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Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor Brunson's appeal for release: Haberturk

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:17
A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest, broadcaster Haberturk said on Friday.

Trump asks SEC to mull half-year corporate filings vs quarterly

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:12
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to study the impact of allowing companies to file reports with the financial regulator every six months instead of every quarter.

Mexico union boss victory exposes crack in top graft cases

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:06
A Mexican court ruling allowing an ex-union boss to walk free of money laundering charges laid bare a serious flaw in a host of other high-profile corruption trials, officials and experts say, and underscored the challenge facing the incoming government.

Barcelona remembers Islamist attacks as political tensions remain

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:04
Barcelona paid tribute on Friday to the victims of a jihadist militant rampage last year which killed 16 people, against a backdrop of simmering resentment over Madrid's treatment of a drive for independence for the surrounding region of Catalonia.

Wife of jailed Reuters journalist in Myanmar gives birth

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:56
The wife of imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, gave birth to a girl on Friday.

Sniffer dogs and cranes help rescuers at scene of Italian bridge collapse

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:54
Italian rescue workers used jackhammers and cranes on Friday to lift giant slabs of concrete from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, hoping to find survivors buried in the rubble of the disaster that killed at least 38 people.

China police detain man for asking why can't Taiwan be called a country

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:45
Police in China have detained a man who asked on social media what law prevented anyone calling self-ruled Taiwan a country, questioning a fundamental principle of China's sovereignty.

Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labor gaps

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:39
The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labor shortages.

Stocks steady on plans for U.S.-China trade talks; Turkish lira buckles

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:38
Caution seeped back into world markets on Friday, with news of U.S.-China trade talks offset by an end-of-week wobble in emerging markets as the Turkish lira's recovery ran out of steam.

How a mother's tough choice gave her son a potential U.S. asylum advantage

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:34
For two months in detention after being separated from her 14-year old son by U.S. border officials, Catalina Sales worried about how he was doing and when she would see him again.

Rains pile misery on India's flooded Kerala state as toll rises to 164

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:33
The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher.

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:22
Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years.

Turkey's lira weakens more than 6 percent on threat of more U.S. sanctions

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:54
Turkey's battered lira weakened more than 6 percent against the dollar on Friday, after a U.S. warning that Ankara should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson.

China offers Turkey moral support, says can overcome difficulties

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:54
China offered moral support to Turkey on Friday as Ankara reeled from a currency crisis and U.S. sanctions, saying it believed the country could overcome its "temporary" economic difficulties, in Beijing's first comment on the issue.

The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:43
Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh.

Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:41
A child's body found at a New Mexico compound has been identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a missing 3-year-old boy whose father is one of five adults charged with child abuse at the remote settlement, the Taos County Sheriff said on Thursday.

Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss Syrian refugees: TASS

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:32
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the return of Syrian refugees to Syria with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar during talks in Moscow on Friday, the TASS news agency cited the Russian ministry as saying.

Russian oil industry would weather U.S. 'bill from hell'

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:23
Stiff new U.S. sanctions against Russia would only have a limited impact on its oil industry because it has drastically reduced its reliance on Western funding and foreign partnerships and is lessening its dependence on imported technology.

Engineering study in 2017 warned about Italy bridge stability: reports

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:11
An engineering study commissioned by Italian highway operator Autostrade last year warned about the state of the concrete-encased cable stays that held up a bridge that collapsed this week in Genoa, two Italian newspapers reported on Friday.

Turkish finance ministry says credit channels to remain open

News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:08
Turkey's finance ministry said on Friday that credit channels would remain open and that it would take measures to relieve banks and the real sector, after the Turkish lira currency crashed to a record low against the dollar earlier this week.