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Top U.S. diplomat cautious on sending arms to Ukraine
BERLIN (Reuters) - The second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat promised on Friday to maintain pressure on Russia via economic sanctions to get it to change tack on Ukraine but appeared to rule out arming Kiev, saying Moscow would easily be able to send many more weapons.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:19:24 GMT
-Good deal is at hand in Iran nuclear talks - EU's Mogherini
RIGA (Reuters) - A good deal is at hand in negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:00:43 GMT
-Kremlin critic Navalny walks out of Moscow jail
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday, a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:58:56 GMT
-Britain: EU to prepare possible new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
WARSAW (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister said on Friday the European Union would prepare possible new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict that could be imposed quickly if the Minsk ceasefire agreement is broken.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:56:26 GMT
-Vietnam party chief to make U.S. trip, still at odds over human rights
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States this year, Washington's ambassador said on Friday, in a landmark trip underlining a rapid strengthening of ties between former foes still at odds over human rights.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:40:45 GMT
-Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city in Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:36:30 GMT
-Former China leader not implicated in aide's investigation, official says
BEIJING (Reuters) - Retired Chinese President Hu Jintao is not being implicated in a corruption probe into a former top aide, a senior government spokesman said on Friday, adding that the official was being investigated more over financial issues than political ones.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:31:22 GMT
-Tajik opposition leader shot dead in Istanbul: Turkish media
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvvatov has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on an Istanbul street, Turkey's private Dogan news agency said on Friday.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:20:59 GMT
-Japan eyes MI6-style spy agency as it seeks to shed pacifist past
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is looking into creating an overseas intelligence agency possibly modeled on Britain's MI6 spy service, ruling party lawmakers say, 70 years after Allied victors dismantled Japan's fearsome military intelligence apparatus following World War Two.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:48:43 GMT
-South Korea police investigate U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:46:15 GMT
-Syrian army kills top Nusra Front leader: state media
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army carried out an operation that killed the military commander of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Thursday in northwestern Syria, Syrian state media reported.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:33:08 GMT
-China's No. 3 leader warns HK activists against 'crossing a line'
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's third-ranked leader warned advocates of Hong Kong independence on Friday that they were "crossing a line", local media reported.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:19:59 GMT
-Philippine offensive against Muslim rebels displaces thousands
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on Friday as he appealed for an end to the fighting, saying he was running out of money to feed the displaced.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:17:30 GMT
-Bangladesh seizes $1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated $1.4 million worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:15:46 GMT
-'Made in China' nuclear reactors a tough sell in global market
HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - As China signs global deals to export its nuclear power technology, it faces a huge obstacle: it still needs to show it can build and safely operate these reactors at home.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:10:36 GMT
-Australia complains over Indonesia's treatment of death row prisoners
SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after a smiling Indonesian police chief was photographed posing with the men, officials said on Friday.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:07:30 GMT
-Thai junta decries planned two-year ban on politics for its members
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Members of Thailand's junta, which took over the country after last May's military coup, on Friday dismissed a suggestion that they should be banned from politics for two years to prevent them from holding on to power.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:54:36 GMT
-Myanmar police arrest five student protesters in town near Yangon
LETPADAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar arrested five students on Friday from among a crowd of about 200 protesters locked in a standoff with security forces barring their entry into the commercial hub of Yangon, a Reuters witness said.







Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:28:01 GMT
-Knife attack wounds nine at Chinese train station
BEIJING (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:52:41 GMT
-UK lawmakers say China eroding freedoms in Hong Kong
LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers banned from entering Hong Kong last year said Chinese regulations were eroding freedoms in the former British colony and urged their government to take a harder stance against Beijing.

Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:33:25 GMT
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