• Bangkok bombings may be linked to politics: police
    Members of Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team inspect a site of a small explosion at the Prathunam market in central Bangkok, Thailand on August 7, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BANGKOK, August 8 (Reuters): A series of bombings in the Thai capital Bangkok last week may be linked to politics, police said on Thursday as authorities hunted for more than a dozen suspects in connection with the attacks.   Six small bombs and six incendiary devices went off la
  • Muslim pilgrims descend on Mecca for haj, Saudis warn against politics
    Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 6, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     MECCA, Saudi Arabia, August 8 (Reuters): Hundreds of thousands of white-clad pilgrims, many gripping umbrellas to ward off Saudi Arabia's blistering summer sun, descended on Mecca this week ahead of the annual haj.   Saudi officials asked Muslims to focus on rituals of worship, warning against politicising th
  • Zimbabwe experiencing its worst hunger emergency: WFP
    Geneva, August 8 (IANS): Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst hunger emergency, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said, adding it is boosting food assistance to the people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic crisis.   "With Zimbabwe experiencing its worst-ever hunger emergency, WFP is stepping up food assistance. At the same time, it's working to build the capacity of chronically hungry communities to withstand climate shocks," WFP spokesperson Herve Verhoosel sa
  • Japan greenlights first South Korea export since July curbs, but with a warning
    A police officer stands guard near Japan and South Korea national flags at a hotel, where the South Korean embassy in Japan is holding the reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalisation of ties between Seoul and Tokyo, in Tokyo on June 22, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)   SEOUL/TOKYO, August 8 (Reuters): Japan has approved shipment of a high-tech material to South Korea for the first time since imposing export curbs last month, but doubled down on political pressure
  • Indonesia president makes moratorium on forest clearance permanent
    An aerial view of the Cikole protected forest near Bandung, Indonesia on November 6, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     JAKARTA, August 8 (Reuters): Indonesian President Joko Widodo has issued a permanent moratorium on new forest clearance for activities such as palm plantations or logging, the environment minister said on Thursday.   While likely to be welcomed by green groups, some do not think it goes far enough to protect remaining forests in the trop
  • Hong Kong facing worst crisis since handover: senior China official
    Demonstrators gather as Hong Kong police fire tear gas in Hardcourt Road, Admiralty, in Hong Kong, China on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)       HONG KONG, August 8 (Reuters): Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned to China from British rule in 1997, the head of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday amid more anti-government protests in the Asian financial hub.   "Hong Kong's crisis ... has continued for
  • Pakistan opposition leader Maryam Nawaz arrested in graft probe
    Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as she speaks to media in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 5, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, August 8 (Reuters): Pakistan's anti-corruption bureau arrested opposition leader Maryam Nawaz on Thursday, a party spokeswoman said, the latest high-profile detention of a member of the Sharif political dynasty.   The daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was arreste
  • South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-corruption watchdog
    Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after taking the oath of office at his inauguration as South African president at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on May 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     JOHANNESBURG, August 8 (Reuters): South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday after a judge found he had acted reasonably in not immediately disciplining public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan over a decision
  • U.N. flags need to cut meat to curb land use impact on global warming
    Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the United Nations before a news conference by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), after its 50th session ends in Geneva, Switzerland on August 8. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON/GENEVA, August 8 (Reuters): Global meat consumption must fall to curb global warming, reduce growing strains on land and water and improve food security, health and biodiversity, a United Nations report on the effects of climate change conclu
  • Brazil judge clears ex-president Lula's move to Sao Paulo jail
    Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, leaves for the cemetery to attend the funeral of his 7-year-old grandson, in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on March 2, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BRASILIA, August 7 (Reuters): A federal judge in Brazil on Wednesday authorized the transfer of imprisoned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the southern city of Curitiba to a jail in the state of Sao Paulo.   Lula, as the former leftist lead
  • Heading to El Paso, Trump nixes assault weapons ban
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, US on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, August 7 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed legislation to ban assault rifles as politically unfeasible on Wednesday as he prepared to visit the sites of two deadly mass shootings that shocked the country and drew criticism of his anti-immigrant rhetoric.  
  • Japan: PM Abe and U.S. defence secretary didn't discuss U.S.-proposed maritime force
    Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks at a news conference about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on September 15, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)         TOKYO, August 7 (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not have any particular exchange on the U.S.-proposed maritime coalition in the Middle East, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wedne
  • Armed robbers in Mexico steal $2.5 million in gold coins
    Police officers are seen during a security operation after armed robbers stole gold coins worth more than $2 million, outside Casa de Moneda in Mexico City, Mexico on August 6. (REUTERS Photo)   MEXICO CITY, August 7 (Reuters): Armed robbers broke into a Mexican government coin manufacturer on Tuesday and filled a backpack with more than $2 million worth of gold coins from a vault that had been left open, security officials said.   The daylight robbery was the lat
  • NATO needs to address China's rise, says Stoltenberg
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference after a NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium on June 27, 2019. (REUTERS File photo)     SYDNEY, August 7 (Reuters): NATO needs to understand the implications of China's rise as Beijing expands its power around the world, including areas that may challenge members of the North Atlantic security body, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.   China's increasi
  • North Korea's Kim says missile launches are warning to U.S., South Korea over drill - KCNA
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a submarine factory in an undisclosed location, North Korea, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 23, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     SEOUL, August 7 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country's latest launch of tactical guided missiles was a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military drills that began this week, state media KCNA reported
  • Biden says Trump's `toxic tongue' linked to U.S. mass shootings
     Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and former U.S Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the UnidosUS Annual Conference, in San Diego, California, US on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LOS ANGELES, August 7 (Reuters): Democratic presidential front-runner and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of fuelling the white supremacy that's blamed for several mass shootings in the United States, according to a speech Biden was due to deliv
  • Turkey says U.S. getting closer to its views on north Syria safe zone
    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar arrives at NATO headquarters ahead of a Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium on June 26, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)         ISTANBUL, August 7 (Reuters): Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the United States is shifting closer to Ankara's views on a proposed safe zone in northeast Syria, and that its plans for a military deployment there are complete.   Turkey and the United States, allie
  • Britain faces food shortages in no-deal Brexit scenario, industry body says
     Products are displayed at Tesco's new discount supermarket Jack's, in Chatteris, Britain on September 19, 2018. (REUTERS File photo)     LONDON, August 7 (Reuters): Britain will experience shortages of some fresh foods for weeks or even months if a disorderly no-deal Brexit leaves perishable produce rotting in lorries at ports, Britain's food and drink lobby warned on Wednesday.   Retailers such as Tesco have warned that leaving the European Uni
  • Resume peace talks, Ukraine's Zelenskiy urges Putin after four soldiers killed
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a news conference after meeting European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium on June 5, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     KIEV/MOSCOW, August 7 (Reuters): Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday pressed Russian leader Vladimir Putin for a resumption of peace talks after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by shelling in the eastern Donbass border region.   Conflict between Ukr
  • Trump says talks with South Korea under way over defense costs
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, US on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, August 7 (Reuters): President Donald Trump said on Wednesday discussions have begun with South Korea, aimed at getting the country to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops in the region to guard against any threat from North Korea.   "Talks have begun