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Greek turmoil an unexpected boon for German AfD eurosceptics
BREMEN, Germany (Reuters) - The new Greek government's anti-bailout stance has sent shudders through much of Europe but Germany's euroskeptic AfD party can hardly believe its good fortune ahead of a regional election as a breakup of the euro zone suddenly appears possible.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:58:15 GMT
-East Ukraine death toll mounts after peace talks fail
KIEV (Reuters) - Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers and at least seven civilians have been killed in fighting in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Sunday, reporting widespread clashes with Russian-backed separatists a day after peace talks collapsed.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:54:10 GMT
-Greece promises to boost minimum wage as debt talks loom
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist government outlined plans to lift the minimum wage on Sunday, continuing a roll-back of the austerity terms of its international bailout and underlining the balancing act it faces to persuade a skeptical Europe to agree a new debt accord.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:43:44 GMT
-Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto
TOKYO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:42:34 GMT
-Explosion near Damascus market kills at least four
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A explosion in central Damascus killed at least four people and wounded several others, Syria's state news agency and a monitoring group said on Sunday, while a social media account linked to al Qaeda's Nusra Front said the group was behind the attack.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:35:50 GMT
-Suicide bomber kills 10 people in northeast Nigeria's Potiskum
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of a legislator in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing 10 people, two security sources told Reuters.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:33:10 GMT
-Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigeria's main city: witnesses
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents attacked the outskirts of northeast Nigeria's main city Maiduguri on Sunday, engaging in a gun battle with soldiers that killed at least eight people, witnesses and a security source said.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:37:03 GMT
-Syria aims to 'flush out all terrorists' in 2015: PM
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's prime minister said on Sunday the country wanted to drive all insurgents out of its territory in 2015 and was prepared to back any attempts to fight global militancy.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:25:44 GMT
-Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:59:54 GMT
-Sudan rebels free Bulgarian aid workers: ministry
SOFIA (Reuters) - Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudan's strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:02:03 GMT
-Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics
MAENNEDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - As a child growing up near the Swiss border with Germany in the early 1940s, Christoph Blocher remembers soldiers camping out in his family's garden, ready to defend the neutral nation against a surprise attack from the Nazis.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:00:57 GMT
-A week in and Greece's new leftist PM sticks to tough line, for now
ATHENS (Reuters) - Judging from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first week in office, Greece's new leftist government is determined to take the hard-line, anti-bailout stance that international investors and European leaders had feared.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:52:01 GMT
-At least 1,375 Iraqis killed in January, most of them civilians: U.N.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations said on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:18:31 GMT
-Greece shakes Europe's political kaleidoscope: expect the unexpected
LONDON (Reuters) - By catapulting to power an improbable alliance of the hard left and nationalist far right, Greece has shaken up Europe's political kaleidoscope and may have signalled the end of an era of centrist consensus.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:12:29 GMT
-North Korea says U.S. rejects invitation to Pyongyang
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday the United States had rejected an invitation to send one of its top diplomats to Pyongyang, accusing Washington of trying to shift the blame for the deadlock in denuclearisation talks on the North.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:56:52 GMT
-Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll
PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:59:42 GMT
-China's Tibet to reward tips on 'terror attacks'
BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in China's Tibet will offer rewards up to 300,000 yuan ($48,000) for tips on "violent terror attacks", state media reported, in an effort to "promote stability" in the region beset by ethnic tensions.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:36:47 GMT
-In red heartlands, Thai army keeps a lid on dissent
KHON KAEN, Thailand (Reuters) - In the northeastern Thai city of Khon Kaen, Pongpit Onlamai, a prominent anti-junta "red shirt" member, points to a man seated in the corner of the cafe fidgeting with his phone.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:07:17 GMT
-Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto
BEIRUT/TOKYO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants said on Saturday they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.

Publ.Date : Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:51:51 GMT
-Chad army says kills 120 Boko Haram militants in Cameroon
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighbouring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed.







Publ.Date : Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:23 GMT
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