Man dies after crashing car, firing gunshots near U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A 29-year-old Delaware man died in an apparent suicide early on Sunday after crashing his car into a barricade near the US Capitol and firing shots into the air, police said. While the man was getting out of the crashed car, he became engulfed in flames just after 4 am … Read more

U.S. lawmakers arrive in Taiwan with China tensions simmering

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A delegation of US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit while there are military tensions between the self-ruled island and China. Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has … Read more

Scotland’s police investigate threat made to JK Rowling after Rushdie tweet

Rugby Union – Six Nations Championship – Scotland vs England – BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Britain – February 24, 2018 Author JK Rowling in the stand before the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Scotland’s police said on Sunday they are investigating a report … Read more

Salman Rushdie still hospitalized as attack suspect pleads not guilty

Aug 13 (Reuters) – Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie remained hospitalized on Saturday with serious injuries a day after he was repeatedly stabbed at a public appearance in New York state, while police sought to determine the motive behind an attack that drew international condemnation. The accused attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded … Read more

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, a security ‘nightmare’ that housed classified documents

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The seizure of classified US government documents from Donald Trump’s sprawling Mar-a-Lago retreat spotlights the ongoing national security concerns presented by the former president, and the home he dubbed the Winter White House, some security experts say. Trump is under federal investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act, which … Read more

Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. After hours of surgery, … Read more

Mexican troops sent to border city after deadly cartel clash

MEXICO CITY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez Friday after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said. Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by … Read more

South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield, complicating conciliation

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is seen in Seongju, South Korea, June 13, 2017. Picture taken on June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug 11 (Reuters) – China and South Korea clashed on Thursday over a US missile defense shield, threatening to undermine … Read more

Japan PM shuffles cabinet as anger deepens over ties to Unification Church

Vote support slumps over party’s ties to church Shake-up comes earlier than analysts had expected Church defends its right to participate in politics Kishida says Unification Church did not influence party policy TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday amid growing public anger about the ruling party’s … Read more

Pelosi: U.S. cannot allow China’s ‘new normal’ over Taiwan

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday the United States could not allow China to normalize the new level of pressure on Taiwan it asserted with days of military drills following her visit to the Chinese-claimed island. “What we saw with China is that they were trying to … Read more