China says had ‘professional’ encounter with Australian warships in…

China says had ‘professional’ encounter with Australian warships in…

BEIJING/MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an “encounter” in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defense ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships. The Australian Defence Department confirmed three ships had…

Syrian army bombards south Damascus enclave

Syrian army bombards south Damascus enclave

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army bombarded jihadists in the last area outside government control near Damascus on Friday, as President Bashar al-Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves. Smoke rises from Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria April 20, 2018….

Syrian army bombards Yarmouk camp, war monitor says

Syrian army bombards Yarmouk camp, war monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army bombarded jihadists in the last area outside government control near Damascus overnight, as President Bashar al-Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves. U.S., British and French air strikes on Saturday to punish Assad for suspected…

Philippine-U.S. war games to include allies Japan, Australia

Philippine-U.S. war games to include allies Japan, Australia

(In this April 19 story, corrects to Australia, Japan second attendance in exercises.)) MANILA (Reuters) – Australian and Japanese troops are joining for the second time annual U.S.-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops, as the two-week drills move toward becoming multilateral…

Hungary PM Orban says expects ongoing fight over migration

Hungary PM Orban says expects ongoing fight over migration

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said he expects his conflict with the liberal ideology of U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) to continue despite the organization’s decision to leave the country. FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime…

Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach its border fence as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier. Thousands of Palestinians were expected to gather along the Israel-Gaza border, as…

French police evacuate occupied Paris university site

French police evacuate occupied Paris university site

PARIS (Reuters) – French police swooped before dawn on Friday to clear out around 100 people who had occupied a Paris university premises in protest against student admissions rules. It was one of a dozen blockaded campus sites in the country and…

Senegal capital erupts in protest over proposed election law

Senegal capital erupts in protest over proposed election law

DAKAR (Reuters) – Protests flared in Senegal’s capital on Thursday and a parliamentary debate descended into pushing and shoving over a proposed change to an election law that critics say will make it impossible for minor candidates to run for president in…

U.S. tells Russia to address election concerns, chemical weapons

U.S. tells Russia to address election concerns, chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia’s ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries require addressing U.S. concerns on election meddling, chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White…

Brazil anti-corruption judge embraced by party, eyeing presidential…

Brazil anti-corruption judge embraced by party, eyeing presidential…

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Top members of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) gushed on Thursday over their newest member, potential presidential candidate and former Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa, whose debut in a national poll stoked hopes for his potential. Joaquim Barbosa, former…

Philippines decries European Parliament’s ‘interference’

Philippines decries European Parliament’s ‘interference’

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines decried what it said was interference in its internal affairs by the European Parliament, which urged the Southeast Asian nation in a resolution to end “extrajudicial killings” and abandon plans to reintroduce death penalty. FILE PHOTO: Philippine…

China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea: Australian…

China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea: Australian…

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military in the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported on Friday, citing Australian defense officials. The Australian Defence Department confirmed that three ships had recently traveled…

Factbox: Who’s who at the top of Cuba’s new government

Factbox: Who’s who at the top of Cuba’s new government

(Reuters) – As Cuba on Thursday named Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed retiring Raul Castro as president, it also appointed new leadership of the 31-member Council of State, the island’s highest executive body. Newly elected Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) reacts as former…

Turkey’s ruling party taunts opposition over early election

Turkey’s ruling party taunts opposition over early election

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president’s 15-year hold on power. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses a…

Mexico’s lower house of Congress votes to strip politicians of…

Mexico’s lower house of Congress votes to strip politicians of…

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s lower house of Congress on Thursday approved changes to the constitution to eliminate immunity from prosecution for all public servants, including lawmakers and the president, a move meant to tackle deeply entrenched corruption. The resolution, which must…

Argentines take to streets to protest utility rate hikes

Argentines take to streets to protest utility rate hikes

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Thousands of Argentines took to the streets on Thursday night to protest a sharp spike in gas and electricity rates imposed by the government, as President Mauricio Macri continued to cut subsidies that had ballooned under his predecessor….

UK, African ministers set to discuss Zimbabwe’s possible…

UK, African ministers set to discuss Zimbabwe’s possible…

LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Boris Johnson will meet his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo and ministers from neighboring African states for talks on Friday expected to include Harare’s possible readmittance to the Commonwealth. FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters…

Ukraine moves to split church from Russia as elections approach

Ukraine moves to split church from Russia as elections approach

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Orthodox church could become independent of Moscow under the terms of a presidential initiative lawmakers approved on Thursday, a move that President Petro Poroshenko said would make it harder for Russia to meddle in Ukrainian affairs. Ukraine’s pro-Western…