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World 19 Dec 2015 | 1:18 AM

Back to reality for Merkel as Europe stalls on refugees

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Only two of the 11 refugee reception "hotpots" Europe hoped to get up and running this year are working. Less than one percent of the 160,000 migrants it agreed to relocate have been. And a recent drop in arrivals has more to do with the weather than any crackdown by Turkey.

World 19 Dec 2015 | 3:28 AM

Palestinian driver tries to ram Israeli soldiers, shot dead - army

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram them with a car and another who took part in a violent demonstration in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the military and medical officials said.

World 17 Dec 2015 | 9:13 AM

Insight - Vietnam builds military muscle to face China

XUAN MAI, Vietnam (Reuters) - Vietnam's military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernisation drive, Hanoi's biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War.

World 16 Dec 2015 | 8:09 PM

Turkey steps up security operations in southeast, nine killed

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish security forces stepped up operations targeting Kurdish militants in southeastern towns on Wednesday, security sources said, as pro-government media detailed plans for a 10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region.

World 16 Dec 2015 | 2:32 PM

Cruz, Rubio spar for second slot behind Trump

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Reuters) - While many viewers were fixed on the ongoing political spectacle that is Donald Trump during Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio only had eyes for each other.

World 16 Dec 2015 | 2:50 PM

Republicans Trump, Cruz seize spotlight at U.S. presidential debate

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Challenger Jeb Bush locked horns with Republican front-runner Donald Trump in a national security debate on Tuesday but most rivals avoided tangling with the billionaire who has emerged as an enduring force in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

World 16 Dec 2015 | 4:02 AM

Greece mounts late push to assure EU before migration summit

ATHENS (Reuters) - In a last-minute drive to assure European Union partners that it is getting to grips with a mass influx of refugees, Greece released aerial photographs on Tuesday of new registration centres for migrants on its northern Aegean islands.

World 15 Dec 2015 | 9:58 PM

Instead of jade, Myanmar's gem scavengers find heroin and destitution

YANGON (Reuters) - Unsuccessful jade scavengers in Myanmar seeking to assuage their despair are swelling a tide of drug abuse in Kachin state that presents a challenge for the untested government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after its landslide election win.

World 15 Dec 2015 | 2:45 PM

Myanmar's high opium output a huge test for Suu Kyi government - U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Opium production in Myanmar has stabilized for a third year, the United Nations said on Tuesday, but remained a daunting challenge for the untested government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that takes power in February.

Nation 15 Dec 2015 | 4:00 AM

School project in Long Sukang, Sarawak abandoned

LONG SUKANG: An abandoned school project in the Bakelalan state constituency in interior northern Sarawak is causing difficulties for students from 12 settlements there.