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

Lebanon’s Aoun urges more efforts to repatriate Syrian refugees

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers on Sunday to “make all efforts” to enable Syrian refugees to return home, regardless of any political solution to the war there. Lebanese President Michel Aoun talks during the Arab Economic and Social Development summit meeting in Beirut, Lebanon January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz Taher Aoun

Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, no tsunami threat: USGS

LA SERENA (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said it rattled buildings farther south in the capital city of Santiago but left only minor damage in its wake. The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT) about

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

Winter storm threatens millions with snow and ice in the Midwest and Northeast

More than 100 million people are under some form of winter storm watch, warning or advisory from Missouri to Maine. Snow was piling up Saturday morning in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. Chicago could see 9 inches of snow by midday, the National Weather Service said. Indianapolis is getting a messy mix of rain, snow and

Arrested Portuguese hacker is Football Leaks ‘whistleblower’: lawyers

LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese man arrested in Hungary on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations hacked football bodies’ documents – which later appeared on the Football Leaks website – because he was “outraged” by criminality in the sport, his lawyers said. The man, named by his lawyers as 30-year-old Rui Pinto, was detained in

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

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