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Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist but was not seriously hurt during an attack at a breakfast forum held in the capital on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, police and witnesses said.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:12 am

China asks Myanmar to ‘lower temperature’ on border

BEIJING (Reuters) – Myanmar must ensure lower temperatures along its border with China and all parties must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes that have pushed refugees into China.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:58 am

Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:38 am

New Zealand spying on Pacific neighbors and Indonesia: Snowden documents

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand has been spying electronically on its Pacific Island neighbors and Indonesia and sharing the intelligence with its international allies, according to documents released on Thursday.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:35 am

China premier vows to fight pollution, corruption

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday his government would do everything it could to fight pollution and pledged zero tolerance for corruption, two highly sensitive topics that have become lightning rods for public discontent.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:54 am

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican security forces on Wednesday arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s efforts to battle organized crime.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:40 am

Libya forces carry out second day of rival air strikes on airports

BENGHAZI, Tripoli (Reuters) – Forces from Libya´s internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport after unidentified warplanes attacked one of its allied towns, in escalating violence a day before United Nations peace talks.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:12 am

Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:55 pm

U.S. ambassador to South Korea slashed in face by assailant

SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said.


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:51 pm

Cuba, EU renew talks on relations; will discuss human rights

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the European Union renewed talks on improving relations on Wednesday, advancing on several issues but leaving the major topics of trade and human rights until Thursday, Cuba said.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:46 pm

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:14 pm

Libya forces carry out second day of rival air strikes on airports

BENGHAZI, Tripoli (Reuters) – Forces from Libya´s internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport after unidentified warplanes attacked one of its allied towns, in escalating violence a day before United Nations peace talks.


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 10:54 pm

Kerry says demanding Iran’s ‘capitulation’ is no way to secure nuclear deal

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:59 pm

Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap with her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:58 pm

Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:47 pm

U.S. Vice President Biden, Iraq’s Abadi discuss Tikrit fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday about the fight against Islamic State militants including the Iraqi-led operations in Tikrit, the White House said.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:36 pm

Russian security service chief says several suspects in Nemtsov case: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The director of Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that an investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov had identified several suspects, Russian news agencies reported.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:33 pm

Alien abduction? Stolen by Russia? MH370 theories keep coming

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A year on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an extraordinary amount of key data remains unknown – fuelling conspiracy theories and heated online debate about one of aviation’s biggest mysteries.








Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:16 pm

‘Sabotage’ in El Salvador vote delays results 14 days: official

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Results for El Salvador’s bungled legislative and mayoral vote will not be available for another 14 days, the president of the country’s electoral authority said on Wednesday, blaming the delay on “sabotage.”


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:14 pm

Mexican ruling party insiders fear embattled president a liability

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican ruling party lawmakers fear President Enrique Pena Nieto’s lurch into scandal, weak economic record and struggle to tame corruption could hurt them in upcoming elections, raising pressure on him to take bold steps or shake up the cabinet.


Posted on 4 March 2015 | 8:56 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

Celtic lacked fight in defeat, says Deila

Celtic's coach Ronny Deila, pictured during an UEFA Europa League match in Milan, on February 26, 2015Celtic manager Ronny Deila bemoaned his side's lack of fight as they slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Wednesday. Deila refused to blame Celtic's gruelling schedule, which has seen them play three games in six days, for the defeat and insisted his side should have performed better.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:18 am

California man charged with trying to join Islamic State

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted Wednesday on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:15 am

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central SeoulBy James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist but was not seriously hurt during an attack at a breakfast forum held in the capital on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, police and witnesses said. U.S. President Barack Obama quickly called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, a White House official said. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to Seoul by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. Kim was dressed in traditional Korean clothing and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunited just before he attacked Lippert.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:12 am

Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splattered with blood.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:02 am

Scotland scores 318-8 v Bangladesh in World Cup Pool A match

NELSON, New Zealand (AP) — Kyle Coetzer posted the first century for Scotland in a Cricket World Cup match to lead his team to 318-8 as it batted first on Thursday against Bangladesh.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:00 am

China asks Myanmar to ‘lower temperature’ on border

Myanmar must ensure lower temperatures along its border with China and all parties must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes that have pushed refugees into China. Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with ethnic Chinese rebels against the government in the northern region of Kokang, and has sought China’s cooperation to prevent “terrorist attacks” launched from its territory. Fighting broke out last month between Myanmar’s army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), which groups remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful Chinese-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government before splintering in 1989.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:58 am

Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb

A man walks past the house where Omar Trevino, leader of the Zetas drug cartel, was detained by federal forces in San Pedro Garza, near MonterreyMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:54 am

Rybarikova outlasts Hercog in Monterrey Open

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Eighth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia outlasted Polona Hercog of Slovenia of 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (9) on Wednesday night in the second round of the Monterrey Open.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:52 am

China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015

Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, March 4, 2015. China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China announced Thursday that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:51 am

US ambassador slashed in Seoul attack

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015 after he was attacked by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogansThe US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul Thursday, police and reports said. The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence" which left the ambassador bleeding profusely as he was rushed to hospital, and said that President Barack Obama had spoken with him. "The President called (Lippert) to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery," said Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman. Witnesses said a man with a blade concealed in his right hand attacked Lippert as he was attending a breakfast function at the Sejong Cultural Institute in central Seoul.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:36 am

World – Google News

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Democrats in Congress Give Obama Breathing Room on Nuclear Talks With Iran – New York Times


New York Times

Democrats in Congress Give Obama Breathing Room on Nuclear Talks With Iran
New York Times
WASHINGTON — In a reprieve for President Obama, Democrats in Congress who support legislation that gives Congress the authority to review his emerging nuclear deal with Iran pledged Wednesday to wait to press their case until after a March 24 …
Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behaviorReuters
Jennifer Rubin: The White House's strange, illogical response to NetanyahuU-T San Diego
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:07 am

Ambassador slashed in South Korea – CNN International


CNN International

Ambassador slashed in South Korea
CNN International
(CNN) U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked in Seoul, according to U.S. government sources in the U.S. and South Korea. The U.S. embassy said he is being treated at a local hospital but is in stable condition. According to Seoul police, …
US ambassador to SKorea slashed on face and wrist in attackChron.com
US ambassador to South Korea injured by attackerBBC News
US Ambassador Mark Lippert Attacked in South KoreaABC News
Hindustan Times -The Globe and Mail
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 2:07 am

China Plans to Boost Military Budget by 10.1 Percent in 2015 – ABC News


ABC News

China Plans to Boost Military Budget by 10.1 Percent in 2015
ABC News
China announced Thursday that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The increase to about $145 billion in spending would mark the …
China aims for around seven percent economic growth in 2015: Premier LiReuters
China keeps defence spending up to narrow 'gap' with adversariesFinancial Times
China sets growth target of about 7% for 2015USA TODAY
Xinhua -MarketWatch -South China Morning Post (subscription)
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:53 am

Only known witness to Boris Nemtsov’s murder hiding in the Ukraine – The Week Magazine


The Week Magazine

Only known witness to Boris Nemtsov's murder hiding in the Ukraine
The Week Magazine
Anna Duritskaya, the girlfriend of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, is now in hiding in her native Ukraine. The 23-year-old actress and model is the only known witness to the murder of Nemtsov on Friday. Duritskaya did not attend his funeral on …
Russian Activist Vows to Publish Nemtsov's Ukraine FindingsVoice of America
Officials pursuing 'several' leads in Boris Nemtsov shootingNew York Daily News
Russia accuses United States of plot to oust President Vladimir Putin via Sydney Morning Herald
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:49 am

For refugees, Libya proves perilous stepping stone to new life in Europe (+video) – Christian Science Monitor


Telegraph.co.uk

For refugees, Libya proves perilous stepping stone to new life in Europe (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Libya is a key waystation for African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to reach Italy. But for these teens, the country's chaos posed a final, potentially deadly challenge. By Nick Squires, Correspondent March 4, 2015. About video ads. Lampedusa, Italy …
Italy Rescues More Than 1000 Migrants at Sea, 10 DrownVoice of America
Italy rescues more than 1000 migrants at sea; 10 perishTODAYonline
Ten migrants drown in Mediterranean, 1000 rescuedThe Daily Star

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:32 am

Donetsk mine explosion: Conflict hampers aid efforts in east Ukraine (+video) – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Donetsk mine explosion: Conflict hampers aid efforts in east Ukraine (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Kiev says that rebels have blocked rescue workers from reaching the mine, where dozens are feared dead. By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer March 4, 2015. close. A woman reacts as she walks past pro-Russian rebels guarding the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, …
Ukraine mine rescue: Anxious families await newsBBC News
Over 30 feared dead in east Ukraine mine blastZee News
Mine Explosion Kills 30 in War-Torn Eastern UkraineNBCNews.com
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:32 am

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels – Reuters


Irish Examiner

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels
Reuters
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican security forces on Wednesday arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto's efforts to battle organized crime.
DEA: Mexico's Capture of Los Zetas Leader A 'Great Arrest'NBCNews.com
Mexican police capture Zetas cartel leader Omar Trevino MoralesDaily Mail
Reputed Zetas Leader Captured by Mexican Security ForcesWall Street Journal
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:44 am

Iranian-led fighting in Tikrit spurs worries of revenge in Iraq – MiamiHerald.com


MiamiHerald.com

Iranian-led fighting in Tikrit spurs worries of revenge in Iraq
MiamiHerald.com
Iraqi security forces and aligned Shiite militias continued Wednesday to encircle the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit in the third day of a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown and the scene of a major victory for the militant group last June.
US Vice President Biden, Iraq's Abadi discuss Tikrit fightFirstpost
Iraqi forces advance to free Salahudin province from IS militantsXinhua
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Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:35 pm

Oligarch-Financed Part of Ukraine Army May Acquire US Weapons – Lawmaker – Sputnik International


Kansas City Star

Oligarch-Financed Part of Ukraine Army May Acquire US Weapons – Lawmaker
Sputnik International
US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that US defensive weapons may become part of the arsenal of an oligarch-sponsored part of the Ukrainian army if Washington decides to provide military assistance to Ukraine. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US …
Russian court keeps hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in jailSan Francisco Chronicle
Evidence mounting of Russian troops in UkraineDeutsche Welle
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Posted on 4 March 2015 | 10:20 pm

Microsoft co-founder: I found sunken Japanese battleship – Detroit Free Press


Detroit Free Press

Microsoft co-founder: I found sunken Japanese battleship
Detroit Free Press
A research team led by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has located a Japanese battleship that was considered one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced warships when it was sunk off the Philippines during World War II, …
'Huge' WWII Japanese battleship Musashi has been found, billionaire Paul Allen Washington Post

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Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:29 pm