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North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down. Learn More


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As Indonesia president heads for poll win, police warn on security

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo appeared on course on Thursday for a second term, based on unofficial vote counts and despite the objections of his rival, while police vowed firm action against any rallies that could disturb security. More »


Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. More »


Gunmen kill 14 after kidnapping them from buses on Pakistani coast

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed 14 people in southwestern Pakistan after pulling them from several passenger buses, sifting through their identity cards and kidnapping them, a Pakistani official said on Thursday. More »


Trump's Cuba hawks try to squeeze Havana over Venezuela role

MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed new sanctions and other punitive measures on Cuba and Venezuela, seeking to ratchet up U.S. pressure on Havana to end its support for Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. More »


Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat

LONDON (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said Iran's armed forces did not pose a threat to its neighbors as he addressed a display on Thursday of Iran's latest military equipment, including domestically produced fighter jets and Russian-made missile systems. More »


Schools evacuated, subway services halted as quake rocks Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. More »


At least 29 killed in Madeira when tourist bus veers off the road

LISBON (Reuters) - At least 29 people, most of them German tourists, were killed and 27 others injured on Wednesday when their bus veered off a steep narrow road on the Portuguese island of Madeira, authorities said. More »


Comedian Zelenskiy keeps Ukraine presidential poll lead

KIEV (Reuters) - Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, has kept his lead in Ukraine's presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. More »


Bahrain mass trial raises deep concern: U.N. rights chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday she was concerned that a Bahrain mass trial that revoked the nationality of 138 people this week had not met international fair trial standards. More »


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