Foreign ministers of Five Eyes group nations discussed HK on call: official

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the Five Eyes intelligence sharing group discussed the situation in Hong Kong during a conference call on Wednesday, a Canadian government official told Reuters. The official declined to elaborate. The Five Eyes groups Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Separately, Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tweeted […]

Deadly Syrian, Russian air strikes in Idlib amount to war crimes, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province that amount to war crimes, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by Islamist militants. They said that “indiscriminate bombardment” by pro-government forces, ahead of a March ceasefire brokered […]

Jets hit Libya's al-Watiya airbase where Turkey may build base, sources say

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Warplanes struck overnight at an airbase that was recently recaptured by Libya’s internationally recognised government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said. The strikes were carried out by “unknown aircraft”, the military source with the Libyan National Army (LNA) […]

Seven soldiers killed in ambush in central Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Seven government soldiers were killed in an ambush in central Mali in an area where at least 32 villagers were slain the previous day by suspected jihadists, local authorities said on Friday. The ambush took place on Thursday on the outskirts of Gouari village in Mopti region, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Diarran […]

China passes sweeping HK security law, heralding authoritarian era

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing on Tuesday unveiled new national security laws for Hong Kong that will punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China’s freest city. As the law came into force, authorities were set to throw a […]

Knifeman stabs six in Glasgow before being shot by police

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – A man stabbed six people including a policeman in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday before he was shot dead by police. An eyewitness told Sky News she had seen several people covered in blood being treated by emergency services after the incident at a city centre hotel. Armed police […]

Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed militia base, detain commanders: government sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces raided a headquarters belonging to a powerful Iran-backed militia in southern Baghdad late on Thursday, seized rockets and detained three commanders of the group, two Iraqi government officials said. The officials said the militia group targeted was the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah, which U.S. officials have accused of firing rockets […]

Russia quits U.N. system aimed at protecting hospitals, aid in Syria

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia has quit a United Nations arrangement that aimed to protect hospitals and humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria from being hit by the warring parties, according to a U.N. note to aid groups seen by Reuters on Thursday. The Russian move comes after an internal U.N. inquiry in April found it was […]