Polish officials may cancel trip to Israel over diplomatic spat

Polish officials may cancel their planned trip to Israel, the head of the prime minister's office, Michal Dworczyk, said on Monday after media reported remarks by Israel's prime minister suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.


Posted 2019/02/18 06:52:56

Asia shares bounce on trade talk, stimulus wagers

Asian share markets bounced broadly on Monday as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks.


Posted 2019/02/18 05:11:55

U.S. agency submits auto tariff probe report to White House

The U.S. Commerce Department sent a report on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even before it is unveiled, the agency confirmed.


Posted 2019/02/18 03:29:47

Australia accuses foreign government of cyber attack on lawmakers

A cyber attack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, but did not name any suspects.


Posted 2019/02/18 03:08:28

Asia bulls dare to hope on trade talks, stimulus

Asian share markets bounced broadly on Monday as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks.


Posted 2019/02/18 02:17:22

Asia shares up on optimism over trade talks, stimulus

Asian share markets firmed on Monday as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks.


Posted 2019/02/18 00:27:43

Exclusive: U.S. blocks North Korean air traffic revival ahead of Trump-Kim summit - sources

The United States has blocked efforts by a U.N. agency to improve civil aviation in North Korea at a time when Pyongyang is trying to reopen part of its airspace to foreign flights, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.


Posted 2019/02/18 00:05:12

Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims

More than 2,000 people braved icy rain in sub-freezing temperatures in Illinois on Sunday for a vigil paying respects to five people killed and five police officers wounded by a factory worker who opened fire on Friday after losing his job.


Posted 2019/02/17 22:54:28

Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India.


Posted 2019/02/17 21:26:52

Saudi Arabia signs oil agreement to supply Pakistan: minister

Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement to supply Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products to secure its fuel needs, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday on Twitter.


Posted 2019/02/17 21:26:02

Catholic Church credibility on the line at abuse meeting

The Vatican will gather senior bishops from around the world later this week for a conference on sex abuse designed to guide them on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church's credibility, but critics say it is too little, too late.


Posted 2019/02/17 20:54:54

U.S. cannot back Syrian forces who align with Assad: U.S. commander

The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.


Posted 2019/02/17 18:49:40

Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.


Posted 2019/02/17 18:24:46

Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Islamic State faces the total defeat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. This timeline chronicles its lightning rise, cruel reign and stubborn fall.


Posted 2019/02/17 17:46:19

Indonesian presidential hopefuls vow energy self-sufficiency through palm

Indonesia's two presidential candidates pledged on Sunday to achieve energy self-sufficiency by boosting the use of bioenergy, particularly fueled by palm oil, to cut costly oil imports by Southeast Asia's biggest economy.


Posted 2019/02/17 17:20:09

Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to "press the reset button" with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.


Posted 2019/02/17 16:41:08

Nigerian presidential poll postponed, opposition slams decision

Nigerian authorities postponed Saturday's national election by a week, just hours before polls had been due to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to "disenfranchise" voters.


Posted 2019/02/17 16:15:21

France denies it has softened stance on Brexit

France on Sunday denied British media reports that President Emmanuel Macron had offered concessions on the Irish backstop to end the stalemate over Brexit negotiations.


Posted 2019/02/17 16:02:27

In Iraq visit, U.S. general eyes longer-term Islamic State threat

The general overseeing U.S. forces in the Middle East flew into Iraq on Sunday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials expected to focus on ensuring that Islamic State cannot stage a resurgence after U.S. troops withdraw from neighboring Syria.


Posted 2019/02/17 15:58:58

Germany cool on Trump appeal to take back IS fighters from Syria

Germany can take back Islamic State fighters captured in Syria only if the suspects have consular access, the interior ministry said on Sunday, playing down the likelihood of Berlin meeting demands made by U.S. President Trump to his European allies.


Posted 2019/02/17 15:45:45