A Valentine’s day special deal for HSBC staff in Hong Kong offering discounted laptops ‘for him’ but vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances ‘for her’ has angered staff over the sexist implications of the campaign. Reuters Continue reading Laptop 'for him', vacuum 'for her'? HSBC draws ire with Valentine offer
Thailand’s election panel on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, putting an end to a stunning, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s words that royalty should be “above politics”. Reuters Continue reading Thai election panel disqualifies princess as PM candidate
Saudi Arabia had “absolutely nothing to do” with the National Enquirer’s reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs said. Reuters Continue reading Saudi Arabia says has 'nothing to do' with Bezos-AMI dispute
President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war. Reuters Continue reading With eye on Afghanistan talks, Trump vows to stop 'endless wars'
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for U.S. troops stationed there to “watch Iran.” Reuters Continue reading Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who at times has had a spiky relationship with the Democratic Party, on Saturday added another liberal voice to a burgeoning field of candidates seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Reuters Continue reading Congresswoman Gabbard officially declares 2020 candidacy
Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the twin bombings that killed at least 20 people during a Catholic Church service in the Philippines as a “terrorist attack” and prayed that God would convert the hearts of those who carried it out. … Continue reading Pope condemns bombing of Philippines cathedral as 'terrorist attack'
U.S. federal prosecutors have stepped up efforts to pressure witnesses to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday, in connection with what it said were secret criminal charges filed by the Trump administration. Reuters Continue reading U.S. prosecutors press witnesses to testify against Assange-WikiLeaks
U.S. President Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday, raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russia. Reuters Continue reading Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout '16, raising questions
Michigan State University’s interim president John Engler said on Wednesday he would resign following renewed criticism of how he handled the fallout from the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar. Reuters Continue reading Ex-Michigan governor says he will resign university post in Nassar fallout
An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto. Reuters Continue reading Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada
An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life left Thailand on Friday en route to Canada, the Thai immigration chief said, although Canadian officials have not confirmed she has been granted asylum. Reuters Continue reading Saudi teen who fled family has left Thailand for Canada: official
A Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her deleted her Twitter account on Friday after getting death threats, a friend said, while she awaits a decision on where she might be granted asylum. … Continue reading Saudi asylum seeker deletes Twitter account after death threats, friend says
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – The first time I met Formin Akter, she wanted to talk about Helen Keller. Reuters Continue reading A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), demanded on Sunday that her interior minister quickly find out what Germany’s security agencies knew about a huge data breach and how they reacted. Reuters Continue reading Merkel's coalition partner demands answers over German data breach
Germany’s BSI cyber defense agency on Saturday defended its role in responding to a far-reaching data breach, saying it could not have connected individual cases it was aware of last year until the entire data release became public. Reuters Continue reading German cyber defense agency defends handling of data breach