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China behind 'massive' cyber-attack on Australian government: ABC

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major cyber-attack against Australia's Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday. The Bureau of Meteorology owns one of Australia's largest...
Dec 2, 2015 |

After leaders' rhetoric, climate negotiators start work on deal

By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) - With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government negotiators in Paris were on Tuesday left to turn the rhetoric into reality and agree a draft text of a global deal to slow climate change. U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made common cause on...
Dec 1, 2015 |

Obama urges Turkey to reduce tensions with Russia

By Jeff Mason PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Turkey on Tuesday to reduce tensions with Moscow after the downing of a Russian warplane and to seal its border with Syria to choke off the supply of money and fighters to Islamic State militants. Obama met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Paris, where they have been attending a...
Dec 1, 2015 |

U.S. deploying special force to boost fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State and be positioned to conduct unilateral operations into Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday. "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free...
Dec 1, 2015 |

Israeli government, military disagree over unrest

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two months into a wave of stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks by Palestinians targeting Israelis, gaps are emerging between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the military and intelligence chiefs over what is driving the violence. The rifts raise questions about whether the right tactics are being used to...
Dec 1, 2015 |

U.S. Embassy warns of imminent attack in Kabul

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned on Monday of an imminent attack in the Afghan capital, saying it had received credible reports of a threat within the next two days, although it had no other details. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters the threat was not made specifically against the U.S. Embassy, U.S citizens or any...
Dec 1, 2015 |

U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks

By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov....
Dec 1, 2015 |

Brazil sues BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for mine disaster

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil filed a lawsuit on Monday against two of the world's largest mining companies for 20 billion Brazilian reais ($5.2 billion) to clean up what it says was its worst environmental disaster, caused by the collapse of a tailings dam. The governments of Brazil and those of two states hit by the damburst...
Dec 1, 2015 |

With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

By Bruce Wallace and Alister Doyle PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. In a series of opening addresses to the U.N. talks, heads of state...
Dec 1, 2015 |

Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, a White House official said. Obama stressed the importance of targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and not focusing military attacks against rebel...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Hours after EU deal, Turkey rounds up 1,300 migrants bound for Greece

Turkish authorities rounded up some 1,300 migrants on Monday that they said were planning to sail to Greece from hideouts near secluded Aegean beaches and forests, hours after striking a deal with the European Union on stemming refugee flows. In the largest operation of its kind in recent months, the migrants were sent to a repatriation center...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Turkish opposition says police bullet may have killed Kurdish lawyer

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A prominent Kurdish lawyer gunned down in southeastern Turkey appeared to have been shot by a policeman who was firing on suspects fleeing the scene of an attack on fellow officers, a deputy from Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition said on Monday. Diyarbakir city chief prosecutor Ramazan Solmaz said prosecutors...
Nov 30, 2015 |

World leaders launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

By Bruce Wallace and Alister Doyle PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at "breaking point" in the fight against global warming. Some 150 heads of state and government, including U.S. President...
Nov 30, 2015 |

At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself. Six days after NATO member Turkey shot down the Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids in northwest Syria

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area said, part of an escalation of Russian strikes near the Turkish border. In separate air strikes closer to the frontier...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Obama visits Paris attack site, pays tribute to victims

By Jeff Mason PARIS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama laid a single rose at a memorial for the victims of the Paris attacks on Monday shortly after arriving in the city, visiting the Bataclan, the concert hall where the deadliest attacks took place during the onslaught some two weeks ago.  Obama, who is in town for international talks to curb...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Japan PM's support rebounds after difficult debate over security laws

Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded from lows touched after the passage of controversial security laws that will allow the military to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, media surveys showed. Voters still see no need to rush to revise the pacifist constitution, admired by many as the source of...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Declaring 'new beginning,' EU and Turkey seal migrant deal

By Francesco Guarascio and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey promised to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in a deal struck on Sunday that the Turkish prime minister called a "new beginning" for the uneasy neighbors. Leaders of the European Union met Turkish...
Nov 30, 2015 |

Syria's Assad says his enemies increasing support for insurgents

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory. Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More