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Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday. #Argentina #China #France #India #Japan #Latin America #markets #Mexico #Middle East #Technology #United Kingdom

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Indonesia president manages hopes as hostile parliament convenes

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Incoming Indonesian president Joko Widodo is trying to manage the expectations of his supporters and investors as an opposition-dominated parliament likely to obstruct his ambitious reform programme convenes on Wednesday. Widodo, the popular former governor of the capital, Jakarta, narrowly won an election in July, becoming the first businessman to become president of Southeast Asia's biggest economy, which had previously always been led by members of political elites. Widodo's simple, direct approach and success in cutting red tape appealed to ordinary voters and investors who welcomed his victory by pushing the stock market .JKSE up to a record high. #Arabic #Business #facebook #India #Latin America #markets #Russia #United Kingdom #United States

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North Korea proposes Japan abduction talks in Pyongyang

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has told Japan it would not pass on findings from an investigation into the fate of Japanese people abducted by North Koran agents and proposed that Japan sends representatives for talks, Japan's prime minister said on Tuesday. The fate of Japanese people abducted and taken to North Korea decades ago to help train spies has soured relations between the two countries and Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has made a resolution of the dispute a top priority. A senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official, Junichi Ihara, met Song Il-ho, North Korea's ambassador for normalisation of ties with Japan, on Monday in China for an update on the North's investigation. #Arabic #Brazil #China #Italy #Japan #Latin America #Mexico #North Korea #Technology #United States

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Insight – In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas. The early September dawn raid at a naval base in the southern city of Karachi was thwarted, but not before Jakhrani, two officers and an unidentified fourth assailant snuck past a patrol boat in a dinghy and engaged in an intense firefight on or around the ship. #Argentina #Economy #facebook #markets #Mexico #Obama #Pakistan #Technology

Oct 1, 2014

Chronology – Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

REUTERS - International agencies and governments are fighting to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus, which causes fever and bleeding, has killed at least 3,000 people. #Africa #Argentina #Business #facebook #France #Italy #Mexico #Middle East #Obama #opinion #United Kingdom #United States

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. That was despite widespread fears that police may use force to move crowds before the start of celebrations marking the anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949 #cnt #content #cookie #rch #typeof-registered #undefined #values #wcntn #Yahoo!

Oct 1, 2014

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights groups say could force thousands into detention camps. Most of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya are stateless and live in apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine state on the western coast of the predominantly Buddhist country. Almost 140,000 Rohingya remain displaced after deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012 #Arabic #Argentina #Brazil #Government #India #Japan #Middle East #opinion #Russia

Oct 1, 2014

Syria raids show Saudi, UAE ambition to extend regional authority

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East. With Egypt, Syria and Iraq - where the Arab world's armed might has usually rested - all now immersed in civil wars or internal political turmoil, the emergence of Gulf states as military players asserting an unremitting hostility to Islamists could alter the region's political equation. While neither country appears likely to move towards the habitual use of military power to settle disputes or impose interests, the strikes in Syria demonstrated a growing comfort with the use of hard power alongside diplomacy. #Argentina #Business #China #India #Italy #markets #Mexico #Technology #United States

Oct 1, 2014

China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is facing growing U.S. pressure to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in high-level bilateral talks, and a prominent U.S. lawmaker has expressed "grave concerns" over the troubles #Brazil #Business #China #facebook #France #India #Italy #Latin America #Mexico #Obama #United Kingdom #United States