Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protests in Sweida over worsening economy Crowds storm governor’s office, set fire to building Authorities say armed “outlaws” also tried to seize police HQ One policeman killed, Interior Ministry says Hospital source says one demonstrator has died from injuries AMMAN, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Dozens of demonstrators angry over worsening economic conditions in Syria stormed … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … Read more

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers laid piles of bouquets outside his childhood home. Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of … Read more

U.S. to boost spending on tribal lands, protect Nevada sacred site

U.S. to boost spending on tribal lands, protect Nevada sacred site

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will give Native American tribes more say in managing federal and tribal lands as part of a plan that includes assistance for tribes whose land has been harmed by climate change, the White House said on Wednesday. President Joe Biden and other Cabinet officials announced the measures … Read more

Decorated U.S. Army veteran one of two men who took down Colorado shooter

Decorated U.S. Army veteran one of two men who took down Colorado shooter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov 21 (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who had taken his family to support a drag show performer who was one of his daughter’s friends said his U.S. Army training took over when gunfire broke out at a Colorado LGBTQ club. “It’s the reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters gathered … Read more

Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account

Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account

Nov 19 (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Saturday said he had no interest in returning to Twitter even as a slim majority voted in favor of reinstating the former U.S. President, who was banned from the social media service for inciting violence, in a poll organized by new owner Elon Musk. Slightly over 15 million … Read more

Myanmar junta frees Suu Kyi’s Australian adviser, former UK envoy

Myanmar junta frees Suu Kyi’s Australian adviser, former UK envoy

Some prisoners seen leaving Yangon jail on bus Junta opponents welcome amnesty, sceptical of motive Turnell, Bowman headed for Thailand – source Japanese flimmaker Kubota released – Kyodo Nov 17 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers granted amnesty to Sean Turnell, an Australian economist and former adviser to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, among nearly … Read more

Trump launches 2024 U.S. presidential run, getting jump on rivals

Trump launches 2024 U.S. presidential run, getting jump on rivals

PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 15 (Reuters) – Donald Trump, who has mounted relentless attacks on the integrity of U.S. voting since his 2020 election defeat, on Tuesday launched a bid to regain the presidency in 2024, aiming to pre-empt potential Republican rivals. Seeking a potential rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden, Trump made his announcement … Read more

UK, France seen striking migrant deal, Mediterranean states seek new rules

UK, France seen striking migrant deal, Mediterranean states seek new rules

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain and France are set to agree a deal possibly as soon as Monday to ramp up their joint efforts to stop illegal migrants from making perilous crossings of the English Channel, a British newspaper reported on Saturday. The agreement will significantly increase the 200 French officers and volunteers who … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Prominent Sunni cleric criticises security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … Read more