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Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander
News ImageKIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" of the Crimea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March meant Moscow could exert influence over almost the entire Black Sea region. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:28:33 -0500
Special Report: How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan
News ImageBy Yimou Lee and Faith Hung TAIPEI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ever since a civil war split the two sides more than 60 years ago, China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that needs to be absorbed into the mainland. To that end, the legion of Taiwanese businessmen working in China is a beachhead. They were there to toast the new head of a local Taiwan merchants association. An honored guest, senior Communist Party official Li Jiafan, stood to deliver congratulations and a message.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:57:58 -0500
Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post: KCNA
SEOUL (Reuters) - The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state. Kim Yo Jong, who is believed to be 27, had previously only been named as a party official, but was rumored to have a managerial role in her brother's government. She was identified on Thursday as a vice director of a department within the powerful Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party in a report carried by state news agency KCNA. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:14:52 -0500
Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources
News ImageBy Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's military power grows. As a first step, the government plans to convene an advisory panel to consider specific proposals to create a way to finance military sales by Japanese firms and fund defense industry cooperation abroad, four people involved told Reuters. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:19:02 -0500
U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills five suspected militants
By Javed Hussain PARICHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone killed five suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, a militant and a government official said, as the intensity of air strikes grew as part of an anti-Taliban offensive by the Pakistani military. The drone strike hit a house in Datta Khel, near the Afghan border, which was used by militants, said a militant in the area. Those killed were Pakistani fighters, the militant said. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:42:21 -0500
IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal
News ImageVIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states to help pay for its monitoring of an extended interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday. Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia failed to meet a Nov. 24 deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program and gave themselves until the end of June for further negotiations. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:14:30 -0500
Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal barricades, tents, canopies and other obstructions in Mong Kok, a crowded, blue-collar neighborhood that has been the flash point of earlier clashes. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:32:52 -0500
S. Korea starts trial for Japanese journalist
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:32:28 -0500
Defending champ McIlroy shoots opening 2-under 69
News ImageSYDNEY (AP) Rory McIlroy's defense of his Australian Open title began with a 2-under 69 on a cool, overcast and often drizzly morning at The Australian Golf Club.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:23:16 -0500
Atletico Mineiro wins 1st Brazilian Cup title
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) Atletico Mineiro defeated rival Cruzeiro 1-0 to win its first Brazilian Cup title with a 3-0 aggregate score. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:20:59 -0500
Spurs' Popovich undergoes medical procedure
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:00:56 -0500
One Direction dethrones Swift to top US music charts
News ImageNew York (AFP) - One Direction has dethroned Taylor Swift to top US album sales charts, but the British boy band's debut was far less spectacular, figures showed.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:54:29 -0500
Bulgaria charges radical imam with supporting Islamic State
News ImageBy Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - A Bulgarian imam and six others detained during a special operation by security forces earlier this week have been charged with supporting the ultra-radical militant group Islamic State, Bulgarian prosecutors said on Wednesday. Charges against Muslim prayer leader Ahmed Mussa, five men and one woman include propagating an anti-democratic ideology and incitement to war, both verbally and with videos and images, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:52:27 -0500
Group reports uptick in Haiti cholera patients
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) Haiti's health system still does not have the capacity to adequately treat cholera patients and there has been an uptick in cases in the country's capital, an official with the international medical group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:45:05 -0500
East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel
News ImageBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico brought rain to cities including New York and Boston. Higher elevations in New England will see about a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:20:40 -0500
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