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Syria opposition turns to internal opponents

PARIS (Reuters) – The head of Syria’s Western-backed political opposition is trying to ally with opposition groups based in Syria to boost its legitimacy and help revive peace talks that center on a political transition in the country.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:11 am

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

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, officials said.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:01 am

Two Germans to be caned, jailed for train graffiti in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A Singapore court jailed two Germans for nine months and three strokes of the cane on Thursday after they pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti on a train.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:19 am

North Korea to reopen Pyongyang marathon to foreign runners

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is set to reopen an international marathon to overseas runners after ending a ban on most foreigners entering the country because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus, tour companies said on Thursday.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:08 am

Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to 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 5 March 2015 | 4:56 am

Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations to counter China influence

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions of dollars in the region.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:55 am

Indonesia to announce execution date for foreign convicts ‘in a few days’

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s attorney general will decide in a few days on the date for the execution of up to 11 convicts, mostly foreigners, a government official said on Thursday.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:40 am

China premier says confident of peaceful growth in Taiwan ties

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that he was confident of the peaceful growth in relations with self-ruled Taiwan, an island China claims as its own, saying it was a historic trend that could not be reversed.








Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:32 am

U.S. says North Korea nuclear and missile work ‘of great concern’

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea’s nuclear program and the increased range and precision of its missiles were of great concern, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a U.S. nuclear threat with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:30 am

Vancouver container fire shuts down port, some rail service

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A large portion of Canada’s biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver’s downtown core.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:16 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

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

A general view taken on March 3, 2015 shows the citadel (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens were killed on March 4 when rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquartersSyrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city. At least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast and attack targeting air force intelligence offices in the west of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It came as President Bashar al-Assad insisted he continues to enjoy the support of the Syrian people despite nearly four years of war and international pressure on his regime. "The goal was to storm the building and to control it, but they failed," Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Britain-based monitoring group, told AFP.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:02 am

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Iraqi government forces and allied militias take up positions in the northern part of Diyala province, as part of an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 4, 2015Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in Iraq, closing in on Tikrit from at least three directions.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:54 am

US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert placing his right hand on his face leaves a lecture hall for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2015 after being attacked by a man. Lippert was in stable condition after the man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said. The board at right reads: "U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert's lecture." (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Ju-sung) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:54 am

‘Duang!’ Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, center, is escorted by officials as he is surrounded by journalists upon arrival at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.” It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang."

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:50 am

Facebook posts about job land US contractor in Emirates jail

A hallmark of American life — griping about work — has landed a Florida man in a Middle Eastern jail.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:49 am

US seeks UN action on Syria chlorine attacks

The United Nations Security Council votes during a meeting on March 4, 2015 at the United Nations in New YorkThe United States is pushing the UN Security Council to threaten tough measures against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chlorine in attacks, according to a draft resolution circulated to members. The US move at the United Nations followed a report by the OPCW chemical watchdog in January that concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used in attacks on three villages in Syria last year.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:48 am

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

A Libyan soldier, loyal to the internationally recognised government, rests on a sidewalk in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on February 28, 2015Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields. The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, has asked the council's sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force. "The leadership of the Libyan army has submitted specific requests for exemptions from the arms embargo to the sanctions committee," Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 15-member council.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:36 am

Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert examining 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 | 5:32 am

Rugby player suspended after admitting to cocaine charges

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt was suspended for six weeks by the Australian Rugby Union, ordered to undergo a drug rehabilitation program and fined A$30,000 ($23,400) after admitting to cocaine possession Thursday.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:30 am

Construction of 2020 Olympic stadium to start in October

TOKYO (AP) — Demolition of Tokyo’s old National Stadium will be completed by September and construction of the new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will start in October, the venue’s management group said Thursday.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:23 am

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Boss of Zetas drugs cartel arrested in Mexico – BBC News


BBC News

Boss of Zetas drugs cartel arrested in Mexico
BBC News
The leader of the Zetas drugs cartel, notorious for its violence, has been seized in Mexico by security forces. Omar Trevino Morales was captured in the city of Monterrey in the north of the country. It is the second arrest of a drug lord in a week after the head of …
Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburbWXIX
Mexico captures Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'The Sun Daily
Mexico captures Zetas drug cartel leaderSky News Australia
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:08 am

No, Jyoti Singh is not India’s daughter – Quartz


Quartz

No, Jyoti Singh is not India's daughter
Quartz
India's Daughter, Leslee Udwin's documentary on the brutal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh in 2012, was aired tonight in the UK on BBC Four. It's a hard documentary to watch, because it's a terrible story to tell: A young woman gets brutally raped and tortured to …
'India's Daughter' available online, despite banThe Hindu
Blanket ban on BBC Nirbhaya rape documentary 'India's daughter'The Indian Express
What will people say: Real reason we don't want Dec 16 BBC documentary airedFirstpost
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:08 am

US Envoy to SKorea in Stable Condition After Knife Attack – New York Times


Toronto Star

US Envoy to SKorea in Stable Condition After Knife Attack
New York Times
SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday.
US envoy to S. Korea injured in knife-wielding attack, alliance feared to worsenXinhua
American ambassador in Seoul attacked by man ranting against US military drillsCNN
US ambassador suffers knife attack in South KoreaFinancial Times
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:02 am

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit
Daily Mail
Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS …
Quds force leader, commanding Iraqi forces against ISIS, alarms WashingtonFox News
Iraq intensifies assault on ISIL stronghold, Tikriteuronews
Iran Flexes New Clout Beyond Its BordersWall Street Journal
Al-Arabiya -New York Times -MiamiHerald.com
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:00 am

China Plans to Build Its Commodity Hoard in 2015 – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

China Plans to Build Its Commodity Hoard in 2015
Wall Street Journal
BEIJING—China's government plans to spend more building up its commodity stock piles this year while taming its consumption of coal, part of a raft of policies to clean up highly-polluting industries while taking advantage of weak global resource prices.
China's Stocks Erase This Year's Gain After Growth Target Is CutBloomberg
Chinese Premier Warns of Economic Barriers to Private EnterpriseNew York Times
China signals "new normal" with lower annual growth targetDaily Mail
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:58 am

Putin urges end to ‘shameful’ political killings following Nemtsov’s murder – Business Standard


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Putin urges end to 'shameful' political killings following Nemtsov's murder
Business Standard
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged that the "shameful" political killings should be put to an end, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. According to BBC, Putin said that serious attention should be paid to high-profile crimes. Nemtsov …
Only known witness to Boris Nemtsov's murder hiding in UkraineThe Week Magazine
Russia accuses United States of plot to oust President Vladimir Putin via Sydney Morning Herald
Echoes of Stalin in the murder of a Putin foe in MoscowWashington Post (blog)
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:56 am

Indian aircraft arriving Nepal to remove Turkish airbus – Republica


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Indian aircraft arriving Nepal to remove Turkish airbus
Republica
KATHMANDU, March 4: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is bringing a 'removal kit' from India to remove the Turkish Airline's aircraft which has got trapped on its runway and to relocate it to safety. Hercules aircraft of Indian Air Force is coming to …
Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Nepal, passengers run to safetyHindustan Times

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:54 am

Australia Seeks Prisoner Swap to Halt Indonesia Executions – Voice of America


Voice of America

Australia Seeks Prisoner Swap to Halt Indonesia Executions
Voice of America
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday she has proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in order to spare the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who are set to be executed. Bishop spoke to reporters after a vigil outside parliament in …
AFP denies it has blood on its hands over Bali nine death penaltiesSydney Morning Herald
Bali Nine Arrive at Indonesian Execution Island as Jokowi Spurns Clemency PleasTIME
Australia proposes prisoner swap to spare men from Indonesia executionCBC.ca
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:53 am

World’s oldest person celebrates 117th birthday – GMA News


The Hindu

World's oldest person celebrates 117th birthday
GMA News
Japanese Misao Okawa, the world's oldest living person, is greeted by Takehiro Ogura (right), mayor of Osaka's Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, at an elder care facility in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday, March 4, the day before her 117th birthday. Reuters/Kyodo …
World's oldest person Misao Okawa wonders about secret to longevity tooDaily Mail
World's oldest person 1:06CBC.ca
World's Oldest Person Turns 117Daily Caller

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:12 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, …
At Least 33 Dead in Ukraine Mine BlastVoice of America
'No survivors' as 33 people are confirmed dead in Ukraine mine blasteuronews
Thirty-three miners killed in explosion in eastern Ukraine coal mine – IfaxReuters
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 1:32 am