread transport disruptions and the evacuation of more than one million people, state broadcaster CCTV reported.   Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in the eastern provinc
  • Hong Kong hit by another weekend of protests
    Family members participate in a protest rally titled "Guard Our Children's Future" at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato. REUTERS/Issei Kato   HONG KONG, August 10 (Reuters) - Hong Kong began another volatile weekend on Saturday, with anti-government protests taking place across the city, including one at the international airport for a second day.   Increasingly violent protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious po
  • Trump thumbs-up photo with orphaned baby in El Paso sparks controversy
    First lady Melania Trump looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump signs a book after speaking to law enforcement officers and first responders in the wake of last weekend's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis   August 10 (Reuters) - A photo of U.S. President Donald Trump smiling broadly and giving a thumbs-up as his wife, Melania, cradles a baby orphaned in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting has become a social media talking point days af
  • 'Everything is gone': Dozens dead, missing after Myanmar landslide
    Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang   THAPHYU KONE VILLAGE, Myanmar, August 10 (Reuters) - Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village in Myanmar on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at least 32 people, with dozens still missing.   Heavy rain caused the landslide in Thaphyu Kone village, in the southern Mon state, sending
  • Trump says North Korea's Kim sent 'very beautiful letter'; new meeting possible
    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, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files   WASHINGTON, August 9 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he had just received a "very beautiful letter" from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and added that he could have another meeting with him.   Speaking to reporters, Trump did not say when such a meetin
  • Trump says NRA's views should be 'respected' as Congress weighs gun action
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs on travel to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas following back-to-back mass shootings in the cities, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files   WASHINGTON, August 9 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday said he has been speaking with the National Rifle Association to ensure that the gun lobby's "very strong views" are considered as congressiona
  • Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle
    Tourists walk on a beach as Sri Lanka's military patrol the area as part of security measures after April 21 Easter Sunday bomb attacks on hotels and churches, in Colombo, Sri Lanka July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File photo   COLOMBO, August 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on holiday season ar
  • Paid 'news': China using Taiwan media to win hearts and minds on island - sources
     A tourist points at China's Xiamen from a former military fort, ahead of the 60th anniversary of Second Taiwan Straits Crisis against China, on Lieyu island, Kinmen county, Taiwan August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files   TAIPEI, August 9 (Reuters) - The articles on the website of the leading Taiwan newspaper were gushing about a new Chinese government program to lure Taiwanese entrepreneurs to the mainland.   China "treated Taiwanese businessmen like its
  • Pakistan court remands opposition leader to custody on graft charges
    Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif (UNSEEN), appears with his daughter Maryam, at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain July 11, 2018.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Files   LAHORE, August 9 (Reuters) - Some supporters of Pakistan's largest opposition party threw punches on Friday in clashes with police as a top leader, Maryam Nawaz, was remanded to custody on corruption charges filed by a national anti-graft agency.   Maryam, daughter of former
  • Timeline: Vladimir Putin - 20 tumultuous years as Russian President or PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia August 5, 2019.  Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS/Files   MOSCOW, August 9 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on Aug. 9 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades.  
  • Economic downturn to hit Hong Kong like a 'tsunami', city's leader Carrie Lam warns
    Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the arrival hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 9, 2019.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter   HONG KONG, August 9 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's protests could hit the economy like a tsunami, the city's leader said on Friday, pledging daring economic reforms in response, even as activists geared up for marches through the sweltering weekend.   Flanked by business leaders, embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam, told
  • U.S. defense secretary visits South Korea as region faces myriad challenges
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo inspect a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, August 9, 2019. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS   SEOUL, August 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with senior South Korean leaders on Friday amid a series of regional challenges ranging from a bitter trade row between Seoul and Tokyo to the cost of U.S. troops station
  • Jailed PKK leader says he is ready for solution with Turkish state: statement
    A car passes by a picture of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Aleppo's Sheikh Maqsoud neighbourhood, Syria on July 15, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     ISTANBUL, August 8 (Reuters): Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan said he is ready for a solution on the Kurdish issue and that he could stop the conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants within a week, his lawyers said in a statement on Thursday.
  • Ex-president of Kyrgyzstan detained a day after violent botched raid
    Kyrgyz former President Almazbek Atambayev (C), who was stripped of legal immunity after a parliamentary vote, and his supporters attend a meeting with journalists in the village of Koy-Tash near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 27, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BISHKEK, August 8 (Reuters): Kyrgyz security forces detained former president Almazbek Atambayev on Thursday, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, a day after a failed attempt to arrest him led to at leas
  • Germany eyes fiscal U-turn to finance climate protection plan -official
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany on July 19, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BERLIN, August 8 (Reuters): Germany is considering ditching its long-cherished balanced budget policy to help finance a costly climate protection programme with new debt, a senior government official said.   Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has managed to increase public spending without incurring new debt since 20
  • Bubble tea brawl: Taiwan brands face mainland boycott over Hong Kong gesture
    Protesters carry umbrellas as they attends a demonstration in support of the city-wide strike and to call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong, China on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BEIJING, August 8 (Reuters): Internet users on the Chinese mainland have blacklisted popular bubble tea brands from Taiwan after a Hong Kong franchise urged solidarity with street protesters in the Asian financial hub.   The online furore began when Yifang
  • Turkey will not let Syria safe zone agreement be delayed: foreign minister
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Riga, Latvia on May 16, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     ANKARA, August 8 (Reuters): Turkey will not let plans for safe zone in northeast Syria to stall over negotiations with the United States, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, a day after Washington and Ankara announced plans for a joint headquarters but offered few details. Washington and Ankara have been at odds over plans f
  • Russia freezes bank accounts linked to opposition politician Navalny
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is charged with participation in an unauthorised protest rally, walks before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia on July 1, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     MOSCOW, August 8 (Reuters): Russian authorities on Thursday froze a slew of bank accounts linked to jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny as part of a money laundering investigation that his allies say is a trumped-up attempt to cripple his political movement.
  • UK PM Johnson to hold election soon after Brexit if lawmakers sink government: FT
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves during a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Britain on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     LONDON, August 8 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold an election in the days following Brexit if lawmakers sink his government with a vote of no-confidence, the FT reported on Thursday, citing unidentified senior aides to the prime minister.   The FT said his aides expect he will face a confide