JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he saw "a real danger" he might lose next week's closely contested election and asserted that there was a worldwide effort to ensure such an outcome. In what Israeli media called an unannounced visit to a rally north of Tel Aviv, Netanyahu entreated supporters to make sure he defeats rival Isaac Herzog of the left-of-centre Zionist Union party by casting ballots in the March 17 vote
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she should have used a government email account as U.S. secretary of state, though she said she violated no rules, in her first public remarks over a controversy that could cloud her expected bid for the White House. Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has come under fire for using a private email account for official business when she was the top U.S
TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines and Vietnam as both Southeast Asian nations try to cope with China's territorial ambitions. Tokyo's security cooperation is broad-based: It is supplying maritime patrol boats to the two countries while Japan will hold its first naval exercises with the Philippines in the coming months. Japanese military doctors are even advising Vietnamese submariners on how to deal with decompression sickness
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A prominent hardliner was elected on Tuesday to head the influential body that will pick Iran's next Supreme Leader. The surprise choice of Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi as head of the Assembly of Experts took place at a highly sensitive time, as Iran and six world powers face a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of an agreement over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 75, underwent prostate surgery last year and rumours have recently resurfaced about his health, although he was shown on television last Sunday meeting a group of environmental activists.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will hold a news conference on Tuesday to try to defuse a controversy over her use of private email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state. Clinton will hold a "brief" news conference after scheduled remarks at the United Nations in New York, slated to begin at 1:30 p.m
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch justice minister and his state secretary resigned on Monday after acknowledging they misled parliament about the facts surrounding a settlement with a drug kingpin in 2001. The resignations of the men, both members of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal party, weakens the Cabinet shortly before provincial elections on March 18 that have the potential to destabilize the ruling coalition.
NIAMEY/N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - About 10 Chadian soldiers died in fighting to take control of two towns in northern Nigeria from Boko Haram, the first gains against the militants in a joint offensive launched with Niger at the weekend, military sources said on Monday. About 30 Nigerien and Chadian soldiers were wounded in the clashes over Malam Fatouri and Damasak, a day after thousands of troops crossed the border to seize areas held by the Sunni Islamist group, whose insurgency has forced Nigeria to delay an election and neighbours to mobilise their armies.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in Maiduguri in Nigeria's northeast on Saturday in the worst attacks there since Islamist militants tried to seize the city in two major assaults earlier this year. There was no immediate claim for the bombings but they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been waging a six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in Africa's biggest economy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A security lockdown at the White House triggered by a loud bang just as President Barack Obama was due to leave was caused by a food vendor cart catching fire on a nearby street, the Secret Service said on Saturday. The security alert happened just moments before Obama and his family had been due to board a helicopter from the presidential mansion's South Lawn for Andrews Air Force Base. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the fire had now been contained and that a vehicle near the White House was being investigated after a bomb-sniffing dog detected something on it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was put on lockdown on Saturday after a loud noise was heard on the South Lawn moments before President Barack Obama and his family were due to take off by helicopter, a White House pool report said on Saturday. It said the noise prompted Secret Service agents to move the press back into the briefing room, lock the doors and put the building on lockdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was put on lockdown on Saturday after a loud noise was heard on the South Lawn moments before President Barack Obama and his family were due to take off by helicopter, a White House pool report said on Saturday. It said the noise prompted Secret Service agents to move the press back into the briefing room, lock the doors and put the building on lockdown.
LETPADAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar arrested five students on Friday from among a crowd of about 200 protesters locked in a standoff with security forces barring their entry into the commercial hub of Yangon, a Reuters witness said. The United States, which in recent years has backed political reforms in Myanmar, expressed concern about the arrests, which follow rising tensions between the government and students who have been protesting for months against an education bill. Protesters have said the bill curbs academic independence by stifling student unions and putting decisions in the hands of the government rather than universities.
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the Missouri city of Ferguson for "oppressive and abusive" actions against African-Americans that were laid bare in a U.S. Justice Department report accusing police and court officials of a range of illegal actions. The president's comments came as Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said three city workers who demonstrated "egregious racial bias" are no longer employed by the city, and said Ferguson officials are pursuing other reforms to try to reach a settlement with the U.S
TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian pastor detained in North Korea has done only humanitarian work there, his church said on Friday as it denied a media report that he had ties to a purged and executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Rev
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Last week, when Boris Nemtsov was shot dead as he walked across a bridge next to the Kremlin, it took 11 minutes before a police car arrived at the scene, according to the time stamp on closed circuit television footage. From the moment the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister was shot late last Friday night, associates of the Kremlin critic have been asking why the police took so long to get there, and how, in such a heavily monitored location, someone could fire six shots at him and get away.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers battered by the wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company data
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they were investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. U.S.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran of Islamist militant fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, was the senior-most member of the group to die in the Syria war, an insurgent source said. Insurgent sources said a U.S.-led coalition air strike hit the meeting in the northwestern province of Idlib, but a coalition spokesman said it had not conducted air strikes in the province during the past 24 hours