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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 .

A Minute With-Adrien Brody on Houdini and his American dream

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Adrien Brody, wrapped in chains and canvas straightjackets, dives deep into the stormy waters of illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini’s personal life and public crusades in the television miniseries “Houdini .

IMF’s Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

PARIS, (Reuters) - IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister .

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s chief assassin freed from jail

BOGOTA, (Reuters) - One of Colombia’s most feared drug cartel assassins walked free yesterday after serving 22 years in jail for scores of murders ordered by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar during the cocaine trafficking heyday of the 1980s, police said .

Self-deluded stage mom grabs ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ spotlight

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in “The Last of Robin Hood,” a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover .

Man drops sex abuse lawsuit against ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - A 31-year-old man on Wednesday withdrew a high-profile lawsuit accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was an aspiring teen actor .

IMF's Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

IMF’s Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

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 .



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