Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel began
the tough task of trying to build a government on Monday after securing a
fourth term as chancellor, urging the center-left Social Democrats not
the shut the door on a re-run of their “grand coalition”.
Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to hold independence vote
ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurds voted in
an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure
from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings
that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict.
Game over for 'discredited' Catalan referendum, Spanish officials say
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish authorities
have done enough to discredit and prevent a planned referendum this
Sunday on independence in Catalonia, two senior government officials
told Reuters on Monday, though they may now let a secession “party”
Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally
SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President
Donald Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the
weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim
Jong Un “won’t be around much longer”, as Pyongyang staged a major
Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomber attacked a Danish
convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital,
Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving
international forces unharmed, security officials said.
Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote
DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iran halted
flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in
retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government
(KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also started wargames at
the Kurdish border.
Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary
citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday
on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the
death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi
has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United
Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with
the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.
South Korea president says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'
SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald
Trump’s speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would “totally
destroy” North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to
realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on
Criticized by Trump, Iran nuclear deal faces tough scrutiny in U.N. talks
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 2015 nuclear deal
between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the United Nations
this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration
to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional