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Third suspect arrested in Malaysia over murder of North Korean
16 Feb 2017 at 6:36am
By Joseph Sipalan and Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police made a third arrest on Thursday in their hunt for the people involved in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The third person, whose nationality was not disclosed, was the friend of an Indonesian woman who was detained earlier in the day in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam at the airport in the Malaysian capital on Monday, police said.
Netanyahu's far-right allies hail U.S. shift on 'two states'
16 Feb 2017 at 7:41am
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right political allies hailed on Thursday a shift in U.S. support for a Palestinian state and shrugged off a call by President Donald Trump to curb Israeli settlements on occupied land. In his first face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu as president, Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington's Middle East policy. The Republican president said he would accept whatever peace solution the Israelis or Palestinians chose, whether it entailed two states or one.
Putin says Russian, U.S. intelligence agencies should restore ties
16 Feb 2017 at 6:39am
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was in the interests of both Russia and the United States to restore communications between their respective intelligence agencies. "It's in everyone's interest to resume dialogue between the intelligence agencies of the United States and other members of NATO," Putin said, addressing Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).
New U.N. team aims to bring Syria war crimes to court
16 Feb 2017 at 8:55am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A new body is being set up at the United Nations in Geneva to prepare prosecutions of war crimes committed in Syria, U.N. officials and diplomats said on Thursday. The General Assembly voted to establish the mechanism in December and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to name a judge or prosecutor as its head this month. "We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people," a U.N. human rights official told Reuters.
U.N. wants to negotiate with U.S., Canada to resettle Rohingya refugees
16 Feb 2017 at 8:23am
By Krishna N. Das COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said. Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months.
Plane strike hits Yemen mourners, killing 9 women, 1 child: residents
16 Feb 2017 at 8:14am
Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital where a crowd of mourners was gathered, residents said on Thursday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens. The air strike hit the house of a local tribal leader in Ashira, a village north of Sanaa, on Wednesday night, a resident told Reuters. Blood was everywhere," a second resident of Ashira, who gave his name as Hamid Ali, told a Reuters cameraman.
Russia does not 'interfere in domestic matters' of other countries: Lavrov
16 Feb 2017 at 9:02am
Russia does not interfere in the internal matters of other countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday at the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when asked about recent turmoil in Washington. "You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries," Lavrov said.
Old alliances in doubt as world's top diplomats meet in Bonn
16 Feb 2017 at 8:58am
BONN, Germany (AP) ? Foreign ministers from 20 of the world's leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of U.S. foreign policy.
Russia to punish athletes who don't return Olympic medals
16 Feb 2017 at 8:58am
MOSCOW (AP) ? Russian track and field athletes haven't been giving up their medals in Olympic doping cases, and local officials have vowed to kick them off the national team until they do.
Saudi authorities arrest 18 IS suspect
16 Feb 2017 at 8:54am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ? The spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry says security authorities have arrested 18 suspects belonging to the Islamic State group, including bomb makers.
All eyes on Tillerson's debut at G20 in Germany
16 Feb 2017 at 8:54am
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his diplomatic debut at a G20 gathering in Germany on Thursday as Russia pressed the Trump administration to keep its promises of improved relations. All eyes were on Tillerson as he held initial talks with his British, Saudi and UAE counterparts but he was giving nothing away amid intense interest as to what President Donald Trump's "America First" policy really means. America's top diplomat was also due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as controversy raged over Trump's possible ties to the Kremlin and the shock resignation of his national security advisor Michael Flynn over contacts with Moscow's ambassador.
Syrians meet in Kazakhstan ahead of Geneva peace talks
16 Feb 2017 at 8:53am
BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian government officials sat face-to-face with rebels for the second time in three weeks in Kazakhstan on Thursday, as diplomats stepped up efforts to lay the groundwork for U.N.-brokered peace talks next week.
2 dead as al-Shabab claims mortar attack near Somalia palace
16 Feb 2017 at 8:51am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? Two civilians were killed in an al-Shabab mortar attack outside Somalia's presidential palace during a handover ceremony for the country's new leader, police said Thursday, a sign of the enormous security challenges in trying to develop this long-chaotic country.
EU parliament OKs more anti-terror rules
16 Feb 2017 at 8:51am
STRASBOURG, France (AP) ? The European Union's legislature has approved more anti-terror rules targeting foreign fighters going to or returning from conflict zones and will make crimes of such actions as public incitement and training for terrorism.
Angolan vice president faces corruption charges in Portugal
16 Feb 2017 at 8:50am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? Portuguese prosecutors are bringing charges of corruption, money-laundering and forgery against Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente as part of an investigation in Lisbon, Portugal's attorney general's office said Thursday.
AP Interview: Lithuania confident of US commitment to NATO
16 Feb 2017 at 8:49am
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Lithuania's defense minister said Thursday he is confident that all NATO allies will help protect his country from Russia despite recent concern over the U.S. commitment to European security.
Rift with Trump: UN and Arab heads endorse 2-state solution
16 Feb 2017 at 8:48am
JERUSALEM (AP) ? The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state, exposing a rift with President Donald Trump, who says it's up to Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the form of a final settlement.
Cyprus peace talks meeting ends abruptly, blaming ensues
16 Feb 2017 at 8:45am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) ? A feud over Cyprus' troubled history on Thursday led to the abrupt halt of reunification talks between the ethnically split island's rival leaders, with confusion over who walked out on whom.
Pressure rises for Irish premier to quit over police scandal
16 Feb 2017 at 8:42am
DUBLIN (AP) ? Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny faces mounting pressure from party colleagues to resign over his stumbling response to a police scandal.
Top Asian News 2:05 p.m. GMT
16 Feb 2017 at 9:06am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood. Investigators were still piecing together details of the case, including the widespread assumption that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched a hit squad to kill his estranged half brother, Kim Jong Nam. Known for his love of gambling and casinos, Kim Jong Nam had lived abroad for years, aware he was a hunted man.