Left out of peace talks, U.S. allies reassess Afghan support

KABUL (Reuters) – At a dinner party in Kabul’s high-security “green zone” in March, a senior European diplomat poured himself a glass of red wine and pulled up a photograph on his iPhone. Released by Qatar’s foreign ministry on Feb. 25, it showed seven Qatari officials alongside U.S. and Taliban negotiators as talks on ending the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan […]

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U.S. high court broadens scope of census citizenship question case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday broadened the scope of what it will consider in resolving the legal fight over the contentious decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing also to decide whether the move violated the U.S. Constitution. In the aftermath of a March 6 ruling by […]

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Jailed Reuters journalists appeal to Myanmar's top court as rights group decries 'fear'

YANGON (Reuters) – Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics. The appeal, citing evidence of a police set-up and lack of proof of a crime, came as New York-based […]

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Double Dutch: Artist draws with both hands at once

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) – Some artists draw with their left hand and some with their right, but Dutch artist Rajacenna van Dam manages photo-like accuracy drawing with both simultaneously. “I can go faster and it’s also less boring,” she says of her ambidextrous artistry. It has also been a success, with views piling up on a YouTube time-lapse video of the […]

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Karadzic could be jailed for life in final Srebrenica appeal ruling

THE HAGUE/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will face U.N. appeals judges on Wednesday for a ruling that will end one of the highest profile legal battles stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s that saw the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Karadzic, 73, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2016 after being convicted of genocide […]

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China defends Xinjiang centers for Muslims, but aims to 'downsize'

GENEVA (Reuters) – Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng on Friday defended what China calls its “vocational training centers” in Xinjiang for Muslims and rejected interference in domestic affairs. Le, speaking to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva at the conclusion of a review of its record, said: “As the counter-terrorism situation improves, the training program will be […]

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SEC sues Volkswagen, ex-CEO over alleged emissions fraud on investors

WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Volkswagen (VW) and its former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal, alleging a “massive fraud” on U.S. investors. VW was caught using illegal software to cheat U.S. pollution tests in 2015, triggering a global backlash against diesel that and has so far cost […]

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SEC sues Volkswagen, Winterkorn, citing 'Dieselgate' fraud on investors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Volkswagen AG and its former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal, accusing the company of perpetrating a “massive fraud” on U.S. investors. The SEC said in its civil complaint filed in San Francisco late on Thursday that from April 2014 to May 2015, Volkswagen issued […]

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Japan court hands Mt. Gox founder 2-1/2 years suspended sentence: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo court on Friday handed the founder of the now-defunct Mt. Gox bitcoin currency exchange a 2-1/2-year suspended sentence for his role in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins and cash, Kyodo news agency reported. The court suspended the sentence for Mark Karpeles for four years, finding the French national guilty […]

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