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Greece starts drive to sell new debt deal to doubting Europe
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a skeptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:55:08 GMT
-Hungarians rally to remind government of Western allegiance
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Several thousand people demonstrated outside Hungary's parliament on Sunday, telling the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to respect its Western ties a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:51:37 GMT
-Blast targeting bus near Shi'ite shrine in Damascus kills six
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A bomb tore apart a bus carrying Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding 19 in a rare attack at the centre of the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness and local media said.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:51:14 GMT
-Bombs at luxury mall rattle tense Bangkok
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Two pipe bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:34:28 GMT
-Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as Russian-backed separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:29:19 GMT
-Boko Haram insurgents attack northeast Nigeria's capital city
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, security sources said, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:06:41 GMT
-Yemen's Houthis give parties three days to solve crisis
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's dominant Houthi movement on Sunday gave political factions three days to agree a way out of a crisis that led to the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi before the group imposes its own solution.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:01:24 GMT
-Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia
CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:42:45 GMT
-Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:35:41 GMT
-Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot
AMMAN (Reuters) - The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country's role in the U.S-led military campaign against the hardline group in Syria, fuelling the risk of broader discontent in the U.S. ally.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:34:14 GMT
-Tunisia's Islamist party agrees to join coalition government
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's moderate Islamist party Ennahda has agreed to join its main rival secular party Nidaa Tounes in a coalition government, party leaders said on Sunday.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:26:44 GMT
-Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto
TOKYO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:35:37 GMT
-U.S., allies conduct 34 air strikes against Islamic State: U.S. military
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies have carried out 26 air strikes in Iraq and eight in Syria since Saturday in continued attacks on Islamic State targets, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:30:24 GMT
-Mali armed groups clash near Timbuktu: security sources
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian rebels fought pro-government militia in the northern village of Kano overnight, three security sources said, firing rockets and briefly kidnapping at least 20 people in the latest spike of violence between armed groups.







Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:33:57 GMT
-Kurdish forces free oil workers at Kirkuk crude station: officials
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Sunday found and freed workers who had gone missing a day earlier when Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern city of Kirkuk, the provincial governor and a provincial councilman said.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:25:46 GMT
-Greek turmoil an unexpected boon for German AfD eurosceptics
BREMEN, Germany (Reuters) - The new Greek government's anti-bailout stance has sent shudders through much of Europe but Germany's euroskeptic AfD party can hardly believe its good fortune ahead of a regional election as a breakup of the euro zone suddenly appears possible.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:58:15 GMT
-Suicide bomber kills 10 people in northeast Nigeria's Potiskum
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of a legislator in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing 10 people, two security sources told Reuters.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:33:10 GMT
-Syria aims to 'flush out all terrorists' in 2015: PM
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's prime minister said on Sunday the country wanted to drive all insurgents out of its territory in 2015 and was prepared to back any attempts to fight global militancy.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:25:44 GMT
-Sudan rebels free Bulgarian aid workers: ministry
SOFIA (Reuters) - Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudan's strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:02:03 GMT
-Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics
MAENNEDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - As a child growing up near the Swiss border with Germany in the early 1940s, Christoph Blocher remembers soldiers camping out in his family's garden, ready to defend the neutral nation against a surprise attack from the Nazis.

Publ.Date : Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:00:57 GMT
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