U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal over rapid deportation dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into a new immigration dispute on Friday, agreeing to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration of a lower court ruling that could frustrate a top priority of his: quickly deporting illegal immigrants. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally in

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global uproar

NAIROBI, Oct 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as “Kill the Gays”. Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo last

Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong metro, no one injured – government

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Petrol bombs were thrown inside a Hong Kong metro station on Saturday but no one was injured, the government said, as pro-democracy protesters again took to the streets angry at what they believe is Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. Police officers patrol the streets following demonstration march in protest against

Turkish military, Syrian rebel forces to cross into Syria ‘shortly’: Erdogan’s aide

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border “shortly”, President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said early on Wednesday, as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion. FILE PHOTO: Turkish army howitzers are positioned on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town

INSIGHT-Congo mine deploys digital weapons in fight against conflict minerals

* Companies need to show they use ‘clean’ minerals * Most traceability schemes now are paper based * New system deploys digital scanners to track minerals By Aaron Ross and Barbara Lewis RUBAYA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green

Singer attacked with paint at pro-Hong Kong democracy rally in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho was attacked on Sunday by a masked man who threw red paint at her at a rally in Taiwan held in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong pro-democracy singer Denise Ho performs at a free concert after Lancome, the face-cream

Athletics-Coleman off to hot start as marathoners set to sizzle

DOHA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Christian Coleman posted the top time in the men’s 100 metres heats in the air-conditioned comfort of Khalifa Stadium at the world championships on Friday but there will be no such relief on Doha’s streets as the women prepare for a midnight marathon. The opening day of the 10-day event

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for the poor and hungry, researchers say

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Swapping fish for meat to help combat climate change risks exacerbating hunger in Africa, from where fish is increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key vitamins to malnourished local people, experts warned on Wednesday. Some consumers in rich countries are shunning meat in favour of other

UPDATE 1-Japan to give Kenya about $860 mln in loans, grants for bridge, economic zone

(Adds details, background) By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Japan will give Kenya nearly $860 million in concessional loans and grants for the construction of a bridge in the port city of Mombasa and other infrastructure projects to support an economic zone there, Kenyan and Japanese officials said on Friday. Katsutoshi Komori, Japan’s

Amnesty accuses HK police of abuses, torture of protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Amnesty International accused Hong Kong police on Friday of torture and other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy protests, but the police say they have shown restraint on the street in the face of increased violence. FILE PHOTO – Police officers stand guard near an entrance