By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior United Nations human rights official on Thursday said he was investigating North Korea's allegations that a dozen restaurant workers who arrived in the South from China last year were abducted against their will. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special rapporteur
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day. Putin also
By Elizabeth Piper and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders on Thursday to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase, hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand. At the beginning
Taking their cue from President Trump, some congressional Republicans are intensifying charges that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election is suspect because it is laced with pro-Democratic political bias. At one point Rep. Steve Chabot (R) of Ohio suggested
After he declared victory over Islamic State (ISIS) on Dec. 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an important promise. Mr. Abadi is now the latest world leader searching for national reconciliation and a healing of social wounds after the end of an armed conflict or the collapse of an authoritarian
Doug Jones, the Democratic lawyer who snatched a historic Senate win in Alabama on Tuesday, is a man of high ideals. In 1977, when he was still in law school, the young Alabamian skipped contracts class with a friend to watch then-Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley prosecute the first trial of the
During his 37 years as Zimbabwe’s prime minister and president, Robert Mugabe ordered the massacre of thousands of political opponents, ran the country’s economy into the ground, and instilled a culture of political violence and paranoia that will likely long outlast him. “Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s legacy
By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month. African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight
BRUSSELS (AP) — Poland's new prime minister was making his debut Thursday at a European Union summit, a first test of whether the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fan violence around the Copa Sudamericana final failed to dampen Independiente celebrations of its second title.
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.
Iraq has begun reconstruction work at what was the country's biggest oil refinery before it was damaged by intense fighting between government forces and Islamic State group jihadists, the oil ministry said Thursday. Constructed in 1975 and located 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Baghdad, the
The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she believed there was a good chance that the next phase of Brexit negotiations could begin. "Progress has been made regarding the exit of Great Britain, but there are some open questions so it is good that we will talk about it tomorrow," she
ROME (AP) — Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese magistrate has recused herself from hearing preliminary evidence in the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, citing a conflict of interest.
German police investigating four people suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated attack raided nine locations in Berlin and the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt on Thursday, prosecutors said. The four suspects, aged between 18 and 21, are accused of being members of the Islamic State group, prosecutors
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of Romanians on Thursday paid their respects to the late King Michael I whose coffin is lying in state at the Royal Palace before his funeral this weekend.
By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A leader of a British far right group whose anti-Islamic social media posts were retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump was ordered on Thursday not to appear within 500 meters of any rally until a criminal case in Northern Ireland is finished. Jayda Fransen, deputy
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland will respect the ruling of the European Union's top court on whether the government can continue logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza that is under an EU environment protection plan, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. Speaking to reporters in
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday of a bruising Brexit battle ahead as Britain and the remaining 27 EU countries move onto to discussions over their future trade relations.
By Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan is hiking fees for humanitarians and blocking them from reaching hungry families, even as the oil-rich country appeals for nearly 2 billion dollars to help avert starvation amid a civil war, five aid groups told Reuters. The government and the United Nations
Luxembourg's prime minister on Thursday said British counterpart Theresa May's ability to negotiate her country's withdrawal from the European Union is complicated by her need for parliament's approval at home. "This is not good for Theresa May because the agenda is not going to