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Kurdish city gassed by Saddam hopes referendum heralds better days

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 06:40
HALABJA, Iraq (Reuters) - When poison gas killed thousands of Kurds in Halabja in 1988, its residents never imagined they would ever escape Saddam Hussein's grip, let alone vote one day in a referendum on secession from Iraq.

Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:47
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans were urged to vote in a national election on Sunday in which a seemingly assured fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel risks being overshadowed by a far-right party entering parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:31
SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country's foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer", as Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally.

First refugees taken from offshore detention under U.S. refugee swap deal

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:04
Sydney (Reuters) - Refugees have left one of Australia's offshore detention centers on Sunday for the United States, an asylum seeker and a refugee advocate said, as part of a swap brokered by former U.S. president Barack Obama last year.

Hopes for Mexico quake survivors dim as search enters sixth day

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 01:18
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Emergency workers searched by floodlight in smashed buildings for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in 32 years amid fading rescue prospects, five nights after the disaster and as President Enrique Pena Nieto urged Mexicans to turn their attention to rebuilding.

Melania Trump meets Prince Harry, Trudeau, thanks U.S. Invictus team

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 21:13
TORONTO (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Melania Trump, on her first solo international trip on Saturday, to Toronto, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and invited Britain’s Prince Harry to visit the White House.

Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 19:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit.

Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:59
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop.

U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor: senior commander

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:40
AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

Germany votes as history beckons for Merkel, and far-right

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:16
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico's misery after hurricane

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:53
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor met with mayors from around the ravaged island on Saturday after surveying damage to an earthen dam in the northwestern part of the U.S. territory that was threatening to collapse from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Latest Mexico quake spreads alarm, some rescue efforts suspended

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:01
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook southern Mexico on Saturday spread fear in the capital and frustrated rescuers, some of whom were forced to suspend the search for survivors of an earlier, bigger tremor.

North Korea says rockets to U.S. 'inevitable' as U.S. bombers fly off North Korean coast

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:40
UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday firing its rockets at the U.S. mainland was "inevitable" after U.S. President Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two countries over the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.

Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico's misery after Maria

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:28
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor met with mayors from around the ravaged island on Saturday as a dam in the U.S. territory's northwest threatened to collapse from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Echoing France, Germany says May offered 'nothing concrete' on Brexit

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:21
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Saturday that he had been disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech, adding to a downbeat reception from France ahead of the resumption of Brexit negotiations next week.

NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:03
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement intensified on Saturday although U.S. negotiators looked set to once again withhold proposals for one of the Trump administration's most challenging issues.

Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare bill

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted Senator John McCain for dealing a possibly fatal blow to the latest Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare.

Few ideas, less hope leave Syria crisis on back burner at U.N.

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:16
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - At the entrance to the United Nations building in New York a sign advertises an upcoming party to celebrate the end of the annual gathering of world leaders. Next to it a weathered box with crumpled papers urges people to donate for Syrian refugees.

NFL condemns Trump's comments on football player protests

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:58
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's call for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem revealed an "unfortunate lack of respect" for the NFL and its players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday.

Trump pressures senators to back Republican healthcare bill

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted Senator John McCain for dealing a possibly fatal blow to the latest Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare.

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