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Pakistanis should ignore Valentine's Day, president urges | Reuters

Feb 14, 2016

Pakistanis should ignore Valentine's Day, president urges | Reuters

ISLAMABAD President Mamnoon Hussain has urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine's Day, the romantic holiday that hardline Muslim clerics want banned but officials in the capital say they cannot suppress. The president criticised Valentine's Day, which falls on Sunday this year, as a Western import that threatens to undermine the Islamic values of Pakistan #Business #Islam #Technology #Afghanistan #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America
Merkel urges patience on refugees ahead of crucial state elections | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Merkel urges patience on refugees ahead of crucial state elections | Reuters

MAGDEBURG, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel pleaded with German voters on Saturday to show patience with her refugee policy as anger builds over a record influx of migrants that could hurt her conservatives in three state elections next month. Merkel's popularity has fallen over her decision last year to open Germany's doors to refugees fleeing conflicts #India #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Jordan #opinion
French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees | Reuters

MUNICH/BRATISLAVA French Prime Minister Manuel Valls rejected on Saturday the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the EU crisis over migration. Speaking to reporters at a security conference in Munich, Valls said France would stick to its pledge to take on 30,000 of the 160,000 refugees European countries have agreed to divide among themselves, but would not accept additional numbers. "We won't take any more," Valls said #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Czech Republic #opinion
Syrian army intends move into IS stronghold of Raqqa province - source | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Syrian army intends move into IS stronghold of Raqqa province - source | Reuters

BEIRUT The Syrian army intends to advance into Islamic State-held Raqqa province having captured positions at the provincial border of the jihadists' stronghold, a Syrian military source said on Saturday. A move into Raqqa province would reestablish a foothold for Damascus in a region where it has had no presence since August 2014, and complicate any attempt by Saudi Arabia to send ground forces to the area to fight Islamic State. #Syria #Russia #United Kingdom #Latin America #crisis #opinion #article
Brazil enlists army, cabinet in campaign against Zika | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Brazil enlists army, cabinet in campaign against Zika | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazil's government launched a nationwide campaign on Saturday to fight the Zika virus, with President Dilma Rousseff and cabinet ministers personally visiting homes and handing out leaflets along with 220,000 troops. Under a scorching sun in the neighborhood of Zepellin in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Olympic Games in August, Rousseff said everyone needed to take part in the battle against the mosquito carrying Zika, suspected of causing the birth defect microcephaly. There are currently no vaccines or treatment for the virus, though research institutes and pharmaceutical companies are working on several possibilities. #United States #Brazil #Olympics #United Kingdom #Entertainment #article
Iraq's Sadr calls for technocratic government, swift reform | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Iraq's Sadr calls for technocratic government, swift reform | Reuters

BAGHDAD Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms. The remarks by Sadr, whose Al-Ahrar bloc holds 34 seats in parliament and three cabinet posts, were the first high-level reaction to the premier's call for politically appointed ministers to be replaced with technocrats. #Islam #Middle East #Crime #United Kingdom #crisis
Australian PM in second revamp of ministry ahead of elections | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Australian PM in second revamp of ministry ahead of elections | Reuters

PERTH, Australia Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday announced more than a dozen changes to his ministry, the second major reshuffle in the five months he has been leader and ahead of national elections expected later this year. Turnbull was forced into the major cabinet reshuffle by the resignation of one minister, the retirement of two long-standing senior ministers and the sacking of two others over their involvement in political scandals. The new cabinet lineup represents "a dynamic team which combines youth, new talent, experience, continuity, and a real sense of innovation and enterprise", Turnbull told a news conference in Sydney #India #Business #Technology #Australia #United Kingdom #article
Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders' White House bid | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders' White House bid | Reuters

ORANGEBURG, S.C. If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina's presidential nominating contest on February 27, his best opportunity will be among the young. African Americans support former Secretary of State Clinton by more than a 3-to-1 margin nationwide, but among young blacks 18 to 29 years old, that margin shrinks to 46 percent for Clinton versus 33 percent for Sanders, according to recent Reuters/Ipsos polling. #United States #Technology #Middle East #United Kingdom #Election #graphics
S.Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defence; South cuts power to Kaesong park | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

S.Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defence; South cuts power to Kaesong park | Reuters

SEOUL South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with the North #India #Business #North Korea #United Kingdom #Latin America
S.Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defence; South cuts power to Kaesong park | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

S.Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defence; South cuts power to Kaesong park | Reuters

SEOUL South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with the North #India #Business #North Korea #United Kingdom #Latin America