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Islamic State claims ‘province’ in India for first time after clash in Kashmir

Views - 5 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters): Islamic State (IS) claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the contested Kashmir region killed a militant with alleged t


Iran’s Rouhani calls for unity to face ‘unprecedented’ US pressure

Views - 8 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for unity among Iran’s political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s war with Iraq, state media reported, as the country faces tighteni


US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods, China says to strike back

Views - 34 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:10

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters): US President Donald Trump’s tariff increase to 25% on $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect on Friday, and Beijing said it would strike back, ratcheting up tensions as the two sides pursue last-ditch talks t


North Korea’s Kim orders stronger strike power; U.S. seizes cargo ship

Views - 3 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:10

SEOUL (Reuters): The leader of North Korea ordered its military to boost its strike capability as he directed another missile firing, state media said on Friday, as tensions grew over tests that appeared to show preparations for a new advanced missil


Oil pares gains as US escalates trade war with China

Views - 4 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:02

TOKYO (Reuters): Oil prices pared earlier gains on Friday following US President Donald Trump’s tariff increase on $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect, escalating the trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies and oil co


Stocks gain on trade deal hopes, set for worst week since December

Views - 4 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:02

LONDON (Reuters): Global stocks made gains on Friday as investors held out hopes for a trade deal between the United States and China, even as another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods took effect. European stock markets bounced off six-week low


Supreme Court extends term of arbitrators in Ayodhya temple dispute

Views - 5 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:01

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The Supreme Court on Friday extended by three months the term of a panel arbitrating a decades-long dispute over plans to build a Hindu temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya. The extension m


US, Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

Views - 5 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, t


Trump says Beijing ‘broke’ trade talk deals, pledges to keep tariffs on Chinese goods

Views - 4 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

PANAMA CITY, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that China “broke the deal” it had reached in trade talks with the United States, and vowed not to back down on imposing new tariffs on Chinese imports unless Bei


Deflecting criticism, Malaysia’s Mahathir pledges ‘shared prosperity’

Views - 5 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday vowed to boost the economy under a model of “shared prosperity” in a bid to stem criticism that his government had failed to deliver on promised reforms since taking po


After disputed election, Thailand expected to keep junta leader as PM

Views - 4 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Bangkok (Reuters): Thailand’s pro-army Palang Pracharat party was looking for coalition partners on Thursday from a wide field of potential allies as it seeks to keep military junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a 2014 coup, in office as prime


European Union nations are living far beyond the Earth’s means: report

Views - 6 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Brussels (Reuters): The European Union’s 28 countries consume the Earth’s resources much faster than they can be renewed, and none of them has sustainable consumption policies, a report released on Thursday said, as EU leaders meet to discuss pri


Pope issues sweeping decree holding bishops accountable for sex abuse or cover-ups

Views - 5 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Vatican City (Reuters): Pope Francis introduced sweeping changes in Catholic Church law on Thursday to hold bishops accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, making reporting obligatory for clerics and allowing anyone to complain directly to th


Kremlin blames US for Iran nuclear deal roll-back, urges restraint

Views - 4 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Iran had been provoked into rolling back some of the terms of a 2015 nuclear deal due to external pressure which it blamed on the United States. Iran said earlier on Wednesday it had started scali


Russia celebrates the Great Victory Day today

Views - 10 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

This year, the world is celebrating the 74th anniversary of victory in the bloodiest and cruellest war of the 20th century – World War II, which affected almost 80% of the world population. In Russia it is usually referred to as the Great Patriotic


‘It’s magic’: Prince Harry and Meghan show baby son to the world

Views - 8 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

WINDSOR, England (Reuters): Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan showed off their new-born son to the world yesterday, describing having a baby as “magic”. Cradling his son, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a hat, Harry and Meghan a


Iran rolls back part of nuclear pact, France issues warning

Views - 7 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Iran said it had started scaling back parts of its commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday and threatened to do more if world powers did not protect it from US sanctions, a year after Washington pulled out of the pact.


Malaysia’s new Government slow on reforms, rights groups say

Views - 6 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Malaysia’s new Government has failed to deliver on most of its human rights reform promises in its first year in power, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s coal


China April exports unexpectedly fall but imports rebound as fresh US tariffs loom

Views - 13 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s exports unexpectedly shrank in April but imports surprised with their first increase in five months, painting a mixed picture of the economy as Washington ratchets up pressure on Beijing with threats of more punishing tar


Warren Buffett says US – China trade war would be ‘bad for the whole world’

Views - 10 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

Reuters: Warren Buffett said on Monday that a trade war between the United States and China would be “bad for the whole world.” Buffett spoke after US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he will raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese


China vice premier going to US for trade talks despite Trump threats

Views - 9 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters): Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States this week for trade talks, Beijing said on Tuesday, playing down a sudden increase in tension after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs. U.S. o


US sending carrier, bombers to Mideast is ‘psychological warfare’ - Iran

Views - 9 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran’s top security body dismissed as “psychological warfare” a U.S. announcement that a carrier strike group and bombers are being sent to the Middle East as a message to Tehran, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported o


Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

Views - 6 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. The two reporter


Protester arrested for egg toss at Australia PM

Views - 4 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): A 25-year-old woman threw an egg at Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the campaign trail ahead of the country’s May 18 election, and was arrested, New South Wales state police said. Security guards swiftly pounced on


Euro zone investor morale rises in May as recession fears fade

Views - 6 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Investor morale in the euro zone improved in May for the third month in a row to hit its highest level since November 2018, helped by a buoyant global environment and the danger of a disorderly Brexit being averted until October. Th


Forty-one reported killed after Russian passenger plane crash-lands in Moscow

Views - 6 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): Forty-one people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed on Sunday, including two children, after the aircraft caught fire as it made a bumpy emergency landing at a Moscow airport, Russian investigators said. Televis


S. African president says ANC poll victory ‘certain’

Views - 6 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Johannesburg, AFP: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said victory was “certain” for his ruling ANC party in Wednesday’s general elections despite corruption, high unemployment and widening inequalities marring its 25 years in power. “W


China trade team still preparing to go for talks after Trump cranks up pressure

Views - 8 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Beijing/Washington (Reuters): China said on Monday that a delegation is still preparing to go to the United States for trade talks, after US President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on Beijing to reach a deal, saying he would hike tarif


Trump slams China on trade, says won’t lose to Beijing

Views - 10 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Washington (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Monday slammed China over its trade practices, saying the United States was losing billions to Beijing and vowing to protect American commerce as tension escalated following his weekend threat to hik


Global shares, oil drop after Trump tariff threat

Views - 6 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Global financial markets reeled on Monday after US President Donald Trump unexpectedly jacked up pressure on China to reach a trade deal in the midst of negotiations, saying he would hike US tariffs on Chinese goods this week. Equ


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Friday, 24 May 2019

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