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AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS (Reuters) - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.







Publ.Date : Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:33:32 GMT
-Exclusive: U.N. support for Congo campaign against Rwanda rebels in doubt over abuses
UNITED NATIONS/KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations support for a planned military operation against Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be in doubt because Congo named a general accused of rights abuses to head the offensive, diplomats and officials said on Friday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:34:14 GMT
-Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:56:02 GMT
-Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east
DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK (Reuters) - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:55:55 GMT
-Canada security bill provides new powers to combat terror
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario (Reuters) - New anti-terror legislation in Canada would make it a crime to call for attacks on the country and give a much larger role to the government's main spy agency.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:54:17 GMT
-Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:33:52 GMT
-Venezuela confirms shooting down small plane near Aruba
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Friday it shot down a civilian plane after it ignored communications off its Caribbean coast near the island of Aruba, but denied any violation of international airspace.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:12:20 GMT
-Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:10:33 GMT
-Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:28:37 GMT
-Turmoil at congress of Germany party swiping votes from Merkel
BREMEN, Germany (Reuters) - The congress of a eurosceptic German party that is stealing votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives got off to a turbulent start on Friday, with delegates in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) squabbling over the agenda and debate rules.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:04:51 GMT
-Greece says will not cooperate with "troika" or seek aid extension
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:23:17 GMT
-Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:24:28 GMT
-U.S. to work closely with Greece to resolve differences: White House spokesman
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will continue working closely with the new government in Greece and other European leaders to resolve differences that could improve Greece's economy, a White House spokesman said Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:27:05 GMT
-Next round of Syria talks in Moscow in a month: delegate
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The next meeting between some Syrian opposition figures and the Damascus government in Moscow will take place in about a month, Qadri Jamil, a participant in this week's consultations, said on Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:19:15 GMT
-Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives
AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:46:25 GMT
-Nigeria's Buhari vows to end graft, insecurity, inequality
LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari pledged to cheering crowds in opposition stronghold Lagos that he would tackle the country's three greatest ills -- insecurity, inequality and corruption.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:42:16 GMT
-Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State militants and greater Western help in building up Iraqi security forces could also play a role, the head of NATO said on Friday.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:31:14 GMT
-Australia wants clear U.N. rules on extended searches after MH370
TORONTO (Reuters) - Australia, which has led a nearly year-long hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner, wants the United Nations' aviation agency to issue clear guidelines on who should be responsible for such searches once rescue efforts are called off.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:26:38 GMT
-Argentina's Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil.

Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:38:49 GMT
-Ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn faces French pimping trial
PARIS (Reuters) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, goes on trial in France on Monday in a separate case of alleged pimping.







Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:24:02 GMT
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