On the run, Lebanese woman who stole own savings says she’s not the criminal

Sali Hafiz who held up Beirut bank decrees ‘country of mafias’ Hafiz on the run after taking savings for cancer treatment Growing number of depositors hold up Lebanese banks BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON Sept 21 (Reuters) – On the run from authorities after forcing a bank to release her family savings at gunpoint to treat her … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Taiwan hosts dozens of foreign lawmakers in Washington to push China sanctions

Taiwan flags flutter during a welcome ceremony for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (not pictured) outside the presidential palace in Taipei, Taiwan August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, hosted … Read more

West weighs contentious anti-China move as UN rights council opens

A giant screen shows news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, at a shopping center, in Beijing, China, July 15, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Western countries face a dilemma as the UN Human Rights Council opens … Read more

New North Korea law outlines nuclear weapons use, including preemptive strikes

A North Korean flag flutters at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong- Ji/Pool Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) – … Read more

Kenya’s Odinga says presidential election result a ‘travesty’

Odinga urges supporters to remain peaceful Calm returns to the streets of Kibera slum and Kisumu city Election result disowned by majority of election officials NAIROBI/KISUMU, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Kenyan politician Raila Odinga rejected as a “travesty” the result of the Aug. 9 presidential election he was declared to have lost to Deputy President … Read more

Ukraine targets Russian soldiers threatening Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Russians threatening Zaporizhzhia are “special targets” G7 nations call on Moscow to withdraw troops from the plant Fear of nuclear catastrophe unless fighting stops Russia warns that it may cut bilateral ties with the United States More grain ships depart Ukraine KYIV, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine is targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at Europe’s … Read more

Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Here are reactions to Friday’s attack on novelist Salman Rushdie. read more SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA: “We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. Just hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman had emailed me … Read more

Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN chief to call for demilitarized zone

Russian ambassador warns of ‘nuclear catastrophe’ Zelensky demands that Russia return the plant to Ukraine Satellite images show damage at Russian air base in Crimea KYIV/NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant as the UN chief proposed a demilitarized zone at the site … Read more

Exclusive: Russian weapons in Ukraine powered by hundreds of Western parts, report says

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report by the Royal United Services Institute defense think tank. Since … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after the death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologue, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his … Read more