Brussels schools, metro reopen under tight security
Wednesday November 25, 2015 7:25 AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Schools and much of the Brussels metro system reopened on Wednesday as the Belgian capital started to return to normal after four days of lockdown, but troops on the street were a reminder it remains on the highest alert. With police still hunting a local man who is a prime suspect in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, along with up to 10 others authorities fear could be planning further violence, ...
Kerry condemns Palestinian attacks as he meets Israel PM
Tuesday November 24, 2015 12:12 PM
Arriving with scant hopes for a breakthrough, Kerry discussed with Netanyahu ways to calm tensions while reiterating US support for the two-state solution after meeting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.With the region's focus on the conflict in Syria, where a Russian fighter jet was downed by ...
Two Palestinian attackers killed as civilians intervene
Sunday November 22, 2015 10:25 AM
Three attacks, including one by a teenage girl, were the latest in a nearly two-month wave of violence that had shown signs of subsiding last week before a new series of assaults took place on Thursday.With the violence defying international efforts to restore calm, US Secretary of State John Kerry ...
Palestinian 'killed after attempted attack in West Bank': police
Sunday November 22, 2015 8:55 AM
Jerusalem (AFP) - A Palestinian driving a taxi attempted to ram into civilians in the West Bank and charged at them with a knife before being shot dead, police said Sunday, in the second attack of the day."A Palestinian man at Kfar Adumim junction in a Palestinian taxi tried to run over ci ...
Authorities missed many 'red flags' before Paris shootings
Sunday November 22, 2015 5:25 AM
PARIS (Reuters) - There were multiple chances to stop the men who attacked Paris.In January, Turkish authorities detained one of the suicide bombers at Turkey's border and deported him to Belgium. Brahim Abdeslam, Turkish authorities told Belgian police at the time, had been "radicalized" and was su ...
Belgium to review maximum alert status for Brussels
Sunday November 22, 2015 3:55 AM
Prime Minister Charles Michel has advised the public to be alert rather than panic-stricken, but also said the raised security level on Saturday was due to the "serious and imminent" threat of Paris-style coordinated attacks. Belgium's crisis center, a ...
Turkey-backed Syria rebels take 2 border villages from IS: report
Saturday November 21, 2015 11:55 AM
The state-run Anatolia news agency said that ethnic Turkmen fighters had captured the villages of Harjaleh and Dalha in northern Aleppo province from IS forces.The ground offensive by the Turkmen fighters, strong allies of Turkey in its push to oust President Bashar al-Assad, was backed from the air by US and Turkish fighter jets, it added. ...
Days before summit, Turkey, EU face big hurdles to migration deal
Wednesday November 25, 2015 6:55 AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prospects for a grand bargain between Europe and Turkey to stem a flow of migrants into the continent are uncertain days before a summit on Sunday meant to seal a deal and put fraying relations back on a firm footing, EU and Turkish officials say. How much money Turkey will receive for settling more Syrian migrants, the pace at which Turkey's long-stalled EU membership bid can be accelerated and whether Brussels can deliver on its promise of easier travel for Turks are all unresolved. ...
Hong Kong votes year after protests in test of appetite for democracy
Sunday November 22, 2015 11:25 AM
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong, decked out in colorful posters and flags, voted on Sunday in district-level elections that will mark the first real test of public sentiment since pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city last year. About 900 ...
Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada after bomb threat
Sunday November 22, 2015 9:55 AM
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the plane, with 256 passengers and crew, landed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Sunday after being alerted to the bomb threat.No bomb was found, however, during an exhaustive search of the aircraft and the passengers' luggage, an ...
State of emergency in Crimea after power lines blown up
Sunday November 22, 2015 8:25 AM
More than 1.6 million people are without power, water supplies to high-rise buildings have stopped and cable and mobile Internet is down.The electricity feed from Ukraine was cut at 00:25 am (2225 GMT), the Crimean branch of Russia's emergency situations ministry said in a statement.Crimea still depends on Ukraine for its electricity even after its annexation by Russia in March last year, a move which paved the way for the uprising in eastern Ukraine that has now killed more than 8,000 people.The Black Sea peninsula produces only 30 percent of its own energy needs, according to the regional government."As of 1 pm (1000 GMT), 1,641,000 people have been left without electricity," and 150 schools have no power, Ru ...
World champion Marin wins Hong Kong women's title
Sunday November 22, 2015 4:55 AM
The Malaysian beat Chinese world number ten Tian Houwei in straight sets 21-16, 21-15 to take the crown after a marathon final rally."Today Tian played very well. He played a good defence because I just attacked," said Lee.Lee is on a winning streak after taking back-to-back titl ...
Egyptians vote in 2nd stage of parliamentary elections
Sunday November 22, 2015 3:25 AM
Tens of thousands of troops and policemen were deployed to safeguard the two-day vote, reflecting growing security concerns less than a month after a suspected explosive device brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.The extremist Isla ...
Paris extends ban on rallies until Nov 30 start of UN climate talks: police
Saturday November 21, 2015 9:55 AM
Paris (AFP) - Paris has extended a ban on public gatherings introduced after the terror attacks in the French capital until November 30, the start of UN climate talks, the city's police headquarters said Saturday.In a statement the prefecture recalled the "extreme seriousness" of la ...
'Brussels bubble' works from home to beat terror alert
Tuesday November 24, 2015 12:12 PM
The headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation both boosted security after the Belgian government imposed a lockdown on Brussels amid fears of Paris-style attacks.But while schools and the metro system were closed, along with the EU's own nurseries, the two bureaucratic behemoths based in the usually sleepy city tried to make it business as usual."Yesterday went well. People worked," Eur ...
Motorcycle gunmen kill Pakistan TV journalist
Sunday November 22, 2015 10:55 AM
Atrackers riding a motorcycle fired on 42-year-old Hafeez Ur Rehman near his home on the outskirts of Kohat, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province."He was hit by three bullets and died on the spot," Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, told AFP.The killing came weeks afte ...
In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption
Sunday November 22, 2015 9:25 AM
Good governance advocates say the countries in this region need public prodding by powerful nations with leverage. But Obama, for the most part, has avoided openly challenging leaders. Instead, he has spoken broadly about the need for transparency and universal rights.White House officials ...
Two Palestinians die in attacks on Israelis ahead of Kerry visit
Sunday November 22, 2015 7:25 AM
A surge in street violence since Oct. 1 has challenged Israel's security system and alarmed the United States, whose Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit the region this week. Eighty-three Palestinians in all have been killed, some while carrying out attacks ...
Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes
Sunday November 22, 2015 4:25 AM
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Islamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan ...
China says won't cease building on South China Sea isles
Sunday November 22, 2015 2:55 AM
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. "Building and maintainin ...
The Latest: Paris police extend demonstration ban
Saturday November 21, 2015 9:25 AM
6:20 p.m.The U.S. European Command has issued a 72-hour travel restriction on travel to Brussels by all U.S. military personnel as well as civilian Pentagon employees, contractors and command-sponsored family members and dependents.The command said in a notice posted on its website Saturday that &qu ...