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Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain's main opposition party had been "hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left". Learn More


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Trump to say Venezuela's military at risk for supporting Maduro

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will say in a speech on Monday that Venezuela's military officials should "work toward democracy" or risk losing everything they have. More »


U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

AIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA (Reuters) - The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout. More »


Spain and Gibraltar offer differing accounts of warship incident

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) - Authorities in Madrid and Gibraltar gave differing versions on Monday of an incident in which a Spanish warship told commercial ships to leave anchorages near Gibraltar, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. More »


No need for Shinzo Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. More »


U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'

BEIRUT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hundreds of foreign jihadist fighters held in Syria represent a "time bomb" and could escape and threaten the West unless countries do more to take them back, the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed authorities holding them said on Monday. More »


Americans arrested in Haiti with weapons: media

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian police arrested a group of foreign nationals including Americans armed with semi-automatic weapons, Haitian newspapers reported on Monday, adding to uncertainty in the poor Caribbean country after more than a week of anti-government protests. More »


Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament elects interim speaker amid boycott

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers on Monday elected an interim speaker of parliament, an assembly key to regional stability, although the Kurds' second largest party boycotted the vote due to a rift between the main political forces in Iraq's Kurdistan region. More »


Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation's tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. More »


North Korea's 'socialist utopia' needs mass labor. A growing market economy threatens that

SEOUL (Reuters) - In January, thousands of North Korean students traveled to Mount Paektu, a sacred mountain where the ruling family claims its roots and where leader Kim Jong Un is building a massive economic hub at the alpine town of Samjiyon. More »


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