EXCLUSIVE With a Russian nudge, Turkey and Syria step up contacts

Any normalization would reshape the decade-long Syrian war Intelligence chiefs held meetings over the last few weeks Focused on Ukraine, Moscow urges political solution in Syria ANKARA/BEIRUT, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Turkey’s intelligence chief has held multiple meetings with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus over the last few weeks, a sign of Russian efforts to … Read more

Exclusive: Biden urges Mexico to take migrants under the COVID expulsion order he promised to end

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY, Sept 13 (Reuters) – As border crossings have soared to record highs, US President Joe Biden’s administration is quietly pressing Mexico to accept more migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela under a COVID-19 expulsion order that the White House has publicly sought to end, seven US and three Mexican officials said. US Secretary … Read more

Exclusive: As war began, Putin rejected a Ukraine peace deal recommended by aide

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s chief envoy on Ukraine told the Russian leader as the war began that he had struck a provisional deal with Kyiv that would satisfy Russia’s demand that Ukraine stay out of NATO, but Putin rejected it and pressed ahead … 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

EXCLUSIVE US weighs China sanctions to deter Taiwan action, Taiwan presses EU

TAIPEI/FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The United States is considering options for a sanctions package against China to deter it from invading Taiwan, with the European Union coming under diplomatic pressure from Taipei to do the same, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The sources said the deliberations in Washington and Taipei’s separate lobbying … Read more

Unification Church ex-members in Japan rail at politicians who embraced it

TOKYO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – When Sun Myung Moon, the Korean founder of the Unification Church, needed money for his extensive spiritual and business ventures, he would look to Japan, according to some former members. “Senior officials would tell us he needed hundreds of millions of dollars and that Japan had to pay,” said Masaki … Read more

Rural Indians join the rush to study abroad as prospects dim at home

More people from rural India seeking education abroad Families dip into savings to afford high fees Shift reflects bleak employment prospects at home for many Number of Indians studying abroad doubled in recent years Universities welcome influx after numbers from China drop AMBALA/SYDNEY/TORONTO Sept 7 (Reuters) – When 19-year-old Sachin failed to score the grades … Read more

How a 92-year-old cleric silently halted Iraq’s slide back into war

BAGHDAD, Sept 3 (Reuters) – When a pronouncement by a religious scholar in Iran drove Iraq to the brink of civil war last week, there was only one man who could stop it: a 92-year-old Iraqi Shi’ite cleric who proved once again he is the most powerful man in his country. Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani … Read more

Britain’s new PM faces an 80s playlist: recession, unrest and runaway prices

UK inflation higher than all leading economies Truss the favorite to become the next prime minister Town of Runcorn shows the scale of the challenge RUNCORN, England, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s prime minister in waiting Liz Truss models herself on Margaret Thatcher, judging by her photo ops echoing famous images of the country’s first … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Attacks on major Iraqi gasfield drive out US contractors

Exterran Corp workers leave after more rocket attacks Plan to expand output from Khor Mor gasfield on hold The Kurdish region is heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues ERBIL, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A series of rocket attacks on a gasfield in northern Iraq has sent the US contractors working on its expansion packing, … Read more