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France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:34:53 +08:00

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a news conference ahead of leaders' meeting in Brussels, Belgium May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke


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Socialist Lenin Moreno sworn in as Ecuador president

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:24:15 +08:00

QUITO (Reuters) - Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Wednesday following a tight race that the disabled former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.Ecuador's President-elect Lenin Moreno (C) waves while arriving at the National Assembly for his inauguration ceremony, in Quito, Ecuador May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero


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U.S. decision on expanded laptop ban not imminent - Homeland Security

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:15:11 +08:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Wednesday that no specific timeline had been set for a decision on whether to expand a ban on larger electronics as carry-on luggage for air travel.An illustration picture shows a laptop on the screen of an X-ray security scanner, April 7, 2017. Picture taken April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic/Illustration


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Egypt's Sisi rejects Bashir accusations, says not conspiring against Sudan

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:10:19 +08:00

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rejected on Wednesday his Sudanese counterpart's accusation that Cairo backs rebels aiming to topple the government in Khartoum, saying Egypt does not conspire against anyone.FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a statement following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo


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Thousands protest against Temer, reforms in Brasilia

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:09:44 +08:00

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday to demand early elections to replace the scandal-hit government of President Michel Temer and demand that congress not pass his unpopular austerity policies.Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazilian President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker


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No clear contender to replace Brazil's embattled Temer

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:31:29 +08:00

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Key members of Brazil's coalition government are struggling to find a consensus candidate to replace President Michel Temer should he be forced from office by a massive corruption probe that has ensnared scores of politicians and business leaders.Demonstrators hold a sign reading "Out Temer" during a protest against Brazil's President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Nacho Doce


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Blast in Somali capital kills five, injures six - official

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:23:00 +08:00

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast in the Somali capital killed five civilians and injured six more on Wednesday, a city spokesman said, underscoring the ability of Islamist insurgents to carry out bombings despite territorial losses.



China's Xi says navy should become world class

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:53:20 +08:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a briefing on the final day of the Belt and Road Forum, at the Yanqi Lake International Conference Centre north of Beijing, China May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Nicolas Asfouri/Pool


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Czech president appoints new finance minister as government spat ends

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:46:46 +08:00

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Ivan Pilny as finance minister on Wednesday, ending a political spat that nearly brought down the government just months before an election.Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman (R) appoints Ivan Pilny as the new Finance Minister at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/David W Cerny


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South Korean woman linked to scandal to be extradited from Denmark - prosecutor

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:46:19 +08:00

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A South Korean woman wanted for questioning in connection with the scandal that brought down president Park Geun-hye has withdrawn her appeal against extradition from Denmark, the Danish state prosecutor said on Wednesday.