Saudi Women Rejoice at End of Driving Ban
2017-09-27 13:03:18 UTC
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian women awoke to news of a royal decree permitting them to drive starting next year - and some were already behind the wheel on Wednesday, even though licenses will not be issued for nine months.
U.N. 'appalled' at Mass Hangings in Iraq
2017-09-27 12:57:38 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was “appalled” that Iraq had hanged 42 men on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow.
The executed prisoners had been convic...
Chad, a U.S. Counterterrorism Ally, Included in Travel Ban
2017-09-27 04:15:49 UTC
Is Chad “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States” or is it a nation that “does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information”? Both, according to the White House proclamation that listed the c...
Erdogan Threatens Military Response to Kurdish referendum
2017-09-27 17:29:35 UTC
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq’s Kurds defied their neighbors and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong...
Emmanuel Macron Sets Out Progressive Vision For EU
2017-09-26 16:47:29 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron offered a sweeping vision for a renewal of Europe on Tuesday, calling for the EU to cooperate more closely on defense, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have ...
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world
2017-09-26 07:39:37 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threa...
Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
2017-09-27 16:32:33 UTC
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across...
Merkel Wins German Election With Progressive Agenda
2017-09-25 06:57:50 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has claimed a mandate to form a new German government after her conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term.
She conceded that her party "would have preferred a better result." But...
Iran Tests New Missile After U.S. Criticism of Arms Program
2017-09-23 17:51:48 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite U.S. pressure to stop.
The United States has imposed unilateral san...
Sanctions: Venezuela Government Accuses Canada of 'submitting to Trump'
2017-09-23 17:41:38 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government criticized Canada’s Friday announcement of targeted sanctions against 40 of its senior officials, accusing Ottawa of “submission” to U.S. President Donald Trump in a bid to overthrow the South American co...
Far-Right Populist Party Strikes Fear in Germany
2017-09-22 14:48:30 UTC
The German election is only days away, but in Berlin, you could be forgiven for not realizing that anything important was happening at all. The lead-up to the election has been characterized by tediousness and ennui over the inevitability of a fou...
North Korea Might Test H-Bomb in Pacific, Kim Jung-Un Insults Trump
2017-09-22 13:29:37 UTC
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his thre...
UN: Germany Condemns Trumpian "National Egoism"
2017-09-22 01:04:40 UTC
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against "national egoism" in world politics on Thursday in his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
"This worldview describes the world as an arena, a kind of battleground, in which ...
Thousands Protest in Philippines: Warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'
2017-09-21 13:39:18 UTC
MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.
China's Banks to Stop Doing Business with North Korea
2017-09-21 13:19:57 UTC
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang’s repeated nu...
Iran's President: Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot be Renegotiated
2017-09-21 13:14:14 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.
Angela Merkel Slams Trump’s Threat to ‘Destroy’ North Korea
2017-09-21 19:33:34 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was highly critical of US President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations. In the speech, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.
"I am against threats of this kind. And speaking for mys...
Hurricane Maria Brings Destruction to Puerto Rico
2017-09-20 22:02:54 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at ...
UN: Iran’s Rouhani blasts Trump as 'rogue newcomer' to world politics
2017-09-20 17:19:34 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate th...
Mexicans Hastily Dig Through Collapsed Buildings
2017-09-20 16:38:40 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of conf...
U.N. Chief Says Statesmanship Needed on North Korea
2017-09-19 16:55:42 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders who stoke resentment over refugees for political gain, two digs at U.S. P...
France warns US: Iran Nuclear deal collapse would risk a regional arms race
2017-09-18 15:29:54 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France on Monday raised the possibility of strengthening the provisions of the international accord on Iran’s nuclear program that expire in 2025 and defended the pact against the Trump administration’s misgivings, sayin...
Castro Responds to US Diplomats' Head Injuries in Cuba
2017-09-17 18:46:10 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro seemed rattled.
The Cuban president sent for the top American envoy in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic “sonic attacks” and the subtle...
EU-U.S. Data Pact Faces Major Test
2017-09-17 16:35:49 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will undergo its first annual review on Monday, with Europe seeking to ensure Washington has lived up to its promises to protect the dat...
Khamenei: Iran Leader Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deal
2017-09-17 16:20:18 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on Tehran’s nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
His comments came after U.S. President Don...