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Putin comment on “taking Kiev in 2 weeks” taken out of context – aide

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MOSCOW, (Reuters) - A reported comment by President Vladimir Putin that Russia could capture Ukraine's capital Kiev within two weeks was taken out of context, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Kremlin foreign policy aide as saying today .

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘undisguised aggression’ as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia yesterday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists .

US forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US military forces carried out an operation yesterday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a US Department of Defense spokesman said .

China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry said .

Lesotho PM calls for regional peace  force after ‘coup’ – aide

Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after ‘coup’ – aide

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho’s prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said yesterday .

UN to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed yesterday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”, with a view to holding perpetrators to account .

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths -World Bank head

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths -World Bank head

DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) - The world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank said yesterday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the virus .

Cubans angered by new consumer import restrictions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has raised duties and restricted imports on consumer goods brought in by air travellers or sent by mail, imposing greater hardship for a fledgling private sector and angering people looking to counter chronic shortages .

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine “statehood”; rebels fire on ship

MOSCOW/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday for immediate talks on the “statehood” of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized .

Jubilant Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli -officials

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias yesterday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said .

Pakistan PM still surrounded by protesters after deadly clashes

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - Pakistan’s powerful army said yesterday any further use of force to resolve an escalating political crisis would only worsen the situation, after weeks of protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation turned violent .

China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later today, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017 .

22 miners rescued from Nicaragua gold mine after landslide

BONANZA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Rescue workers have freed 22 miners who were trapped in a gold mine after a landslide in northern Nicaragua, and the government yesterday vowed to continue search efforts for several workers that remained stuck underground .

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled yesterday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis .

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country’s political crisis failed .

Health workers strike at major Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, hospital staff told Reuters yesterday, a further blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus .

Lesotho PM says army staged coup, flees to South Africa

Lesotho PM says army staged coup, flees to South Africa

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane yesterday accused his country’s army of staging a coup against him and fled to neighbouring South Africa, which condemned the military’s action and called for a peaceful settlement .

Indian police charge ex-minister, Malaysian tycoon in telecoms scandal

MUMBAI, (Reuters) - India's federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia's Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile phone carrier eight years ago .

Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - Pakistan’s prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis yesterday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off .

Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to trying to help Hezbollah

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Suriname President Desi Bouterse’s son pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of attempting to aid Hezbollah, a U .

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER, Russia/ KIEV, (Reuters) - Ukraine called yesterday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels .

Drought leaves up to 2.81 mln hungry in Central America -U.N.

OROCUINA, Honduras, (Reuters) - A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2 .

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak yesterday, while riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast .

U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States openly accused Russia yesterday of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow’s intensified support for separatist forces an invasion .

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast

CHICAGO, (Reuters) - Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, changes that could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, researchers said on Thursday .

Keaton on form in Venice festival opener “Birdman”

VENICE, (Reuters) - Former “Batman” star Michael Keaton gave a soaring start to the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday as a crestfallen superhero in “Birdman”, a film its Mexican director Alexandro Inarritu called an experiment that could have failed miserably .

Pakistan’s powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - Pakistan’s army stepped into a political struggle between the country’s embattled prime minister and the opposition yesterday, signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised the coup-prone nation .

U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States openly accused Russia yesterday of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow’s intensified support for separatist forces an invasion .

Belafonte, Miyazaki to receive Academy’s Governors Awards

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - American singer and actor Harry Belafonte, French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki and Irish actress Maureen O’Hara will be honored with Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said yesterday .

Women venture capitalists underperform men, say Harvard academics

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner .

Quietly, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say, ‘I do’

(Reuters) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Hollywood’s first couple, married in France over the weekend following a two-year engagement, ending nearly a decade of fevered tabloid speculation over whether “Brangelina” would ever tie the knot .

U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U .

Ukraine accuses Russia of bringing in troops

KIEV, (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia today of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels .

Ebola causing huge damage to W.Africa economies- development bank

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - The worst ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response “entirely inadequate .

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said yesterday .

Corrupt Chinese hiding in Western nations elude Beijing’s “fox hunt”

BEIJING, (Reuters) - When Yang Xiuzhu got wind in 2003 that Chinese anti-corruption investigators were looking into her affairs, she boarded a flight to Singapore .

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