ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Speaking to crowds gathered in the central Anatolian city of Konya via teleconference, Erdogan said Turkey would first seek annulment of the move in
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain’s armed forces warned. The cables which crisscross the world’s oceans and seas carry 95 percent of communications and over $10
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders locked horns at a summit in Brussels over the divisive issue of hosting refugees who reach Europe, reopening a two-year-old dispute that has shaken the bloc. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attend the Visegrad Group meeting in Brussels,
GENEVA (Reuters) – A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad’s government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a
TOKYO/YANGON (Reuters) – The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in
LONDON (Reuters) – Survivors of a fire that killed 71 people six months ago in the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London will join firefighters and members of the royal family at a national memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday. Workers stand on the roof of the burnt out remains of
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating organized crime in the country. Activists make a symbolic closure of the Senate building as they protest against a new security
TORONTO (Reuters) – Some U.S.-bound flights from Toronto’s main international airport were delayed on Wednesday afternoon due to an incident that prompted authorities to require some passengers to go through customs a second time, a spokeswoman said. Passengers line-up at the baggage check-in counter at Pearson International Airport in Toronto April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) held their first formal talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Wednesday, more than two months after the national election that plunged Europe’s largest economy into unaccustomed uncertainty. Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 13, 2017.
LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. Embassy in London moves next month to a new billion-dollar home overlooking the River Thames — just as U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions have placed strains on the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States. The new U.S. Embassy catches the evening light as it nears completion, in Nine
RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with “justice and decisiveness” as the kingdom pushes ahead with its vision to wean the kingdom from dependence on oil. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud presides over a cabinet meeting in Riyadh, Saudi
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. Tillerson’s new diplomatic overture comes nearly two weeks after North Korea said
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Singapore government’s laws limiting critical speech and peaceful assembly are overly broad and make the country a repressive place severely restricting what can be said and published, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Li Shengwu, nephew of Singapore’s prime minister, is seen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. August 12, 2017.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: “We are losing the battle”. “We’re not moving quickly enough. We all need to act,” Macron said, seeking to breathe new life into a collective
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Tuesday it would start a criminal investigation into powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, in an escalation of a purge of alleged corruption that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of oil executives. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s representative to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez is seen as he attends