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COVID-19: One Iranian ‘Dying Every...

COVID-19: One Iranian ‘Dying Every 10 Minutes’; Romania Urges E...

The global coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 230,000 people worldwide, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here’s a roundup of developments in RFE/RL’s broadcast countries. Iran The death toll... read more »



Residents of Laudium, Claudius, Iterileng and surrounding areas are again furious – taps ran dry this morning, for the second time in two weeks. Ward 61 councillor, Farouk Essop, said: “We are really fed-up. Enough is enough. The Laudium reservoir is empty and I’m not told... read more »

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‘Not A Spy In The Traditional Sense:’ How The Butina Case Lifte...

WASHINGTON — In the lexicon of U.S. counterintelligence, it’s called “spot and assess,” “access agents,” and “backchannels.” According to U.S. prosecutors, it’s also what Maria Butina, a now 30-year-old Russian graduate student, was doing... read more »

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Xi Seeks To Reassure Critics Over $1 Trillion Belt And Road Project

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his plan to recreate the old Silk Road is designed to increase and enhance international trade cooperation, as he bid to reassure critics of the $1 trillion infrastructure project.Xi also told attendees at his Belt and Road Forum on April 26 that Beijing... read more »

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Putin To Brief China On Kim Talks, Says Willing To Share Details With U.S. ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing to brief Chinese leaders on his just-concluded summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said he is also willing to share details of the talks with the United States.North Korean state media on April 26, meanwhile, reported that Kim had invited... read more »

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Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by IS

By Romeo Ranoco PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) – Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of... read more »

Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) – Before Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could allow children as young as nine... read more »

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China welcomes refugees with money to boomtown of Yiwu

YIWU, China (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Europe and the United States crack down on migrants from the Middle East and Africa, China is welcoming those with money with the boomtown of Yiwu,... read more »

China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025 and wants new energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least one-fifth of that total, the industry ministry said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a market “road map” that China’s urbanization drive and the... read more »

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Merkel wants to foster India ties, softens message on U.S. as Tru...

By Michelle Martin and Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany wants to develop its ties with India but this should not be at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship, Chancellor Angela... read more »

Berlin market attack suspect killed in police shootout in Italy

By Emilio Parodi and Antonella Cinelli MILAN (Reuters) – Italian police shot dead the man believed to be responsible for this week’s Berlin Christmas market truck attack, killing him after he pulled a gun on them during a routine check in the early hours of Friday. The suspect – 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri – travelled to... read more »

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Old Mutual on track to complete its break-up

LONDON (Reuters) – Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual is selling its 26 percent stake in an Indian insurance joint venture for 156 million pounds, as part of the... read more »

India loom workers suffer hearing loss

By Roli Srivastava SURAT, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Udhiya Behera sat in a windowless room in the Indian textile hub of Surat, staring blankly at a small television as the ground shook with the noise of power looms on the floor below. For Behera, though, this was a moment of late-evening calm in a room he shares with 35 others,... read more »

India’s proposed surrogacy law raises trafficking...

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s proposed law to regulate its booming surrogacy industry and curb the exploitation... read more »

India tribunal rules in favour of lenders in Kingfisher...

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A tribunal in the southern indian city of Bengaluru has ruled in favour of a group of creditor banks seeking to recover more than $1... read more »

Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century

1) The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of the United States of America Barack Obama met today in the White House during an official... read more »

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‘Abdul Does Not Celebrate Norouz’: Anti-Norouz Campai...

An online campaign in Afghanistan calling for the boycott of the ancient festival of Norouz has prompted a backlash among many Afghans, who have vented their exasperation at the growing influence of... read more »

Syrian rebels say U.S., allies sending more arms to fend off Iran threat

By Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maher Chmaytelli BEIRUT/AMMAN/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Syrian rebels say the United States and its allies are sending them more arms to try to fend off a new push into the southeast by Iran-backed militias aiming to open an overland supply route between Iraq and Syria. The stakes are high as Iran seeks to... read more »

Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration B...

Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians’ access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians... read more »

Syria Says No To Autonomous Administration In East Alep...

The Syrian government has rejected a proposal by the United Nations to grant Aleppo’s rebel-held areas autonomy to help restore calm to the northern... read more »

Iraqi Troops Push Forward In Eastern Mosul Against Stif...

Iraqi troops are facing stiff resistance from Islamic State (IS) militants as they push deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led... read more »

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Kidnapping, forced marriage: Pakistan’s Hindu women hope fo...

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sapna Gobia is busy preparing for her wedding in Pakistan in a few weeks. In many ways, her wedding will follow... read more »

Pakistan says kills 100 ‘terrorists’ after suicide shrine attacks

By Syed Raza Hassan SEHWAN SHARIF, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani security forces killed dozens of suspected militants on Friday, a day after Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshippers at a Sufi shrine, the biggest in a spate of attacks this week across the country. The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz... read more »

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Russia calls objective investigation into the chemical weapons at...

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington’s opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria... read more »

In Flynn Saga, Kremlin Allies See Effort To Thwart Improved U.S. Ties

Officially, the Kremlin has said the resignation of U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn over allegations of improper contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States is an “internal matter” for Washington. Unofficially, however, leading Kremlin-connected politicians and analysts have been nearly unanimous in... read more »

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Nearly 12 million Colombians are at risk from disaster

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Calculating the costs of natural disasters is a valuable way for governments to recognize and limit the potential for damage,... read more »

Mexico extradites drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to U.S. on eve of Trump inauguration

By Julian Cardona and Jonathan Allen CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico extradited its drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to New York on Thursday, likely ending a decades-long criminal career that included two jail breaks and a lead role in a national drug war, the day before Donald Trump assumes the U.S.... read more »

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Trump’s communications aide steps down as president grapple...

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff... read more »

U.S. President Donald Trump wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defence system would be an “impossible option,” a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday. Trump told Reuters in an interview on Thursday he... read more »

U.S. President Donald Trump will either renegotiate or ...

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday he will either renegotiate... read more »

Trump National Security aide Flynn resigns over Russian...

By Steve Holland and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday... read more »

Trump Vows To Put America First, Root Out ‘Radica...

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and... read more »

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