‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan Francis to meet victims of war in Congo Trip postponed from July due to pope’s knee ailment KINSHASA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” driving conflicts in Africa as he began a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, … Read more

‘I am Inca blood’: Peru protests fire up a divided nation

LIMA/DESAGUADERO, Peru, Jan 30 (Reuters) – In the Peruvian southern border town of Desaguadero, indigenous protester Adela Perez is defiant after almost eight weeks of deadly clashes that have roiled the Andean nation, hit its huge copper mines and strained the country’s democratic institutions. The country of some 34 million people has been in the … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Western allies differ over jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Biden says “no” when asked about F-16s for Ukraine Zelenskiy says Moscow seeks ‘big revenge’ Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv could recapture ground when Western weapons arrive – group KYIV, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s defense minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s … Read more

Ukraine calls for faster weapons supplies as Russia presses eastern offensive

Three killed in Russian strikes on Kherson – governor Russian forces again shell Vuhledar in the east Zelenskiy calls on allies to speed up arms deliveries Zelenskiy presses Macron to ban Russia from the Paris Games KYIV, Ukraine, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russian missile strikes killed three people in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson … Read more

Ukraine war: Fighting heats up in east and north after tank pledges

Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks Russia says US president holds key to ending fighting NEAR VUHLEDAR, Ukraine, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Friday battled Russian troops trying to pierce its lines in the east and northeast, and artillery bombardments intensified after Western … Read more

Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuela offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

Thousands march on Peru’s capital as unrest spreads, building set ablaze

LIMA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters in Peru, many from the country’s heavily indigenous south, descended on Lima, the capital, on Thursday, angered by a mounting death toll since unrest erupted last month and calling for sweeping change. Police estimated the march at around 3,500 people, but others speculated it attracted more than … Read more

Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

France hit by nationwide strikes as unions fight Macron’s pension reform

Government wants to raise retirement age by two years to 64 Railways, schools and refineries among those hit by strike Macron’s reformist credentials at stake in dispute Polls show widespread opposition to pension reform PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French train drivers, teachers and refinery workers were among those who walked off their jobs on … Read more