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Nations urge Venezuela on elections, warn of diplomatic 'last resort'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:39:08 +08:00

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 14 nations on Thursday urged Venezuela to hold elections and release "political prisoners," in a joint statement that kept open the option of seeking to suspend the South American country from the Organization of American States.Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro applauds as he attends a pro-government rally with workers in Caracas, Venezuela March 18, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS


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North Korea has maintained readiness for nuclear test any time - South Korea

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:20:55 +08:00

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has maintained readiness to conduct a new nuclear test at any time, a South Korean military official said on Friday, amid a report of a possible test within days as Pyongyang defies international pressure.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the construction site of Ryomyong Street in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on March 16, 2017. KCNA/via Reuters


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Venezuela to withdraw troops after Colombia border crossing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:16:23 +08:00

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will withdraw troops from Colombia's side of the two countries' border, after his soldiers set up camp in the neighbouring country, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.



Man held for driving car at crowd in Belgium’s Antwerp

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:58:30 +08:00

ANTWERP: Belgian security forces arrested a man Thursday after he drove into a shopping area at high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said.A forensics expert standing next to a car which had entered the main pedestrian shopping street in the city at high speed, in Antwerp, Belgium, March 23, 2017. - Reuters


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China is not militarising South China Sea - premier

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:37:56 +08:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China is not militarising the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defence equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain "freedom of navigation".FILE PHOTO - China's Premier Li Keqiang arrives for a news conference after the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo


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Germany's Merkel does not expect more EU departures after Brexit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:12:26 +08:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel does not fear that more countries will leave the European Union, she told a German newspaper as the bloc's leaders prepare to celebrate 60 years of union on Saturday days before Britain files for divorce.German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the opening ceremony of the CeBit computer fair, which will open its doors to the public on March 20, at the fairground in Hanover, Germany, March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer


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Khalid Masood: ‘A nice guy’ turned extremist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:44:18 +08:00

LONDON: The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in Wednesday's deadly assault outside Britain's parliament has been identified by police as 52-year-old former convict Khalid Masood.Members of a Muslim group 'Al Islam' holding up a sign which reads "Love for all, hatred for none" during a vigil in Trafalgar Square in central London on March 23, 2017 in solidarity with the victims of the March 22 terror attack at the British parliament and on Westminster Bridge. - AFP


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Japan PM Abe denies he or wife made donations to principal of scandal-hit school

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:33:53 +08:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday neither he nor his wife had made donations to the head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a political scandal that is chipping away at Abe's support.FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and his wife Akie send off Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko boarding a special flight for their visit to Vietnam and Thailand, at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo


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Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:12:57 +08:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans.Activists protest against the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare during a rally in Freedom Plaza in Washington March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


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Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:54:15 +08:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee apologised on Thursday for the way he handled sensitive allegations about U.S. spy agency surveillance of President Donald Trump's team. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) questions FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers during a hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts


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