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Naming of new Taliban chief seen dimming Obama's hopes for Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The selection of a hard-line cleric as the new Taliban chief on Wednesday all but dashes U.S. President Barack Obama's hopes for opening peace talks before he leaves office, one of his top foreign policy goals, current and former U.S. defense and intelligence officials said. Learn More


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Brazil orders diplomats to rebut impeachment critics abroad

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's new foreign minister, Jose Serra, has ordered diplomats to rebut any government, media or international organization that criticizes the impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. More »


New Zealand parliament in lock down after security threat ahead of budget

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's parliament was in lock down on Thursday after a security threat, but the annual 2016 budget would proceed as planned. More »


Japan's Abe takes G7 leaders to shrine as economy tops summit agenda

ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe escorted Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site on Thursday before a summit covering topics from risks to the global economy to refugees and China's maritime assertiveness. More »


China says its people will never stand for Taiwan independence

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's 1.3 billion people are united in their determination never to allow self-ruled Taiwan to become independent, China's top official in charge of ties with the island was quoted as saying on Thursday, in Beijing's latest blast at Taipei. More »


EU's Tusk urges global solidarity on refugee crisis

ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday he would like the global community to show solidarity regarding the refugee crisis and recognize it is a global problem. More »


UK PM Cameron says EU referendum turnout is greatest concern for 'In'

ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Those fighting for Britain to remain in the European Union are making good progress but getting young people to register and turn out to vote is the 'In' camp's greatest concern, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. More »


China says EU membership UK's choice, but hopes for strong Europe

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain must decide for itself whether it stays in the European Union, but China hopes to see a strong Europe that contributes to the global economy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday ahead of Britain's June 23 EU membership referendum. More »


Lebanese citizenship law strips women of identity and property

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When her teenage daughter – a talented soccer player – was selected for a national Lebanese team, Nadine Moussa could not have been more proud. More »


French, Italian firms to help search for EgyptAir black boxes

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has asked European firms to help search for the black boxes of an EgyptAir plane that crashed on May 19 in deep water in the Mediterranean Sea, the airline's chairman and French diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. More »


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