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Biggest Thai protest in years targets government and monarchy

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Around 20,000 people protested in Thailand’s capital on Saturday against the government of former coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, with many demonstrators also calling for reforms to the monarchy. Pro-democracy protesters attend a mass rally to call for the ouster of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Athit ... Full story

Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media September 19, 2020. Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via REUTERS. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ... Full story

Thailand's growing protest movement

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protests have been growing in Thailand against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, with some protesters also calling for reforms of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy. Pro-democracy protesters attend a mass rally to call for the ouster of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha. ... Full story

Germany plans reform to avoid bankruptcy wave due to corona

FILE PHOTO: German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht addresses a news conference after a virtual meeting with the EU Ministers of Justice in Berlin, Germany July 6, 2020. Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo. BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany would relax insolvency rules under proposals set out on Saturday to help avert a wave of bankruptcies in Europe’s biggest economy, provided companies hit by the coronavirus crisis have a robust business ... Full story

Philippines confirms 3,962 new coronavirus cases, 100 more deaths

FILE PHOTO: Filipinos queue for cash subsidy from the government amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez. MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 3,962 new coronavirus infections and 100 additional deaths, with both numbers the highest in five days. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have ... Full story

Ethiopia files terrorism charges against leading opposition activist

FILE PHOTO: Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist and leader of the Oromo protest speaks during a Reuters interview at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri. ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has filed terrorism charges against a prominent media mogul and opposition politician from the Oromo ethnic group, Jawar Mohammed, the attorney general’s office said on Saturday. Jawar, founder of the Oromiya Media Network ... Full story

Lebanon's army finds firework cache at devastated Beirut port

FILE PHOTO: A volunteer digs through the rubble of buildings which collapsed due to the explosion at the port area, after signs of life were detected, in Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo. BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s army said it had found 1.3 tonnes of fireworks during a search of Beirut port, which was devastated last month in a huge blast that was blamed on a large quantity of chemicals kept in ... Full story

Belarus police detain dozens of protesters in Minsk

Slideshow ( 4 images ). (Reuters) - Belarusian police detained dozens of protesters in central Minsk on Saturday, a witness said, as hundreds of people marched through the city demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko step down more than a month after he won a disputed election. Protesters, most of them women, briefly scuffled with police who then blocked their path and started picking people one by one out of the crowd, the witness said. Full story

New UK lockdown likely sooner rather than later, ex-advisor warns

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is likely to need to reintroduce some national coronavirus lockdown measures sooner rather than later, a leading epidemiologist and former senior government health advisor said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: A social distancing sign is seen on a street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Newcastle, Britain, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith. Neil Ferguson, a professor of epidemiology at London’s ... Full story

UK's Labour ties with Conservatives for first time since 2019, YouGov poll finds

FILE PHOTO: Keir Starmer speaks during a Labour Party general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party has caught up with the governing Conservatives for the first time since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July last year, a YouGov opinion poll showed. Data released late on Friday showed the Conservatives and Labour both on 40% ... Full story