Gibraltar encouraged by Spanish ‘pragmatism’ on post-Brexit ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Gibraltar is encouraged by Spain’s “pragmatism” on its key demand that their mutual border remain fully open after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of 2020, its deputy chief minister said on Monday. Spain claims…

Exclusive: Italian government leaning towards third term for Eni CEO – sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – The Italian government is leaning toward reappointing Claudio Descalzi as CEO of state-controlled oil firm Eni, provided he will work with a new board to speed up efforts to cut carbon emissions, four senior political sources told…

Russia’s Lavrov, after Pompeo meeting, says felt more constructive U.S. approach

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that he had felt a more constructive approach from Washington when it came to the U.S.-Russia strategic dialogue. The…

ICC trial in The Hague one option for Sudan’s Bashir: minister

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan could send former leader Omar al-Bashir and other suspects to The Hague for trial before the International Criminal Court, but any decision would need approval from military and civilian rulers, the information minister said on Monday.…

Syria’s Assad says major gains against rebels not yet end of nine-year conflict

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday recent rapid gains in a Russian-backed military offensive that has recaptured large tracts of territory from rebels was not the end of Syria’s nine-year conflict. But Assad, in an…

Syria’s Assad says his forces’ gains are “prelude” to rebels’ final defeat

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday his forces’ rapid recent gains in their Russian-backed military offensive presaged the eventual defeat of the nine-year insurgency that sought to oust him from power. But Assad, in an…

Chinese doctors ‘using plasma therapy’ on coronavirus patients

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Doctors in Shanghai are using infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those still battling the infection, reporting some encouraging preliminary results, a Chinese professor said on Monday. The coronavirus…

Highlights: China’s Xi recounts early role in coronavirus battle

BEIJING (Reuters) – In an internal speech at a meeting of the core Chinese leadership on Feb. 3, President Xi Jinping spelled out his plan to contain the coronavirus crisis. Analysts said the internal speech was unusual for being released…

Snubbed by Gulf, Lebanon’s PM Diab hosts Iranian official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who is getting the cold shoulder from Gulf Arab states, on Monday met Iran’s parliament speaker, the first senior foreign official to visit since Diab’s government took office. The heavily armed Hezbollah,…

Kone out as Thyssenkrupp shortlists private equity for elevator division

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) said on Monday it has shortlisted two private equity consortia in the sale of its 16 billion euro ($17.3 billion) elevator division, dealing a blow to Finland’s Kone (KNEBV.HE), which withdrew from the…