By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a sober speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy
By Chris Scicluna and Stephen Grey VALLETTA (Reuters) - Three men accused of the murder of an anti-corruption journalist six months ago must stay in prison until their trial, a Maltese magistrate ruled on Thursday. Brothers Alfred Degiorgio and George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat were arrested in early
By Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi warplanes attacked an Islamic State explosives factory and other positions inside Syria on Thursday, Baghdad's military said, in a rare air assault across the border. Iraqi F-16 jets targeted the militants near the city of Hajin in coordination with
Gambia, voters will head to the polls this spring to elect local officials as expected, but it will be the last time they will vote using glass marbles. For the past 60 years, each Gambian has cast a vote by dropping a glass marble into a barrel painted in party colors. The system works well, discourages
Videos of two black men leaving a Starbucks in handcuffs last week has confronted many Americans with one of the nation’s most troubling and divisive questions: How deep does racism still run? Half a century after lunch counter sit-ins that cemented the civil rights movement, the similarities between
Here’s the rub: Mr. Bredesen is a Democrat. Corker, in fact, was so concerned that the very conservative Congresswoman Blackburn would lose his seat that a few months ago, he floated the idea of running for reelection after all.
In coming weeks, the world’s most heavily armed border, or the line between North and South Korea, could soon be the scene of the greatest peacemaking in 2018. On April 27, Kim Jong-un is expected to cross the 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone and become the first North Korean leader to set foot inside
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European Union foreign policy chief on Thursday hailed efforts by nations in Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where Russia is also vying for influence.
The Pentagon said on Thursday that while there were no signs the Syrian government was preparing to launch a chemical weapons attack, President Bashar al-Assad still retained the ability to launch limited attacks. Reuters reported on Wednesday that U.S. assessments following U.S., British and French
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When Angela Merkel was re-elected as Germany's leader in March, the way looked open for European nations to finally patch the remaining cracks in the euro — the structural flaws that threatened to break apart the shared currency in 2010-12.
Raul Castro, who stepped down Thursday as Cuba's president, lived most of his life in the shadow of his iconic brother Fidel. Always a good soldier, Raul Castro knew that his place was behind his older brother. "Fidel is irreplaceable, unless we all replace him together," he said upon
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors are again accusing President Jimmy Morales of corruption related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his visit to Britain by a day to return home to deal with protests in the country's North West province, his office said on Thursday. The protests erupted on Wednesday with residents demanding that the province'
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday he would support a bid by Britain's Prince Charles to become the new leader of the Commonwealth, endorsing a view set out by Queen Elizabeth. "I very much agree with the wishes of her majesty that the Prince of Wales be the next head of
A former official of a subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said. Cesar Rincon, a Venezuelan citizen who was extradited to the United States from Spain after
Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will not offer external support to a coalition of the far-right League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, a senior Forza Italia lawmaker said on Thursday. Italy held an inconclusive election on March 4 and efforts since then to put together a government
By Joyce Lee and John Walcott SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain "
The Iraqi air force on Thursday carried out a "deadly raid" against positions of the Islamic State group in neighbouring Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said. Abadi ordered the strike against the jihadists "because of the danger they pose to Iraqi territory," a
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful." Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events — the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top military officer has met with his NATO counterpart, the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.
From biscuits to beer and traditional mugs, businesses and Windsor residents are making the most of royal wedding fever with one month to go to the nuptials of Britain's Prince Harry. Within hours of Harry's proposal to Meghan Markle being announced in November 2017, online store Jewlr.com had
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal remains on course to retain his Monte Carlo Masters title and won't have Novak Djokovic standing in his way.