Afghanistan's Ghani launches bid for second presidential term

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday entered the 2019 presidential race after forging an alliance with a staunch critic to challenge his former governing partners at a time when the Taliban has shut him out of talks to end more than 17 years of war. Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks to the…

Rheinmetall plans to sue Germany over Saudi arms embargo: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German weapons maker Rheinmetall plans to sue the government over its decision to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Spiegel Online reported on Sunday. FLE PHOTO: The logo of German defence and automotive group Rheinmetall AG is pictured at the company's headquarters in Duesseldorf,…

Russian crowd defends ownership of Kuriles before Abe visit

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a military Guard of Honour at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Britain January 10, 2019. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - A crowd gathered in Moscow on Sunday to defend Russia’s ownership of a chain of islands captured by Soviet troops from Japan during the…

Lebanon's Aoun urges more efforts to repatriate Syrian refugees

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers on Sunday to “make all efforts” to enable Syrian refugees to return home, regardless of any political solution to the war there. Lebanese President Michel Aoun talks during the Arab Economic and Social Development summit meeting in Beirut, Lebanon January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz TaherAoun told…

Labour says Britain's only options are second Brexit referendum or close EU ties

FILE PHOTO: The Labour Party's Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union Kier Starmer speaks to journalists at his party's conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 25, 2018. REUTERS//File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s only options are a second Brexit referendum or forging a close economic relationship with the European Union, the main opposition Labour…

Parliament cannot hijack Brexit, says British minister Fox

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s parliament has no right to try to “hijack the Brexit process”, Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Sunday, after several lawmakers indicated they were launching attempts to take more control…