New Zealand’s Ardern bids emotional farewell on last day as prime minister

WELLINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday bid an emotional farewell on her last day as prime minister, speaking of the kindness and empathy New Zealanders have shown her, but said she was ready to be a sister and a mother. Days after stunning the world by announcing she had “no more in … Read more

India blocks BBC documentary on Modi from airing in India

MUMBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – India has blocked the airing of a BBC documentary which questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying that even sharing of any clips via social media is barred. Directions to block the clips from being shared have been issued using emergency powers available to the … Read more

French strike nationwide to say ‘no’ to 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 NICE/TOURS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French workers went on strike and joined marches across the country on Thursday, halting trains and … Read more

Church of England bishops refuse to allow same-sex marriages

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Church of England will refuse to allow same-sex couples to get married in its churches under proposals set out on Wednesday in which the centuries-old institution said it would stick to its teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. The proposals were developed by bishops, who … Read more

Greta Thunberg arrested at German mine protest, will be freed later, police say

LUETZERATH, Germany, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg was detained alongside other activists on Tuesday during protests against the demolition of the coal village of Luetzerath, but the entire group will be released later in the day, according to police. “There is no reason to hold them for days. It might take hours … Read more

British prime minister contenders clash over tax cuts in TV debate

Five challenging to succeed Boris Johnson as British PM Second of three TV debates on Sunday Tax plans at heart of heated contest Polls show conflicting picture of who is winning LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The five Conservative contenders still vying to be Britain’s next prime minister clashed over tax cuts in a second … Read more

Wildfires rage in France and Spain as heatwaves sear Europe

Wildfires rage in southwestern France, Spain Health officials report hundreds of heat-related deaths UK emergency committee to meet after weather warning PARIS/LISBON, July 16 (Reuters) – Wildfires raged in southwestern France and Spain on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as blistering summer temperatures put authorities on alert in parts … Read more

Heatwave scorches Europe; health warnings issued

WMO issues warning on air quality in towns and cities UK declares first red heat warning for Monday, Tuesday Wildfires ablaze in France, Spain and Portugal LEIRIA, Portugal/LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds more people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires blistered land in France, Spain and Portugal on Friday, while officials in Europe … Read more

British navy says it seized smuggled Iranian missiles

Royal Navy vessel HMS Montrose at sea during Baltic Operations in this photo taken June 15, 2014. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Adam C. Stapleton / US Navy / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register RIYADH, July 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Navy said on Thursday one of its … Read more

Exclusive: Pope to give women a say in appointment of bishops

Current committee to help pope select bishops is all-male New rules allow even lay Catholics to head most Vatican offices Pope has already appointed some women to high-level positions VATICAN CITY, July 6 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said he wants to give women more top-level positions in the Holy See and disclosed that for the … Read more