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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court said on Monday it will extradite Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief to the United States, reversing its earlier decision to refuse the request. Hugo Carvajal, an ally of Venezuela’s late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez, is wanted by U.S. authorities on allegations of drug trafficking. He has previously denied the […]

LONDON (Reuters) – China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom on Monday dismissed reporting by Western media on the Chinese government’s policies in Xinjiang as “pure fabrication” and “fake news”. United Nations experts and activists say at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained in camps in […]

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Banks in Lebanon will reopen on Tuesday after a week-long closure, local broadcaster LBCI reported on Monday, following a bank employee union’s revision of new security measures. Lebanese banks have been closed since Nov. 12 because of a strike that the bank employees’ federation said was over security concerns by staff facing […]

MINSK (Reuters) – The parliamentary election in Belarus at the weekend did not comply with democratic standards and was marred by curbs on fundamental freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity, international observers said on Monday. Official results showed that not a single opposition candidate had won a seat, allowing President Alexander Lukashenko to maintain his […]

MALE (Reuters) – Maldives lawmakers voted on Monday to dismiss the Chief Justice and a Supreme Court judge – a move the government said was part of an overhaul of the judiciary, but the opposition branded an attack on the independence of the courts. Lawmakers said they were acting on the recommendation of the parliament-appointed […]

DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of Russian Helicopters said on Sunday that India was delaying the signing of a firm agreement for purchasing 200 helicopters despite providing all information. Chief Executive Andrey Boginsky also said it would benefit India if the planned order for over 100 rotorcraft for the Indian Navy could be combined with […]

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and has already moved them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Russian news agencies cited Crimea’s border guard service as saying on Sunday. A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw tug […]

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday appointed John Steenhuisen as interim leader a month after the country’s main opposition party was thrown into chaos by the sudden resignation of Mmusi Maimane. Maimane, who was appointed as leader to broaden the traditionally white liberal party’s appeal to black voters, quit in October […]

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bank workers in Lebanon will remain on strike on Monday, the president of the Federation of Syndicates of Bank Employees told broadcaster MTV on Sunday, extending industrial action that has kept banks shut nationwide. The union began the strike on Tuesday over safety fears, as protests against political leaders sweep Lebanon and […]