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Middle East - Shiite Rebels Make New Demands to Yemen


Members of a Shiite rebel group on Monday presented Yemen`s government with new demands in order to stop their protests, hardening their positions and prolonging a standoff in the capital.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014  03:43

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World - Japan lawmaker wrestles with N. Korea `sport diplomacy`


A Japanese wrestler-turned-politician hopes his vision of `sports diplomacy` can repair his country`s fraught relationship with North Korea, as he prepares to host an extraordinary sporting event in Pyongyang. Standing 1.9 metres (six feet three inches) tall, with a square jaw and a penchant for red scarves, Inoki is instantly recognisable on Japanese television, but is best known abroad for taking on world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a zany wrestler-versus-boxer match in Tokyo in 1976. The grappler also organised and competed in a `Sports and Cultural Festival for Peace` in Pyongyang in 1995, featuring bouts between Japanese and American pro wrestlers publicly staged for the first time in the reclusive country, with an ailing Ali as a guest.


Sunday, August 24, 2014  03:55

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World - Deposed Egypt president`s spokesman faces trial


The former spokesman for Egypt`s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi faces trial for allegedly helping an ex-premier try to flee to Sudan, a judicial source said on Saturday. Yasser Ali, who was arrested in Cairo in December, is accused of aiding a `convicted man sought by the judicial authorities`, a reference to Islamist former prime minister Hisham Qandil. Qandil, premier under Morsi, had a one-year jail sentence overturned on appeal in July. The judicial source said no date has yet been fixed for Ali`s trial.


Saturday, August 23, 2014  20:38

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World - Turkey`s new cabinet unlikely to spell major policy shift


By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey`s new Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, will announce his cabinet on Friday, a day after Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president, with the new government not expected to signal any major changes in policy direction. The current economic team, including Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, is expected to remain largely intact. EU minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is seen as leading contender for foreign minister. Erdogan aide Yalcin Akdogan was also expected to take up a position in cabinet, possibly as a deputy prime minister.


Friday, August 29, 2014  08:12

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World - Yemen Shiite rebels rally in Sanaa and vow `escalation`


Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen`s Shiite rebels demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, threatening escalation which their leader vowed would be `painful`, an AFP correspondent reported. `The people want the government out,` chanted protesters gathered in Sanaa`s northern district, shunning a plea by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Tuesday for the rebels to disperse. Our people will step up the pressure,` they called out, waving flags of the General People`s Congress -- the party still headed by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The protesters, rallying on a road leading to Sanaa airport, brandished portraits of Syria`s embattled president Bashar al-Assad and of Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Shiite Lebanese militia Hezbollah, an AFP correspondent said.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014  21:08

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World - Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns


Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country`s nuclear programme. `Modification of the heart of the Arak reactor is in the process of being carried out by our experts ... to ease the worries of certain countries,` said Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads Iran`s nuclear programme, quoted by ISNA news agency. The reactor in Arak, 240 kilometres (145 miles) southwest of Tehran, could in theory provide Iran with weapons-grade plutonium.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014  12:04

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World - Fighting between rival factions kills 17 in Central Africa


At least 17 people were killed in fighting between rival factions of the former rebel movement Seleka in the Central African Republic, an officer in the African peacekeeping force there said Tuesday. The dead were all ex-rebels who battled on Monday in the heart of the central town of Bambari, where the Seleka forces set up their headquarters in May, said the officer in the MISCA force deployed by the African Union, asking not to be named. `One side was the group of General Joseph Zoundeko, head of the Seleka general staff in Bambari, and the other is that of General Ali Djarras, made up of armed ethnic Peuls (Fulani)` active in the region,` he added. A transitional president, Catherine Samba Panza, took office that same month, and she has overseen the signing of a ceasefire pact between Seleka forces and the largely Christian `anti-balaka` militias that emerged to wreak vengeance against Muslims for atrocities by ex-rebels.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014  14:35

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World - Iran says `completing` nuclear steps agreed with IAEA


By Fredrik Dahl and Michelle Moghtader VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is `in the process` of completing measures on transparency in its nuclear research that were agreed with the U.N. atomic agency, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, suggesting Tehran had at least partly met a Monday deadline for cooperation. Atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi did not give details in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency. Those remarks came a few days after diplomatic sources in Vienna told Reuters the U.N. watchdog`s investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran appeared to be making only limited headway. Western officials say Iran must address the questions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Monday, August 25, 2014  17:24

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World - Iran opens nuclear fuel plant


Iran has opened a uranium dioxide factory that will produce fuel for civilian nuclear plants, the head of its atomic energy agency announced Saturday. Ali Akbar Salehi said the factory in Esfahan, central Iran, which produce uranium dioxide enriched to a level of less than 5 percent was opened in keeping with an agreement between Tehran and world powers. Its main use would be for the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran, he said, quoted by state news agency IRNA, . The deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- known as P5+1 -- calls for a scaling back of Iran`s controversial nuclear programme in return for a partial lifting of Western sanctions.


Saturday, August 23, 2014  14:26

Yahoo

World - Yemen Shiite rebels weigh draft deal on new govt


A Yemeni presidential delegation has handed the Shiite Huthi rebels a draft proposal on forming a technocrat government, an official spokesman said Saturday, amid tensions around a rebel encampment in Sanaa. The presidential delegation has been holding talks with rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his northern Saada stronghold since Thursday to convince his group to join a new government. The government, headed by Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa, was formed in December 2011 under a transition agreement that paved the way for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh`s ouster.


Saturday, August 23, 2014  12:13


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