Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates 92 years with star-studded concert

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attended a star-studded special concert on Saturday as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Armenian PM says country needs him as opposition stages ninth day of protests

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Armenian opposition supporters rallied on Saturday for a ninth consecutive day to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, but he said the country needed his experience to tackle problems such as Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey’s Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup.

Tens of thousands of Hungarians protest against PM Orban’s rule

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Hungarians protested on Saturday against government control over the media, which they say helped Prime Minister Viktor Orban to a landslide election victory earlier this month.

One killed, 16 injured as Madagascar police disperse protests

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) – One person was killed on Saturday when Madagascar police fired teargas at opposition demonstrators protesting against new electoral laws they say are designed to lock out their candidate from a presidential election due this year.

Philippines’ Duterte sets window for peace talks with communist rebels

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday he had set a 60-day timeframe for peace talks he is seeking to revive with communist guerrillas, urging the rebels’ exiled leader to come home to hammer out a deal.

Russia says kills nine militants plotting attack in Dagestan

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it had killed nine militants who had been plotting a terrorist act in the volatile Dagestan region in the south of the country.

Thousands of Hungarians protest against Orban’s media control

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Around ten thousand Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against government control over the media which they say helped Prime Minister Viktor Orban to a landslide election victory earlier this month.

Dead Gaza teenager ignored mother’s warning

GAZA (Reuters) – Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Ayoub ignored his mother’s objection and slipped away to join this week’s protest along the Gaza-Israel border, just hours after Israel’s military dropped leaflets in his Gaza village warning residents to stay away.

Family of Myanmar policeman who described sting on Reuters reporters evicted: family

YANGON (Reuters) – The family of a Myanmar policeman who told a court how police planted secret documents on Reuters reporters to “entrap” them was evicted from police housing in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday, less than 24 hours after his testimony, family members said.

Iran vows ‘expected and unexpected’ moves if U.S. exits nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do.

China’s Xi says internet control key to stability

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content.

Palestinian lecturer shot dead in Malaysia: authorities

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Two unidentified men shot and killed a 35-year-old Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning, Malaysian and Palestinian authorities said.

India approves death penalty for child rapists

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years amid outrage in the country after a string of horrific cases of sexual violence.

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North’s state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

U.S. President Trump to visit Britain mid-year, possibly July: reports

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Britain midway through 2018, possibly in July, British newspapers reported on Saturday, citing government sources in Washington and London.

Iran vows ‘expected and unexpected’ moves if U.S. exits deal

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do.

Syrian state TV: Rebels set to quit enclave northeast of Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, the shrine said on Saturday, prompting criticism from Seoul as it is seen in the two Koreas and China as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, abolish test site

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and abolish a nuclear test site in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.

Twenty killed in air strike in southwest Yemen: residents

DUBAI (Reuters) – Twenty people were killed in an air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition in southwestern Yemen on Friday, residents said.

At least three dead, including police officer, in Nicaragua protests

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Protests in Nicaragua over changes to social security have led to the deaths of at least three people, including a police officer, the Red Cross said on Friday, heaping pressure on the leftist government of President Daniel Ortega.

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further lower the temperature.

In historic ruling, court says Italian state negotiated with mafia

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court convicted former high-ranking state officials and mob bosses on Friday for holding secret negotiations in the early 1990s following a devastating wave of mafia murders and bombings.

Myanmar police ‘set up’ Reuters reporters in sting-police witness

YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him “secret documents”, prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.

No time for golf as Merkel braces for tough talks with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces difficult talks next Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump at a time when Washington and Berlin are at odds over a range of issues from trade to Iran, her transatlantic coordinator said on Friday.

Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head -Sky news

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group’s heads of government in Windsor on Friday, Sky News reported citing unnamed sources.

Britain wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth, but eyes July election

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup.

Soros body mulls future in Hungary as Orban vows migration fight

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The foundation of Budapest-born financier George Soros said on Friday it was considering its future in Hungary after enduring repeated attacks from Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who offered the liberal body an unfond farewell.