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Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down in blow to French initiative

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister-designate quit on Saturday after trying for almost a month to line up a non-partisan cabinet, failing despite French pressure on sectarian leaders to rally together to deal with the worst crisis since a 1975-1990 civil war. Learn More


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Taiwan's armed forces strain in undeclared war of attrition with China

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island's armed forces strain in the face of repeated Chinese air force incursions. More »


Less razzmatazz, but Nobel Prizes go ahead amid pandemic

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The winners of this year's Nobel Prizes will miss out on a swanky gala in Stockholm surrounded by royalty and Sweden's glitterati, but 2020 will at least not be added to the war years when no awards were given. More »


Netflix says it does not agree with Chinese author's views on Uighur Muslims

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc , in a response to U.S. senators' concerns over the company's plans to adapt a Chinese science-fiction book trilogy, said on Friday it did not agree with the Chinese author's views on the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims. More »


South Korea suggests joint probe with North Korea on shooting of South Korean official

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea urged North Korea on Saturday to further investigate the fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official and suggested it could be an unprecedented joint probe by the two sides, as public and political outrage over the killing grew. More »


UK may be moving too slowly to tackle COVID-19 outbreak, government adviser says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could be moving too slowly to tackle the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases because of a lag between case numbers and deaths which means fatalities have remained relatively low, a government adviser said on Saturday. More »


Suspected accomplice of Paris knife attacker released: source

PARIS (Reuters) - A suspected accomplice of a man believed to have attacked and wounded two people with a meat cleaver on Friday in front of a Paris office building has been released, a judicial source told Reuters. More »


Iranian president accuses U.S. of savagery after new sanctions

(Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Saturday of "savagery" after Washington imposed new sanctions on Tehran, and said Iranians should direct their anger at the White House. More »


Australia's COVID-19 hotspot to ease curbs ahead of schedule as cases slow

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian state of Victoria, a hotspot in the country's COVID-19 outbreak, said on Saturday social distancing restrictions will be eased earlier than previously announced as daily new infections held near three-month lows. More »


China foreign ministry denies think-tank claims of Xinjiang mosque destruction

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry denied claims from an Australian think-tank that it had destroyed thousands of mosques in its western Xinjiang region, and said there are over 24,000 mosques there, "more mosques per capita than many Muslim countries." More »


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