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IMF's Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

IMF’s Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

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PARIS, (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister, her lawyer said today .

Poroshenko to seek ceasefire after “very tough” talks with Putin

MINSK, (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent ceasefire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic .

Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early today as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term .

Nearly 2,000 Europe-bound migrants have drowned this year -UN

GENEVA, (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday .

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes

GENEVA, (Reuters) - The World Health Organi-zation (WHO) called yesterday for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market .

Emmys exalt old favourites over TV’s shiny newcomers

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry today chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars .

Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic -Vatican

VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - A former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Domini-can Republic, the Vatican said .

Forensic report complicates India double rape, murder case

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, (Reuters) - Indian federal investigators are analysing a forensic report that found that two teenage girls, earlier believed to have been raped before they were murdered, were not sexually assaulted .

Hurricane Cristobal forms, heads towards Bermuda

MIAMI, (Reuters) - Hurricane Cristobal formed late Monday with winds rising to 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) as it veered away from the continental United States, the National Hurricane Center said .

Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

ABUJA, (Reuters) - The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza “by Islamic law”, in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection .

Investment in Zimbabwe plunges as Mugabe seeks Chinese lifeline

HARARE, (Reuters) - Foreign investment into Zimbabwe plunged 59 percent to $67 million in the first half of this year, the central bank said on Monday, reflecting worries over President Robert Mugabe’s policies and the risk of investing in his country .

Mozambique government, Renamo opposition sign peace deal

MAPUTO, (Reuters) - Mozambique’s Frelimo government and the Renamo main opposition party have signed a formal end to hostilities, sealing a peace pact ahead of a presidential election scheduled for Oct 15, negotiators from both sides said .

French government resigns after leftists call for U-turn

PARIS, (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande asked his prime minister today to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers had called for an economic policy U-turn .

Hundreds dead as Islamic State seizes Syrian air base – monitor

BEIRUT, (Reuters) - Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria yesterday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said .

Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province

KINSHASA, (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province yesterday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said .

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment block

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians yesterday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-storey apartment block in Gaza .

Tropical Storm Cristobal drenches Bahamas, little threat to U.S.

MIAMI, (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Cristobal moved over the central Bahamas yesterday with winds gusting over 45 miles per hour (72 km per hour), but posed little threat to the U .

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians yesterday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City .

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata yesterday seized Tripoli’s main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said .

Qatar condemns Islamic State and rejects funding accusations

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar condemned yesterday the Islamic State’s “barbaric” murder of US journalist James Foley and flatly rejected accusations of giving financial support to the militant group .

Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

KIEV (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion .

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, (Reuters) - Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday seized Tripoli's main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said .

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING, Russia, (Reuters) - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission yesterday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions .

Shi’ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque yesterday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers .

Gaza gunmen execute “collaborators”; mortar kills Israeli boy

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel yesterday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders .

WHO warns of “shadow zones” and unreported Ebola cases

GENEVA/MONROVIA, (Reuters) - Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of “shadow zones” where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday .

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion after aid convoy crosses border

DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING, Russia, (Reuters) - Ukraine declared today that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces .

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’ -Pentagon

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’ -Pentagon

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U .

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike yesterday and said it would continue to target the group’s armed leadership after a ceasefire failed .

Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa -MSF

GENEVA, (Reuters) - Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday .

As Venezuelan deliveries wane, allies tap traders for pricey fuel

HOUSTON/CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuela’s shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout .

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