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Thailand's Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

Reuters worldNews - 2 uur 18 min geleden
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.
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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson

Reuters worldNews - 3 uur 40 min geleden
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to "dramatically deepen" cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influence in Asia.
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Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs

Reuters worldNews - 4 uur 52 min geleden
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties.
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U.S. says holds Myanmar military leaders accountable in Rohingya crisis

Reuters worldNews - 5 uur 7 min geleden
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar's military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.
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New Zealand kingmaker set to announce which party it will back for government

Reuters worldNews - 5 uur 35 min geleden
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The small New Zealand party holding the balance of power after inconclusive elections will announce on Thursday which party it will back in government, ending weeks of political limbo that have hurt the currency and business sentiment.
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Spain-Catalonia standoff set to intensify as leaders take hard lines

Reuters worldNews - 6 uur 20 min geleden
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.
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Canada's Trudeau defends finance minister amid ethics questions

Reuters worldNews - 6 uur 23 min geleden
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister on Wednesday amid criticism that Bill Morneau did not place his assets in a blind trust, moving to dampen a growing controversy that threatens to overshadow the government's agenda.
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Trying to unlock Brexit, Britain's May to make offer on EU citizens

Reuters worldNews - 6 uur 27 min geleden
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away.
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EU leaders to call for end to North Korea's weapons program: draft

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 20:52
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will demand on Thursday that North Korea end its nuclear and ballistic weapons program, according to the draft final statement of an EU summit.
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EU looks for 'big pot of money' to handle migration

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 20:26
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will promise during talks in Brussels "sufficient and targeted funding" for migration projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to a draft statement that shows they have yet to put their money where their mouth is.
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U.N. says still determining if Myanmar crisis is genocide

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 20:16
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has yet to decide if violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar constitutes genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday.
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'Russia's version of Paris Hilton' announces presidential bid

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 19:43
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in next year's presidential election, offering liberal voters unhappy with President Vladimir Putin's rule someone to back, though she has little prospect of winning.
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'Fake news!': Ireland rebukes Trump over corporate tax claim

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 17:48
DUBLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that he had heard Ireland was going to cut its already low corporate tax rate is "fake news", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.
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U.S., Russia set for likely U.N. row over Syria toxic gas inquiry

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 17:24
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it would push the United Nations Security Council to renew within days an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting the stage for a likely showdown with Russia.
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PM praises Italy's migrant policy as U.N. cites humanitarian crisis

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 16:53
ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday that Italy was a model for Europe on how to reduce migrant arrivals, a day after U.N. agencies said its policies had trapped tens of thousands of people in dire conditions in Libya.
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Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state -police

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 16:50
ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.
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Pakistan, Afghanistan in angry tangle over chicken-wire border fence to keep out militants

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 16:46
Angoor Adda, PAKISTAN (Reuters) - Pakistan is betting that a pair of nine-foot chicken wire fences topped with barbed wire will stop incursions by Islamist militants from Afghanistan, which opposes Islamabad's plans for a barrier along the disputed frontier.
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Spain asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly' as direct rule deadline nears

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 16:38
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia's leader on Wednesday to "act sensibly" and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule, a prospect that has sent shock waves across the country.
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Bosnia's Serb region declares neutrality in bid to block NATO membership

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 12:57
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnia's Serb Republic on Wednesday declared itself militarily neutral in a move its president said was the first step towards a referendum on joining NATO, which is unpopular among Serbs after its 1995 and 1999 bombing campaigns in Bosnia and Kosovo.
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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

Reuters worldNews - wo, 18/10/2017 - 12:53
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.
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