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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.

Life in Shadows for Mentally Ill in China, With Violent Flares
11 Nov 2010 at 2:28am
Psychiatry has been revived in China, but mental health remains a medical backwater, desperately short of financing, practitioners and esteem.

Tentative Deal in Iraq Keeps Maliki in Power
11 Nov 2010 at 2:28am
Iraq?s leaders reached a tentative agreement to end an eight-month political impasse and return Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to power.

U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
The Obama administration is emphasizing the idea that the United States will have forces in Afghanistan until at least the end of 2014, which is a change in tone.

Obama Says Trade Pact With S. Korea Still Not Set
11 Nov 2010 at 2:00am
Despite a face-to-face meeting, President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea said Thursday that they had not yet reached a trade agreement.

Obama Warns North Korea in Speech
11 Nov 2010 at 2:17am
President Obama said North Korea faces further isolation unless it gives up nuclear weapons.

In Jakarta Speech, Some Hear Cairo Redux
10 Nov 2010 at 11:50pm
Muslim leaders praised President Obama?s approach to Indonesia but expressed doubts that his speech would resonate in the wider Muslim world.

London Tuition Hike Protests Turn Violent
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
Protesters upset about education cuts attempted to storm the building that houses the Conservative Party.

Yemen Bomb Could Have Gone Off at East Coast
11 Nov 2010 at 1:44am
A package bomb from Yemen removed from a plane Oct. 29 could have exploded over the American East Coast.

Officers Tie British Cuts and Risk to Falklands
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
The retired admirals attacked the decision to scrap Britain?s only aircraft carrier and its fleet of Harrier jump jets, saying it exposed the Falkland Islands to attack by Argentina.

Uganda Seen as a Front Line in the Bioterrorism Fight
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
Tightening the security of vulnerable public health laboratories in East Africa is a ?security imperative,? a Defense Department official said.

U.S. Blocks Iran?s Bid for a U.N. Board Seat
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
The successful effort to block Iran?s bid for a seat on the board of UN Women was part of a larger United States strategy to isolate Iran.

U.S. Struggles to Restore Middle East Talks
11 Nov 2010 at 1:59am
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Egyptian officials, trying to overcome an impasse.

Economic Crisis Sidelines Fate of the World?s Poorest
11 Nov 2010 at 2:00am
World leaders? pledge of $20 billion to help the poorest farmers around the globe has, a year and a half later, fallen woefully short.

Art Walk Turns Into Street Fight in Istanbul
10 Nov 2010 at 8:58pm
Many suspicions have surfaced, but no one is in custody weeks after attacks at three galleries in the Tophane neighborhood.

For Women, Diploma Doesn't Mean a Career
10 Nov 2010 at 2:20pm
High university graduation rates for women in the Gulf states are not necessarily translating into private sector jobs.

Free-Trade Zones Attract Criminals
10 Nov 2010 at 2:20pm
Counterfeiting and money laundering can flourish wherever governments relax tax and regulatory requirements to attract foreign investment and ease the rapid movement of goods.

New Yorkers From Mexico Escorted Miner in Race
11 Nov 2010 at 2:05am
Juan Jesus Lopez and Rene Cuahuizo couldn?t afford the entrance fees for this year?s New York City Marathon, but had a chance to run with Edison Peña, the Chilean miner.

Gap, Its U.S. Sales Tepid, Joins the Rush to China
11 Nov 2010 at 1:40am
Gap Inc. plans to open a flagship store in Shanghai on Thursday, and three other large outlets in Beijing and Shanghai this month.

One Gunman Accused of Killing 40 in Philippine Massacre
11 Nov 2010 at 12:42am
A policeman who witnessed the massacre of 57 people in the southern Philippines last year testified on Wednesday that 40 of the victims were gunned down by one local official.

China Still Bans Rare Earths to Japan, Industry Says
11 Nov 2010 at 1:48am
The continuation of the embargo highlights the delicate balance that Beijing officials are trying to strike as world leaders converge on Seoul.

Barcelona attack: Government says terror cell dismantled
19 Aug 2017 at 12:35pm
The regional Catalan government disagrees as the hunt continues for Younes Abouyaaqoub.

Trumps to skip Kennedy honours to avoid 'distraction'
19 Aug 2017 at 10:01am
The couple will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors to avoid political distraction, officials say.

Finland killings: Knifeman 'targeted women in Turku terror attack'
19 Aug 2017 at 9:34am
Police cite a terrorist attack as an 18-year-old Moroccan is held over Friday's double killing.

Woman raped by Roman Polanski asks for 'mercy' to end case
18 Aug 2017 at 9:43pm
A Los Angeles court rejects a plea by a woman raped by the director to dismiss the 40-year-old case.

Lele Tao: The 'online goddess' who earns $450k a year
18 Aug 2017 at 5:46pm
24-year-old live streamer Lele Tao has one million fans, mostly young men. The first of a three-part series.

Steve Bannon vows to 'go to war' for Trump agenda
19 Aug 2017 at 7:43am
The fired Trump strategist pledges to fight for the agenda that he says won the US presidency.

Liu Xiaobo's widow Liu Xia makes first appearance since funeral
19 Aug 2017 at 11:04am
Liu Xia, the widow of China's most prominent critic Liu Xiaobo, had not been seen since his funeral.

Russia knife attacker wounds seven in Surgut
19 Aug 2017 at 9:33am
The man stabbed people apparently at random in the city of Surgut before being shot dead by police.

South Africa minister Mduduzi Manana resigns over assault claim
19 Aug 2017 at 7:45am
Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana is accused of assaulting a woman in a nightclub.

Boston braces for rival protests a week after Charlottesville
19 Aug 2017 at 12:04pm
Police are reportedly investigating claims some radical counter-protesters might plan to throw acid.

Grace Mugabe fails to appear at leaders summit in SA
19 Aug 2017 at 9:31am
Police want to interview Mrs Mugabe about an alleged assault at a hotel in Johannesburg.

Sierra Leone: Rescue workers search for mudslide bodies
19 Aug 2017 at 10:10am
On the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, rescue workers are looking for victims's bodies in the debris of their homes.

Metal detectorist finds rare 6th Century coin pendant
19 Aug 2017 at 4:44am
The metal detectorist said he had made some finds which were of archaeological interest but this one was "bling".

Ruth Pfau: State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'
19 Aug 2017 at 7:30am
Ruth Pfau dedicated her life to treating tens of thousands of leprosy patients across Pakistan.

Barcelona attack: What is the mood?
19 Aug 2017 at 11:01am
The BBC witnesses defiance and grief, but also anger and panic after a van attack killed 14 people.

Finland killings: Briton who helped victims says he is 'not a hero'
19 Aug 2017 at 12:13pm
Paramedic Hassan Zubier says he did "what he was trained for" after being caught up in a knife attack.

The photo that highlights White House turmoil
18 Aug 2017 at 3:24pm
In less than seven months, President Donald Trump's White House inner circle has transformed.

Struggling after giving birth? You're not alone
19 Aug 2017 at 12:23am
These mums had traumatic births, and they want more to see more honesty about the toll it can take.

Vehicles left dangling as car park collapses in Nottingham
19 Aug 2017 at 9:06am
The front facia wall of an NCP car park in central Nottingham falls away.

Band halts Amsterdam gig after fan is groped
19 Aug 2017 at 7:35am
The Architects interrupt a gig in Amsterdam because the lead singer claims he sees a fan being groped.

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