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Syria's more confident Assad gives Eid prayers in Hama

3 hours 31 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam's Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama on Sunday, the furthest he has traveled inside Syria in years, showing his growing confidence.

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

4 hours 24 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime.

Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar, says calls to shut base 'disrespectful'

4 hours 24 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf emirate, and said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.

Oil tanker explosion kills more than 123 in Pakistan

4 hours 28 min ago
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An overturned oil tanker exploded killing at least 123 people in Pakistan on Sunday, as most of the victims had gathered round when spilt fuel from the stricken vehicle ignited, officials said.

Hopes fading in China for 118 still missing day after landslide

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:20pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Rescue workers in China searched for 118 people still missing more than 24 hours after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading on Sunday after 15 bodies were pulled out of the rock and mud during the first day of the search.

Battle for Philippine town abates as troops mark Islamic holiday

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:09pm
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels holed up in the heart of a southern Philippine town eased on Sunday as the military sought to enforce a temporary truce to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday.

Two decades after handover, scant love for China among Hong Kong youth

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:05pm
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong student activist Chau Ho-oi, born in the year the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago, recalls the sense of pride she once felt toward mainland China.

U.S. judge asked to expand order blocking Iraqis' deportation

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 9:33pm
(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union asked a U.S. judge on Saturday to expand an order that temporarily blocks the deportation of 114 Iraqis in Michigan, to cover Iraqis nationwide, according to a court filing.

U.S. secure first win of America's Cup, trail New Zealand 4-1

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:58pm
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Defending champions Oracle Team USA clawed their way back into the America's Cup on Saturday with a much-needed win over Emirates Team New Zealand to reduce their deficit to 4-1 in the first-to-seven final.

British lawmakers hit by cyber security attack

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:27pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament was hit by a cyber attack on Saturday in which hackers tried to access email accounts, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country's health service.

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:53am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.

Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:51am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul's governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.

Five London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:59am
LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of residents in a sprawling north London housing estate were forced to leave their apartments late on Friday after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe.

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:58am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate".

UAE's Gargash says alternative to Qatar demands is 'not escalation but parting ways'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:56am
DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by Arab states which imposed a boycott this month on the tiny Gulf Arab nation, "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways".

China's party paper trumpets U.N. rights resolution as combating West's monopoly

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:40am
BEIJING (Reuters) - The West's monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations' decision to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human rights, an editorial in the official paper of China's ruling Communist Party said on Saturday.

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:23am
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's decision to extend the presence of U.S. Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters on Saturday.

China, U.S. agree aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:22am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.

Exclusive: U.S. list to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.