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Exclusive: EU draft would extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine escalation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU has prepared a draft statement for the foreign ministers of its 28 members to agree to extend sanctions against Russia by six months, add new people to the sanctions list and prepare new measures.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:53 pm

Litvinenko post-mortem was world’s most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope London in 2006, carried out the world’s most dangerous-ever post-mortem, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:50 pm

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; seven Israeli soldiers wounded

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers, the biggest escalation since a 2006 war.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:38 pm

Russia unveils $35 billion anti-crisis plan, silent on cuts to pay for it

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia announced a $35 billion “anti-crisis” spending plan on Wednesday to bail out an economy battered by Western sanctions and falling oil prices, but gave few details of the deep cuts it said would be enacted this year to pay for it.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:31 pm

EU executive ponders new airline data rules after Paris attacks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is reviewing plans on sharing airline passenger data to address privacy concerns while still seeking to improve security following militant attacks in Paris.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:05 pm

Greek PM Tsipras pushes on with radical change, markets tumble

ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised “radical” change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece’s international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:59 pm

Russia’s Lavrov says fighting ‘terrorism’ should unite Syrian opposition, Damascus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged members of the Syrian opposition and representatives from Damascus at peace talks in Moscow on Wednesday to join forces to combat the threat of “terrorism”.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:49 pm

Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:44 pm

U.S. says air strikes pound Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and partner nations launched 13 air strikes near Kobani, Syria, in the last 24 hours, the U.S. military said, as they continued their air assault to help drive the last Islamic State forces out of city.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:35 pm

Jordan says ready to free Iraqi militant if pilot released

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:25 pm

Bulgaria says six nationals working for U.N. taken captive by rebels in Sudan

(Reuters) – A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN’s World Food Programme captive after their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:55 am

Copenhagen copper crooks hit rail commuters

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Commuters in the Danish capital faced widespread disruptions on the train network caused by the third theft in a week of copper cables from the tracks.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:18 am

France, Germany, Britain to meet Iran on nuclear issue

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France, Germany and Britain will hold talks on Thursday with Iran in Istanbul, the European Union said, as part of efforts to end a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:10 am

Suicide attack kills at least five people in north Mali: sources

BAMAKO (Reuters) – A suicide attack in the disputed north Malian town of Tabankort killed at least five people overnight, according to two Tuareg rebel sources on Wednesday.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:02 am

Indonesian president’s advisers urge him to drop police chief pick

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A team of advisers appointed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged him on Wednesday to withdraw his nomination for national police chief after the anti-graft agency declared the candidate a suspect in a bribery case.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:52 am

Kazakhstan bans rallies, fearing Ukraine-style turmoil: U.N. report

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan says it has clamped down on peaceful rallies out of fear of a repeat of the protests that brought chaos to Ukraine, a United Nations special rapporteur said in a critical report on the central Asian state.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:28 am

Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West’s refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:14 am

Thai red shirt leader gets two-year jail term for insulting former PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A Thai court on Wednesday handed a two-year jail term to a leader of the “red shirt” opposition movement for defaming a former prime minister, a move the group says is proof of the junta’s ambition to crush its opponents.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:10 am

U.S. provides more aid to Ukraine, threatens to step up sanctions on Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – The United States signed an agreement on Wednesday to provide $2 billion in loan guarantees to help war-torn Ukraine with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up economic sanctions against Russia if necessary.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:06 am

Israeli jets strike back after Syria’s Golan attack: Israeli army

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli airforce jets struck Syrian army artillery positions near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched in the area the previous day.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 9:55 am

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UN peacekeeper from Spain killed in south Lebanon

A UN peacekeeper from Spain was killed Wednesday in southern Lebanon, a source at the Spanish embassy said, as the Israeli military shelled border areas after a Hezbollah attack. “I can confirm that a Spanish soldier was killed in southern Lebanon,” the source told AFP.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:39 pm

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; seven Israeli soldiers wounded

Israeli soldiers walk near Israel's border with LebanonBy Jeffrey Heller and Sylvia Westall JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers, the biggest escalation since a 2006 war. The attack, which Hezbollah said was carried out by one of its brigades in the area, was in apparent retaliation for a Jan. 18 Israeli air strike in southern Syria that killed several Hezbollah members as well as an Iranian general. It came hours after air strikes by Israeli jets near the occupied Golan Heights overnight, which Israel's military said was in response to rocket fire from Syria. Tensions in the region, where the frontiers of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet and militant groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are active, have been bubbling for months but have boiled over in the past 10 days.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:38 pm

Meet Coco: China’s next Li Na

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country’s two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:36 pm

Dozen killed in suicide attack against Mali rebels

Map locating Tabankort, near where deadly clashes took place overnight TuesdayAn attack overnight in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers killed a dozen people, security sources said Wednesday. "GATIA fighters, accompanied by suicide bombers, attacked a rebel Tuareg and anti-government Arab position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Tabankort. There were a dozen deaths in total," a Western military source told AFP. A security source in MINUSMA — the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali — confirmed the deaths, adding that two fighters blew themselves up while a third was killed before he was able to detonate his explosives.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:35 pm

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Johnny Depp has recovered from a cold. And a chupacabra attack.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:34 pm

Iran bill would scrap nuclear deal over new sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would scrap a landmark 2013 interim nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:33 pm

Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Such a swap would run counter to Jordan’s hard-line approach toward Islamic militants and to the position of its main ally, the United States, not to negotiate with extremists. An exchange also would set a precedent for negotiating with Islamic State group militants who in the past have not publicly demanded prisoner releases.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:33 pm

U.N. peacekeeper killed on Lebanese frontier

A member of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) was killed on Wednesday, a U.N. spokesman said, without giving details of how. The incident happened in Ghajar, Tenenti said, a village which straddles the Israel-Lebanon frontier. Israel and Hezbollah have been trading fire on Wednesday around the frontier area. We are looking into the circumstances of this tragic incident,” said Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:33 pm

Massive destruction in Kobane after Kurds drive out IS jihadists

Kurdish fighters were in control of about 90 percent of Kobane, according to US officialsRubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: the ferocious battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived on the scene Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier from the Islamic State group on Monday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in their brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces battled IS militants in villages around Kobane, warning that the fight against the jihadists was far from over. The recapture of Kobane appeared however to be a major step in the campaign against the IS militants who had seemed poised to seize the town after they began their advance in September.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:32 pm

Russia unveils $35 billion anti-crisis plan, silent on cuts to pay for it

By Jason Bush MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia announced a $35 billion “anti-crisis” spending plan on Wednesday to bail out an economy battered by Western sanctions and falling oil prices, but gave few details of the deep cuts it said would be enacted this year to pay for it. “This plan is something like a cushion to avoid a rapid deterioration in Russia and support several of the most important economic agents (and provide) social support,” said Sberbank chief economist Yulia Tseplaeva. President Vladimir Putin has ordered that defense and social spending cannot be cut, underscoring his focus on preserving Russia’s international might and social stability. Ivan Tchakarov, Russia economist at Citibank, said that the plan was necessarily vague, as Moscow has yet to revise its budget and macroeconomic forecasts for this year.

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:31 pm

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Jordan says it would swap terrorist for ISIS captive – CNN


USA TODAY

Jordan says it would swap terrorist for ISIS captive
CNN
(CNN) Jordan on Wednesday indicated it is willing to release a longtime prisoner if ISIS releases one of its pilots — one of the latest developments surrounding the terror group's apparent threat to kill the pilot and a Japanese hostage. Jordan would release …
Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese Fox News
Jordan is ready to trade inmate for pilot held by ISILUSA TODAY
Jordan willing to swap imprisoned terrorist for pilot held by ISISHaaretz
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:51 pm

Litvinenko post-mortem was world’s most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears – Reuters


Reuters

Litvinenko post-mortem was world's most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope London in 2006, carried out the world's most dangerous-ever post-mortem, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.
Alexander Litvinenko post mortem 'most dangerous in western world'Financial Times
Alexander Litvinenko's post-mortem was 'one of the most dangerous ever'Daily Mail
Litvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazardgulfnews.com
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:50 pm

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; seven Israeli soldiers wounded – Reuters


Reuters

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; seven Israeli soldiers wounded
Reuters
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers, the biggest …
Antitank Missile Hits Israeli Military Vehicle Along Lebanese BorderNew York Times
Israel Strikes Lebanon After AttacksWall Street Journal
Israel-Lebanon attacks: latestTelegraph.co.uk
Ynetnews -Los Angeles Times -Jerusalem Post Israel News
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:41 pm

Some Saudi Officials Avoid Shaking Hands With Michelle Obama – CBS Local


CBS Local

Some Saudi Officials Avoid Shaking Hands With Michelle Obama
CBS Local
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Saudi's newly appointed King Salman as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen on at Erga Palace in Riyadh on Jan. 27, 2015. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) …
First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Saudi king. So?CNN International
Saudi Arabia carries out three more executions as new King Salman welcomes The Independent
Michelle Obama causes outrage in Saudi ArabiaTelegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:37 pm

Greece will not default – PM Tsipras – BBC News


BBC News

Greece will not default – PM Tsipras
BBC News
Addressing his first cabinet meeting since Sunday's victory, Mr Tsipras said he would negotiate with creditors over the €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout. "We won't get into a mutually destructive clash, but we will not continue a policy of subjection," said the …
Markets tumble as Greek government begins to backtrack on austerityTelegraph.co.uk
Greece sets up clash with eurozone over debt measuresChron.com
Greece 'not going gently into the night,' says new finance ministerChristian Science Monitor
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:35 pm

Angelina Jolie talks about ‘unspeakable brutality’ in Iraqi refugee camp – Times of India


Times of India

Angelina Jolie talks about 'unspeakable brutality' in Iraqi refugee camp
Times of India
Angelina Jolie had visited Iraqi refugees and was left speechless for the people there who are struggling to survive. The 'Unbroken' actress wrote an impassioned 'New York Times Op-Ed' and expressed her deep sorrow for the people there who are …
Angelina Jolie pens impassioned op-ed on Iraq, Syria visitThe Express Tribune
Angelina Jolie Writes Op-Ed About Iraqi CampsNDTV
Jolie pens op-ed on refugee crisis in Syria and IraqZee News
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:23 pm

Libyan ISIS branch claims deadly hotel attack in Tripoli – CNN


CNN

Libyan ISIS branch claims deadly hotel attack in Tripoli
CNN
(CNN) The Libyan branch of ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly gun and bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital in which five foreigners, including an American contractor, died. At least 10 people and two attackers were killed in Tuesday's …
Gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya; at least 10 dieCNN International
Libyan Group Loyal to Islamic State Claims Hotel AttackNew York Times
Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack on Libyan HotelWall Street Journal
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 1:02 pm

Kim Jong Un May Make First Foreign Trip to Russia, Interfax Says – Bloomberg


The Moscow Times

Kim Jong Un May Make First Foreign Trip to Russia, Interfax Says
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make his first foreign trip since coming to power three years ago to attend celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory in World War II, the Interfax news agency reported. Kremlin spokesman …
Kim Jong-Un to visit MoscowiAfrica.com
N Korea's Kim Jong-un to visit RussiaNEWS.com.au
Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit: YonhapReuters
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:08 pm

In Australia, decision to knight a prince becomes a royal hassle for PM – The Globe and Mail


Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

In Australia, decision to knight a prince becomes a royal hassle for PM
The Globe and Mail
Australia's Prime Minister on Wednesday promised to consult more widely before bestowing knighthoods in the future as he weathered an avalanche of criticisms over his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight. Prime Minister …
Tony Abbott stands by decision to knight Prince PhilipDaily Mail
#Knightmare: Sir Angus Houston and Prince Philip battle for social media mentionsThe Age
Batty welcomes family violence schemeSky News Australia

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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 12:01 pm

Nigeria: Boko Haram Photos Purportedly Show Child Soldiers’ Training Camp – NBCNews.com


Information Nigeria

Nigeria: Boko Haram Photos Purportedly Show Child Soldiers' Training Camp
NBCNews.com
Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram has released photos purportedly showing a training camp for child soldiers. The images show kids dressed in blue and black clothing aiming automatic rifles. They are the first pictures released by the group to show child …
Boko Haram release images of their child soldiers being trained in NigeriaDaily Mail
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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:26 am