Philippines holds referendum for Muslim autonomy in troubled south

MANILA (Reuters) – Minority Muslims in the southern Philippines cast votes on Monday in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist extremism. FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Murad

Two arrested over Northern Ireland car bomb, New IRA suspected

LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Two men were arrested early on Sunday over a car bomb attack in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry and police were looking into whether the New IRA militant group was responsible, officers said. The men in their twenties were detained hours after the explosion on Saturday evening outside the city’s courthouse, Assistant

Clashes break out in France as ‘yellow vests’ stage latest protest

PARIS (Reuters) – Clashes broke out throughout France on Saturday, as an estimated 84,000 “yellow vests” demonstrators took to the streets in a 10th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The demonstrations passed off relatively peacefully in Paris where 7,000 turned up, although Reuters Television reporters saw scuffles briefly break out between

Colombia asks Cuba to capture ELN leaders after attack on police academy

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s ELN rebel group was responsible for the car bomb attack against a police academy that killed at least 21 and injured dozens, President Ivan Duque said on Friday, making it almost impossible peace talks with the insurgent group can soon restart. FILE PHOTO: Police and security personnel work at the scene

Israeli museum to drop ‘McJesus’ sculpture after protests

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – An Israeli museum plans to withdraw a sculpture depicting the McDonald’s mascot as the crucified Jesus following protests which briefly united the country’s Christian minority, its populist culture minister and the pro-Palestinian artist. The life-sized sculpture showing the Ronald McDonald clown on a cross has been at the center of an

UK in deadlock over Brexit ‘Plan B’ as May and Corbyn tussle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, stalled on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions. After May’s two-year attempt to forge an amicable divorce with an independent trade policy was

Car bomb at Colombian police academy kills nine, injures 24

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least nine people and wounding over 20 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past. According to authorities, the car, a gray Nissan Patrol, broke through checkpoints at 9.30 a.m.

Incoming Pakistan Chief Justice opens new era for powerful court

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan swears in a new chief justice on Friday, opening the next chapter for the Supreme Court which has made a name for an expansive agenda that has ranged from ousting a prime minister to pressing authorities to improve the public water supply. A policeman walks past the Supreme Court building in

Canadian woman briefly detained at Beijing airport: paper

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Canadian woman whose father is a dissident jailed in China was briefly detained and “bullied” by security agents while transiting through Beijing’s main airport on Wednesday, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper said. Ties between the two countries have been strained since the December arrest in Vancouver of a senior Chinese

Brexit bedlam: May’s EU divorce deal crushed by 230 votes in parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. After parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst defeat in modern

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