UK opposition leader Corbyn asks to meet queen over Brexit: Guardian

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked to meet Queen Elizabeth to raise his concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend parliament for longer than normal before Brexit, the Guardian newspaper said. “Understand Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Queen, expressing concern about Boris Johnson’s announcement that he’s proroguing parliament, and …

Explainer: What is a Queen’s Speech and why has UK PM Johnson called one?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling a Queen’s Speech for Oct. 14, a move his opponents say is an attempt to limit opposition to Brexit weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in central London, …

Tunisia’s Zbidi says he will amend constitution if elected president

Tunisia’s Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi will amend the constitution if he wins September’s presidential election to end an “unreasonable” division of power between the prime minister and the head of state, he told Reuters, a move rivals oppose. FILE PHOTO: Tunisian Minister of Defense Abdelkarim Zbidi submits his candidacy for the presidential elections in Tunis, …

Brazil says South American nations to meet on Amazon, accepts Chilean aid

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defense of the Amazon, and took another swipe at the G7 group of rich nations for its offer of $20 million aid. After a meeting with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera in Brasilia, Bolsonaro said Brazil …

Six killed as Indonesian forces fire on Papua protesters: resident

Security forces opened fire on protesters in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua on Wednesday, killing six people in a clash at a government office in the Deiyai region, a resident and a website citing a separatist group said. Since last week, thousands of people have protested over perceived ethnic discrimination, leading to the torching of …

As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China

When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he’ll need to salvage something from a “pivot” to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbors to a new level of brinkmanship in the South China Sea. FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the meeting …

As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China

When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he’ll need to salvage something from a “pivot” to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbors to a new level of brinkmanship in the South China Sea. FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the meeting …

Ukraine frees jailed Russian journalist amid prisoner swap talks

A court in Ukraine ordered jailed Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky to be freed on bail and released from custody, as Moscow and Kiev hold behind-the-scenes talks on a possible prisoner swap. Vyshinsky, the head of Russia’s state-backed RIA Novosti news agency in Ukraine, was arrested last year and accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists. Vyshinsky faces …