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Britain says former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London's ties with Moscow.

China says resolve to protect peace, stability in South China Sea unshakeable

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's resolve to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea is unshakeable, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

Exclusive: Japan's new advanced fighter may be based on existing foreign design - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is seeking proposals for a new advanced jet fighter based on an existing Western aircraft and wants American and British cooperation to help kick-start development of the project, which is estimated to cost around $40 billion, three sources said.

South Korea vows tougher laws on sexual abuse amid #MeToo wave

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea vowed on Thursday to strengthen laws against sexual assault and implement measures to reduce harassment as the #MeToo campaign sweeps the country and sparks calls for meaningful action to tackle sexual abuse.

Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after the aircraft first went missing.

As sanctions loom, Venezuelan official seeks U.S. talks over prisoners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Venezuelan state governor made an unusual visit to Washington this week, seeking meetings in Congress to discuss the fate of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in the South American nation, U.S. sources said on Wednesday.

Syrian government makes Ghouta gains; Turkey steps up Afrin attack

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrian government forces gained more ground in an assault on eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday as they seek to defeat the last major rebel enclave near the capital, a war monitor and a news service run by Lebanon's Hezbollah said.

Counting through the night, Germany's SPD readies coalition verdict

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began counting the votes of hundreds of thousands of party members who will decide if a new coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel takes office, more than five months after a general election.

Trump praises Chinese president extending tenure 'for life'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN.

U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants left three humanitarian workers dead and at least three others missing, possibly kidnapped.

UK police charge three men over shop blast that killed five in Leicester

LONDON (Reuters) - British police investigating a shop blast a week ago which killed five people in the central English city of Leicester, said on Saturday they had charged three men with manslaughter and arson with intent to endanger life.

Italy heads to polls with centre-right ahead but stalemate likely

ROME (Reuters) - Italians go to the polls on Sunday in a vote that could bring political gridlock after an election campaign marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration.

Pregnant UK duchess Kate meets midwife who helped deliver baby Charlotte

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, met the midwife who helped deliver her daughter when the heavily pregnant royal visited London's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) on Tuesday to become the charity's patron.

German far right wins court case against cabinet minister's barb

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's highest Court ruled that a cabinet minister breached neutrality rules that apply to government members by issuing a statement on her ministry's website accusing members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) of promoting radicalization.

Russian truce plan fails to halt bombing of Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - A Russian call for a five-hour truce on Tuesday failed to halt one of the most devastating campaigns of the Syrian war, where residents said government warplanes resumed striking the eastern Ghouta region on Tuesday after a brief lull.

Jerusalem suspends tax plan that led to closure of Church of the Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem's mayor on Tuesday suspended a tax plan that had prompted the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, to be closed in protest since Sunday.

Finland urges wider EU participation in Ukraine peacekeeping force

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland supports a proposed U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine but sees problems in narrowing down participants to only selected European Union countries, Defence Minister Jussi Niinisto said on Tuesda...

U.S. rolls back aid, military support in Cambodia: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is curbing military support and other aid programs for Cambodia amid concerns about recent democratic setbacks in the Southeast Asian nation, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

EU chief negotiator warns Britain on time, transition period

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday talks between London and the bloc were not advanced enough to guarantee that Britain would get a transition agreement for after it leav...

Scotland to introduce own Brexit bill, increasing pressure on UK government

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland's devolved government will shortly introduce its own, alternative Brexit bill, increasing pressure on the UK government over legislation needed to pass in Britain's national parliament.

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