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

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

Venezuela claims win in LatAm diplomatic dispute, ignores criticism of Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government claimed victory on Saturday in a diplomatic quarrel with Latin American countries over a border dispute with Guyana, while ignoring an avalanche of criticism over President Nicolas Maduro’s second term in office. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony, after his swearing-in for a second presidential term,

Thousands march against Macri’s austerity measures in Argentina

A man holds a sign that reads “IMF (International Monetary Fund) = Hunger” during a protest against a cost increase in public and utility services in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci LIMA (Reuters) – Thousands of Argentines marched through downtown Buenos Aires on Thursday in the first of a series of demonstrations

Maduro faces next term in a hobbled, isolated Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro begins a second term in office on Thursday in defiance of international criticism that his reelection last year was illegitimate, further isolating the South American country where an economic crisis is fueling a humanitarian emergency. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro holds a copy of the National Constitution while he

Drone reports temporarily halt flights from London’s Heathrow

LONDON (Reuters) – Flights from London’s Heathrow airport were halted for about an hour on Tuesday after a drone was sighted near Europe’s busiest air hub, raising fears that the chaos that affected rival Gatwick last month could be repeated on an even larger scale. “We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow,” the

PM May says if Brexit deal is rejected, UK will be in uncharted territory

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament later this month, despite little sign that she has won over skeptical lawmakers. Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but May’s inability so far to

New Venezuela congress chief says Maduro will be usurper president

CARACAS (Reuters) – The newly elected chief of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Saturday said President Nicolas Maduro will be “usurping the presidency” when he swears in for a second term on Jan. 10 after winning a much criticized and broadly boycotted 2018 election. Juan Guaido, lawmaker of the Venezuelan opposition party Popular Will (Partido Voluntad

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