Trump has responsibility towards media, U.N. rights boss says

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 20 : The U.N. rights chief said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump bears “a heavy responsibility” for how the media is portrayed and that his remarks could have a knock-on effect that could hurt journalists in other countries. U.S. newspapers across the country ran editorials last Thursday defending […]

Sweden calls for nuclear reactors to be shielded from hot weather

By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos OSLO, Aug 20 : Sweden’s nuclear energy regulator SSM has asked plant operators to produce plans in the coming months to shield their reactors from harmful hot weather, its director told Reuters on Monday. A number of Swedish reactors had to shut down or reduce output as the summer heatwave sent temperatures […]

Italy allows docking of ship with migrants, ends standoff with Malta

By Steve Scherer ROME, Aug 20 : Italy will let its coast guard ship carrying 177 migrants it rescued on the high seas five days ago dock in Sicily, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Monday, ending a standoff with Malta over where it should disembark. The European Commission also said it was working on […]

Brazil poll shows jailed Lula extending lead for October election

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Aug 20 : Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by 5 percentage points and would win Brazil’s October presidential election if he was allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday. The survey, which was last taken in May, found that almost half […]

With minutes left, Nigeria avoids international soccer ban

By Angela Ukomadu and Mike Oboh LAGOS/ABUJA, Aug 20 : Nigeria narrowly avoided being kicked out of international soccer on Monday when it recognised the FIFA-approved head of its national federation, minutes before a ban for its failure to do so was due to take effect. The sport’s global body had said that, in response […]

Taliban reject Afghan ceasefire, kidnap nearly 200 bus passengers

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain and Jibran Ahmad KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 20 : The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and nearly 200 passengers travelling for a holiday. Two Taliban commanders said their […]