Jailed Kurdish militant leader calls for end to hunger strike

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called for Kurdish lawmakers and thousands of prisoners to end their hunger strike in a statement read by one of his lawyers on Sunday, 200 days after one MP launched the protest. Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Guven began a hunger strike in November to try to end Ocalan’s isolation […]

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Trade beef aside, Trump and Abe bond over burgers, sumo and golf

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by tough trade talk. Trump is unhappy with Japan’s large trade surplus and is considering putting high tariffs […]

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Sudan military chief meets Egypt's Sisi on first trip since ouster

CAIRO (Reuters) – The head of Sudan’s ruling military council visited neighboring Egypt on Saturday – his first trip abroad since the army overthrew former president Omar al-Bashir last month after mass protests against his rule. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is himself a former military chief who got the top job after leading the […]

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Mexico environment minister quits, second top official to exit this week

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s environment minister resigned on Saturday after causing a commercial flight to be delayed, making her the second top official to depart from the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in less than a week. The president’s office announced that Josefa Gonzalez Blanco Ortiz Mena, minister of the environment and natural resources, had tendered her […]

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French police hunt for man who left bomb in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people. Ninety police investigators supported by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching for the man, who was seen on security cameras at around […]

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British PM May expected to announce date of her departure

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. After a crisis-riven premiership of almost three years, May is due to meet the chairman of the powerful […]

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Oman trying to reduce U.S.-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet

DUBAI (Reuters) – Oman is trying “with other parties” to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran, the Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday. The tweet cited Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, who met on Monday in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “There is a danger that a war […]

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Maduro says U.S. seeks to destroy Venezuela state-backed food program

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to destroy a food aid program that the government of the crisis-stricken OPEC nation says feeds some 6 million families. Washington is preparing sanctions and criminal charges against Venezuelan officials and others suspected of using the food program to launder money for the Maduro government, […]

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