At least 40 people killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul
2017-12-28 08:11:03 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students.
UNICEF: 2017 was one of the worst years for children caught in conflicts
2017-12-28 07:09:25 UTC
Warring parties in 2017 had a blatant disregarded for international law when it came to the protection of children, an official from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
A UNICEF report found that in conflict-ridden re...
The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny?
2017-12-28 04:53:20 UTC
The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny?
The lawyer-turned-political campaigner has been among the most prominent figures of Russia's opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny came to prominence in 2008, when his blog e...
China is winning the race for new energy vehicles
2017-12-27 09:26:31 UTC
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will extend a tax rebate on purchases of so-called new-energy vehicles (NEV) until the end of 2020, a boost for hybrid and electric car makers amid a shift by policy-makers away from the traditional internal comb...
Vietnam to evacuate a million people as typhoon approaches
2017-12-25 19:34:46 UTC
HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 p...
Pope Francis calls for two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2017-12-25 18:21:39 UTC
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jeru...
Pope Francis equates the story of Joseph and Mary to the current refugee crisis
2017-12-25 11:16:38 UTC
Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday.
, comparing them to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed and the respect f...
North Korea: The Latest U.N. Sanctions Are an Act of War
2017-12-24 05:14:52 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against the country, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the me...
Zimbabweans of European Origin Return to Seized Land
2017-12-24 11:14:22 UTC
RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The last time farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles.
He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former wor...
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga as party VP
2017-12-23 20:52:38 UTC
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party’s vice presidents, a spokesperson said on Saturday.
The appointments paved the w...
UN decides to mark Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday with peace summit
2017-12-23 05:11:03 UTC
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly has decided to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by holding a high-level meeting focusing on world peace ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders in September 2018.
Trump's Ambassador to the Netherlands Got Caught Lying
2017-12-22 19:47:00 UTC
US President Trump’s new ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught in a lie, and tried to use the phrase “fake news” to get out of it. It didn’t go well.
<blockquote>Pete Hoekstra, whom Trump nominated in July and was sworn into office earl...
Catalonia: A coalition of secessionist parties win absolute majority
2017-12-22 06:41:15 UTC
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation’s political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union le...
UN Resolution: 128 Countries Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Decision
2017-12-21 23:08:47 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington found itself isolated as 128 countries defied US President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recogniti...
Isolated US vetoes UN call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision
2017-12-18 18:19:49 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdraw...
Cyril Ramaphosa elected as new leader of the South Africa's ruling party ANC
2017-12-18 18:02:56 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled sinc...
Sebastian Pinera Wins Chile's Presidential Runoff Election
2017-12-18 02:21:41 UTC
SANTIAGO — Conservative former President Sebastian Pinera has won Chile's presidential runoff election. Initial results placed him well ahead of his center-left opponent Alejandro Guillier, who subsequently conceded defeat.
ANC to elect a new leader who is likely to become South Africa's next president
2017-12-18 00:06:34 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s ANC delegates started voting early on Monday to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but has faced scandals and corruption allegations.
Brexit: Majority of Britons don't want to leave the EU
2017-12-17 19:26:31 UTC
As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than half of Britons want to remain in the European Union.
A poll conducted by the BMG Research group ...
'Nervous' Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for BBC
2017-12-17 17:51:01 UTC
LONDON — Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the former U.S. president Barack Obama was a guest of Prince Harry ’s for a special edition of Radio 4’s Today program, which will air on Dec . 27. The two spoke about their common focus of building...
No Future For Grace Mugabe After Her Husband Dies
2017-12-17 07:07:38 UTC
<blockquote>The Catholic priest who negotiated former president Robert Mugabe’s exit had no kind words for his wife Grace and blamed her for Mugabe’s demise.
Father Fidelis Mukonori told the Jesuit Review that Grace Mugabe’s greed for power was...
UN: Decisions on Jerusalem have no legal standing and must be rescinded
2017-12-16 21:43:31 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the...
South Africa raises subsidies to universities to 1% of GDP
2017-12-16 16:46:53 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jac...
Germany vows to back an "open and free internet" despite end of net neutrality in US
2017-12-15 21:32:27 UTC
Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules.
After US telecoms regulator FCC on Thursday moved to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, the German Economics Ministry said Friday i...
6.5 magnitude earthquake 43 km from Singaparna, West Java, Indonesia
2017-12-15 19:58:13 UTC
<h3>BREAKING: THE Indonesian island of Java has been struck by a huge earthquake that killed an unknown number of people and resulted in widespread damage.</h3>
A STRONG earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 shook the Indonesian capital and other ci...