Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

SEOUL (Reuters) - Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labour for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions.


Posted 2017/10/16 08:35:13

Iraq says captures positions south of Kirkuk including airbase

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces captured several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters on Monday in their bid to regain control of the oil-rich city, which is part of a region that declared itself independent at a referendum last month.


Posted 2017/10/16 08:33:57

May heads for Brussels after Brexit talks deadlock

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday for talks over dinner with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker after deadlock in Brexit appeared to dash her hopes a summit this week could launch negotiations on future trade ties.


Posted 2017/10/16 08:21:52

Spanish shares lag European markets on Catalonia uncertainty

MILAN (Reuters) - Spanish stocks lagged a steady European market on Monday as uncertainty over the Catalonia crisis and a profit warning from renewables energy firm Siemens Gamesa weighed.


Posted 2017/10/16 08:04:12

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia's deadliest attack in a decade.


Posted 2017/10/16 08:03:06

Lidl UK to create 500 jobs with new Peterborough warehouse

LONDON (Reuters) - Discount supermarket Lidl UK [LIDUK.UL] said on Monday it would create 500 jobs with a new warehouse in Peterborough, central England, as it continues its rapid expansion in Britain.


Posted 2017/10/16 07:46:09

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.


Posted 2017/10/16 07:36:52

Ireland braces as tropical storm Ophelia approaches

LAHINCH, Ireland (Reuters) - Ireland closed schools and hospitals on Monday and warned people to stay indoors as tropical storm Ophelia threatened to lash the country with the worst weather in 50 years.


Posted 2017/10/16 06:41:24

Catalan leader fails to declare independence

Catalonia's separatist leader has refused to say whether he has declared independence from Spain.

Posted 2017/10/16 06:15:00

U.S., South Korea conduct joint Navy drills to counter North Korea threat

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula on Monday, amid high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.


Posted 2017/10/16 02:06:35

NATO ships hold missile defence drill near Scotland, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Warships from eight NATO countries participated in live-fire self-defence exercises of ship and missile systems near Scotland on Sunday the U.S. Department of Defense said.


Posted 2017/10/16 02:00:28

Iraqi and Kurdish forces clash in oil-rich Kirkuk

Clashes have broken out between Iraqi and Kurdish forces south of the city of Kirkuk.

Posted 2017/10/16 00:36:00

EU to toughen sanctions against North Korea

European ministers are to sign off on tougher sanctions against North Korea.

Posted 2017/10/15 21:29:00

Deadliest truck bomb attack kills 276 people

At least 276 people have been killed after two bomb attacks struck Somalia's capital Mogadishu in the deadliest attack the country has ever seen.

Posted 2017/10/15 09:04:00

Girl, 8, dies in fall on cruise ship in Miami

An eight-year-old girl has died after falling from an upper deck into the lobby of a cruise ship docked in Miami.

Posted 2017/10/15 08:41:00

Death toll rises to 40 in California fires

Forty people are now dead in what have become the deadliest and most destructive fires in California's history.

Posted 2017/10/15 02:18:00

French army charter plane crashes in Ivory Coast, four Moldovans killed

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Four Moldovan citizens were killed and two others were injured on Saturday when a cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the sea near the airport in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, Ivorian and French officials said.


Posted 2017/10/14 17:42:42

Rescued Canadian-U.S. couple reunited with family; receiving medical attention

TORONTO (Reuters) - A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, reunited with the husband's family on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.


Posted 2017/10/14 17:34:20

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Raqqa, once its de facto Syrian capital, and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters.


Posted 2017/10/14 15:28:46

Spain to take control of Catalonia if gets ambiguous reply on independence

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will take control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont replies ambiguously to Madrid's question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister said on Saturday.


Posted 2017/10/14 12:59:10