Pakistan rescues Canadian, American couple and their three children from 'terrorist custody'

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:01
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" following a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies, the army said on Thursday.

Ceasefire deal sealed for rebel pocket near Damascus

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:46
CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire deal for a Syrian rebel enclave south of Damascus was reached on Thursday, brokered by Cairo and Moscow, Egyptian state media said.

Eurofighter jet crashes in Spain, killing pilot

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:40
MADRID (Reuters) - A Eurofighter combat jet plane crashed near a military base in southeastern Spain on Thursday, killing its pilot, an emergency services spokesman said.

Erdogan says U.S. sacrificing ties with Turkey, blames envoy

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:25
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan blamed his country's dispute with the United States on the outgoing U.S. ambassador on Thursday, saying Washington was "sacrificing" relations with its NATO ally.

Military plane crashes in Spain, unclear if victims: defense ministry

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:23
MADRID (Reuters) - A Eurofighter combat jet plane crashed near a military base in southeastern Spain on Thursday but it was not immediately clear if there were any victims, a defense ministry spokesman said.

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas reach reconciliation deal

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:19
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a deal over political reconciliation on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of the Gaza enclave the group has controlled for more than a decade.

How a homemade tool helped North Korea's missile program

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:09
SEOUL, (Reuters) - In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero - one that outside experts would later realize was at the heart of the secretive state's banned nuclear and missile programs.

Italian government wins latest confidence vote on electoral law

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:05
ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government on Thursday won the last of three confidence votes it had called on a contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's election.

Ceasefire deal sealed for southern Damascus: Egypt state media

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:45
CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire deal for a Syrian rebel-held pocket south of Damascus was reached on Thursday, brokered by Egypt and Russia, Egyptian state media said.

Gorbachev, last Soviet leader, wants Trump-Putin summit to save arms pact

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:42
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, said on Thursday a landmark arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War was in peril and called for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to save it.

Kremlin says allegations against Kaspersky Lab are 'absurd'

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:32
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Moscow believes allegations against Russia's Kaspersky Lab are "absurd", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, adding that the Russian government had nothing to do with it.

Egypt extends state of emergency for three months starting Friday: official gazette

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:21
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has extended a state of emergency for another three months, starting Friday, the official gazette said on Thursday.

Spaniards use national holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:12
MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards began lining the streets of Madrid on Thursday and national flags hung from balconies across the capital as unionists used a holiday military parade to show unity in the face of moves by Catalonia to declare independence.

Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:41
BEIJING (Reuters) - Inside the packed exhibition hall in central Beijing is a showcase of China's recent achievements: the country's first operational aircraft carrier; a gleaming fleet of high-speed trains; happy villagers lifted from poverty.

As tricky coalition talks loom, Merkel hopes for regional poll boost

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:36
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chastened by their worst result since 1949 in September's national election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are hoping for victory in a regional vote on Sunday to strengthen their hand in thorny three-way coalition talks in Berlin.

Finnish president has strong poll lead ahead of January elections

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:27
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is set to be elected for a second six-year term in January elections by a wide margin, a poll commissioned by public broadcaster YLE showed on Thursday.

Turkey received U.S. request to solve visa crisis: Erdogan spokesman

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:16
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has received a request from the United States to solve an escalating row between the two countries, the spokesman for President Erdogan said on Thursday, after a U.S. consulate worker was arrested in Istanbul last week.

Kurds offer talks with Baghdad over airport, banks ban

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:12
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) offered to hold talks with Iraqi authorities on the status of Kurdish airports, border posts and banks, on which they placed restrictions following an independence referendum.

Cambodia deports 74 Chinese arrested for telecom extortion scams

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:04
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia on Thursday deported 74 Chinese nationals wanted in China on suspicion of extorting money from people there over the internet and by telephone, Cambodian police said.

Myanmar army chief says Rohingya Muslims "not natives", numbers fleeing exaggerated

REUTERS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:01
YANGON (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his men and said media was complicit in exaggerating the number of refugees fleeing.


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