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ISIS brides flee as noose tightens on terror group

They tell stories that their lives depend upon. All insist they were shocked and appalled when they learned what ISIS was really like. They are the former brides of ISIS fighters -- once lured into living in the so-called caliphate -- now stuck between the militants' crumbling stronghold and home countries that most likely don't want them back. [Source]

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China wants Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis bilaterally

DHAKA (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday urged Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis through bilateral negotiations instead of an international initiative.

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Crimes of the Caliphate: Iraqi Shepherd Bears Witness to ISIS Massacre

As Iraq liberates the last territory from Islamic State, the country is starting to grapple with the extent of the group’s destruction.


Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code.


U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".


U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North amid nuclear crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".


Lebanon FM says Hariri crisis part of attempt to create regional chaos

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Friday the crisis over the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is part of an "attempt to create chaos in the region", local television stations reported.

Iraqi forces launch operation to liberate last ISIS-held town

Iraqi forces have begun a large-scale operation to liberate the town of Rawa from ISIS, one of the militant group's last footholds in the country.

Pro-ISIS group threatens Vatican

A pro-ISIS group released a propaganda poster designed as a threat to the Vatican on Christmas. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


Refugee crisis influx no boon for German integration: study

BERLIN (Reuters) - The wave of refugees that entered Germany in 2015-2016 has slowed its integration efforts, according to a study that also showed little progress since 2005 in leveling the playing field for immigrants on education, employment and incomes.


Lebanese president hopes Hariri visit to France will end crisis

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon's president said on Thursday he hoped the crisis over Saad al-Hariri's resignation as prime minister and stay in Saudi Arabia would soon end with Hariri visiting France.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Targeting ISIS, and Killing Civilians

The U.S.-led air campaign been hailed as the most precise in history. But its civilian death toll has been far higher than anyone has acknowledged.


Libyans swap jewelry for medical treatment as crisis bites

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - In a square behind Libya's central bank, black market dealers, some of them armed, carry small plastic bags filled with dollars and larger ones with dinars in and out of one of many informal exchanges.

Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat

In Zimbabwe Crisis, Is Mugabe’s Reign Over?

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president who has ruled for almost four decades, has been put under house arrest by the military.

Tillerson refuses to label Rohingya crisis 'ethnic cleansing,' calls for investigation

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says more information is needed before Washington agrees with the United Nations that the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar constitutes ethnic cleansing.

Zimbabwe political crisis: What's happening?

It has all the markings of a coup: a solemn soldier addressing the nation on state television in a beret and fatigues, armored vehicles in the capital and jittery, puzzled citizens.


BRIEF-Adecco issues $300 mln 4-year notes with 2.625 pct coupon​

* Says ‍adecco group successfully issues usd 300 million notes​


Tillerson to meet Myanmar military supremo in bid to ease Rohingya crisis

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday for talks with the army chief whose forces have been accused of atrocities against ethnic Muslim Rohingya during an operation that drove more than 600,000 to flee to Bangladesh.

Saudi Arabia

What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s Political Crisis?

A crown prince. An epic purge. A proxy war. Saudi Arabia's political crisis, explained.


Turkey 'appalled' by U.S. stance on IS withdrawal from Raqqa: ministry

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Tuesday said it was appalled by the approach of the U.S. Department of Defense towards an agreement between the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State to withdraw Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Russia uses fake photos to accuse US of supporting ISIS

The evidence was "irrefutable," the Russian defense ministry claimed: The US is supporting ISIS. The proof: a series of photos it posted on its social feeds.

Attorney general insists he hasn't made any false statements in his previous congressional testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday told lawmakers that he now remembers a meeting with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, whose work is now a focus of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, but denied having a clear memory of full the conversation.

Brexit is getting messy and the UK is facing a political crisis


Australian citizenship crisis deepens as eighth lawmaker falls

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The citizenship crisis engulfing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government deepened on Tuesday as an eighth lawmaker exited parliament and the main opposition party drafted in a high-profile candidate for a key by-election.

Human rights groups call on Tillerson to address Yemen crisis

A group of 19 humanitarian and human rights nongovernmental organizations are calling on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to use all diplomatic means at his disposal to end the blockade of aid to Yemen, warning that the war-torn nation faces a rapidly deteriorating situation that "puts millions of civilian lives at risk."


Eighth Australian lawmaker falls in citizenship crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian senator announced plans to resign on Tuesday, the eighth lawmaker to become embroiled in a citizenship crisis that has already cost Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government its majority in parliament.


BRIEF-Wesbanco says First Sentry Bancshares to pay co termination fee of $3 million upon merger agreement termination

* Wesbanco - If merger agreement with First Sentry Bancshares terminated, First Sentry may be obligated to pay co termination fee of $3 million - SEC Filing Source text: [] Further company coverage:

UK government: Rohingya crisis 'looks like ethnic cleansing'

The British government has said the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar "looks like ethnic cleansing," Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Monday.


Non-secessionist solution to Catalan crisis possible, says ex-leader

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia's deposed president said he might consider a solution to Spain's political crisis that did not involve the region's secession, appearing to soften the staunchly pro-independence stance that cost him his leadership last month.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

After Hurricane, Signs of a Mental Health Crisis Haunt Puerto Rico

The storm’s violent winds and screeching rains assaulted the island’s psyche for 72 hours, and public health officials say much of the population shows signs of post-traumatic stress.


Australian PM's support falls to new lows amid citizenship crisis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull slumped to a new low in a poll released on Monday as his government cobbled together a deal with the main opposition party to stem a citizenship crisis that has left his government hanging precariously to power.

Rohingya crisis: How we got here

More than half a million Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State since August, pouring into Bangladesh with horrific stories of atrocities.

Mass graves of civilians executed by ISIS found

Mass graves containing the remains of civilians executed by ISIS have been found in the disputed Iraqi province of Kirkuk, Iraqi authorities told reporters on Saturday.

Trump and Putin issue statement on fighting ISIS in Syria

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin informally met on the sidelines of a regional economic summit in Vietnam Saturday and agreed to an extensive statement on the conflict in Syria.


Croatia government survives no-confidence vote over Agrokor debt crisis

ZAGREB, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The Croatian government survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote early on Saturday that the opposition demanded over handling of a debt crisis at the country's largest private firm Agrokor.


Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.


Some leave remote Australian-run asylum detention center as deadline and crisis loom

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 20 asylum seekers left an abandoned Australian-run detention center in remote Papua New Guinea on Friday, leaving hundreds threatened with forcible eviction within days amid an immigration standoff that has blighted Australia for years.


Amid Lebanon crisis, France's Macron flies to Riyadh to see Crown Prince

DUBAI (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is making a previously unscheduled trip to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen.


Juncker calls on Europe to reject separatist 'poison' amid Catalonia crisis

MADRID (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday called on Europe to stand up against separatism at a time when the Catalan independence push has deeply divided Spain.


Special Report: The decisions behind Monsanto's weed-killer crisis

(Reuters) - In early 2016, agri-business giant Monsanto faced a decision that would prove pivotal in what since has become a sprawling herbicide crisis, with millions of acres of crops damaged.


Trump says he and China's Xi to try to end opioid crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping would be focusing "very strongly" on the U.S opioid crisis, which he has declared a public health emergency.

California Today

California Today: California Today: The Latino Education Crisis

Wednesday: A stubborn achievement gap between Latino and white students, a play to purchase Qualcomm, and a look toward Election Day 2018.


Myanmar warns U.N. scolding could harm talks with Bangladesh on Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar warned on Wednesday that a scolding delivered by the U.N. Security Council could "seriously harm" its talks with Bangladesh over returning home more than 600,000 people who fled to escape a Myanmar military crackdown.


'Storm in a tea cup' - Catalonia is no repeat of euro crisis

LONDON (Reuters) - Even though Catalonia's bid for independence may be Spain's worst political crisis in decades, it has been no Grexit, Brexit or even Frexit for foreign investors.


Kenya's Odinga says constitutional review, talks will pave way out of crisis

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he wants an interim government to run the country for six months while the constitution is reviewed to curb the president's authority.


Lebanon's Hariri visits UAE as home crisis escalates

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, his first trip outside Saudi Arabia, as regional tensions aggravated by his surprise resignation escalated into a domestic crisis.

Analysis: We've entered the post-ISIS phase in the Middle East

Out of the blue, from an undisclosed location in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, 47-year old Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday afternoon.


Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country.


U.S. restarts visa issuing in Turkey in first step to ease crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States has partially resumed issuing visas in Turkey after getting assurances about the safety of staff at its missions there, the U.S. embassy said on Monday, in the first step to ease a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

Elections, Mayors

Flint Mayor, Ushered in to Fix Water Crisis, Now Faces Recall

Mayor Karen Weaver says Flint has made progress, and she blames racism and sexism for the recall. Opponents accuse her of corruption and incompetence.


Australian PM to force lawmakers to declare citizenship to end political crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans on Monday to force all lawmakers to declare they are not dual nationals as he seeks to defuse a political crisis that saw his deputy ejected from parliament.

Nasrallah, Hassan

Hezbollah Urges ‘Patience and Calm’ Amid Lebanon’s Political Crisis

A day after the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, who denounced Hezbollah, the leader of the Shiite militia and political party spoke out.

ISIS claims suicide attack in Yemen

A suicide bomber struck security headquarters in the southern port city of Aden on Sunday, killing several people and sparking clashes, Yemeni officials said.


Op-Ed Contributor: How ISIS helped peace in the Philippines’s Muslim south

The Islamists’ devastating siege of Marawi brings unexpected opportunities to end a long-running insurgency.


Editorial: After ISIS, What Comes Next?

With a region in ruins, the United States faces the daunting challenge of promoting stability and countering extremism.


Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

LONDON (Reuters) - Almost every country in the world now has serious nutrition problems, either due to over-eating leading to obesity or a lack of food leading to undernutrition, according to a major study published on Saturday.

US launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

The United States conducted two separate airstrikes targeting ISIS militants in northeastern Somalia for the first time on Friday, US Africa Command said in a statement.

Defense and Military Forces

ISIS Has Been Ousted From Deir al-Zour, Syrian Media Says

A pro-government alliance has reportedly driven the militants from their last foothold in a major city.

ISIS ousted from last major city in Syria, state media says

The Syrian army and allied forces have taken full control of the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS, Syria's Defense Ministry and state media said Friday.

New York attacker is a 'soldier of the caliphate,' ISIS says

The man accused of using a truck to plow down pedestrians and cyclists on a New York bike path is a "soldier of the caliphate," the ISIS terror group said on its weekly newspaper.


What Is Happening on Manus Island? The Detainee Crisis Explained

Water and electricity have been cut off to a Papua New Guinea detainee camp, but hundreds of asylum seekers are refusing to let Australia move them.


What New York Attack Suspect’s Words May Say About ISIS Ties

A note and a cellphone left at the scene may offer insight into the radicalization of the suspect.

The changing face of ISIS


DuPont to sell cellulosic ethanol plant in blow to biofuel

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a unit of DowDuPont Inc, on Thursday said it halted operations at a two-year-old ethanol plant and will sell it, dealing another blow to efforts to create biofuels without using food crops.

Coding school wants to stop people from joining ISIS

Pleas from a Syrian widow who fled ISIS into uncertainty


BRIEF-DowDuPont total pretax restructuring charges to be recorded include about $875 mln to $975 mln severance and related benefits costs

* DowDuPont - Total pretax restructuring charges to be recorded include about $875 million-$975 million severance and related benefits costs, among others

New York Today: New York Today: Terrorism Crisis Mode for a Principal. Again.

Thursday: A principal who faced two terrorist attacks, the return of “hotumn”, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is chosen.

Life in limbo after ISIS' brutal rule

After months living under ISIS' brutal rule, Maha finally escaped. But WhatsApp voice messages sent to her mother reveal the uncertain future Raqqa refugees still face.


Trump panel urges more treatment options to fight opioid crisis

(Reuters) - A panel convened by U.S. President Donald Trump to tackle the opioid crisis called on Wednesday for more treatment programs, tighter prescribing guidelines and additional drug courts to help reduce overdose deaths.


Puerto Rico seeks help as Medicaid crisis deepens after Maria

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, is asking the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers for help in staving off a Medicaid crisis that has put a quarter of the island’s residents at risk of losing medical care.


BRIEF-Groupon announces Q3 revenue $634.5 million

* Q3 GAAP earnings per share $0.00 from continuing operations

8 killed when truck runs into crowd; note in truck claims attack for ISIS, source says

After a 29-year-old man drove a truck into a Manhattan crowd on Tuesday, killing eight and wounding almost a dozen in the deadliest terror attack to hit the city since 9/11, New Yorkers made it clear that they refused to be intimidated.


Australian citizenship crisis threatens to engulf another lawmaker

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A citizenship crisis that has rocked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government could claim another high profile lawmaker, with the president of the Senate saying he will resign from parliament if found to be a dual national.

A city reduced to rubble after years of ISIS rule

It was here, at the main square in Raqqa, that ISIS militants unveiled their brutality to the world -- they carried out public executions and placed the heads of the dead on spikes.


New Jersey sues OxyContin maker, links marketing to opioid crisis

(Reuters) - New Jersey on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, maker of the chronic pain medication OxyContin, accusing the company of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that contributed to what it called the state's opioid crisis.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Kevin de León Confronts a Crisis in the Capital

Tuesday: Kevin de León confronts a crisis in the capital, Netflix drops Kevin Spacey’s “House of Cards,” and a look back at River Phoenix.


U.N. picks Norwegian for Myanmar role as tensions simmer over Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations named a new interim U.N. resident coordinator for Myanmar on Tuesday, appointing Knut Ostby of Norway to take over the humanitarian role at a time of growing strains with the Myanmar government over the handling of the Rohingya crisis.


BRIEF-Dynegy says under specified circumstances Vistra may be required to pay co termination fee of $100 mln, upon termination of deal

* Dynegy - upon termination of deal with Vistra Energy, under specified circumstances Vistra may be required to pay co termination fee of $100 million‍​


UPDATE 1-Zodiac Aero predicts rebound after seats crisis hit profit

PARIS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Zodiac Aerospace, which is in the midst of being taken over by French aerospace group Safran , predicted sharp growth in operating income this financial year after the tail end of an industrial crisis at its seat plants hit 2016/17 profit.


Singapore minister says he is prepared to become next PM if called upon

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - One of the contenders to be Singapore's next leader on Monday said he had an obligation to be ready to take on the job.

France in 'croissant crisis' amid butter shortage

It's being called a "croissant crisis," and French chefs and home cooks are not taking France's butter shortage lightly. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.


Qatar emir says open to Trump-hosted talks over Gulf crisis: CBS

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruler said he is ready for U.S.-hosted direct talks aimed at solving the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years but has yet to hear a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's invitation to the four Arab states boycotting Doha.

Opioid crisis: Childhood friends die on same day

Twenty seconds is all it took to kill 19-year-old Dustin Manning.


The Interpreter: Mexico’s Record Violence Is a Crisis 20 Years in the Making

This is how a series of bad breaks, missteps and self-imposed crises grew Mexico’s organized crime problem into a national disaster.


Australian PM puts foreign minister in charge amid government crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday appointed his foreign minister as acting prime minister as he tried to stem the fallout of a citizenship crisis that has cost his government its parliamentary majority.


Australia appoints acting PM while he travels amid citizenship crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as acting prime minister on Saturday while he travels abroad after a citizenship crisis ousted his deputy and cost his government its parliamentary majority.


Australia appoints emergency acting PM amid citizenship crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as his acting prime minister on Saturday while he travels abroad after a citizenship crisis ousted his deputy and cost his government its parliamentary majority.


Australia appoints emergency deputy PM in citizenship crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as deputy prime minister on Saturday after a citizenship crisis ousted his deputy and cost his government its parliamentary majority.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

Human rights advocates say the company should be doing more to combat misinformation and hateful language on the site.


UPDATE 1-Catalan crisis hits Spanish bonds, stocks and CDS

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields (Writes through)

Opioid Crisis, J.F.K., ‘Stranger Things’: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Spain set to impose direct rule in Catalonia as crisis spirals

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain prepared to impose direct rule in Catalonia on Friday, an unprecedented step that risks sparking unrest with secessionists calling on the Catalan parliament to make a defiant declaration of independence.


Australian court to rule on deputy PM citizenship crisis

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's High Court is due to rule on Friday whether the deputy prime minister can remain in parliament as he held dual citizenship when elected. If he is found ineligible, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would lose his one seat majority.


The Opioid Crisis: A Guide to Our Coverage

The New York Times has been covering the opioid epidemic — from when it started bubbling up in towns around the United States years ago to now, as it decimates communities and families.

Kurdish-Iraqi clashes are undermining ISIS fight, US-led coalition says

Armed clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq are undermining the fight against ISIS, even as Iraqi troops launch an operation to capture what the US-led military coalition has called the terror group's "final stronghold" in Iraq.

Sunni Muslims

As ISIS Is Driven From Iraq, Sunnis Remain Alienated

The grievances of Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority allowed the Islamic State to flourish. How the government deals with Sunnis now could have long-term consequences.


Catalonia's leader rules out snap election, crisis deepens

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain, sharpening a political crisis that could spill into direct confrontation.


UPDATE 2-Catalonia's leader rules out snap election, crisis deepens

* Madrid says independence leaders playing tricks (adds details, quotes, writes through)

President to call opioid crisis a health emergency, but his order will come with less immediate action

President Donald Trump will declare a nationwide health emergency to combat the opioid crisis at an event in the White House on Thursday, rather than issuing a national disaster declaration.


Catalonia crisis deepens as region's leader rules out snap election

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday ruled out holding a snap regional election to break the deadlock between the central government and separatists seeking a split from Spain, sharpening the political crisis.


UPDATE 3-DowDuPont set to beat quarterly estimates as new company

Oct 26 (Reuters) - DowDuPont, formed by the merger of chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont, revealed third-quarter profit estimates on Thursday that were much higher than Wall Street's expectations ahead of the combined company's first earnings report next week.


U.S. opioid crisis could spread to Europe, experts say

LISBON (Reuters) - Europe should heed the threat from opioids responsible for America's deadliest drug epidemic in decades as both regions have seen rises in prescription rates of such medicines, which can be a gateway to dangerous derivatives, experts said.

United States Politics and Government

Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a ‘Public Health Emergency’

The long-promised directive, to be announced Thursday, fulfills a promise but falls short of the national emergency declaration President Trump promised.

Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency

President Donald Trump will use an event at the White House on Thursday to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, White House officials tell CNN.


Trump to declare opioids a public health crisis: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday will declare the opioid crisis in the United States a public health emergency in a move aimed at redirecting federal resources to combat widespread abuse, senior administration officials said.

Can the kratom plant help fix the opioid crisis?

Multiple surgeries couldn't help Lisa Vinson with the chronic abdominal pain stemming from endometriosis, a condition in which tissue begins to grow outside the uterus.


Iraqi PM Abadi insists outcome of Kurdish independence referendum be canceled

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister insisted on Thursday that the Kurdish independence referendum be declared void, an apparent rejection of the Kurdistan region's offer to "freeze" its independence push as part of efforts to resolve the crisis through talks.


Partial Bankia sale possible by year-end if Catalonia crisis resolved - Econ Min

MADRID, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A partial sale of Spanish state-held lender Bankia is possible by the end of 2017 if a crisis prompted by a secession bid by the wealthy region of Catalonia is resolved, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Thursday.

Secession and Independence Movements

The Catalonia Crisis Has Not Divided Spain, Just Its Media

In Spain’s territorial conflict over Catalonia, the media has played its part in reinforcing the divergent views of the standoff.

US airstrikes kill 9 ISIS militants in Yemen

The US military conducted two airstrikes targeting ISIS in Yemen on Wednesday, killing nine ISIS militants, according to US Central Command, which oversees US troops in the region.

Bergen: War against ISIS goes global

The battle in Niger in which four members of a US Army Special Forces team were killed by an ISIS-affiliated group has garnered a great deal of public attention, partly because of the spat between President Trump and the family of one of the dead soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, but the incident also underlines the extent to which the war on terror has truly globalized since the 9/11 attacks.


Kenya crisis deepens as judges' absence means vote goes ahead

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya plunged deeper into crisis on Wednesday after a no-show by a majority of Supreme Court judges scuppered an eleventh-hour petition to delay a presidential election and the governor of a volatile opposition region endorsed rebellion against the state.


Crisis over Catalan independence nears crucial few days

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is likely to go to Madrid on Thursday to explain his position on independence from Spain and try to stop the national government imposing direct control on the region.

A teen's life cut short amid Venezuela crisis

Kenya Elections Set for Thursday as Crisis Deepens

A voting petition went unheard because the Supreme Court lacked the judges to make a quorum.


Kenya crisis deepens as vote delay petition goes unheard

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya plunged deeper into a political crisis on Wednesday as its Supreme Court said it could not hear a case to delay a presidential election because it lacked the judges to make a quorum.


Snap election not enough to solve crisis, Spain tells Catalan leader

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia's leader cannot solve its political crisis with Madrid just by calling regional elections, Spain's justice minister said on Tuesday, dampening hopes of a quick fix for a dispute that has rattled investors and fractured the country.


Catalan leader can't solve crisis by calling elections: Justice Minister

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont cannot solve its political crisis with Madrid just by calling regional elections, Spain's Justice Minister said on Tuesday.


Catalonia crisis cannot be solved by elections alone: justice minister

MADRID (Reuters) - The political crisis in Catalonia cannot by solved simply by calling regional elections, the Spanish Justice Minister said during a radio interview on Tuesday.

Top general: ISIS becoming 'global challenge'

Gen. Joseph Dunford warned in a news conference that ISIS is becoming a "global challenge" and trying to establish a physical presence outside Iraq and Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon spoke to ISIS fighters about what's next for the terror group.


ISIS Threat in Philippines Spreads in Remote Battles

Even after the defeat of jihadist forces in the city of Marawi, people on Mindanao tell of fierce battles with other Islamist cells.


U.S. needs to work with others on North Korea crisis: Singapore PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday he outlined for President Donald Trump his country's efforts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program but also advised the U.S. leader to use talks to help resolve the conflict.

Opinion: It's too early to write off ISIS

Last week, the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced that it had taken Raqqa, the Syrian city, which had served as ISIS' capital. The taking of the city is the latest in a series of substantial military blows to ISIS' fortunes. However, Americans should not expect the fall of Raqqa to have a substantial effect on the jihadist threat at home.


BRIEF-Eqt to appoint two new directors upon closing of Rice acquisition

* EQT to appoint two new directors upon closing of Rice acquisition

Catalonia (Spain)

News Analysis: In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’

Catalan separatists have flouted Spain’s Constitution, but Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has also allowed the conflict to spin dangerously out of control.


Defense chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang's "reckless" provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defense chiefs in the Philippines.


Italian regions vote in favor of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

ISIS Fighters Are Not Flooding Back Home to Wreak Havoc as Feared

Several factors contributed: The American-led campaign in Iraq and Syria focused on preventing militants from leaving, and many fought to the death.


Italians vote in autonomy referendums in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy began voting on Sunday in referendums for autonomy, ballots that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.


Opinion: A Male Infertility Crisis Is Coming. The Middle East Can Help.

The region has made huge progress in viewing the condition as a medical problem, not a manhood problem.

Trump: End of ISIS 'is in sight'

President Donald Trump said Saturday that the United States would soon transition into a "new phase" of involvement in Syria after US-backed forces drove ISIS members from Raqqa, the city they deemed their capital.


Spain to sack Catalan government in bid to end secessionist crisis

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will sack Catalonia's secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it said were needed to prevent the region breaking away.

They survived the California fires -- now the crisis is finding housing

Laurie Martinez has slept in a tent every night since a fire ripped through her neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

Bigger battles are rising from the ashes of the war on ISIS

The last ISIS fighters in Raqqa have been killed or surrendered, and the terror group that once held territory the size of the United Kingdom and ruled over ten million people has been pushed back to a few dusty towns straddling the Syrian border with Iraq.

Former Defense Secretary Carter says Trump can't claim ISIS victory

President Donald Trump is wrong to claim he has dramatically changed the military approach to fighting ISIS, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

The haunting building where ISIS made its last stand in Raqqa

It is a place haunted not so much by the ghosts of those imprisoned within, but by the words they left behind on the walls.

US-backed forces declare 'liberation' of ISIS stronghold

US-backed militias on Friday declared the "total liberation" of the Syrian city of Raqqa, which for more than three years was the de facto capital of ISIS.


UPDATE 2-Russia's Rosneft to take control of Iraqi Kurdish pipeline amid crisis

* Kurdistan oil exports struggle amid tensions with Baghdad (Adds details, background; changes media slug from RUSSIA-KURDISTAN/ROSNEFT-PIPELINE)

The women who helped defeat ISIS in Raqqa

Kurdish female fighters have celebrated in Raqqa this week after the defeat of ISIS militants, whose brutal rule over the city has come to an end after almost four years.


Kobe Steel crisis deepens as plant inspected for breach of industrial law

TOKYO (Reuters) - One of Kobe Steel Ltd's copper plants was being inspected for a possible breach of industrial standards, the government said on Friday, while the company said it was investigating reports it continued shipping products after discovering widespread tampering of product data.


Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.


INSIGHT-Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.


As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage

The Syrian war did not begin or end with the Islamic State. Who will control the cities and territories where ISIS was evicted is an open question.

Secession and Independence Movements

Editorial: A Chance to Defuse the Catalonia Crisis

The leaders of Spain and Catalonia have made their point. Now it’s time to show true leadership.

Where is the leader of ISIS?

As US-backed forces this week announced they'd ousted ISIS from its self-declared capital in Syria, the fate of the terror group's reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains a mystery.


This Is What Victory Over ISIS Looks Like

Cities in Syria and Iraq have been wrested from the Islamic State at a terrible cost. They are ghosts of their former glory.

Mahmud Ahmad

Key ISIS Operative in Philippines ‘Taken’ in Gunfight, President Says

Mahmud Ahmad had acted as a link to the group’s central command in Syria, helping funnel money and foreign fighters who ransacked a city in the south.

Catalonia, ISIS, Chicago Cubs: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Big Losses for ISIS

Its de facto capital is falling and its territory is shrinking. But is the Islamic State losing its war, or starting a new one?


Kenya president snubs vote crisis meeting, presses ahead with campaign

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, saying he would instead spend the day campaigning for next week's presidential vote re-run.

Trump's existential crisis: Ride with Bannon or govern with McConnell

They are the dueling imps hovering over President Donald Trump's shoulders, whispering in his ear, cajoling, enticing, threatening as they stretch their president and their party in wildly divergent directions.


U.N. says still determining if Myanmar crisis is genocide

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has yet to decide if violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar constitutes genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday.

Tillerson says US can't ignore humanitarian crisis

The United States is watching the humanitarian disaster unfolding inside Myanmar and will not be silent in the face of mounting atrocities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

Bergen: No, Trump didn't defeat ISIS

On Tuesday, US-backed forces announced that Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria, had fallen.


Kremlin oil major piles up investments in Iraq's Kurdistan amid crisis

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Russian state oil major Rosneft has agreed to invest $400 million in five oil blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan, increasing Moscow's exposure to the semi-autonomous region despite a major spike in tensions with the central government in Baghdad.


U.S. says holds Myanmar military leaders accountable in Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar's military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Driving out ISIS is just the start in Raqqa

As the smoke over Raqqa slowly clears, questions about the governance of the Syrian city and its stability will soon need answering.


Tillerson: U.S. holds Myanmar military leaders accountable for Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States was "extraordinarily concerned" by what was happening to Myanmar's Rohingya minority and held Myanmar's military leadership accountable.


PM praises Italy's migrant policy as U.N. cites humanitarian crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday that Italy was a model for Europe on how to reduce migrant arrivals, a day after U.N. agencies said its policies had trapped tens of thousands of people in dire conditions in Libya.


Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not submit to "impositions" from the United States over an on-going visa crisis and will reject any conditions it cannot meet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.


News Analysis: After the Caliphate, What’s Next for ISIS? ISIS 2.0, Experts Say

With the fall of its capital and loss of territory, the Islamic State may be reeling but not vanquished.


Qatar emir says open to dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Qatar is "open to dialogue" in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbors, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday.


Qatar suggests Gulf crisis hurts fight against Islamic State: CNBC

(Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister suggested on Tuesday that measures taken by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states in their dispute with Qatar had hurt the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State, according to the text of an interview with CNBC.


‘Come Out and Surrender’: Inside Raqqa, With the Fighters Who Drove Off ISIS

A New York Times photographer accompanied Kurdish fighters as they entered Raqqa, the Syrian city that had been a stronghold of the Islamic State.

Trump takes credit for ISIS 'giving up'

President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn't on the run before because "you didn't have Trump as your president."

ISIS arrests: How many are from travel ban countries?

They called it the "US Project." Their goal, allegedly, was to carry out an ISIS terror attack on New York during Ramadan that would "show them what they hadn't seen in 2001."

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

U.S.-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS

Losing the Syrian city is a blow to the Islamic State, which had long used it as the de facto capital of a self-declared caliphate.

US-backed forces say ISIS has lost its grip on Raqqa

US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared capital.


U.S.-backed militias say they take major Raqqa position from ISIS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has taken the National Hospital in Raqqa, one of Islamic State's last remaining bastions in its former Syrian capital, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday.

Philippines city liberated from ISIS-affiliated militants, Duterte says

The Philippines city of Marawi has been liberated from ISIS-affiliated militants following a five-month standoff, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday, according to CNN Philippines.

After ISIS, 'Mosul can never be the same'

A few days ago, Mahmoud Saeed boarded a plane for a trip that is sure to be filled with trepidation.

European Union

Op-Ed Contributor: Where’s the E.U. in the Catalonia Crisis?

The problems in Spain are just the latest chapter in the ongoing battle between populism and the European Union.


Philippines Says It Killed ISIS-Linked Leader in Push to Reclaim City

Isnilon Hapilon and the group he led, Abu Sayyaf, have occupied parts of the southern city of Marawi since May. He was wanted by the F.B.I. for hostage-taking.

ISIS-affiliated leaders killed in Philippines

Two key ISIS-affiliated leaders engaged in a standoff with Philippines forces in the southern city of Marawi have been killed, the country's Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.


Kobe Steel shares tumble to near five-year low as cheating crisis deepens

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of embattled Kobe Steel Ltd tumbled to their lowest level in nearly 5 years on Monday, as a cheating scandal at the Japanese steelmaker ensnared hundreds of firms and left investors fearing for the financial and legal fallout.


Iran's Soleimani arrives in Kurdish region for talks about crisis with Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has arrived in Iraq's Kurdistan region for talks about the escalating crisis between the Kurdish authorities and the Iraqi government following the Kurdish independence referendum, a Kurdish official said on Sunday.


Europe's migration crisis casts shadow over Austrian election

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could see 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz become chancellor on a pledge to take a hard line on refugees and prevent a repeat of Europe's migration crisis.


Europe's migration crisis casts long shadow as Austria votes

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria holds a parliamentary election on Sunday in which a young conservative star hopes to beat the far right at its own game with a hard line on refugees and pledging to prevent a repeat of Europe's migration crisis.

ISIS setbacks reported in Syria

ISIS is said to have suffered key setbacks in Syria, with US-led coalition forces grabbing more turf in the terror group's self-declared capital of Raqqa and the Syrian military seizing a key eastern city.


UPDATE 1-U.S. steel stocks jump after Kobe Steel crisis deepens

Oct 13 (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. steelmakers jumped on Friday after Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd said the firm's data cheating may have spread beyond the country to affect about 500 companies, sparking global supply chain concerns.


As crisis at Kobe Steel deepens, CEO says cheating engulfs 500 firms

TOKYO (Reuters) - The cheating crisis engulfing Kobe Steel Ltd just got bigger.


Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'appalled' at Rohingya crisis: adviser

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "appalled" at the Rohingya refugee crisis in her country and is determined to fix it, but needs to be careful not to inflame the situation further, an adviser to Suu Kyi told reporters on Friday.


Spaniards use national holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards began lining the streets of Madrid on Thursday and national flags hung from balconies across the capital as unionists used a holiday military parade to show unity in the face of moves by Catalonia to declare independence.


Turkey received U.S. request to solve visa crisis: Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has received a request from the United States to solve an escalating row between the two countries, the spokesman for President Erdogan said on Thursday, after a U.S. consulate worker was arrested in Istanbul last week.


Australian court says no guarantee of speedy ruling on citizenship crisis

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's High Court said on Thursday it was aware of the need to rule on the eligibility of seven lawmakers quickly, but warned it could not guarantee a speedy resolution to a case that threatens the government's one-seat majority in parliament.

A crisis of Trump's own making?

US President Donald Trump's attempts to jettison the Iran nuclear deal will, in the eyes of many observers, send a dangerous message to the international community, and to North Korea in particular.


Kobe Steel crisis deepens as more data tampering revealed; shares tumble

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd plunged deeper into crisis on Wednesday as fresh revelations showed data fabrication at the steelmaker was more widespread than initially thought, heightening a safety scare along the global supply chain.


Kobe Steel crisis deepens on new revelations of data fabrications, shares dive

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd plunged deeper into crisis on Wednesday as fresh revelations showed data fabrication at the steelmaker was more widespread than initially thought, heightening a safety scare along the global supply chain.


UPDATE 2-Kobe Steel crisis deepens on new revelations of data fabrications, shares dive

* Kobe previously said aluminium and copper products affected (Adds context, company investigating further possible abuses, comment from government spokesman, analyst & updates shares)

Catalan crisis shows that Spain is broken

As Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont rose to speak about his region's vote in the referendum to secede from Spain, few knew what he planned to say.


Turkey's Erdogan blames U.S. envoy for diplomatic crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan blamed the U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday for a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and said Ankara no longer considered him Washington's envoy.


U.S. opens rare criminal trial versus bank stemming from 2008 crisis

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The U.S. government, long criticized for a dearth of successful prosecutions tied to the 2008 financial crisis, was set to open a rare criminal trial on Tuesday that gives it a chance to improve its record.


EU again urges dialogue to end Catalan crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission repeated its call for dialogue in Spain to end the crisis in Catalonia amid concerns that the Catalan regional authorities could declare independence on Tuesday.


EU's center-right FinMins back Spain in Catalan crisis: Spain

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Europe's center-right finance ministers support Spain's central government in dismissing a contested independence referendum in the country's Catalonia region, Spain's finance minister said.


Australian High Court sits to resolve lawmakers' citizenship crisis

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's High Court began a three-day hearing on Tuesday to determine the eligibility of seven lawmakers who may hold dual citizenship, a case that could determine whether the government is able to maintain its razor-thin majority.


Protests but no talks as Catalonia crisis goes down to wire

* Spain PM Rajoy does not rule out suspending Catalan autonomy


West edges towards punishing Myanmar army leaders over Rohingya crisis: sources

YANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, officials familiar with the discussions say.


ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Many claim to have been only cooks or clerks.


Suspected ISIS Members Surrender in Iraq

In the days since Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Hawija, the group’s final urban stronghold in the country, more than 1,000 men have turned themselves in to the Kurdish authorities.


On Baseball: Joe Girardi, Upon Review, Offers a Rare Mea Culpa: ‘I Screwed Up’

The Yankees’ detail-obsessed manager invited a lot of scrutiny by not asking for a replay review of an inaccurate call in a playoff loss to the Indians on Friday night.