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Pope tells new cardinals: be humble, help poor, fight injustice

29 June 2017

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis elevated five senior clerics from outside Italy and the Vatican to the top rank of cardinal on Wednesday, urging them to be humble and not forget refugees and victims of war, terrorism and injustice.

Merkel's strategic retreat on same-sex marriage is rival's tactical win

28 June 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament is set on Friday to vote to allow marriages between people of the same sex, embarrassing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and handing her Social Democrat (SPD) challengers a rare victory months before a national election.

Facebook hits two billion user mark

28 June 2017

Facebook said it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant’s founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission – not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

Cambodia's Hun Sen orders probe into rights group

28 June 2017

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation on Wednesday into The Situation Room, a consortium of rights groups which criticised local elections this month that handed a victory to Hun Sen's ruling party.

Indonesia imposes travel ban on Trump's business partner

28 June 2017

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities have imposed a travel ban on tycoon and politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is building resorts to be managed by Trump hotels, over an investigation into allegations he threatened a prosecutor via a text message.

Thailand seeks U.S. cooperation following trafficking report

28 June 2017

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday defended its efforts to stop human trafficking after the United States kept it on a trafficking watch list and urged U.S. officials to visit the country and see first hand its efforts.

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