Eight questioned in Belgium anti-terror raids

Eight people were arrested in Molenbeek, an immigrant district in the Belgian capital linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacksEight people were questioned in Brussels following counter-terror raids as part of an investigation into what one source said Monday appeared to be preparations for an attack.All eight were arrested Sunday in Molenbeek, an immigrant district in the Belgian capital

Germany warns protectionism is 'wrong path' for US

US President Donald Trump, pictured with First Lady Melania Trump, has sparked fears of a trade war.AFP / JIM WATSONThe German government warned Monday that a transatlantic trade war would harm both Europe and the US, urging Washington not to take a "wrong path" after a weekend of aggressive rhetoric."A trade war would not be in German, European or American

Italy vote 'mess' could deal blow to EU reform push

The advance of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right anti-migrant eurosceptics in Italy could undermine the push for EU reforms.AFP / Tiziana FABIThe EU struggled Monday to absorb the shock of a populist breakthrough in Italy amid fears that the anti-migrant blowback would threaten a post-Brexit reform drive led by France and Germany.The jolt from Rome came hours after

Berlusconi: Italy's comeback king on the ropes

Billionaire Silvio Berlusconi is hoping to position himself as kingmaker in Italy's future government.AFP/File / Alberto PIZZOLISilvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who has dominated Italian politics for more than two decades, suffered a humiliating setback in Sunday's election by coming second to the far-right League party in an alliance he expected to dominate.The alliance is set to win the

More human remains found in planters in Canada serial killer case

Bruce McArthur was arrested in January and could face a seventh murder charge when he returns to court this month. (Phtoto: AFP)The man in the victim photograph appeared to be in his 40s or early 50s, with dark hair and a beard, and bruises on his face.Idsinga said the image is believed to have been taken after his death, but

UK does not plan to produce rival Brexit legal text - Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit secretary David Davis listen to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May deliver a speech about her vision for Brexit, at Mansion House in London, Britain, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Leon Neal/PoolBritain does not plan to produce its own draft version of a legal text setting out some of the arrangements around Brexit before a meeting later this

Collapse of Iran nuclear deal would be 'great loss', IAEA tells Trump

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano gestures during an interview with Reuters at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerA collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be a“great loss”, the U.N. atomic watchdog’s chief warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, giving a wide-ranging defense of the accord and his agency’s work

Turkey asks Germany to extradite Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File PhotoTurkey said on Monday it had issued a second extradition request for Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, calling for his temporary detention and extradition from Germany after a Czech court released him last week.The issue is likely to come up when Turkish Foreign Minister

Mugabe acolyte forms new Zimbabwe political party to challenge Mnangagwa

President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters of his ruling ZANU (PF) party gathered for a rally in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File PhotoA retired Zimbabwean general and acolyte of ex-president Robert Mugabe has formed a political party to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the polls later this year, the new grouping said on Monday.Mugabe, 94, was forced to step

Turkish bombardment kills 13 in Syria's Afrin: YPG, monitor

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters stand atop of mount Bafliyun, in the Afrin region, Syria March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil AshawiTurkish shelling and air strikes killed 13 people in the town of Jandiris in Syria’s Afrin region on Monday, Kurdish militia said, while a war monitoring group put the death toll at 22.Turkey launched an offensive on Afrin in January to

France's Macron presses Putin to ensure Syria respects ceasefire: Elysee

Emmanuel Macron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call on Monday to ensure Syria accepts“without any ambiguity” a U.N. resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire, the French president’s office said.“Acknowledging that armed opposition groups have accepted the humanitarian truce, and the inadequacy of the five-hour humanitarian“pause” decided by Russia, President Emmanuel Macron stressed that humanitarian convoys must be

Sierra Leone to vote for new leader after years of economic crisis

Supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party attend a rally ahead of the March 7 presidential election in Makeni, Sierra Leone March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia AclandSierra Leone will vote on Wednesday for a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma in an election dominated by an economic crisis caused by a collapse in iron ore prices and an Ebola

Paul Ryan urges Trump not to advance with tariffs: spokeswoman

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at a news conference with Republican leaders after a closed conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday urged the Trump administration not to move forward on new tariffs on steel and aluminum announced last week, citing the risks to the economy.“We are extremely

Opioid poisonings, overdoses send more US kids to hospitals

Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care.The study included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use. Prescription painkillers were most commonly involved, but heroin, methadone and other opioid drugs also were used.Hospitalizations were most common among

Welcome snow slows California’s plunge back to drought

Welcome drifts of fresh snow awaited California’s water managers on their late-winter survey of the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack Monday after a massive winter storm slowed the state’s plunge back into drought.The storm piled up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) of new snow in the mountains from late last week through the weekend, forcing Department of Water Resources officials to

Pragmatic candidate livens up Venezuela’s presidential race

In another year, Henri Falcon might be just another middle-of-the-pack presidential candidate in Venezuela. He’s far from the most popular opposition leader. He’s a dull speechmaker. The parties that back him are small. He’s managed to irritate both the left and the right.But a boycott of the race by Venezuela’s biggest parties means Falcon is by far the most prominent

Merkel in line for a fourth term after months of uncertainty

Germany ended months of political uncertainty Sunday when Chancellor Angela Merkel gained the support needed to preserve her governing coalition and secure a fourth term as leader of Europe’s most powerful economy.The center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel’s conservative bloc, after difficult and drawn-out negotiations triggered by September’s elections, which saw the rise of

Trump-Netanyahu visit comes amid legal distractions for both

There’s much to celebrate but plenty of cause for trepidation, too, as President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet Monday at the White House.For all his talk about brokering the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians, Trump’s long-awaited peace plan has yet to arrive, even as Palestinians and other critics insist it will be dead on arrival.

Roles reduced, Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s fate uncertain

They spent their first year in Washington as an untouchable White House power couple, commanding expansive portfolios, outlasting rivals and enjoying unmatched access to the president. But Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have undergone a swift and stunning reckoning of late, their powers restricted, their enemies emboldened and their future in the West Wing uncertain.Kushner, long the second-most powerful man

Trump links tariffs to 'fair' NAFTA deal

Aluminum and steel, such as that pictured below being produced in Russia, are at the center of a global controversy over US threats to impose tariffs on importsUS President Donald Trump said Monday he would only scrap planned tariffs on aluminum and steel if a "new & fair" deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement is reached.In a

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