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08/05/2015 -  Syrian Islamist group says had been in talks with Iran - 06:15 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it had been in talks with an Iranian delegation regarding the Syrian city of Zabadani but that the discussions had been halted.










08/05/2015 -  Britain's most high-profile Islamist cleric charged with IS support - 06:13 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Anjem Choudary, Britain's most high-profile Islamist preacher, well-known globally for praising the men responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, was charged on Wednesday with inviting support for Islamic State (IS).


08/05/2015 -  Malaysia's anti-graft unit to ask Najib to explain $671 million donation - 06:10 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's anti-graft unit said in a statement on Wednesday it would ask Prime Minister Najib Razak to explain a 2.6 billion ringgit ($671 million) donation that was deposited into his private bank account.










08/05/2015 -  Greek PM Tsipras says deal with lenders is close - 06:02 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday Greece is close to concluding a deal with lenders on a multi billion euro bailout, which he said would end doubts over the country's presence in the euro zone.


08/05/2015 -  China says has stopped reclamation work in South China Sea - 05:59 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that Beijing had halted land reclamation in the South China Sea, and called on countries in the region to speed up talks on how claimant states should conduct themselves in the disputed waters.










08/05/2015 -  President-elect says Poland should be part of Ukraine peace talks: PAP - 05:52 AM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland together with Ukraine's other neighbors should be involved in resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine, Poland's president-elect Andrzej Duda said.










08/05/2015 -  Poll shows Spain set for unpredictable political autumn - 05:49 AM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's ruling conservative Popular Party has taken a clear lead over rivals in a fragmented political landscape four months before a general election but looks set to fall far short of a majority to govern alone.


08/05/2015 -  Aid workers struggle to assess needs in flood-hit Myanmar - 05:32 AM

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers are struggling to reach areas in Myanmar hit by floods that have killed 69 people, contaminated water sources and cut off electricity, phone lines, roads and rivers.










08/05/2015 -  Row over treason inquiry rocks German political establishment - 05:28 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's justice minister came under fire on Wednesday for sacking the top public prosecutor in a row over a treason investigation that has exposed tensions between press freedom and protection of state secrets.


08/05/2015 -  Zimbabwe court postpones trial of Cecil the lion's accused - 05:17 AM

HWANGE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday postponed to Sept. 28 the trial of a local hunter accused of failing to stop American dentist Walter Palmer illegally killing the country's most prized lion last month.


08/05/2015 -  India floods derail trains, killing 21 people, as focus turns to safety - 04:34 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two express trains derailed into a river in central India overnight after flood water weakened the tracks, killing 21 people, state officials said on Wednesday, reigniting criticism about lack of safety on the world's fourth-largest rail network.










08/05/2015 -  India says captures Pakistani militant in Kashmir after attack - 04:31 AM

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian forces captured a Pakistani militant on Wednesday after a deadly attack on a military convoy in the disputed Kashmir region, Indian officials said.


08/05/2015 -  South Africa strives to save jobs at under-fire mines - 04:28 AM

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's mining ministry held talks with companies and unions over planned job cuts on Wednesday, as President Jacob Zuma's government frets over high unemployment ahead of key elections next year.










08/05/2015 -  Turkey says coalition to launch 'comprehensive battle' against Islamic State - 04:12 AM

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a "comprehensive battle" against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty.


08/05/2015 -  Syria says fight against Islamic State must include Damascus - 03:29 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria supports any efforts to combat Islamic State if they are coordinated with Damascus but anything else would "be a breach of Syrian sovereignty", state television quoted the country's foreign minister as saying on Wednesday,


08/05/2015 -  Indonesia government aims to outlaw insulting president, sparks uproar - 03:21 AM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian legislators and human rights activists criticized on Wednesday a government proposal to make insulting the president illegal, citing concern for freedom of speech in the world's third-largest democracy.


08/05/2015 -  U.S. to send aid to flood-hit Myanmar: Kerry - 02:13 AM

YANGON/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States will announce an aid package for Myanmar to help the Southeast Asian country provide relief for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by floods, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.


08/05/2015 -  Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Malaysia on Wednesday - 01:27 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet for a second time in three days on Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has been trying to bring about a rapprochement between Syria and regional states to forge an alliance to fight Islamic State militants.










08/05/2015 -  Japan minister's nuclear comments spark new row over security bills - 01:21 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's defense minister triggered a new row over controversial security legislation on Wednesday when he said the bills under consideration by parliament would not rule out the military transporting the nuclear weapons of foreign forces.










08/05/2015 -  Italian foreign minister invites Iran's Rouhani to Rome: IRNA - 01:17 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to visit Rome, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday, a week after France invited him to visit Paris.


 


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