Castle's diplomacy closing the rift between Twiggy and Rugby Australia

Castle's diplomacy closing the rift between Twiggy and Rugby Australia

Breaking bread with Twiggy and Tewy Amid all the rugby diplomacy taking place in Sydney this week, one of the most significant off-piste developments was a working dinner between Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, her New Zealand rugby counterpart (and good…

Hundreds gather near U.N. headquarters in Bangkok to protest…

Hundreds gather near U.N. headquarters in Bangkok to protest…

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Hundreds gathered outside the United Nations’ regional headquarters in Bangkok and two other locations on Wednesday to urge Thailand’s military government to end what they say is the intimidation of community activists by authorities. Demonstrators take part in a…

Russian military spending falls, could affect operations: think-tank

Russian military spending falls, could affect operations: think-tank

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow’s military activity ahead, a report by defense think-tank SIPRI showed on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Russian military…

U.S.-backed Syrian forces resume battle against Islamic State

U.S.-backed Syrian forces resume battle against Islamic State

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Syrian militias on Tuesday relaunched their offensive to seize the last territory Islamic State controls in the east near the border with Iraq. Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen in Deir al-Zor, Syria May…

Netanyahu says not seeking Iran war as U.S. faces deadline

Netanyahu says not seeking Iran war as U.S. faces deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday Israel was not seeking war with Iran, one day after unveiling what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a…

IAEA declines to directly address Netanyahu’s Iran accusations

IAEA declines to directly address Netanyahu’s Iran accusations

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog declined on Tuesday to directly address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations that Iran was breaching its landmark nuclear deal with major powers. Netanyahu on Monday stepped up pressure on the United States to pull…

Israel PM speech shows important to keep Iran deal constraints: UK

Israel PM speech shows important to keep Iran deal constraints: UK

LONDON (Reuters) – A speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he unveiled what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program underlines the importance of keeping the 2015 Iran nuclear deal’s constraints on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions,…

U.S.-backed Syrian forces re-launch IS battle in east

U.S.-backed Syrian forces re-launch IS battle in east

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Tuesday they have re-launched their battle to capture the last Islamic State pockets in eastern Syria. The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said they paused the fight against…

North and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers,…

North and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers,…

SEOUL (Reuters) – North and South Korea began dismantling loudspeakers that blared propaganda across their heavily fortified border on Tuesday, South Korea’s defense ministry said, fulfilling a promise made at last week’s historic summit. South Korean soldiers dismantle loudspeakers that were set…

Iranian state TV dismisses Netanyahu’s nuclear presentation as…

Iranian state TV dismisses Netanyahu’s nuclear presentation as…

ANKARA (Reuters) – Iranian state TV said on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations on Tehran’s nuclear program was a propaganda. Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv, Israel,…

Ukraine receives U.S. Javelin systems: Poroshenko

Ukraine receives U.S. Javelin systems: Poroshenko

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine has received the first U.S. Javelin missiles and launch units, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. soldier from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment fires a Javelin missile system during their first…

Netanyahu: Iran lied about not seeking nuclear weapons

Netanyahu: Iran lied about not seeking nuclear weapons

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran had lied about never having pursued nuclear weapons and had continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge even after signing a 2015 deal with global powers….

Trump suggests meeting Kim Jong Un at Peace House: tweet

Trump suggests meeting Kim Jong Un at Peace House: tweet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suggested his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un take place at the Peace House on the border between North and South Korea, the same site as Kim’s historic meeting last…

South Korean trust in North jumps after feel-good summit

South Korean trust in North jumps after feel-good summit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean trust in North Korea has surged since last week’s feel-good summit at which their leaders declared an end to hostilities and to work toward denuclearization of the peninsula. A survey taken on Friday, the day North Korean…

Iran says U.S.-Saudi cooperation to destabilize Mideast: state TV

Iran says U.S.-Saudi cooperation to destabilize Mideast: state TV

ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States will further destabilize the Middle East, a senior official said, adding that Tehran will continue its presence in the region despite Washington’s pressure to limit its influence….

Syrian army renews push on besieged areas

Syrian army renews push on besieged areas

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs on Monday, a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged. Soldiers loyal to Syria’s President…

Syrian army says ‘enemy’ rockets hit military bases

Syrian army says ‘enemy’ rockets hit military bases

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian army said on Sunday that rockets had struck several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside in what it said was new “aggression” by its enemies, state television said. In a news flash, state television said…