Malaysia’s Anwar says he has support to become PM, decries sex tape ‘gutter politics’

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, jailed twice for what he says were trumped-up sodomy charges, said on Thursday he has the support needed to become prime minister and denied calling for a potential challenger to resign over a new gay sex scandal. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s politician Anwar Ibrahim visits a polling station during

Imagine all the Post-its: Hong Kong protesters come together with ‘Lennon Walls’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – During Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” of 2014, colorful Post-it notes of support covered a wall near where protesters camped in the streets calling for democracy in the Chinese-controlled city, becoming a symbol of the movement. Today, similar sticky note mosaics have popped up on walls across the territory amid rolling protests

Mexico’s new finance minister, believer in stability, takes charge of choppy economy

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s new finance minister Arturo Herrera is a pragmatic and respected policy maker who says he was inspired to study economics by the Latin American debt crisis that wrought financial chaos and wrecked livelihoods in his country. Arturo Herrera, Mexico’s new Finance Minister, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City,

Putin says Russia will do all it can to improve ties with U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque OSAKA (Reuters) – Russia’s president said on Saturday that Moscow would do all it could to improve relations with the United States that have been strained by years of

‘Do or die’ Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter what, saying the frontrunner to become prime minister could destroy Brexit and the government. Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt waves as he leaves his

In border camps, Syrians rely on doctors in trucks and tents

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – The Syrian war has inflicted all kinds of hardships on Najwa Abdelaziz but she still manages to make light of one of them. “The uprising ruined my teeth,” she jokes while getting dental care for the first time in years in the back of a truck. A pediatrician measures a displaced

Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters mourn Egypt’s Mursi in Turkey

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets of Turkey’s capital and Istanbul on Tuesday, mourning former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and some chanting slogans blaming Cairo authorities for his death. People attend a symbolic funeral prayer for the former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi at the courtyard of Fatih Mosque in

Saudi seeks oil supply protection as U.S and Iran face off

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. FILE PHOTO: An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the

Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities were shutting government offices in the city’s financial district for the rest of the week after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Police officers fire tear gas during a demonstration against a proposed extradition

Danube cruise captain arrested as floods halt search near shipwreck

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian court on Saturday ordered the arrest of the captain of a passenger cruiser that collided with a pleasure boat that capsized on the Danube, killing South Korean tourists on board, although it left open the possibility of granting him bail. Flood waters prevented attempts to reach the submerged boat on

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