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, who
By Elizabeth Piper and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May said on Thursday she was on course to deliver Brexit and a new partnership with the European Union, shrugging off a parliamentary defeat that could weaken her hand as the decisive phase of talks begins. The British prime minister
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations are set to achieve a 70-year-old ambition to integrate their defenses on Thursday, signing a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together after Britain's decision to quit the bloc. First blocked by the
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
One of the "Chennai Six" group of ex-British soldiers jailed in India was dragged to a psychiatric hospital and force-fed anti-psychotic tablets during his time in jail, a London court considering whether to extradite Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya was told on Thursday. Mallya, 61, is wanted in
The Bank of England kept its key interest rate at 0.5 percent at its final meeting of the year, it said Thursday while keeping an eye on Britain's Brexit-fuelled inflation. The BoE sat tight at the meeting on Wednesday after lifting the rate in November for the first time in a decade, from a record-low
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says it has banned Italian cyclist Nicola Ruffoni for four years for doping.
By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian state governors on Thursday approved the release of $1 billion from the country's excess oil account to the government to help fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. It currently totals $2.3 billion, according to Nigeria's accountant general. "
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top prosecutors have sharply criticized proposed changes to the legal system they say will make it hard to carry out prosecutions.
A fresh row over judicial changes in Romania broke out on Thursday with prosecutors and the political opposition warning that proposed amendments to the criminal code would weaken the fight against corruption and other crimes. A parliamentary commission will start next Monday to debate the changes which
Meghan Markle is to become the first fiancee invited to spend Christmas with the British royal family -- a move hailed Thursday as a sea change in the monarchy's traditionalist attitude. Prince Harry's bride-to-be will join the royals at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II's private estate in
England's Justin Rose fired a 10-under-par round Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first day of the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta. Rose, who is ranked sixth in the world, notched up a bogey-free scorecard and bagged 10 birdies to take pole position in the Asian Tour's season-ending
By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months of wrangling over the rule of law. Mateusz Morawiecki, who took over as Poland's
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — With the eurozone economy showing strong growth, the European Central Bank left its interest rates and stimulus measures unchanged Thursday as it looks ahead to the delicate matter of ending its bond-purchase program next year.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian government official has criticized the suggestion by Germany's Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz that the EU should become a federal "United States of Europe" and countries that refuse should be forced to leave the bloc, saying that is the kind of
While 2017 saw the tide of the military conflict in Syria seemingly turn against Islamic State forces, the humanitarian crisis prompted by the conflict intensified in severity and in the breadth of the areas of the country it affects. For a graphic on Syria's population needs, click http://tmsnrt.rs
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face strong winds on Thursday that could feed a volatile wildfire which has grown into one of the biggest in state history. The so-called Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500
Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, has canceled some Christmas celebrations in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an official said. Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of U.S. policy
NEW YORK (AP) — As a Republican-backed tax cut bill makes its way through Congress, some investors are scouring the market for potential winners and losers: companies they think will benefit the most, and those who'll be left out. But it might not be that simple.
Criminal charges, banking problems and the loss of her right-hand man: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen insists she is not going anywhere after her presidential defeat, yet her woes are mounting. In a sign of the questions swirling six months after she lost to Emmanuel Macron, the National Front
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.