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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:48:27 +0100

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".(image)



EU sets Britain tough divorce terms, slams budget veto

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:22:33 +0100

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on Saturday and warned Britons to have "no illusions" about swiftly securing a new relationship to keep their access to EU markets.(image)



Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to bolster moderates ahead of polls

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:33:32 +0100

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff ahead of May 19 presidential polls, EU diplomats say.(image)



Military plane crashes in Cuba killing all eight on board

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:48:16 +0100

HAVANA (Reuters) - A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba's north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said.(image)



French amphibious carrier visits Japan ahead of Pacific show of power

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:48:36 +0100

SASEBO (Reuters) - As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programmes.(image)



Rouhani warns voters to prevent 'extremism' returning to Iran

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:08:25 +0100

LONDON (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May's election.(image)



Eight Syria Civil Defence workers killed in air strike - statement

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:08:07 +0100

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Eight Syria Civil Defence workers died on Saturday when an air strike hit their office in northern Hama province, the rescue service said on its Twitter page.(image)



Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:28:47 +0100

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers.(image)



French presidential hopeful Le Pen names nationalist as prime minister

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:06:27 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, a bid to attract his voters and help her to victory over centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron.(image)



Mali extends state of emergency in bid to quell Islamist attacks

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:37:42 +0100

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's National Assembly has voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the desert north of the West African country.(image)