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LUXEMBOURG - Outraged at the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane in Minsk on May 23 to arrest a dissident journalist, EU foreign ministers will blacklist transport, defence and air traffic officials, EU diplomats and officials said. "Today we will approve the package of new sanctions, which ...
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is seen during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia May 28, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo
GAZA/TEL AVIV - Gaza border officials said the easing of Israeli restrictions would last two to three days and would apply to agricultural goods and some textiles. Israel keeps tight controls Gaza crossings, with support from neighbouring Egypt, citing threats from Hamas. The Israeli restrictions we...
A truck carrying clothes for export is seen at Kerem Shalom crossing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
BEIJING - The major manufacturing hub of Dongguan in China's most populous province of Guangdong launched mass testing on Monday for the coronavirus and cordoned off communities after detecting its first infections in the current outbreak. The Delta variant of COVID-19 has dominated infections in th...
SYDNEY - Australian states and territories will get more doses of COVID-19 vaccines soon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as authorities look to avoid further delays in an immunisation drive that has hit several roadblocks. Australian states have been asking for increased supplies of v...
By Josh Smith and Sangmi Cha SEOUL - U.S. special representative for North Korea Sung Kim is in South Korea for a five-day visit, amid an impasse in denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang, with no word of any planned efforts to contact the North. "We continue to hope that the DPRK will response posit...
FILE PHOTO: U.S. State Department official Sung Kim stands after U.S. President Joe Biden announced Kim will serve as a special U.S. envoy for North Korea during a joint news conference with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in after a day of meetings at the White House, in Washington, U.S. May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
BENGALURU - India on Monday reported 53,256 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a government statement showed.   (Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)...
BERLIN - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 346 to 3,722,327, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 10 to 90,395, the tally showed.   (Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Ana...
SANTIAGO (Bywire News) - On Sunday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced that on 4 July, an assembly will be held to draft a new constitution for Chile. The new draft will replace that of the old dictator Augusto Pinochet. The plan to rewrite the constitution came as a result of a larger pol...
FILE PHOTO: Chile's President Sebastian Pinera attends his annual State of the Nation address in Santiago, Chile June 1, 2021. Chile Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Friday to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country.
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo
GRAN CANARIA - Spain's coast guard rescued 45 migrants off the coast of Gran Canaria on Sunday including 24 women and eight children. The migrants, from sub-Saharan Africa, were spotted in a boat by a passing ship around 38 miles south of Gran Canaria, local media reported. They were brought ashore ...
ISMAILIA, Egypt - The Ever Given container ship has been anchored in a lake between two stretches of the canal since it was dislodged on March 29. It had been grounded across the canal for six days, blocking hundreds of ships and disrupting global trade. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) demanded $916 ...
FILE PHOTO: Ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo
VATICAN CITY - Speaking at his Sunday blessing to crowds in St. Peter's Square, Francis said he wanted to "add my voice" to an appeal last week by Myanmar's Catholic bishops. The pope, who has made many appeals for the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, spoke of the "heartbreaking experience...
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads the Pentecost Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo
JERUSALEM - Raisi, who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, convening his first telev...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the first weekly cabinet meeting of his new government in Jerusalem June 20, 2021. Emmanuel Dunand/Pool via REUTERS
By Dmitry Antonov MOSCOW - The Armenian government called the snap election to try to end a political crisis that erupted after ethnic Armenian forces lost a six-week war against Azerbaijan last year and ceded territory in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Pashinyan has been under pressure eve...
Leader of "Armenia" bloc and the country's former President Robert Kocharyan casts his vote at a polling station during the snap parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia June 20, 2021. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS
MANILA -The Philippine government has signed a supply agreement for 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in its biggest coronavirus vaccine deal to date. Deliveries of the vaccine, among several brands of coronavirus shots allowed for emergency use in the ...
ZURICH - Switzerland plans to allow 12- to 15-year olds to receive vaccinations against COVID-19 as soon as next week, government vaccine chief Christoph Berger told Swiss newspaper NZZ in an interview published on Sunday. "Young people who want to be vaccinated should be given the opportunity," Ber...
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden agreed to return their respective ambassadors to Washington and Moscow during talks in Geneva on Wednesday, a first summit between the two that they both described as pragmatic rather than friendly. Moscow recalled Antonov for cons...
FILE PHOTO: A guard screens cars entering the Russian embassy on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, U.S. December 29, 2016. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
By Leonardo Benessatto and Sergio Queiroz BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO - Thousands took to the streets across Brazil on Saturday to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response, blasting the leader for not acquiring vaccines fast enough and for questioning the need for mask-wearing. Brazi...
PARIS -Parties negotiating a revival of the Iran nuclear deal will hold a formal meeting in Vienna on Sunday, the European Union said on Saturday. Iran and six world powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to work out steps for Washington and Tehran to take. The United States withdrew in ...
By Ghaida Ghantous DUBAI - Prospects for better relations between Muslim Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies could ultimately hinge on progress to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, they said, after Ebrahim Raisi won Friday's election. The Iranian judge and cleric, who is...
FILE PHOTO: Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gestures after casting his vote during presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS