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Japan condemns apparent IS  execution, demands hostage release

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after a video surfaced claiming that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed .

Lungu narrowly wins Zambia  presidential vote, opposition cries foul

Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week’s presidential poll, results showed yesterday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been “stolen” .

Obama, world leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

RIYADH (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh’s important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy .

The cost of a doughnut’s ‘lost pleasure’ is something you can afford to pay

The cost of a doughnut’s ‘lost pleasure’ is something you can afford to pay

By Dr Michael Rosenbaum (Dr Michael Rosenbaum is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellow .

Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead

KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine yesterday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations .

School-wide prevention programme lowers teen suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - After a school-based prevention programme, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows .

Tanzania's energy minister quits over graft scandal, denies wrongdoing

Tanzania’s energy minister quits over graft scandal, denies wrongdoing

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) - Tanzania's Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo resigned today amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country and led Western donors to delay aid, though he called himself "incorruptible" and denied wrongdoing .

Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen  for now - US officials

Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen for now – US officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, US officials said yesterday .

Darfur offers Islamists ‘fertile ground’ as violence persists – UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations experts warned that Sudan’s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence in the country’s conflict-torn Darfur region rages at an alarming level .

E-cigarettes in checked luggage pose fire risk, US FAA says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-cigarettes in checked luggage could cause a fire in airliners, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned yesterday .

Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading US paediatrician group yesterday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico .

Colombia adds 32 combat vehicles near border with Venezuela

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia has incorporated 32 Canadian-built bulletproof combat vehicles into a new tactical unit stationed close to the border with Venezuela, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday .

U.S. presses Cuba on human rights in talks on restoring ties

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks yesterday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations .

N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state’s most powerful politicians for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes .

Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

RIYADH, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died last night and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement .

Yemen president quits, throwing country deeper into chaos

SANAA, (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda .

Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat

Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat

COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said today .

President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela

President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela

CARACAS, (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro shook up complex currency controls yesterday and also prepared Venezuelans for a rise in the world’s cheapest fuel prices in response to a recession worsened by plunging oil revenues .

U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba clashed over U .

Sri Lanka probes deals by ex-president, brothers amid graft concerns

Sri Lanka probes deals by ex-president, brothers amid graft concerns

COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government will investigate all financial deals sealed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers during his term as head of state and will take legal action if they involved any corruption, a minister said today .

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress yesterday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals .

Probe starts into near crash of JetBlue, CAL jets in NY

(Trinidad Express) Both pilots of the Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York on Saturday night have been taken off flying duties, pending the outcome of an investigation .

Cuba wants off U.S. terrorism list before restoring normal ties

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the U .

T&T without CCJ? Owen Arthur amazed

(Trinidad Express) Former Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur has said it is astonishing that this country has not made the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final appellate court .

Separatists renew attack on airport as Russia and Ukraine bicker

KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at an airport complex in the east yesterday after Kiev launched a mass operation to reclaim lost ground there that Russia called a “strategic mistake” .

Argentine prosecutor who accused Fernandez of Iran plot found dead

Argentine prosecutor who accused Fernandez of Iran plot found dead

BUENOS AIRES (Reu-ters) - An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez of orchestrating a cover-up in the investigation of Iran over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center was found dead in his apartment, authorities said yesterday .

Nigeria summons Indonesian ambassador over drug execution

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has summoned Indonesia’s ambassador over the execution of two of its citizens by firing squad for drug trafficking, echoing protests from Brazil and the Netherlands which also each had one of their nationals executed .

Tributes, protests mark US Martin Luther King Jr Day

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr .

Brazil orders rolling blackouts as demand spikes in record heat

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Rolling blackouts swept across parts of Brazil yesterday as the grid operator ordered select power cuts to avoid a larger crisis, drawing attention to a fragile electric system that is buckling under the strains of record-breaking heat and dryness .

Indian spy’s role alleged in Sri Lankan president’s election defeat

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency in the run-up to this month’s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa .

Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million-Vatican

Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million-Vatican

MANILA, (Reuters) - Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia yesterday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event .

Ukrainian troops retake most of Donetsk airport from rebels

KIEV, (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops recaptured almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine they had lost to separatists in recent weeks, as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march yesterday .

France’s Hollande defends freedom of speech after anti-Hebdo clashes abroad

France’s Hollande defends freedom of speech after anti-Hebdo clashes abroad

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France’s attachment to freedom of speech .

Fighting rages anew at Ukraine airport, 3 soldiers killed

KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting raged yesterday at the main airport of Ukraine’s city of Donetsk as separatists resumed attempts to break the tenuous grip of government forces on the complex and Kiev’s military said three more Ukrainian soldiers had been killed .

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted  by Interpol for tax evasion

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted by Interpol for tax evasion

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for agriculture minister in the new cabinet is on an Interpol wanted list for tax evasion in Estonia, a fact Ghani’s spokesman said was unknown to his office at the time of his nomination .

Canadian police find suspect in shooting of two officers

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police have located the suspect in the shooting of two officers in an Alberta casino earlier yesterday, and the incident no longer poses a threat to public safety, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said .

Hamas welcomes ICC inquiry into Israeli-Palestinian conflict

GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said yesterday it welcomed a decision by the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories .



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