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Exclusive: Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

NAIROBI, (Reuters) - Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found. Learn More


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Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families who slaughtered 359 people in Easter Sunday bomb attacks. More »


North Korea's Kim arrives for summit with Russia's Putin

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from President Vladimir Putin while Pyongyang's nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. More »


Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'

ST PETERSBURG, Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed an order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls for more international sanctions from Kiev. More »


Scaffolding firm says workers smoked at Paris' Notre-Dame

PARIS (Reuters) - A scaffolding firm that has worked on the roof of Notre-Dame said some of its workers had smoked on the site, but ruled out that a cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral's oak-framed roof last week. More »


U.S. criticizes Myanmar court decision on Reuters journalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States criticized Myanmar on Wednesday after the Asian country's high court upheld the sentencing of two Reuters journalists, expressing deep concern about freedom of expression and urging that the two be reunited with their families. More »


Trump plan doesn't include Jordan-Palestinian union: U.S. envoy

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An architect of a still-secret U.S. plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict took to Twitter again on Wednesday to disclose another element that it would not contain - a confederation with neighboring Jordan. More »


UK Conservatives to demand clear departure schedule from PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Conservative Party will demand a clear timetable for Prime Minister Theresa May's departure but will not change the rules governing leadership challenges, the chair of the party's influential 1922 Committee said on Wednesday. More »


Sudan military council and opposition agree on committee to resolve differences

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's opposition and ruling Transitional Military Council agreed late on Wednesday to form a committee to resolve their disagreements, as tensions rise over how long it will take to move to civilian rule after the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir. More »


325 detained migrants evacuated as war reaches Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency evacuated 325 African refugees on Wednesday from Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in southern Tripoli because of deteriorating security and escalating violence. More »


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