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10/30/2014 -  Australian minister visits Fiji amid diplomatic thaw - 11:37 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday took a major step toward resetting frayed relations with the South Pacific nation of Fiji, becoming her country's most senior diplomat to visit since a military coup eight years ago.


10/30/2014 -  Beijing bans Halloween costumes on subway ahead of APEC - 11:23 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create "trouble", a state-run newspaper said on Friday, unveiling a list of APEC summit-related restrictions.







10/30/2014 -  Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable - 10:04 PM

YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Myanmar's government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country's president and the military chief met opposition political parties and ethnic minority groups.


10/30/2014 -  China says nets 180 graft suspects in overseas manhunt - 09:48 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad, state news agency Xinhua reported.







10/30/2014 -  Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State - 07:21 PM

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.







10/30/2014 -  Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal - 07:04 PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.


10/30/2014 -  Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap - 06:57 PM

ISHINOMAKI Japan (Reuters) - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.







10/30/2014 -  Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights - 06:26 PM

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.


10/30/2014 -  Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion money trap - 06:10 PM

ISHINOMAKI Japan (Reuters) - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.







10/30/2014 -  Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence - 06:08 PM

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.


10/30/2014 -  Burkina army imposes interim government after crowd burns parliament - 05:55 PM

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government on Thursday after violent protests against President Blaise Compaore, but it was not immediately clear who was in charge.


10/30/2014 -  Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal - 05:50 PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.







10/30/2014 -  Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist - 05:34 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.







10/30/2014 -  Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State - 05:24 PM

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.







10/30/2014 -  Scottish Labour Party deputy leader Anas Sarwar quits: The Scotsman - 04:28 PM

(Reuters) - Anas Sarwar has quit his role as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party to allow the new leadership team to be 'focused on the Scottish Parliament', the Scotsman reported.


10/30/2014 -  Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging' - 04:14 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.







10/30/2014 -  Italy union head accuses Renzi of seeking confrontation - 04:05 PM

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's largest union accused Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday of deliberately stoking conflict with the labor movement and ignoring the growing cost of the economic crisis for Italian workers.


10/30/2014 -  No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead - 03:43 PM

HALDUMMULLA Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Sri Lanka ran out on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to over 100 from 300 the previous night.







10/30/2014 -  Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces - 02:57 PM

NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least 12 people - including nine members of Niger's security forces - were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabéry region near the border with Mali, the government said.


10/30/2014 -  German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail - 01:59 PM

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court on Thursday sentenced a lorry driver to 10 1/2 years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles on the country's motorways.


10/30/2014 -  Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks - 01:43 PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State.







10/30/2014 -  Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights - 01:41 PM

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.


10/30/2014 -  Obama speaks to Myanmar president, opposition leader Suu Kyi - 12:48 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said.


10/30/2014 -  Canada arrests Pakistani gun owner, alleges security threat - 12:06 PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Police have jailed a Pakistani gun collector living in Ontario, alleging he is a terrorist threat to Canada, his lawyer said on Thursday, days after attacks in which two Canadian soldiers were killed.







10/30/2014 -  Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process - 11:44 AM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs other European Union states would follow its lead.


 


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