Top North Korea envoy meets Trump at White House for nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top North Korean nuclear envoy met President Donald Trump at the White House after holding talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday in a diplomatic flurry aimed at laying the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit. The visit of Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s lead negotiator with the United …

Russia says new U.S. missile strategy will unleash arms race in space

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday the new U.S. missile defense strategy would unleash a dangerous arms race in space and amounts to a relaunch of the Cold War-era “Star Wars” program. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a plan that envisages developing space-based sensors to detect incoming enemy missiles and exploring space-based …

Two Buddhist monks shot dead in Thailand’s restive south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) – Unknown gunmen shot dead two Buddhist monks and injured two others on Friday at a temple in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat, which has a mainly ethnic Malay, Muslim population. “We believe that at least six assailants were involved in the shooting and are at large,” a police spokesman in …

North Korean diplomat arrives in Sweden to discuss U.S. deadlock

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui has arrived in Sweden to take part in roundtable talks, Sweden’s foreign ministry said on Friday, amid stepped up international efforts to end the stand-off between the United States and North Korea. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can confirm that Choe Son Hui has …

Man sets himself ablaze in central Prague square

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A man set himself on fire in a central Prague square on Friday as Czechs marked the 50th anniversary of a student’s self-immolation in protest at the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring. The unidentified man was taken to hospital after bystanders doused the flames that enveloped him in the same …

Huawei Polish unit executive says he is not guilty of spying charges

WARSAW (Reuters) – A Chinese executive of Huawei arrested earlier this month in Poland on suspicion of spying said on Friday he was not guilty in the case, which has drawn attention to what some Western countries say is a security risk from the world’s biggest telecoms equipment company. “With reference to my detention on …

Bulgaria detains 43 people in raids on suspected terrorist financing ring

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian special police forces arrested 43 people on Friday in coordinated raids across the country on a suspected terrorism financing ring. Prosecutors said one of those arrested was a Syrian citizen residing in Bulgaria who is suspected of sending money to people who back what they termed international terrorist groups. The ring …

Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes: military spokesman

Myanmar’s army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine State, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/PvaLJlC5jJg/myanmar-army-kills-13-rebels-in-rakhine-clashes-military-spokesman-idUSKCN1PC16T 1744

Canada dismisses China’s warning of repercussions over Huawei ban

Canada’s government on Friday dismissed China’s warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/b4PCYUODAww/canada-dismisses-chinas-warning-of-repercussions-over-huawei-ban-idUSKCN1PC1TG 1744

Thousands flee as militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria: aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and seized a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, a report by a group of aid agencies said on Friday, weeks ahead of an election in which security is a campaign issue. An army spokesman denied the number …

Comoros leader stirs anger by questioning outcry over Khashoggi killing

MORONI (Reuters) – Comoros President Azali Assoumani has provoked anger by saying the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was an internal Saudi matter that did not warrant the international outrage it had triggered. “What’s wrong when a Saudi is assassinated in an embassy of Saudi Arabia?” Assoumani said …

Norway police says Oslo knife attack probed as ‘terror-related’

OSLO (Reuters) – A knife attack in a supermarket in Oslo on Thursday is being investigated as “terror-related”, the head of the Norwegian police security service (PST) said on Friday. The attack took place in the center of the Norwegian capital. A woman was knifed as she was paying at the till for groceries. The …

Colombian ELN rebels behind Bogota car bomb attack that killed 21: government

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, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said on Friday. In Thursday’s attack, which the government described as an act of terrorism, the car broke through checkpoints into the grounds of the …

U.S., North Korean diplomats meet in Stockholm to ease deadlock

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – High-ranking diplomats from the United States and North Korea are currently holding talks in Sweden aiming to end the stand-off between the two countries, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Friday. “After the meeting in Singapore things have ground to a halt. The purpose of this meeting is to inject some energy …

France to try 14 people over 2015 militant attacks

PARIS (Reuters) – France will put 14 people on trial over suspected connections to deadly attacks in and around Paris in January 2015, including an attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, a judicial source said on Friday. Ten of the 14 have been remanded in custody, while arrest warrants are out for three others. …

Germany’s lower house moves to reject Maghreb, Georgia asylum claims

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, voted to reject asylum claims from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and the Caucasian state of Georgia on Friday by designating them as safe countries. But the move, long advocated by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and part of a crackdown on immigration following a political shift to …

Militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria since late December: aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and captured a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, a report by a group of aid agencies said on Friday. Attacks had intensified over the past few weeks and forced thousands of people to flee to safer areas …

U.N. calls on Zimbabwe to halt crackdown, firing on protesters

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office called on Zimbabwe’s government on Friday to “stop the crackdown against protesters” and “excessive use of force” by security forces including firing live ammunition. Ravina Shamdasani, U.N. human rights spokeswoman, denounced allegations of “generalized intimidation and harassment” by security forces in night-time door-to-door searches, beatings by police …

Dozens killed, wounded in wake of Congo election results: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office said on Friday that it had documented 34 people killed, 59 wounded and 241 “arbitrary arrests” in the Democratic Republic of Congo since provisional election results were announced a week ago. “We appeal for calm, whenever the results are announced. We have already seen quite a bit …

German foreign minister says hard to imagine reopening Brexit accord

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter that it was hard to imagine Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union being revisited, adding that the British parliament’s rejection of a draft Brexit deal had not changed that. “It’s hardly imaginable that the withdrawal agreement will be reopened. We have always made …

Sudanese police shoot at mourners outside home of killed protester: Reuters witness

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police fired live ammunition at mourners outside the home of a 60-year-old protester who died early on Friday from a gunshot wound he sustained on Thursday night, a Reuters witness said. Around 2,000 mourners had gathered in the Burri neighborhood where the man, Moawia Othman, was shot on Thursday. A child …

Germany’s Brexit position hasn’t changed: diplomatic source

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The German foreign minister and the German government’s position on Brexit is unchanged, a diplomatic source said on Friday. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had said on Thursday that a discussion should be held on whether to re-open the draft deal for Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, but only if all …

Iran’s American-born journalist detained by FBI to appear in U.S. court: Iranian state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – An American journalist working for Iran’s state television channel Press TV who Iran says has been detained in Washington will appear in a U.S. court on Friday, the channel reported on Friday. Iran has called for the immediate release of TV anchor and documentary film maker Marziyeh Hashemian, whose employer, the English-language …

Taiwan steps up probe into surveillance by pro-China media on island

TAIPEI/HONGKONG (Reuters) – Taiwan will step up its investigation of pro-Beijing newspapers accused by politicians on the self-ruled island of spreading fake news and surveillance activities that infringe national security, a security official said on Friday. Claimed by Beijing as its sacred territory, Taiwan is China’s most sensitive issue, with President Xi Jinping having stepped …

Australian police arrest man after killing of Israeli woman studying in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man was arrested over the killing of an Israeli university student who was walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, police said on Friday. Homicide detectives took the man into custody as part of an investigation into the killing of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, whose …

U.S. likely to cut number of Iran oil sanctions waivers in May analysts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States is likely to extend waivers from sanctions on Iranian oil imports in May but will reduce the number of countries receiving them to placate top buyers China and India and to decrease the chance of higher oil prices, analysts said. Washington surprised oil markets after granting waivers to eight …

Yemen’s warring parties hopeful on prisoner swap as Hodeidah stalls

AMMAN (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties hope to deliver final lists of prisoners to the United Nations after talks in Amman on Thursday under an exchange agreement, a government delegate said. The United Nations is pushing for the swap and a peace deal in the main port city of Hodeidah to pave the way for …

Death toll in militia clashes in Libya’s capital rises to 10

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The death toll from clashes between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli has risen to 10 killed and 41 wounded, the health ministry said on Thursday. Fighting broke out this week between rival armed groups in the south of the capital, breaching a shaky ceasefire brokered by the United Nations in …

U.S. believes Islamic State likely responsible for Manbij blast: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government believes the Islamic State militant group, which claimed Wednesday’s attack in northern Syria that killed four Americans, is likely responsible, although it has not reached a firm conclusion, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. The bomb attack killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. …

African Union calls on Congo to delay release of final vote

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The African Union on Thursday called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election due to its doubts over the provisional results. The final tally is scheduled to be released by the election commission once the constitutional court has ruled on challenges …

Morocco foils 89,000 illegal migration attempts in 2018: interior ministry

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37 percent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as the country became the main launchpad in the Mediterranean for Europe-bound migrants. Morocco, which other Africans can visit without visas, has become a major gateway for migrants into …

Want to be Danish? You’d better shake hands

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark’s immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process. “This is a huge thing for me. I am thrilled,” the former practicing Muslim dressed in shirt and …

Factbox: Italian early-retirement option rolls back 2011 pension reform

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government on Thursday approved a scheme to allow people to retire earlier, rolling back a 2011 law that had sharply raised the pensionable age. Following are the main features of the reform, which takes effect in April: COST The reform will cost 4 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in 2019, rising …

Factbox: Italy approves “citizens’ income” poverty relief scheme

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government on Thursday approved a new poverty relief scheme known as the “citizens’ income”, fulfilling a long-standing election promise of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which governs with the far-right League. Following are some of the main features of the scheme, which will launch in April: COST The citizens’ income will …

Boko Haram claims attack on northeast Nigerian town of Rann: video

Maiduguri (Reuters) – Islamist insurgency Boko Haram has claimed it carried out Monday’s attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Rann, according to a video released on Thursday by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida. Reuters had originally reported that Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), an offshoot of Boko Haram that is now the dominant group, was …

Factbox: U.S. eyes lasers, F-35s, ‘Star Wars’ tech for missile defense

(Reuters) – The U.S. Missile Defense Review, unveiled on Thursday at the Pentagon, underscored the ways the American military is studying to detect and defeat ballistic missile attacks. Here is a look at some aspects of U.S. plans outlined in the report’s summary. – Examining improvement of the current primary anti-ballistic missile system, known as …

Doctor and child killed in Sudan protests: opposition-linked doctors’ committee

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A doctor and a child were killed during anti-government protests in Sudan on Thursday, a doctors’ committee linked to the opposition said. Protests broke out in six cities in Sudan on Thursday. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to request for comment. Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz, writing by Lena Masri; Editing …

Rescue of Spanish boy trapped in well to take few more days: expert

TOTALAN, Spain (Reuters) – Rescue workers will need at least two more days to reach a two-year-old boy who has been trapped in a deep well in southern Spain since Sunday, a mining expert taking part in the effort said on Thursday. Officials said they were not losing hope to would find the boy alive. …

British government summons Zimbabwe ambassador to discuss unrest

LONDON (Reuters) – British Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said on Thursday she had summoned Zimbabwe’s UK ambassador to the Foreign Office to discuss unrest and security concerns in the country. “I have been following events in Zimbabwe over the last week with growing concern,” she said in a statement. “The UK government …

Russian defense committee head: U.S. missile strategy will stoke tensions: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The chair of Russia’s upper house defense and security committee, Viktor Bondarev, said on Thursday that the new U.S. missile defense strategy would ramp up global tensions, Interfax news agency cited him as saying. U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as …

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

Britain’s last-minute scramble to shape its exit from the EU, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, hit the rocks on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/O1QihLHDbes/uk-in-deadlock-over-brexit-plan-b-as-may-and-corbyn-double-down-idUSKCN1PB0MA 1744

Car bomb in Colombian police academy kills eight

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least eight people and wounding about 10, authorities said. The bomb went off in the General Santander Police School in the south of the capital, Mayor Enrique Penalosa told reporters. The Defense Ministry put the death …

Turkey deports Dutch journalist, alleges link to al Qaeda offshoot

AMSTERDAM/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey on Thursday deported a 31-year-old journalist who works for Dutch newspapers, accusing her of links to the militant Nusra Front, an al Qaeda offshoot involved in neighboring Syria’s war. Dutch prosecution spokeswoman Jeichien de Graaff confirmed that Ans Boersma, who was put on a plane back to the Netherlands, was a …

North Korea envoy headed to U.S. to meet Pompeo, possibly Trump: source

A North Korean envoy was headed for Washington on Thursday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with President Donald Trump to lay the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit, according to a person familiar with the matter. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ds-KMiUkHu4/north-korea-envoy-headed-to-u-s-to-meet-pompeo-possibly-trump-source-idUSKCN1PB08K 1744

Car bomb in Colombia police academy kills five: Bogota mayor

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding about 10, the city’s mayor said. The bomb went off in the General Santander Police School in the south of the capital, Mayor Enrique Penalosa told reporters. Images on social media …

Canadian found dead in Burkina Faso after kidnapping

OUAGADOUGOU/TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian kidnapped this week in a restive region of Burkina Faso has been found dead, a spokesman for the security ministry said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canadian and Burkina Faso foreign ministers. Kirk Woodman was abducted on Tuesday night by a dozen gunmen on a mining site owned by Vancouver-based …

Protesters clash with Sudan police in latest anti-Bashir unrest

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Stone-throwing protesters clashed with Sudanese security forces in the capital Khartoum on Thursday in the latest round of demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s rule that erupted a month ago. Demonstrations also erupted in three other cities as part of a four-week long unrest that poses the most persistent challenge to Bashir’s grip …

Russia’s RT seeks legal challenge over UK watchdog’s ruling

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s RT plans to launch a legal challenge over a ruling by Britain’s media regulator that it failed to cover the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in an impartial way. In the latest twist in a case which has strained ties between Britain and Russia, RT said it …

Tunisia’s largest union starts nationwide strike over pay

Rail, bus and air traffic stopped in Tunisia on Thursday after the powerful UGTT union staged a one-day nationwide strike to protest against the government’s refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/qeaYrYVC3L8/tunisias-largest-union-starts-nationwide-strike-over-pay-idUSKCN1PA34G 1744

Fire breaks out on rooftop of Lyon university

Lyon, France (Reuters) – A large fire broke has broken out on the rooftop of a university in the French city of Lyon and firemen are on the scene, the Lyon 1 faculty said on Thursday. Police and university sources said works had been ongoing on the roof and that a gas bottle exploded, starting …