By Shu Zhang and Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.
Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as bushfires that have destroyed dozens of homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country. No deaths or serious injuries were reported on Monday but the bushfires
By David Lawder and Luc Cohen BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Worries about the potential for a U.S.-China trade war and frustration over U.S. President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs threatened to dominate a gathering of finance leaders this week amid strengthening growth. U.S. Treasury Secretary
“The cost of The Donald’s policy of imposing heavy import tariffs on steel and aluminium continues to rise, with the resignation of ... Gary Cohn, his top economic adviser...,” writes Richard Harris. “Steel and aluminium are poor targets for an American trade war.... [T]hey miss the fundamental issue
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is about to lose his White House job. It’s Chief of Staff John Kelly who is on the way out, perhaps as soon as today. As Mr. Trump heads into his second year in office, widespread and conflicting reports about upheaval among top White House and executive branch
On March 16, Jacob Zuma of South Africa became the latest current or former leader of a democracy to be charged with corruption. Mr. Zuma, who was forced to step down as president last month by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), faces charges related to a government arms deal in the late 1990s
A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Australia has been located after a week on the lam, its swimming club owners said Monday. Daphne -- the oversized mascot of the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club in Perth -- made a bid for freedom on March 11, drifting out
HELSINKI (AP) — Danish police say they are searching at least two people suspected of attacking the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen with firebombs.
LONDON (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland says Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who became the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died. He was 80.
British construction giant Hammerson has rejected a takeover approach from Klepierre that values it at about Â£5.0 billion ($7 billion, 5.7 billion euros), the French property firm said Monday. Klepierre, which owns scores of shopping centres around Europe, revealed in a statement that it lodged an
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's seizure of a luxury yacht wanted as part of a U.S. probe into the alleged multibillion-dollar theft of funds from a Malaysian state investment company is being challenged by the vessel's owner, police said Monday.
Egypt's military said Monday that soldiers and police have killed 36 jihadists over five days as part of a sweeping operation against Islamic State group militants in the Sinai. The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections
JERUSALEM (AP) — A French employee of France's Consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, Israel's domestic security agency said Monday.
North Korea is in talks with the US and Sweden to release three jailed Americans, reports said, as diplomatic activities intensified ahead of Pyongyang's planned summits with Washington and Seoul. The release of the three Korean-Americans is under discussion through multiple channels more than a
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is describing Russian claims that it is not responsible for the poisoning of a former spy as absurd, and says the U.K. has the full backing of its European partners.
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had arrested a French citizen, an employee of France's consulate in Jerusalem, on suspicion of using a diplomatic car to smuggle guns from the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Held since
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday. South Korean officials who visited Pyongyang recently
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Monday over a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, as his Cabinet's approval ratings plunged to their lowest levels.
Russia is wrong to deny responsibility for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent on British soil on March 4, Britain's foreign minister said on Monday. "The Russian denial is increasingly absurd," Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters as he arrived for a meeting
A French consulate worker has been arrested on accusations of using an official car to smuggle dozens of guns from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities said Monday. The French citizen and several Palestinian suspects are accused of belonging to a gun-running network that eventually
Diplomats handling Brexit talks for EU member states in Brussels were summoned to an urgent meeting by EU negotiators on Monday, diplomats and officials said, amid speculation about an interim deal ahead of a summit later this week. British Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet the EU's chief negotiator
The European Union must discuss Iran's role in Syria and Yemen, as well as its ballistic missiles program, France said on Monday, as it seeks to preserve the 2015 nuclear accord by a May 12 ultimatum set by U.S. President Donald Trump. "We must not exclude Iran's responsibility in the proliferation