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Murdered Polish mayor’s funeral draws crowd of 45,000 in Gdansk

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) – Murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz’s funeral drew tens of thousands of people in the Polish Baltic coast city on Saturday amid outrage over his murder six days ago. Banners with black...

Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in Syria

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced...

Mexico fuel pipeline blast kills 73, witnesses describe horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (Reuters) – At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in...

Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, Amazon, others

VIENNA (Reuters) – Apple and Amazon are among eight tech firms named in a complaint filed in Austria by non-profit organisation noyb, which cited their failure to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The action by noyb, chaired by data privacy activist Max Schrems, also named Netflix, Spotify and YouTube, after...

Indian opposition stages giant joint rally to oust Modi

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India’s main opposition parties joined forces against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at a rally which attracted hundreds of thousands of people months ahead of elections. The 23 regional groups said they forged a common front to stop Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which beat the main opposition Congress...

Rival groups demonstrate in Thailand as election tensions grow

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Rival groups held demonstrations in Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with hundreds of people demanding quick elections to end military rule and a much smaller group of pro-junta supporters saying it was too soon for a vote. The competing protests were tiny compared to those that paralysed Bangkok in 2014 before the army...

Spanish rescuers to drill for boy trapped in well

TOTALAN, Spain (Reuters) – Trucks brought drilling equipment and giant pipes on Friday evening for rescue workers to dig a tunnel towards a two-year-old boy trapped in a deep well in southern Spain since Sunday. The whole nation is holding its breath for the outcome, not least because Julen’s parents lived another family tragedy in...

Former British PM John Major urges May to drop Brexit red lines

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British prime minister John Major urged Theresa May on Saturday to drop her “red lines” on Brexit or allow parliament to find a way forward to avoid a damaging no-deal departure from the European Union in March. Major said he compromised on key decisions on the Northern Irish peace process and...

Mexican pipeline blast during fuel raid kills at least 21

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – At least 21 people were killed and 71 were injured on Friday when a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico as dozens of people tried to fill up containers, state and federal authorities said. Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the municipality...

Man charged with murder of Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man was charged on Saturday with the murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne amidst an outrage over violence against women in Australia’s second-largest city. Maasarwe, 21, an international exchange student, was killed when walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne earlier this week, with the...

Gunmen kill two Buddhist monks in Thailand’s troubled south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) – Unknown gunmen shot dead two Buddhist monks and injured two others in an attack at a temple in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south, the first such killing of a Buddhist monk in the restive region in more than three years. An abbot and vice abbot were killed when at least six assailants...

Hundreds detained after Zimbabwe protests as U.N. denounces crackdown

HARARE (Reuters) – Hundreds of Zimbabweans arrested during anti-government protests were detained on Friday on public order charges, as the United Nations urged an end to a brutal security crackdown and an internet blackout. The government has said three people died during the unrest that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel...

UK’s Prince Philip, 97, has hospital check-up after road crash

LONDON (Reuters) – The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, visited hospital for a precautionary check-up on Friday after being involved in a car crash the previous day, Buckingham Palace said. “On doctor’s advice, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn (eastern England) this...

U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

(Reuters) – A U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy...

Ex-Chicago policeman sentenced to nearly seven years in black teen’s death

CHICAGO (Reuters) – White former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced on Friday to nearly seven years in prison for shooting black teen Laquan McDonald to death in 2014 in a landmark case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-biggest city. After a jury convicted Van Dyke, 40, of second-degree murder last fall,...

White House restricts U.S. lawmakers’ travel amid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has barred U.S. congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft during the partial government shutdown, unless they have White House approval, according to a memo issued on Friday by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The move marks an escalation by the White House, which on Thursday...

Man sets himself ablaze in central Prague square

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A man set himself on fire in a central Prague square on Friday as Czechs marked the 50th anniversary of a student’s self-immolation in protest at the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring. The unidentified man was taken to hospital after bystanders doused the flames that enveloped him in the same...

Missing ex-Interpol chief’s wife wants asylum in France

PARIS (Reuters) – Grace Meng, wife of missing former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, applied for asylum in France fearing for her life, her lawyer said on Friday. The boss of Lyon-based Interpol went missing in September after travelling back to his native China. France opened an inquiry and China said he was under investigation for...

Ten-year old Chilean teaches star gazing to classmates

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Ten-year old Ricardo Barriga’s backyard in Pirque, Chile is strewn with a blow-up unicorn, pool toys, a soccer ball and a $3,000 telescope that his parents mail-ordered from Germany. The budding young astronaut can identify constellations in the austral sky, little-known features of the moon, planets and black holes. He recently started...

Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

GAZA CITY (Reuters) – Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s owner said on Friday. Two cubs were found dead on Thursday, just a day after they were born, said Fathy Joma. The two others...

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Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes – military spokesman

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine State, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Fighting between security forces and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy for Rakhine, has forced some 5,000...

Oslo stabbing investigated as terrorist attack – police

OSLO (Reuters) – A knife attack in a supermarket in Oslo is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism, the head of the Norwegian police’s security service (PST) said on Friday. A woman was knifed on Thursday as she was paying at the till and the suspect, a 20-year-old Russian man, was arrested soon...

Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers corruption, sees $150 million loss

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday. The company said it was investigating the cases, which came...

Murdoch seeks permission to merge UK’s Times and Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s London-based newspapers The Times and Sunday Times have asked the British government for permission to share resources across both titles, a move that is barred under rules imposed when the media mogul bought both newspapers in 1981. John Witherow, editor of The Times, said the cost pressures facing the newspaper...

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. Maize prices have climbed amid concerns that dry conditions in the main part of South Africa’s maize belt...

Thousands flee as militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria – aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and seized a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, a report by a group of aid agencies said on Friday, weeks ahead of an election in which security is a campaign issue. An army spokesman denied the number...

EU says Britain must hold European elections if no Brexit before July 2

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission indicated on Friday that Britons would need to choose their representatives to the next European Parliament if the country were to stay in the European Union beyond the first sitting of the new assembly on July 2. Britain is due to leave the EU at midnight of March 29th,...

Explainer: ‘Yellow vest’ crisis exposes limits of French welfare system

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-rooted belief that society is not working for large swathes of the French population, especially outside major cities. Driving the unrest is anger about rising living costs – particularly among low-paid workers – and a perception that President Emmanuel Macron is deaf to their needs...

Indonesia to release suspected Bali bomb mastermind Bashir from prison

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesia’s president said on Friday. Bashir, 81, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws...

Former Afghan security adviser enters race for president

KABUL (Reuters) – A former national security adviser entered Afghanistan’s presidential race on Friday, seeking to unseat his former boss President Ashraf Ghani with the promise of a renewed effort to bring peace to the country. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the country’s top security official for four years before he quit in August over policy differences...

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