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12/21/2014 -  Secular Essebsi claims victory in Tunisian election - 02:14 PM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in Sunday's Tunisian presidential run-off, seen as the final step to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

12/21/2014 -  South Africa's Zuma says in 'perfect' health after post-election fatigue - 01:52 PM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said he was in "perfect" condition after recovering from a bout of fatigue that left him hospitalized in June, playing down reports of health problems.

12/21/2014 -  Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty freeze - 12:51 PM

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said.

12/21/2014 -  U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria - 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.

12/21/2014 -  Libya's official government targets rival forces trying to seize ports - 12:10 PM

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Military planes loyal to Libya's recognized government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country's two biggest oil ports, officials said.

12/21/2014 -  Obama says Sony hack not an act of war - 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

12/21/2014 -  Health minister named as Haiti's new interim prime minister - 11:25 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named interim prime minister on Sunday to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests.

12/21/2014 -  Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election - 10:50 AM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert.

12/21/2014 -  Greek PM offers 2015 election once bailout talks complete - 09:50 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras offered on Sunday to bring pro-European independents into the government and hold new elections in late 2015 if lawmakers back him to elect a new president.

12/21/2014 -  Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens - 09:09 AM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week.

12/21/2014 -  U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites - 09:04 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say.

12/21/2014 -  Sudan rights group says raided after opposition unity deal - 08:55 AM

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Security forces raided the Sudanese Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, just weeks after jailing its former leader, the monitoring group's leader said, in what activists fear is a widening crackdown ahead of a presidential election in April.

12/21/2014 -  Uzbeks vote in elections expected to reinforce Karimov's grip on power - 08:18 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uzbeks went to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections at which all four parties support President Islam Karimov, ensuring that the ballot will further reinforce his 23-year grip on power.

12/21/2014 -  Iran nuclear diplomat gets key post as head of foreign oil deals - 08:06 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has appointed a backstage strategist in nuclear talks with world powers as chief of foreign petroleum contracts, the oil ministry said, a job that will hinge largely on any settlement of its atomic dispute with the West.

12/21/2014 -  Iohannis promises corruption crackdown as new Romanian president - 06:58 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Center politician Klaus Iohannis was sworn in as Romania’s president on Sunday, promising to crack down on corruption and strengthen institutions 25 years after the fall of communism.

12/21/2014 -  Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis - 06:46 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

12/21/2014 -  Egypt retires hardline intelligence chief - 06:34 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's intelligence chief, who took office in mid-2013 after the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, has been retired from the job, the presidency said on Sunday.

12/21/2014 -  Afghan Taliban decry 'biased' U.N. report on civilian casualties - 06:03 AM

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

12/21/2014 -  South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants - 05:44 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non-critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea.

12/21/2014 -  Egypt allows in travelers from Gaza for first time since October - 04:53 AM

GAZA (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said.


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