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August 17, 2017 10:18 AM Saudi Arabia to open border, airports to Qatari pilgrims

DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will open a border crossing for Qataris making the haj pilgrimage and provide a plane to fly pilgrims in, despite a rift in which Saudi Arabia and other states in the region severed transport links with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut transport links with Qatar in June and imposed 4

August 16, 2017 9:53 PM Kenya suspends action against rights groups following raid

The Kenyan government has ordered the immediate suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that have raised concerns over last week's election, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The letter, signed by the acting interior minister and sent to the head of the non-government organization co-ordination board, said the government and the organizations 5

August 16, 2017 7:47 PM Pence cuts short Latin America trip and pressures Chile to sever all ties to North Korea

SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Pence is cutting short his Latin America trip by one day to return to Washington for a strategy meeting Friday at Camp David with President Trump and the national security team. Pence also has canceled two scheduled political appearances on Saturday in Virginia — a campaign stop with Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie 3

August 15, 2017 9:00 PM Why NASA postponed election results briefing

A delay by the electoral commission to provide all requested documents to facilitate verification of the presidential results reportedly prompted Opposition leaders to postpone their briefing yesterday. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was unable to immediately furnish the National Super Alliance (NASA) with all the forms 34A that detail 2

August 15, 2017 6:29 PM Britain Offers Plan to Avoid Immediate ‘Brexit’ Trade Chaos

On Tuesday, Mr. Hammond seemed to emerge the victor in one battle, securing cabinet support for the soft transition from membership of the customs union. Introducing the plan, David Davis, Britain’s main Brexit negotiator, noted that other European Union nations, which export more goods to Britain than it sends back, have an interest in making it work. Under 5

August 15, 2017 8:32 AM David Davis on the Brexit divorce bill: 'Michel is getting quite cross with us'

LONDON — David Davis has said the UK's refusal to commit to a figure for the EU divorce bill until later this year has made the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier "quite cross" with British negotiators. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday morning before the government's customs union transition plan is published 4

August 15, 2017 8:32 AM Sturgeon: UK's Brexit customs union plan 'daft'

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed the UK government's plans for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU as a "daft 'have cake and eat it' approach". Ministers have set out plans for an "ambitious new customs arrangement" with the EU after the UK leaves. This could include a "temporary customs union" after March 2019 to prevent border problems during the process 4

August 15, 2017 8:32 AM Britain could pay into Brussels coffers for temporary customs deal after Brexit, says David Davis

David Davis today called for a temporary customs deal with the EU after Brexit - and refused to rule out paying into Brussels coffers in return. The Brexit Secretary said securing an interim customs arrangement would be 'in both sides' interest'. He also insisted there was no chance of the UK agreeing a 'number' for the Brexit divorce bill this autumn 3

August 15, 2017 5:56 AM Brexit means transition: Government wants 'temporary' customs union deal after Britain leaves EU

LONDON — The UK government will today confirm it wants to negotiate a transitional customs union arrangement to take effect after Brexit in the first of many official position papers to be published over the next few months. The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) is expected to release the papers at around midday on Tuesday. It will be the clearest 3

August 15, 2017 4:56 AM N Korea leader 'briefed' on Guam plan but opts to wait

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media said, but would watch US actions before making a decision. Although prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam", the North said it would watch what "the foolish Yankees" do. Last week's threat against Guam escalated the sharp rhetoric 3