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Bangladesh Islamist appeals against death sentence for war crimes
DHAKA (Reuters) - A senior leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday to scrap the death penalty passed on him for genocide and torture of civilians during the country's 1971 war.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:44 GMT
-Sri Lanka cabinet suspends Chinese project on approval issue
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka suspended a $1.5-billion Chinese luxury real estate project in Colombo on Thursday until it obtains required government approvals, a move that risks a diplomatic row with its biggest foreign investor.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:33 GMT
-Israel resuming some Gaza produce imports halted in 2007
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:57:08 GMT
-Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reassured Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, in reference to wider political and security cooperation, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in Gulf interests.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:46:44 GMT
-Europe's top court rejects Iranian trade bank's sanctions challenge
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's highest court threw out a challenge by a Hamburg-based Iranian trade bank to its inclusion on the European Union's sanctions list on Thursday, a victory for the EU after a number of its Iran sanctions rulings were overturned by courts.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:39:42 GMT
-Yemen's Houthis seize national dialogue HQ, president insists group must leave Sanaa
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's dominant Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia seized the offices of a political conciliation body late on Wednesday, hours after the president refused U.N.-brokered talks with their powerful movement unless they withdrew from Sanaa.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:23:47 GMT
-U.N. urges Mali rebels to sign northern peace proposal
BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step toward peace in the violent region.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:22:15 GMT
-Kerry briefs Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers in Riyadh on Thursday to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran and offer reassurance that any deal would not damage their interests.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:20:05 GMT
-U.N. rights boss seeks campaign to 'discredit ISIL'
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official called on Thursday for an international campaign to "discredit ISIL", and urged Muslims worldwide to defend their faith against misrepresentation by violent extremists.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:08:58 GMT
-Islamic State targeted in 12 air strikes by U.S., allies: statement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces hit Islamic State with 12 air strikes in Syria and Iraq in the latest round of attacks on the militant group, the Joint Coalition Task Force said in a statement on Thursday.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:56:07 GMT
-Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east
KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:53:27 GMT
-Egypt replaces interior minister in minor cabinet reshuffle
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has replaced Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim with Magdi Abdelghaffar, the presidency said in a statement, as part of a minor cabinet reshuffle.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:52:47 GMT
-Italy's Renzi lays flowers on Moscow bridge where Nemtsov killed
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in Moscow on Thursday for talks with President Vladimir Putin, laid flowers on the bridge where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered last week.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:50:36 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, a witness said, to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militia fighters and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:48:02 GMT
-Missing Canadian pastor is being held by North Korea: church
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head pastor of a Canadian church who failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea is now being held by authorities in the secretive state, a church spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:37:03 GMT
-Polish PM chastises deputy for warnings over Ukraine
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister has chastised her coalition partner for describing Ukraine's economy as on the brink of disintegration and suggesting Poland could face a flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees across its frontiers.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:27:11 GMT
-India education expert blames schools for students' misogyny
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's schools are failing to educate and empower young people to reject deep-rooted gender stereotypes and embrace equality, an expert said, pointing to recent findings highlighting "regressive" attitudes toward women.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:18:27 GMT
-Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport on Thursday just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:30:08 GMT
-Baton-wielding Myanmar police force pro-student protesters to flee
YANGON (Reuters) - Baton-wielding police beat demonstrators showing their support for students blocked from marching into Myanmar's largest city on Thursday, arresting eight and forcing many to flee, activists and witnesses said.

Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:27:56 GMT
-India asks YouTube to remove Delhi rape film
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has asked YouTube to remove all links to a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi after banning its broadcast, a government official told Reuters on Thursday.







Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:15:05 GMT
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