South Korea Supreme Court allows conscientious objection to military service in landmark ruling

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Supreme Court said on Thursday that conscientious objection is a valid reason to refuse mandatory military service, a landmark change in the court’s decades-long stance that is expected to impact about 930 pending cases. The full-bench decision overturns about five decades of precedents that punished conscientious objectors for refusing mandatory military service and is in […]

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U.S. says 'climate is right' for talks to end war in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Wednesday reinforced its call for a ceasefire in Yemen and said the “climate is right” for the combatants to return to U.N.-backed peace talks to end the more than three-year war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday both urged an end to hostilities and resumption of talks […]

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Life's a beach for Brazil's Bolsonaro as spaceman joins his team

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who nearly died from a stab wound while campaigning last month, donned a bulletproof vest on Wednesday and headed to the beach in Rio de Janeiro to attend an acrobatic air show in his honor. Bolsonaro won the presidential race on Sunday, easily overcoming his leftist opponent with a vow […]

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Venezuelan court frees men jailed for video mocking Maduro: groups

CARACAS (Reuters) – Two Venezuelan firefighters who were jailed last month after mocking unpopular President Nicolas Maduro in a viral video portraying him as a donkey were freed on Wednesday, two human rights groups said. Ricardo Prieto, 41, and Carlos Varon, 45, walked out of a court hearing with a local judge in the western state of Merida, according to […]

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Citigroup to move 63 jobs out of London over Brexit

(Reuters) – Citigroup (C.N) said on Wednesday it was planning to move 63 jobs out of London, as it prepares for the possibility of a hard Brexit. The Wall Street bank was looking to relocate 45 employees from its trading unit and 18 from its private bank to other countries within the European Union where it already has a presence, […]

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Libya's rival assemblies see progress in unifying authorities

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rival parliaments agreed on Wednesday to work together to reform state institutions in an attempt to unify government authority in the oil producer, officials from both sides said. The North African country has two governments, the U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli and a rival one based in the east, part of an ongoing power struggle since […]

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UK Brexit ministry says no set date for EU negotiations to end

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit ministry said on Wednesday that there was no set date for Brexit talks to end and Nov. 21 was simply the date lawmakers proposed Brexit secretary Dominic Raab should appear before a Brexit committee. “There is no set date for the (EU) negotiations to conclude,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement after Raab’s letter […]

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