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Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favouritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, speaking on Tuesday at a rally for ruling ...

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Helicopter attacks Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court

By Silene Ramírez and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan police helicopter attacked the Supreme Court on Tuesday, ratcheting up a political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro condemned as a "terrorist" attack. The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within ...

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Iran accuses US of 'brazen' plan to change its government

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of "a brazen interventionist plan" to change the current ...

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`Versace...' with Bruno Mars a combination of different worlds: Guetta

Los Angeles, June 28 (IANS) Grammy Award winning DJ David Guetta, who has collaborated with Bruno Mars for a remix version of the latter's latest ...

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Former Trump campaign chairman registers as a foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent ...

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Brazil's President says charges against him 'groundless'

Rio De Janeiro, June 28 (IANS) Brazil's President Michel Temer dismissed charges pressed against him as based on "supposed illicit evidence", the ...

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New Irish PM discusses ties with British, US leaders

Dublin, June 28 (IANS) New Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held separate phone talks with US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, the media reported.

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German building evacuated due to fears of London-style cladding

Berlin, June 28 (IANS) An 11-story apartment building in western Germany's Wuppertal city was evacuated after officials confirmed that the structure had cladding panels similar to those at London's Grenfell Tower, where 79 people died in a fire. Residents of the 30-m (nearly 100-foot) tower will be allowed to return home once the cladding, which ...

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Beyonce, Jay Z struggling to find permanent home

Los Angeles, June 28 (IANS) Popular Hollywood couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z, who earlier moved into a $400,000-a-month Malibu mansion, will reportedly stay there until September. According to sources, Jay Z and Beyonce have been searching for their perfect family home for several years, but have failed to find a place that meets their needs ...

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Exclusive - China's CNPC suspends fuel sales to North Korea as risks mount: sources

By Chen Aizhu BEIJING (Reuters) - China National Petroleum Corp has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns the state-owned oil company ...

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US adds China to list of human trafficking offenders

Washington, June 28 (IANS) The US government added China to the list of countries falling short in the fight against human trafficking, a designation ...

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Scotland's First Minister shelves second independence referendum

Edinburgh [Scotland], June 28 (ANI): First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has deserted her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost several seats to pro-union parties in the general ...

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'Petya' ransomware disrupts companies across Europe, U.S.

London [U.K.], June 28 (ANI): The "Petya" ransomware has caused disruption at firms across the U.S. and Europe including advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. The food giant Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport giant AP Moller-Maersk ...

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Blockade will remain until Qatar meets 13-demand list, pronounces Saudi Foreign Minister

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that the Qatar blockade would stay unless the officials meet non-negotiable demands from Gulf nations to end backing of terrorism. It just costs them a little bit more." Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed air, sea and land links ...

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Homeland Dept. to build border wall prototypes starting this summer

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): The United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border this summer in the San Diego area. ...

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US imposes new duties on Canadian softwood lumber

Washington, June 28 (IANS) The US government is imposing new anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber imported from Canada, with the move coming less ...

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Olympic champ Camplin takes senior role in Australian sports

SYDNEY (AP) — Olympic aerial skiing gold medalist Alisa Camplin-Warner has replaced former champion swimmer Mark Stockwell as deputy chair of the ...

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Tillerson urges nations to negotiate to resolve Qatar crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is urging Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to stay "open to negotiation" with Qatar as they try to resolve a major diplomatic crisis with their neighbor.

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Colombia FARC rebels complete handing over of weapons

Bogota, June 28 (IANS) The municipality of Mesetas in the department of Meta saw the final act of the disarmament of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), formerly Colombia's largest guerrilla group. This last handing over of weapons on Tuesday was supervised by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the supreme commander of the ...

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German police warned lawmakers of possible Turkish spying - newspaper

German federal police have warned parliamentarians they may have been spied on by Turkish intelligence and may also face potential security risks from Turkish nationalists, Die Welt newspaper reported on Wednesday. The report could further strain already frayed ties between Germany and Turkey, which are at loggerheads over a wide range of issues. ...

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Zayn Malik still dealing with anxiety issues

London, June 28 (IANS) Singer Zayn Malik has cancelled more gigs amid reports his anxiety issues are still preventing him from performing on stage ...

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Facing revolt on healthcare bill, U.S. Senate Republicans delay vote

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on a healthcare overhaul on Tuesday after ...

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Cyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see 'WannaCry' link

By Jack Stubbs, Pavel Polityuk and Dustin Volz MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at ...

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IMF cuts 2017 economic growth forecast for US

Washington, June 28 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund revised its 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the US downward from 2.3 ...

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Turkey returns fire on Kurdish YPG in Syria's Afrin - broadcaster

Turkey's military returned fire against members of the Kurdish YPG militia near Syria's Afrin region overnight, broadcaster Haberturk reported early on Wednesday, citing military sources. Turkish officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the report, which said Turkey's military retaliated after YPG fighters opened fire on their ...

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Reporter accuses White House spokesperson of 'inflaming' media tensions at briefing

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): A reporter confronted White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday press briefing, accusing her of "inflaming" tensions with the media and undercutting the credibility of reporters. After Sanders was asked about whether President Donald Trump accepts the apology from CNN regarding a recent ...

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Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas.

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