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Putin blames Kiev for refusing talks with eastern separatists: agency
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Kiev's leadership on Monday for refusing to enter into direct political talks with eastern Ukrainian separatists, who he said were pushing government troops away from their current positions. "The current Kiev leadership does not want to carry out a substantive political dialogue with the east of its country," state news agency Itar-Tass cited Putin as telling journalists. He also said pro-Russian separatists, who Kiev and the West say are being aided by Russia's military, were trying to push Ukrainian troops away form their current positions where he said they were firing on civilian targets. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:30:28 -0400
Pakistani forces escort protesters out of PTV headquarters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani paramilitary forces escorted anti-government protesters out of the headquarters in Islamabad of the state television channel PTV on Monday and placed the building under army protection, a Reuters witness said. There were no signs of violence and the protesters were seen leaving the building peacefully. (Reporting by Zohra Bensemra Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Robert Birsel) Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:29:21 -0400
Somali warlord agrees to talks, boosts government peace efforts
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali clan leader who fought for years to retake a strategic southern port city he once controlled has laid down arms and joined talks, bolstering government efforts to show it can restore order to a chaotic nation. The fate of the city of Kismayu and the surrounding region of Jubbaland is seen as a test of Mogadishu's skill in building a federal system of government and pacifying a nation fought over for more than two decades by warlords and Islamist rebels. Dozens of people were killed in clashes last year when Barre Hirale's forces battled to regain control of Kismayu from the Ras Kamboni militia loyal to Ahmed Madobe, who had been chosen in May by a regional assembly to preside over Jubbaland. The African Union force AMISOM, which has been involved in reconciliation efforts, said Hirale and nearly 100 members of his militia gave up their weapons on Saturday after discussions with clan elders and Somali federal government delegations. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:21:01 -0400
Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform
News ImageHONG KONG (AP) Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:14:32 -0400
Niger opposition chief, wanted in baby-trafficking case, in Europe
By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Niger's parliament speaker and leading opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is wanted for questioning in his home country on suspicion of involvement in baby-trafficking, has flown to Europe, officials in Burkina Faso said on Sunday. Hama, a former ally turned political rival of President Mahamadou Issoufou, had fled to the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou on Thursday after parliamentary leaders in Niger authorised his arrest. "He left Ouagadougou on Friday night on a Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels," a senior security source told Reuters. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:14:05 -0400
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
LONDON (AP) Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:11:58 -0400
Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday. A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm suffering from a fever and is being treated in an isolation unit, the reports said. More than 1,500 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March. ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:09:37 -0400
Rebels in Central African Republic expel government ministers
News ImageBy Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - A grouping of former Seleka rebels in Central African Republic said on Sunday it had expelled from its ranks several members serving in a new government seeking to stop a cycle of deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians. "As a result, all members of the ex-Seleka coalition having participated in the present government are definitively excluded," he wrote. The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Michel Djotodia led Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighbouring Chad and Sudan, in an assault on the capital Bangui and seized power in March 2013. He named three Seleka members to his 30-member cabinet, but the armed group rejected the government's composition, claiming it had not been consulted.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:07:09 -0400
Stewart back on the track, but big issues remain
News ImageHAMPTON, Ga. (AP) His racing suit unzipped down to his waist, Tony Stewart walked glumly out of Atlanta Motor Speedway with two issues still hanging over him.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:06:38 -0400
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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:03:17 -0400
Pakistani soldiers enter state TV channel besieged by protesters
Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Television pictures showed uniformed members of a paramilitary force and soldiers walking calmly into the building, with no reports of violence. A PTV source told Reuters that the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:01:12 -0400
Dutch Heineken to sell Mexican package business for $1.2bn
News ImageThe Hague (AFP) - Dutch brewing giant Heineken on Monday announced selling Mexican-based packaging business Empaque to US-based Crown Holdings in a deal worth more than one billion dollars.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:59:13 -0400
Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air
News ImageBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend. News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television's headquarters in central Islamabad after a crowd broke through its gate and into the building. "PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up." Police fired tear gas at protesters outside the prime minister's house, but were seen retreating as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence. Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:56:53 -0400
Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan
News ImageTOKYO (AP) Japanese government and business leaders pledged support Monday for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:55:07 -0400
Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV
News ImageHundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government stormed the state broadcaster on Monday as fresh clashes with police broke out in Islamabad. Transmission of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel was cut minutes after an anchor announced demonstrators had entered the building and "besieged" staff. Protesters armed with rocks and wooden clubs earlier Monday clashed with police, hours after the powerful army called for a peaceful settlement of the political crisis. Opposition groups marched to the capital on August 15 to try to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, triggering a crisis that has raised the spectre of military intervention in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the army.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:53:27 -0400
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