PARIS (Reuters) – They’ve been in use since 1900, when the Paris Metro opened for business, but soon the city’s familiar rectangular tickets will become a thing of the past, replaced by a fully automated system similar to the one in London. FILE PHOTO: A Metro sign is seen at Reaumur Sebastopol station in Paris, […]

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest on Wednesday, extending it to an enclave held by Islamic State-affiliated fighters as Russian warplanes targeted the area, a war monitor said. FILE PHOTO: A Syrian army soldier stands next to a Syrian flag in Umm al-Mayazen, in the countryside of Deraa, […]

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. “We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in […]

After almost three weeks trapped in the dark, away from their loved ones in a cave in northern Thailand, the boys, aged between 11 and 16, were allowed to see their relatives in a carefully controlled environment, as doctors are still concerned about their health. In video shown at a press briefing, some of the […]

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan on Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks to journalists in Mexico City, Mexico, […]

BANGKOK, (Reuters) – Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank, with one official saying he feared “no chance” of any more survivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at […]

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – One month after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano violently erupted, killing more than 100 people, the country’s disaster agency has raised the number of missing by more than two thirds to 332 people. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los […]

London Metropolitan Police say two people found unconscious in southern England were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent used to attack an ex-Russian spy in March. The pair remain in critical condition in hospital, Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner for Counter Terrorism at London Metropolitan Police, said Tuesday. [Last update published 1:47 p.m. ET] British […]

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU lawmakers gave approval on Wednesday for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, overcoming a blocking attempt and keeping alive plans to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned. FILE PHOTO: Members of the European Parliament attend a plenary session of the European institution […]

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission opened a fresh legal case on Monday against Poland over changes to the Supreme Court that it fears will further undermine judicial independence in the largest ex-communist member of the bloc. The European Union’s executive arm gave Poland a month to respond, which means the legal procedure will not […]

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