Russia will countenance an Assad exit in Syria, but not yet
By Andrew Osborn and Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government, sources familiar with the Kremlin's thinking say. Getting to that point could take years, and in the meantime Russia is prepared to keep backing Assad, regardless of international pressure to jettison him, those sources said. Such steadfast support is likely to further complicate already stalled peace talks with Assad's opponents and sour relations with Washington which wants the Syrian leader gone.
Amnesty, HRW want Saudis off UN rights council
Two leading human rights groups urged UN member-states to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council over the killing of civilians in Yemen and repression at home. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they would begin lobbying the UN General Assembly to hold a vote on suspending Saudi Arabia from the Geneva-based council, even though they admitted this was a long shot.
Home-grown militants and ex-major behind Bangladesh attacks, police say
By Sanjeev Miglani DHAKA (Reuters) - Early in June, a man walked into the Dhaka premises of the Ramakrishna Mission, a Hindu center for spirituality and learning in the Bangladesh capital, and delivered a handwritten note warning of an attack by Islamic State. "We are monks, we will live and die here, but people with families are worried," Swami Shivananda, a priest managing the administration of the mission, said of the country's Hindu community, which accounts for 10 percent of the population. Islamic State and al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for the killings of more than 30 people since early last year, in an escalation of militant violence targeting liberals, atheists, foreigners, gays and religious minorities.
Hollande says Brexit won't change Channel migrant deal
Brussels (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Britain's vote to leave the EU should not affect a deal to stop migrants crossing the Channel, which led to many being stuck at camps in Calais.