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Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, three others
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:06:25 GMT
-Law unto itself: Thai junta fuels doubt by churning out legislation
BANGKOK (Reuters) - It usually meets just twice a week, and many of its 220 members have little or no experience of making laws. But that hasn't slowed down Thailand's interim parliament, which was installed by the military junta that seized power last May.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:04:42 GMT
-Kidnapped Iranian diplomat held in Yemen since 2013 freed
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013 returned home to Tehran on Thursday amid conflicting accounts of how he was freed from his unidentified abductors.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:59:08 GMT
-Forensics show Argentine prosecutor was murdered: ex-wife
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Forensic tests on the body of an Argentine state prosecutor who died days after accusing President Cristina Fernandez of plotting to cover up Iran's alleged role in a 1994 bombing indicate that he was murdered, his ex-wife said on Thursday.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:51:54 GMT
-Iran hints might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:48:20 GMT
-Lesotho looks to hold on to peace after early elections
MASERU (Reuters) - South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said Lesotho should form a government promptly after weekend polls and push ahead with constitutional and security reform to avoid a recurrence of instability.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:00:31 GMT
-No new U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria's Idlib province
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition has not carried out airstrikes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the past 24 hours, a spokesman said on Thursday, following news of a blast that targeted senior members of al Qaeda's official Syria wing.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:52:09 GMT
-South Sudan peace talks to go on until Friday
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebels will extend beyond a Thursday deadline set by mediators to allow them to finalize details on power sharing, mediators from the regional East African group IGAD said.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:44:38 GMT
-Palestinian leaders cut all security coordination with Israel: PLO officials
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), led by President Mahmoud Abbas, decided on Thursday to stop all forms of security coordination with Israel, Palestinian officials said.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:42:53 GMT
-Dozens killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in north Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants at dawn on Tuesday in a remote village of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military sources and authorized vigilante groups told Reuters.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:25:49 GMT
-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 breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT
-Exclusive: Bar South Sudan leaders from transition - inquiry draft
UNITED NATIONS/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A much-anticipated African Union inquiry calls for South Sudan's president and his rival to be barred from a transitional government and for the oil-producing country to effectively be placed under AU control, say sources and a draft of the report.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:11:28 GMT
-Lawyer says client in Canada train terror plot was running a con
TORONTO (Reuters) - One of the men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train between Toronto and New York was a con man who pretended to be an Islamic extremist for his own financial gain, his defense lawyer told a court on Thursday.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:46:59 GMT
-Canada foreign minister: we'll be in Iraq for the longer term
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian forces will be involved in Iraq for the longer term, Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson hinted on Thursday in remarks made a few weeks before Ottawa is due to decide whether to extend the six-month mandate of its military mission there.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:40:20 GMT
-Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State
RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is pushing for Sunni Muslim Middle East countries to set aside differences over political Islam and focus on what it sees as more urgent threats from Iran and Islamic State.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:37:10 GMT
-Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east
KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:28:04 GMT
-Libya factions hold peace talks in Morocco
SKHIRATE, Morocco (Reuters) - Libya's warring factions held United Nations-backed talks in Morocco on Thursday seeking to end the conflict between two rival governments that threatens to drive the North African oil state into civil war.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:19:28 GMT
-Exclusive: Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine
MOSCOW (Reuters) - It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:43:07 GMT
-Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:40:42 GMT
-Ukraine's coal pits: dangerous in peace time, deadlier in war
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ivan Lazarenko, one of those pulled out alive after an explosion at a mine near the frontline in rebel-held east Ukraine killed 33 workers, lay in hospital on Thursday, still unconscious and in bandages.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:33:44 GMT
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