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North Korea must abandon nuclear, missile programmes – U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday that the only way for North Korea to achieve security and development is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes. Yleem Poblete, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, urged countries to halt any […]

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Hundreds rally in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Hundreds of students and doctors rallied in Algiers on Tuesday calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, as a new group headed by activists and opposition figures told the powerful army not to interfere in the campaign. FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator carries a national flag during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision […]

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U.S.-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces gestures in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State’s last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday, seizing the jihadist camp at Baghouz […]

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Algeria protest leaders tell army to stay out of politics

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A new group headed by political leaders, opposition figures and activists called on Algeria’s powerful generals to stay out of politics as it pressed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the government to quit. FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator carries a national flag during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to postpone elections and extend […]

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Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of ‘oppression and violence’

FILE PHOTO: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with heads of local councils, in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on February 17, 2019. SANA/Handout via REUTERS BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government’s threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows […]

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Uganda probes UN relief food after three deaths – police

FILE PHOTO: A logo of the World Food Programme humanitarian organization is seen on a plane at the National Airport Minsk, Belarus April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda is investigating a supply of food from the World Food Programme (WFP) after three people died and more than 150 others became sick in […]

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Thailand’s oldest party may be king-maker after vote to determine military role

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s oldest political party is heading into an election on Sunday with leader Abhisit Vejjajiva facing tough choices in the first polls since the military seized power in a 2014 coup. FILE PHOTO: Democrat Party leader and former Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva talks to people during his campaign rally in Bangkok, […]

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New Algerian group urges Bouteflika to step down, and army not to interfere

FILE PHOTO: People carry their national flags as they gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, Algeria March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra ALGIERS (Reuters) – A new Algerian group headed by political leaders, opposition figures and activists has called on President […]

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Job skills for young Indonesians a key concern ahead of election

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Rival campaigners in Indonesia’s elections next month are sparring over ways to fix the education system in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, which is widely blamed for failing to equip students with the skills to find jobs. FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks at the palace in Jakarta, Indonesia December 5, 2018 […]

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Trump to nominate Washington lawyer ambassador to Mexico – White House

FILE PHOTO: Christopher Landau (L), partner at Kirkland & Ellis, and Pratik Shah, partner at Akin Gump, speak at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 27th annual Supreme Court pre-term briefing in Washington October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will nominate a Washington attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next United States […]

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Warren calls for scrapping U.S. electoral college in 2020 televised town hall

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to supporters in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht/File Photo GREENVILLE, Miss. (Reuters) – Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of more than a dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, on Monday called for the scrapping of the […]

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‘Our darkest of days’: PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief as burial preparations begin

WELLINGTON/CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery and courage by worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in this “darkest of days”. A poster hangs at a memorial site for victims of Friday’s shooting, in front […]

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New Zealand prepares for first burials of Christchurch attack victims

CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Preparations were underway on Tuesday to begin burials of victims from the Christchurch mosques attacks after days of intense grieving for the 50 people killed by a lone gunman in New Zealand’s worst-ever mass shooting. A poster hangs at a memorial site for victims of Friday’s shooting, in front of Christchurch Botanic […]

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China says played ‘constructive role’ in reducing Pakistan, India tension

BEIJING (Reuters) – China played a “constructive role” in reducing tension between Pakistan and India, the foreign ministry said, after the nuclear-armed rivals almost came to blows last month following an attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed Kashmir. FILE PHOTO: People burn an effigy depicting Pakistan as they celebrate after Indian authorities said […]

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China’s Xi urges teachers of political courses to tackle ‘false ideas’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese educators must respond to “false ideas and thoughts” when teaching political and ideological classes, President Xi Jinping said, in a sensitive year that marks the 30th anniversary of student-led protests around Tiananmen Square. FILE PHOTO: China’s President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Portugal’s Parliamentary President Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues at the […]

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Bolsonaro touts ‘changed’, U.S.-friendly Brazil to Washington

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, on his first official visit to Washington, declared himself an unabashed admirer of the United States and said he was seeking a new era of close relations after what he called decades of anti-American leaders. The day before he is due […]

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U.S.-sanctioned Venezuelan defects to Colombia, slams Maduro

(Reuters) – A Venezuelan general under sanction by the United States denounced the government of President Nicolas Maduro on Monday as “inept and corrupt” after fleeing for neighbouring Colombia amid growing pressure on the isolated administration. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan citizens living in Bogota protest against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and the continuing power outage in […]

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Texas petrochemical storage fire rages, may burn for two days

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site continued to rage late on Monday and is expected to burn for up to two more days, officials said, sending thick black smoke into the air for miles around. Firefighters were making progress seeking to contain the blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC), with […]

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Cuban migrants kidnapped at Mexican border released – newspaper

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A group of Cuban migrants reported as kidnapped at Mexico’s northern border has been released, a newspaper reported on Monday, as officials continued probing the disappearances of other migrants in the region. Thirteen Cubans kidnapped in the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas were released on Sunday and appeared to make […]

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Brazil court suspends operations at two more Vale dams

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A Brazilian court has ordered Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner, to suspend operations at two more dams, demanding that it prove the structures are stable. FILE PHOTO: A view of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 10, 2019. […]