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North Korea warns threats a 'big miscalculation' in letter to Australia lawmakers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:54:10 +0100

SYDNEY (Reuters) - North Korea has sent a letter to Australia's parliament, warning it is a nuclear power and will not be cowed by U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to destroy it, according to a copy of the letter published in an Australian newspaper on Friday.(image)



Putin dials up anti-U.S. rhetoric, keeps mum on re-election

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:50:42 +0100

SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin launched one of his most stinging critiques of U.S. foreign policy on Thursday, listing what he called some of the biggest betrayals in U.S.-Russia relations.(image)



Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:53:54 +0100

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks.(image)



Exclusive - Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:00:36 +0100

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.(image)



Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:32:10 +0100

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders agreed on Thursday to explore cuts in EU funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's stalled bid to join the bloc after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for action in response to what she described as "unacceptable" Turkish behaviour on human rights.(image)



U.S. Senate passes budget blueprint key to Trump tax effort

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:48:49 +0100

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.(image)



Japan's Emperor Akihito likely to abdicate at end-March 2019 - Asahi

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:03:18 +0100

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in April, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday.(image)



EU leaders seek greater reductions in Africa immigration

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:00:38 +0100

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to provide "stronger support" to Italy for its work in Libya and replenish their Africa fund to further curb immigration to Europe.(image)



Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:26:54 +0100

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad.(image)



Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state - UNICEF

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:02:57 +0100

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.(image)