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Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were stranded without power in and around the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday after a tornado touched down twice, destroying some houses and ripping the roofs off...

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest sanctions over Russia military equipment

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry on Saturday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to protest Washington’s decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for purchasing Russian fighter jets and an advanced surface-to-air missile system. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge “stern representations” and protest the...

Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on...

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital, one dies

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday and the Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombs detonated in two different cars near a main road in the center of the city. Al Shabaab...

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters – ship operator

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have been kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source...

Use lesson of oppression to promote tolerance, Pope urges Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Pope Francis said at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltics on Saturday that Lithuania should see its painful past under Soviet and Nazi domination as an impetus to promote tolerance in Europe. Francis, on the first trip by a pope to the region since 1993, is using his visit...

India’s Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal

NEW DELHI/PARIS (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice of a local partner. Indian political parties have been gunning for Modi over the...

Islamic State claims Iran military parade attack, no evidence provided

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, according to the group’s Amaq news agency. Amaq said Islamic State fighters had carried out the attack in Ahvaz city. The group provided no evidence for the claim.

Pakistani PM Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan labeled India arrogant on Saturday for cancelling what would have been the countries’ first high-level talks in years, decrying “small men occupying big offices” who opposed change. India on Friday called off the meeting between the nuclear-armed neighbors’ foreign ministers, planned for the sidelines of the U.N....

Japan PM Abe to visit Darwin in first since World War II: media

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Darwin in November in a first for a Japanese leader since the Japanese imperial army bombed the Australian city during World War II, Australian media reported on Saturday. Abe will tour a $40 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project run by Japanese company Inpex Corp,...

Documenting climate change – with a drone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he travelled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change. Jackson, one of a handful of Reuters photographers licensed to operate a drone, spent seven rainy days camped alongside Greenland’s Helheim glacier, near...

More evidence exercise may be good for your mood

(Reuters Health) – People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. The study team examined survey data collected from more than 1.2 million American adults. Participants were asked how often in the past...

American Airlines joins rivals in hiking U.S. baggage fees by five dollars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40...

Trump releases first two names of U.S. war dead handed over by N.Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump released the names on Thursday of two Army soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War whose remains were handed over by North Korea this year in a goodwill gesture. Trump said the first remains identified by the U.S. military belonged to Army Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel, 32,...

White House pledges to step up cyber offence on hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. The move comes as U.S. intelligence officials expect a flurry of digital attacks ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The strategy provides federal agencies with new guidance for how...

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the...

UK PM’s Brexit plans opposed by 40 rebels in her party: former Brexit minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former Brexit minister David Davis has said up to 40 lawmakers from Prime Minister Theresa May’s party will vote against her plans to leave the European Union, meaning she may struggle to get her deal through parliament. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 but little...

Ex-prosecutor to examine New York archdiocese sex abuse policies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan named a former federal judge and prosecutor on Thursday to independently review how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has handled allegations of sexual abuse, after what Dolan said was the “Summer of Hell.” Barbara Jones, who retired as a U.S. district judge in 2013,...

Four General Electric power turbines shut down in U.S. due to blade issue

(Reuters) – General Electric Co said on Thursday that four of its new flagship power turbines in the United States have been shut down due to an “oxidation issue” and warned it expects the problem to affect more of the 51 units it has shipped, sending shares lower. The giant machines form the beating heart...

U.S. court rules for Colorado ‘intersex’ veteran denied passport

(Reuters) – A federal court has ruled the U.S. State Department cannot deny a passport to a Navy veteran who is intersex and identifies as neither male nor female. Navy veteran Dana Zzyym, a Colorado resident born in 1958 with ambiguous sex characteristics, sued the federal government for refusing to issue a passport because it...

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