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Saudi Arabia replaces head of royal ceremonies
CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree on Monday replacing the head of its royal ceremonies, the state news agency SPA said.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 22:40:32 GMT
-France, Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilizing region
RIYADH (Reuters) - France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran's neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 22:08:56 GMT
-Labour and Conservatives tied again ahead of UK election: YouGov poll
(Reuters) - Ahead of Britain's parliamentary election on Thursday, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are tied at 33 percent, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Sun newspaper published on Monday.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 22:06:53 GMT
-Clinton willing to testify once to Benghazi panel -lawyer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once before a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, not twice as the panel's chairman has asked, her lawyer said on Monday.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 21:56:06 GMT
-Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a choice that honors the baby's late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 21:23:20 GMT
-About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 21:07:46 GMT
-Britain can't impose its agenda on EU: Juncker
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain should get a fair deal in the European Union but cannot impose its agenda on the bloc's other 27 members, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, weighing in on a sensitive issue in a tight British election race.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 21:01:45 GMT
-NY's Giuliani to El Salvador: Annihilate gangs to boost security
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's two rival gangs must be destroyed in order to quell violent crime in the increasingly lawless Central American country, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said at a local business conference on Monday.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 20:43:51 GMT
-Saudi-led alliance mulls partial truces in Yemen: statement
RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi-led Arab alliance conducting air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen is considering calling truces in specific areas in Yemen to allow humanitarian supplies to reach the country, the Saudi foreign minister said on Monday.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 20:02:28 GMT
-Nigeria’s Boko Haram in disarray as government forces advance
MALKOHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 19:42:45 GMT
-Poll suggests Britons more likely to vote to stay in EU
LONDON (Reuters) - Britons are more likely to vote to stay part of the European Union than leave in a future membership referendum, a poll showed on Monday, with only 18 percent saying they would definitely elect to exit the bloc.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 18:20:57 GMT
-Afghan talks agree on reopening Taliban political office
AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Representatives at preliminary talks aiming to end Afghanistan's long war have agreed that Taliban insurgents should open a political office for negotiations, but disagreement over foreign troops is still hampering prospects for a ceasefire.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 17:31:23 GMT
-Iraqi forces plead for help as Islamic State closes in on refinery
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces besieged inside the country's largest oil refinery are running low on food and pleading for reinforcements to save them from Islamic State militants who have advanced deep into the compound in the past week.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 16:58:49 GMT
-U.S. warships accompany British commercial vessels in Strait of Hormuz: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran's detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 16:48:01 GMT
-Baltic military shadow-boxing said to reach Cold War levels
VISBY FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Sweden (Reuters) - A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years, Swedish military officials say.

Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 16:10:16 GMT
-Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship
ROME (Reuters) - Around 7,000 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean to Europe over the weekend and on Monday, including a woman who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 16:09:27 GMT
-Kerry holds talks on security, al Shabaab threat in Kenya
NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed on Monday ways to counter the threat from the al Shabaab militant group that killed 148 people at a Kenyan university last month.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 15:52:58 GMT
-NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise
ABOARD THE USS VICKSBURG, North Sea (Reuters) - NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 15:44:30 GMT
-Ethiopian protests draw attention to racism in Israel
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Images of Israeli police firing stun grenades are usually set in the West Bank and involve Palestinian protesters. But on Sunday the situation was quite different - riot police battling thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the center of Tel Aviv.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 15:03:40 GMT
-Togo's Gnassingbe sworn in as dynasty extends its lengthy rule
LOME (Reuters) - Togo's constitutional court swore in incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe for a third term in office on Monday, prolonging for another five years his family's nearly half-century rule over the West African nation.







Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 14:28:29 GMT
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