Russia green-lights health clinic for treating Kremlin top officials

By Svetlana Reiter and Pavel Miledin MOSCOW, Feb 13 : Moscow city authorities have given the green light for construction of an exclusive health clinic which, according to technical plans seen by Reuters and medical sources, is designed to treat President Vladimir Putin and senior officials. A Reuters special report published last month described how […]

US backs off bid to reopen CIA ‘black site’ prisons -officials

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Feb 5 : The Trump administration has for now backed off a draft executive order that would have called for a review of whether the United States should reopen overseas “black site” prisons, where interrogation techniques often condemned as torture were used, US officials have told Reuters. The New York Times, […]

Top US diplomat role an unlikely fit for ‘tough guy’ Giuliani

By Michelle Nichols and Nathan Layne NEW YORK, Nov 16 : Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now the leading candidate to become President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, but even some Republicans say his tough-guy personality and global business ties may be at odds with international diplomacy. Giuliani, 72, has been one […]

UK gives go-ahead to second-ever shale gas permit

By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale London, Oct 6 : Britain’s government approved its second-ever shale gas fracking permit today, overruling a local authority decision and boosting the country’s position as Europe’s most promising shale gas exploration ground. Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid gave the go-ahead for shale gas […]

Africa struggles to improve governance in past decade -Ibrahim survey

By Karin Strohecker London, Oct 3 : Governance across Africa has improved very little over the past decade as deteriorating safety and rule of law have held back progress made in other areas such as human rights or economic opportunities, a survey said today. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) – the most comprehensive […]

US to open new vetting agency for ‘secret’ security clearances

By Mark Hosenball Washington, Sep 29 : The US government will open the doors next week to a new agency, with stronger data protections, meant to shorten by many weeks the time it takes to vet government workers seeking “secret” and “top secret” security clearances. The National Background Investigations Bureau will be headed by Charles […]