Russia tells Turkey Kurdish fighters have left NE Syrian border area: Erdogan

MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) – Russia has informed Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from a strip of land near the Syrian-Turkish border within a deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. A man rides a motorcycle in street traffic at dusk in Tal Abyad, Syria October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil

Green groups ask French court to order Total to disclose environmental steps in Uganda

PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Six French and Ugandan campaign groups have asked a French court to order energy major Total to disclose how it is addressing the human and environmental impact of a Ugandan oil field, green group Friends of the Earth said on Wednesday. Total said on Wednesday it had no immediate comment

The Latest: UK court defers ruling in Brexit extension case

The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A Scottish court has decided for now against ordering British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to write a letter asking the European Union to delay Brexit. The Court of Session in Edinburgh says there’s no need to make a ruling yet because the government has promised to

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

UK to send Brexit deal ‘final offer’ to a skeptical EU

The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a realistic compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc to hold “rapid negotiations towards a solution” after years of wrangling. Interested in Brexit? Add Brexit as an interest to stay up to

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

African banana producers urge EU to maintain tariffs on Latin American imports

ABIDJAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Struggling African banana producers called on the European Union on Friday not to cut tariffs on imports from Latin America any further. Exporters in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) have been losing market share since 2009, when the EU agreed to progressively cut tariffs on bananas from bigger growers

Paris commuter chaos as metro workers strike over pension reform

PARIS (Reuters) – Parisian commuters faced travel misery on Friday as metro workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges under President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms. A closed entrance at the Republique metro station is seen during a strike by all unions of the Paris transport network (RATP) against pension reform plans

Too late for new Brexit deal, France’s Macron tells Johnson

By REUTERSMore by this Author French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an October 31 deadline. Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who challenged Britain

RPT-Africa development bank says risks to growth ‘increasing by the day’

(Repeats Aug. 18 story to additional clients) By Nuzulack Dausen DAR ES SALAAM, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The U.S.-China trade war and uncertainty over Brexit pose risks to Africa’s economic prospects that are “increasing by the day,” the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) told Reuters. The trade dispute between the world’s two largest