Facing economic crisis, Lebanon’s government weighs options

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Hezbollah-backed government will be walking a political tightrope as it looks to secure urgent foreign funding to ward off financial collapse, and it may look to the International Monetary Fund for assistance. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun heads the first meeting of the new cabinet at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirPrime Minister Hassan Diab’s cabinet is also facing increasingly violent protests

Brexit bill clears final UK parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit

FILE PHOTO: General view of a Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, in London, Britain January 15, 2020. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) - Britain moved a step closer to its Jan. 31 exit from the European Union when the legislation required to ratify its deal with Brussels passed its final stage in parliament on Wednesday. The bill will officially become law when it receives

Iraqi president meets Trump in Davos, discuss foreign troops cut: Iraqi statement

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Iraq's President Barham Salih during the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2020. The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq Office/Handout via REUTERS BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Barham Salih met U.S. President Donald Trump in Davos on Wednesday and discussed reducing foreign troops in the country, a statement from the Iraqi presidency said. “During the meeting, reducing

Singapore rebuts illegal hanging report, serves fake news notices

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore rebutted a report on Wednesday alleging illegal execution practices in the city-state and ordered Yahoo and others to attach fake news notices on posts and articles that shared the allegations. The report by Malaysian rights group Lawyers for Liberty last week said that Singapore prison officers were instructed to snap prisoners’ necks by kicking them in the event the rope breaks during hangings. It said the

Russian-led strikes on rebel-held northwest Syria kill 40: rescuers

AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian-led air strikes killed at least 40 people on Tuesday in northwest Syria in a major army assault backed by Iranian militias to clear out rebels that has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing toward the border with Turkey, residents and rescuers said. They said a family of eight including six children was killed in the rural village of Kfar Taal west of government-controlled Aleppo, while

Angola pleads for help to claw back assets lost to corruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Angola is seeking other countries’ help to recover state funds lost because of corruption, Minister of State for Economic Coordination Manuel Jose Nunes Junior said on Tuesday. Angolan President Joao Lourenco said on taking office in 2017 that he would crack down on graft and reform the economy. “We are activating all the legal, judicial and diplomatic measures to ensure the repatriation of those resources,” Nunes Junior

Hong Kong’s Lam in Davos charm drive as protests persist

HONG KONG (Reuters) - For Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam the World Economic Forum in Davos is a chance to convince global business and political leaders that the Asian financial hub is back on track. FILE PHOTO - Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference in Hong Kong, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh ChitrakarAfter more than seven months of turmoil Hong Kong’s status as a financial center

Iran seeks gear from U.S., France to download downed plane’s black boxes

FILE PHOTO: General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020 is seen in this screen grab obtained from a social media video via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has made requests for equipment from U.S. and French authorities so it can download information from the black

As virus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting

BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a fourth case has been reported beyond China’s borders. China’s National Health Commission confirmed that the virus, which causes a type of pneumonia, can pass from person-to-person, the official Xinhua News Agency said. President Xi Jinping said curbing the outbreak and saving lives was

Prince Harry meets African leaders in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Harry attended a summit for leaders of 21 African countries in London hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, a day after he spoke of his sadness that he would shortly be giving up royal duties. Harry said on Sunday that there was no option but for him and his American wife Meghan to step back from their royal roles in a deal with