Russia says regrets EU comments on UK spy attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it regretted comments made at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Monday about the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels called on Russia to answer questions on the use

Five Indians killed in cross-border shelling by Pakistani troops

SRINAGAR/MUZZAFARABAD (Reuters) - Five members of an Indian family were killed and two injured by shelling from Pakistani troops on Sunday along the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan, according to army and police officials. Both sides were engaging in heavy shelling despite a

Pro-Kurdish groups in Turkey call for army’s withdrawal from Afrin

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Turkey’s Kurdish and leftist groups appealed to world powers on Sunday to press for Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to withdraw from Afrin and avoid a “human tragedy” in the northwestern Syrian town. More than 40 political parties, associations and unions issued the statement just

EU firms scale back presence in UK as Brexit nears: survey

(This story refiled to fix typo in second paragraph.) The Canary Wharf financial district is seen during early morning mist from Greenwich Park in London, Britain, January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - One in seven businesses from European Union countries with a presence in Britain have moved parts

Britain ready to take other steps against Russian provocation:…

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has taken its first steps against Russia after a nerve agent attack on a former spy but Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to take other measures to respond to any more Russian provocation, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the

Assad films himself driving to Ghouta to demonstrate victory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad flaunted government advances in Syria’s seven-year war by filming himself driving to meet frontline soldiers near Damascus, making a video of the journey from the city center into areas recently recaptured. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad walks with Syrian army soldiers in eastern Ghouta, Syria,

In New Year’s greeting to Iranians, Trump slams Tehran government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sent greetings on Monday to Iranians celebrating the New Year’s holiday known as Nowruz, but used the message to attack Iran’s government, particularly its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the U.S. opioid crisis, at Manchester Community

China premier says willing to consider a formal visit to Japan

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday he is willing to consider a formal visit to Japan amid signs of improving ties between the two nations. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other officials sing national anthem during the closing session of the National

Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a

EU to listen to Britain’s Johnson over nerve agent: Mogherini

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said EU foreign ministers will listen on Monday to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is due to address a meeting in Brussels on the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent. Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, leaves 10

North Korea denuclearization not on the agenda in Helsinki talks:…

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Denuclearization is not on the agenda in the meeting with North Korean, South Korean and American delegations taking place in Helsinki, Finnish foreign minister Timo Soini said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini listens to media after government's open session for members of public

EU agrees Brexit transition, UK renews Irish border vow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain agreed to a potentially unpalatable deal to avoid a “hard border” for Northern Ireland on Monday to win agreement from the European Union that it would retain most EU benefits for nearly two years after Brexit. Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David

UK expulsion of envoys unacceptable and short-sighted: Russian embassy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former double agent is a hostile and unjustified action, Russia’s embassy in London said on Wednesday. Russia's flag flies from the consular section of its embassy, in central London, Britain March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Phil NobleBritain accuses

Tibet can exist with China like ‘European Union’: Dalai Lama

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tibet can exist within China in the same spirit as the European Union sticks together, the territory’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing, said. FILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks at an interactive session organised by Indian Chamber of

Ireland demands border assurance before Brexit transition deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Irish government demanded on Monday that the European Union ensure Britain is not “backsliding” on an interim accord about the Northern Ireland border before EU leaders offer London a deal on a transition period at a summit on Friday. European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

German spy agency said North Korean rockets can reach Europe: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - North Korean rockets can now be fitted with nuclear weapons and could reach Germany and central Europe, a top official with Germany’s foreign intelligence agency told lawmakers this week, according to a report in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. BND Deputy Director Ole Diehl told lawmakers during

Turkey’s Erdogan says Afrin town center ‘under control’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the center of Afrin was “entirely under control” and Turkish flags had been raised in the northern Syrian town, a stronghold of Kurdish YPG forces. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2018.

Canada to send helicopters, troops to Mali: government source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will send helicopters and support troops, including medical staff, to join a United Nations peace-keeping mission in Mali later this year, a senior Canadian government source said late on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons

Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem’s old city dies of wounds, hospital says

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli security guard died of wounds suffered in a stabbing attack carried out by a suspected Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The assailant was shot and killed by police at the scene. A spokesman for Israel’s Magen David Adom

North Korean diplomat heads to Finland ahead of possible U.S. talks

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit. North Korean diplomat Choe Kang Il (C) waits at Capital International

France to coordinate response to UK spy attack at the highest level

PARIS (Reuters) - France will coordinate with British authorities at the highest level its response to the nerve agent attack that London has blamed on Russia, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday. French President Emmanuel Macron and France's Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attend a High Level

Taiwan doles out incentives to retain talent as China lures investment

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will dole out more incentives aimed at retaining talented workers and strengthening protection for company trade secrets, the deputy premier said on Friday, in a bid to counter China’s efforts to draw investment by Taiwan companies. FILE PHOTO: A general view of buildings in Taipei's prime

Rebels in Syria’s eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with U.N.:…

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria’s opposition-held eastern Ghouta told Reuters on Sunday it was negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases. People are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern

U.S. looks to protect Afghan capital against Taliban bombings

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Once seen as relatively secure, the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul is becoming the main focus of an intensified U.S.-backed battle against the Taliban this year after a series of high-profile attacks exposed major gaps in security. FILE PHOTO: A member of the Afghan security

Turkish forces and rebel allies take Afrin town center from Kurds

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army member holds a flag as

NATO eyes changes at July summit after attack blamed on Russia:…

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO must improve its defensive capabilities and willingness to act in the wake of increasingly aggressive and unpredictable actions by Russia, the head of the transatlantic alliance said in a German newspaper interview published on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a news conference at

North Korea is even weirder — and more scary — than you know

President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un elicited a wide range of responses from experts. But one thing you hear from everyone is that the president and administration need to prepare. The North Koreans may be technologically (and morally) backward and rhetorically juvenile, but they’re also