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U.N., AU, EU raise alarm on Burundi crisis spreading

By Alastair Macdonald VALLETTA (Reuters) - The United Nations, African Union and European Union warned on Thursday that political division in Burundi threatened to create a deep and violent regional crisis and called on both sides to meet for mediated talks. "Alarmed by the widening divisions, the threat for many more lives and a deep regional...
Nov 12, 2015 |

U.N. sees Syria progress timely for migrant crisis

Progress toward negotiations in Syria offers a glimmer of hope for easing the refugee crisis sweeping into Europe, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday as diplomats prepared for talks later in the week. "It is moving," Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told Reuters. While the Syrian conflict has driven millions from their homes...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Jordanian killer was on a journey to 'paradise or hell'

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Days before he shot dead five people in a canteen during his lunch break, Jordanian police officer Anwar Abu Zeid sent a message to friends saying he was going on a journey to "paradise or hell", friends and security sources said. Relatives described the 29-year-old police captain as pious but not...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Troops could be sent to Burundi if violence worsens: diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Key Western powers and the United Nations are discussing the possible deployment of international peacekeepers to Burundi if the violence in the African country spirals into a full-scale ethnic conflict, diplomats said on Wednesday. At least 240 people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled...
Nov 12, 2015 |

India's Modi eyes trade deals, show of strength on UK visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a visit to Britain on Thursday that he hopes will yield trade deals worth billions of dollars and a boost to his authority after a damaging electoral failure back home. Bruised by his Bharatiya Janata Party's defeat in an election in populous Bihar state last Sunday after a campaign in which he played...
Nov 12, 2015 |

Myanmar president congratulates Suu Kyi, vows stable transition

By Aung Hla Tun and Timothy Mclaughlin YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein congratulated democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, as her party appeared to have trounced the ruling camp in the first free election in 25 years and inched towards an absolute majority in parliament. Thein Sein reiterated that the government would...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Slovenia erects fence along border with Croatia to control migrant flow

VELIKI OBREZ/GIBINA, Slovenia (Reuters) - Slovenia started erecting a razor wire fence along parts of its border with Croatia amid heavy security on Wednesday, saying it wanted better control over the surge of migrants passing through as they make their way across Europe. Around 180,000 people, many fleeing war in Syria and Afghanistan, have...
Nov 11, 2015 |

U.N. agrees on radio spectrum for global flight tracking

A U.N. conference agreed on Wednesday to dedicate part of the radio spectrum to a global flight tracking system, to avoid a repeat of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March last year. The agreement by the World Radiocommunciation Conference (WRC) means that satellites will be able to receive transmissions, known as automatic...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Afghan protest at beheadings puts pressure on Ghani government

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed for calm after angry protesters from the ethnic Hazara minority tried to force their way into his Kabul palace on Wednesday to demand justice for seven members of their community beheaded by Islamist militants. In one of the biggest demonstrations seen in Kabul in years,...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Assad's opponents dismiss Russian ideas for solving Syria crisis

By Sylvia Westall and Yara Bayoumy BEIRUT/DUBAI (Reuters) - Syrian opposition figures and Gulf commentators dismissed on Wednesday a Russian draft proposal for a process to solve the Syrian crisis, saying Moscow's aim was to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power and marginalize dissenting voices. A draft document obtained by Reuters on...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Exclusive: Russia to propose Syrians launch 18-month reform process - document

(Reuters) - Russia wants the Syrian government and opposition to agree on launching a constitutional reform process of up to 18 months, followed by early presidential elections, a draft document obtained by Reuters showed on Tuesday. The eight-point proposal, drawn up by Moscow before international talks on Syria this week, does not rule out...
Nov 11, 2015 |

China says up to Philippines to heal rift over South China Sea case

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Philippines' case against China at an arbitration tribunal over rival claims in the South China Sea had strained relations between Beijing and Manila, and that it was up to the Philippines to improve ties. The arbitration case against China "is a knot that has impeded the improvement and...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Obama likely to discuss Syria with leaders at G20 meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will discuss the crisis in Syria with U.S. allies during the upcoming G20 meeting, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. "It'd be impossible to travel all the way over there and not spend some time thinking about and talking about our ongoing effort to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL....
Nov 11, 2015 |

Kenyan journalist detained over writing about corruption

By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police on Tuesday arrested a journalist who wrote about corruption at the Interior Ministry, drawing accusations from media groups that the government was trying to trample free speech. Reports alleging outrageous spending by civil servants has raised pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has promised...
Nov 11, 2015 |

Iran has stopped dismantling nuclear centrifuges: senior official

Iran has stopped dismantling centrifuges in two uranium enrichment plants, state media reported on Tuesday, days after conservative lawmakers complained to President Hassan Rouhani that the process was too rushed. Last week, Iran announced it had begun shutting down inactive centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow plants under the terms of a deal...
Nov 10, 2015 |

EU urges Turkey to lift media curbs, resume peace talks with Kurd rebels

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission urged EU candidate Turkey on Tuesday to lift restrictions on media freedom, respect human rights and stop interfering in the judiciary, criticism that Ankara described as "unfair and excessive". In its annual progress report on Turkey, whose decade-long accession talks with the...
Nov 10, 2015 |

Israeli guards kill Palestinian knife attacker, boys stab guard on tram

Israeli security guards shot dead a Palestinian who ran towards them with a knife near Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, shortly after two Palestinian boys stabbed a guard on a tram nearby, Israeli police said. Israel and the Palestinian territories are experiencing the worst wave of violence since the 2014 Gaza war, with Palestinian militants...
Nov 10, 2015 |

Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to call shots after election landslide

By Aung Hla Tun and Aubrey Belford YANGON/MANDALAY, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear on Tuesday that she was ready to defy the powerful military's attempts to clip her wings, as fresh results from Sunday's historic election showed her party heading for a resounding win. As vote tallies trickled...
Nov 10, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More