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Modi, in address, chides Pakistan and urges Indian unity

By Douglas Busvine and Nidhi Verma | NEW DELHI NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of “terrorism” in his Independence Day speech on Monday, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protest... More »

German foreign minister says Trump dangerous for the world

BERLIN A series of controversial remarks by U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump show that the world should be concerned if he is elected president, a spokeswoman for German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday. Trump, a bill... More »

No deadline for start of Brexit talks: EU president Juncker

PARIS EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday there was no deadline for Britain to start talks on leaving the European Union. New British Prime Minister Theresa May told Juncker earlier this month that Britain hoped to hold positive talks wi... More »

Britain’s Johnson assures EU of post-Brexit cooperation

BRUSSELS New Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he would assure his EU counterparts on Monday that Britain would continue to cooperate closely with them once it leaves the bloc following last month’s Brexit referendum. “The message I’ll be taking to our frie... More »

EU ministers meet on Turkey, facing perfect storm

BRUSSELS European foreign ministers will urge Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to respect the law and human rights in dealing with defeated coup plotters but have limited leverage over their strategic neighbor. Diplomats said an EU line on Turkey wou... More »

China vows to protect South China Sea sovereignty, Manila upbeat

BEIJING/MANILA China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defence zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich wate... More »

Dijsselbloem: Farage ‘living in own world’ on trade deal

AMSTERDAM Britain will not be able to dictate the terms of a new trade deal to the European Union after it leaves the bloc, the chair of the euro zone finance ministers’ council said, accusing leave campaigner Nigel Farage of “living in his own world.” Farage,... More »

Merkel sees no need to rush Britain into quick EU divorce

LONDON/BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosce... More »

No immediate need to decide on Article 50: British minister

LONDON Britain’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday there was no immediate need to decide when to trigger article 50, the mechanism for a country to withdraw from the European Union. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Elizabeth Piper) SOURCE:... More »

Britain’s EU commissioner, finance chief Hill, resigns

BRUSSELS The British member of the EU executive, Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill, resigned on Saturday after having campaigned against Britain leaving the European Union. Following the referendum vote for Brexit on Thursday, few expected a Briton... More »

Obama tries to limit fallout from British EU exit vote

PALO ALTO, Calif. U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday tried to limit the fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, which threatens to harm the U.S. economic recovery, derail his trade agenda and distract U.S. allies from global security issues... More »

Obama says U.S. special relationship with Britain will endure

PALO ALTO, Calif. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he had spoken with British Prime Minister David Cameron about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and that he was confident the United Kingdom was committed to an orderly transition. ... More »

France’s Orange says will keep UK offices despite Brexit vote

PARIS French telecoms company Orange (ORAN.PA) said on Friday it plans to maintain several group offices in the United Kingdom, which employ about 900 people, despite Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The company said it was not present in the Britis... More »

No need for Eurogroup meeting after Brexit vote: Dijsselbloem

AMSTERDAM The chair of the council of euro zone finance ministers said on Friday there was no reason to call a meeting of the body following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Speaking after a meeting of the Dutch cabinet, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said it ... More »

Dijsselbloem: Unlike the British, the EU must pursue stability

THE HAGUE The lesson of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is that the bloc cannot continue along a path of deepened integration or further enlargement, the chair of the council of euro zone finance ministers said on Friday. Speaking before a cabinet m... More »

After Brexit: Roadmap for a leap in the dark

BRUSSELS This is a rough outline of the steps Europe plans to take after Britain’s referendum on Thursday on whether to leave the European Union, based on public and private comments by officials: DAY 1 – FRIDAY, JUNE 24 – THE THREE R’S – OR MORE Polls close a... More »

Britain would not be able to rejoin EU: foreign minister

LUXEMBOURG Britain could not rejoin the European Union after leaving because membership requirements would be too onerous, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday. He said Thursday’s referendum on EU membership offered “no way back”. Since becoming a m... More »

Putin, Juncker to talks sanctions and energy: Kremlin

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will talk about sanctions and energy projects when they meet in St Petersburg this week, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters. “The subject of sanctions will be r... More »

U.S. sees progress in latest cyber talks with China

BEIJING The United States is pleased to see progress has been made with China on information sharing about cyber threats, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday during the latest round of cyber security talks between the two countries. Cyber security has long ... More »

Syrian army presses offensive against Islamic State

AMMAN The Syrian army pushed into Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Islamic State, after a major Russian-backed offensive against the militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The offensive is the third big assault on t... More »

U.S. flexes muscles as Asia worries about South China Sea row

SINGAPORE The United States stepped up pressure on China on Saturday to rein in its actions in the South China Sea, with top defense officials underlining Washington’s military superiority and vowing to remain the main guarantor of Asian security for decades t... More »

Obama to Democrats: ‘I want us to run scared’ in election

MIAMI President Barack Obama warned Democrats on Friday that they need to work hard to defeat likely Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 presidential election but must avoid violence like that at a rally in California this week. “Strange things can h... More »

Thousands of Afghan Hazaras join power line protest in Kabul

KABUL Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority marched in protest through Kabul on Monday saying that they are missing out on a multi-million dollar power transmission line, posing a major challenge to the government of President Ashraf Gh... More »

Still angry, Ken Loach finds it hard not to be pessimistic

CANNES, France Fifty years after TV play “Cathy Come Home” shocked viewers with its grim depiction of the slide into homelessness, director Ken Loach is still angry about the precarious reality of life on the breadline in Britain, and tries not to be too pessi... More »

London’s mayor an exception to proposed ban on Muslims: Trump

WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, suggested on Monday he would make an exception for London’s newly elected Muslim mayor, the New York Times reported. “There wil... More »

Philippines’ election victor Duterte plans government overhaul

DAVAO, Philippines The Philippines’ president-elect, rough-talking city mayor Rodrigo Duterte, announced plans on Tuesday for an overhaul of the country’s system of government that would devolve power from “imperial Manila” to long-neglected provinces. Duterte... More »

Syrian refugee brings his art to Lithuania

VILNIUS A faceless skull with a crown of spikes and blood pouring from its wounds, symbolizing a Syrian caught in the horror of civil war, stares out from a painting on the wall in a student theater in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. This is just one image by ... More »

BBC correspondent expelled from North Korea over reporting

PYONGYANG North Korea expelled a BBC journalist on Monday over his reporting, the broadcaster and a North Korean official said, as a large group of foreign media members visited the isolated country to cover a rare ruling party congress. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes... More »

Obama, Merkel push for trade deal as foreign crises weigh

HANOVER, Germany U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would do whatever he could to advance a controversial trade deal with the European Union in his last eight months in office, but warned that time was running short. Obama has pushed to complete two... More »

Merkel says Geneva talks should aim to agree safe areas in Syria

HANOVER, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that she did not favor classical “safe zones” in Syria which would need to be protected by foreign forces but believed that peace talks in Geneva could agree areas where fleeing Syrians could feel... More »

Obama says EU and U.S. must move forward with TTIP

HANOVER, Germany U.S. President Barack Obama said the European Union and United States must move forward with a trade free trade accord still under negotiation which supporters say could boost each economy by some $100 billion. “It is indisputable” that free t... More »

White House to make decision on 9/11 report by June: Bob Graham

WASHINGTON The White House will likely make a decision by June on whether it will release some classified material withheld from the public 9/11 Commission Report, a former U.S. senator who co-chaired the congressional inquiry into the attacks said on Sunday. ... More »

Syrian rebels declare new battle against government

BEIRUT Syrian rebel groups announced a new battle against government forces on Monday, a sign of escalating violence that has undermined a ceasefire deal and threatens to derail U.N.-led peace talks. The groups, which included factions fighting under the banne... More »

Botched Doha deal undermines OPEC credibility, oil prices tumble

SINGAPORE Oil prices tumbled on Monday after a meeting by major exporters in Qatar collapsed without an agreement to freeze output, leaving the credibility of the OPEC producer cartel in tatters and the world awash with unwanted fuel. Tensions between Saudi Ar... More »

Chinese official calls Trump ‘irrational’ on trade

WASHINGTON Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticized Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, calling him “an irrational type” due to his proposal that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45 percent. In an interview with the W... More »

UK economy faces permanent hit with Brexit: Osborne

LONDON British finance minister George Osborne said a vote to leave the European Union in a referendum in June would do permanent damage to the country’s economy, which he warned would be 6 percent smaller by 2030 than if it stayed in the bloc. The government ... More »

Precarious truce starts in Yemen, fighting reported in Taiz

ADEN A shaky truce took hold in Yemen on Monday under a U.N.-backed effort to end a war that has made the country a front in Saudi Arabia’s region wide rivalry with Iran and caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The war-damaged capital Sanaa spe... More »

Tsipras demonizes IMF to rally troops for bailout sacrifices

BRUSSELS In Athens, walls have ears. The leaking of a conference call of International Monetary Fund officials on Greece’s latest bailout review has further undermined mutual trust in fraught debt talks, embarrassed the European Commission and infuriated the I... More »

Obama to meet Fed Chair Yellen on Monday

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will meet with U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday to discuss the economy and Wall Street reform, the White House said on Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the meeting. The president and the Fed c... More »

Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

BERLIN At an hour-long meeting in Moscow on March 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov irritated his German counterpart by raising the case of a German-Russian girl who said she was raped by migrants in Berlin earlier this year. After the girl’s claims w... More »

IMF chief denies threat to pull out of Greek bailout

ATHENS/WASHINGTON International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde denied on Sunday that IMF staff would push Greece closer to default as a negotiating tactic on a new Greek bailout deal, which she said was “still a good distance away.” Lagarde ... More »

Obama, Republicans urge Trump to soften tone

WASHINGTON Donald Trump is facing bipartisan pressure to adopt a more presidential tone in his White House run including from Democratic President Barack Obama and Republicans who worry his missteps may do irreparable harm to the party and his campaign. The Re... More »

Obama: Trump doesn’t know much about foreign policy, world

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that Donald Trump’s recent comments that South Korea and Japan should acquire nuclear weapons show the leading Republican presidential candidate is not well informed on international relations. Trump told T... More »

Iran congratulates Syria’s Assad on regaining Palmyra

DUBAI The secretary of the Iranian National Security Council has congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on regaining the city of Palmyra, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. “The determination of the Syrian nation, government and army to eliminate t... More »

Pakistan, Iran aim to boost trade to $5 billion

ISLAMABAD Pakistan and Iran aim to increase annual trade volumes between the two countries to $5 billion by 2021, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday. Sharif spoke at a business conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who arrived i... More »

Belgium hunts ‘third man’ after Islamic State bombings

BRUSSELS Belgian police were hunting on Thursday for a “third man” filmed with two Islamic State suicide bombers at Brussels Airport as investigators accumulated evidence that the same jihadist network was involved in the deadly Paris attacks last November. As... More »

Clinton: More Europe can do to help U.S. combat terrorism

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday the attack in Brussels that killed more than 30 people is the “latest brutal reminder” that more must be done to defeat Islamic State militants, including by European Union member countries... More »