Kremlin downbeat on Japan peace deal chances before Abe visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte (not pictured) hold a joint news conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Monday played down the notion that Russia and Japan would be able to swiftly clinch a World War Two peace

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

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

Southern African bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called an emergency meeting on Thursday in Addis Ababa to discuss Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election, an adviser to President Joseph Kabila said. FILE PHOTO: Martin Fayulu, runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, delivers his appeal contesting the Congo’s National Independent

Sudan’s Bashir says protests will not lead to change in government

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir insisted on Monday that he would not step down after weeks of violent protests and calls for him to quit over a worsening economic crisis. Protests have rippled across Sudan since Dec. 19 in the most sustained challenge yet to Bashir’s near 30-year rule. Security forces have used

Qatar sees no need to re-open embassy in Syria: foreign minister

Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, holds a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured) at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha, Qatar January 13, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Reuters DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido ‘not afraid’ after detention

CARABALLEDA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday said that President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries were “not afraid” even though he was briefly detained by intelligence agents, days after announcing he would be willing to replace the increasingly isolated president. Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and lawmaker of the opposition

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