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Feb 2, 2015

China’s Tibet to reward tips on "terror attacks"

BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in China's Tibet will offer rewards up to 300,000 yuan ($48,000) for tips on "violent terror attacks", state media reported, in an effort to "promote stability" in the region beset by ethnic tensions. China has stressed that it is facing a serious and complex struggle against terrorism, and other provinces and regions have offered similar payouts for information on what authorities deem terrorism crimes and suspects. In Tibet, the government will give rewards for tip-offs on "overseas terrorist organisations and their members' activities inside China", and the "spreading of religious extremism", the official Xinhua news agency said late on Saturday. #Arabic #Argentina #facebook #France #opinion #Technology #United Kingdom #United States

Feb 2, 2015

Greece seeks to reassure Europe as tensions rise

ATHENS (Reuters) - New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central Bank chief to assure him that Athens was seeking an agreement. The new government in Athens made clear from its first day in power that it would not back down on its election pledges to abandon the austerity policies imposed under the bailout agreement sealed by the last government. But facing growing disquiet from partners led by Germany, Tsipras rang European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday night to assure him that Athens was seeking an accord, a government official said #Arabic #author #Business #France #Italy #Mexico #Middle East #Russia #United Kingdom

Feb 2, 2015

NASA satellite to measure water in Earth’s soil sent into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure moisture in the top layer of the Earth's soil, data to be used in weather-forecasting and tracking of global climate change. Soil moisture is a variable that binds together all of the planet's environmental systems, scientists say. #Arabic #Brazil #California #Latin America #markets #Middle East #Russia #United States

Feb 2, 2015

Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after "catastrophic" poll

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating. Abbott said he was determined to stay on as leader, adding government was "not a popularity contest", but conceded Saturday's rout of the Liberal-National party (LNP) in the Queensland election had delivered a jolt. "The people of Australia elected me as prime minister and they elected my government to get on with the job of governing our country," he told reporters in Sydney #Arabic #Argentina #Australia #australian #author #Business #France #Latin America #markets #Mexico #opinion #Russia

Feb 2, 2015

Islamic State says beheads second Japanese hostage

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. "I feel intense indignation at this utterly cruel and despicable act of terrorism," a grim-faced Abe told an emergency Cabinet meeting early on Sunday, shortly after a video surfaced purporting to show the beheading of Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap #Arabic #Argentina #author #Brazil #facebook #France #India #japanese #Latin America #Syria #United Kingdom #United States

Feb 2, 2015

North Korea says U.S. rejects invitation to Pyongyang

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday the United States had rejected an invitation to send one of its top diplomats to Pyongyang, accusing Washington of trying to shift the blame for the deadlock in denuclearisation talks on the North. Sung Kim has been meeting with officials of the countries that had been part of the so-called six-party talks in the past week in Tokyo and Beijing, where he said it was up to the North to show it was serious about ending its nuclear programme. #Brazil #Business #China #facebook #Japan #markets #Middle East #Russia #Technology #United Kingdom #United States

Feb 2, 2015

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. Hopes of easing the situation evaporated on Saturday with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys accusing the other of sabotaging negotiations. #Arabic #Business #China #India #markets #Middle East #Technology #United Kingdom

Feb 2, 2015

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. At least eight people were killed as the militants clashed with soldiers, witnesses and a hospital source said. "There is heavy gunfire going on #author #Brazil #facebook #France #Latin America #markets #Mexico #Middle East #Nigeria #Technology

Feb 2, 2015

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. The bombs caused little damage but were the first to shake the Thai capital since the military seized power in May to end months of sometimes deadly street protests. #Arabic #author #Bangkok #China #Italy #Latin America #markets #Middle East #opinion #Russia #Technology #United Kingdom