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New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources | Reuters

May 26, 2016

New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources | Reuters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir". The "shura", or leadership council, was convened in haste after leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, presenting the Taliban with their second succession in less than a year #Middle East #Afghanistan #science #markets #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Chocolate bar wrappers ignite German row over racism | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Chocolate bar wrappers ignite German row over racism | Reuters

BERLIN Online debate raged in Germany on Wednesday after supporters of anti-Islam group Pegida criticized a confectioner's decision to print images of non-white soccer players on its chocolate bars instead of the usual picture of a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy. Italian confectionery group Ferrero has temporarily changed the pictures on its 'Kinder Schokolade' (Children Chocolate) in Germany to celebrate the European Soccer Championship, which kicks off on June 10 in France. The new packaging shows childhood pictures of players such as Jerome Boateng, son of a Ghanaian immigrant, and Ilkay Gundogan, whose parents were born in Turkey #India #Business #Islam #markets #United Kingdom #article
Afghan Taliban appoint a new leader, Kabul urges peace | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Afghan Taliban appoint a new leader, Kabul urges peace | Reuters

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Within an hour of the announcement of Haibatullah Akhundzada's appointment, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle bus carrying court employees west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing up to 11 people and wounding several others, including children #Obama #Middle East #Johnny Depp #markets #Argentina #Mexico #article
Brazil's Temer seeks constitutional change to curb public spending | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Brazil's Temer seeks constitutional change to curb public spending | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazil's interim President Michel Temer said on Tuesday he would seek constitutional change to limit increases in public spending as part of a series of measures to curb a record fiscal deficit and regain investor confidence. Temer, a centrist who took over from leftist President Dilma Rousseff two weeks ago after she was suspended pending trial, said the amendment would restrict growth in state spending to the previous year's inflation rate, excluding debt payments. Constitutional change requires 60 percent support in both chambers of Congress at a time of bitter divisions following Rousseff's suspension on charges of breaking budget rules. #United States #Economy #Business #Brazil #Middle East #United Kingdom #article
Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

GRANSEE, Germany Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday he would not exclude the possibility of his country taking in refugees directly from Turkey or other countries. Roivas said his country had agreed to take refugees from Greece and Italy and this was "ongoing work". "But I would definitely not rule out (taking them from) Turkey or any other country as well so we are willing to do that, of course," he told Reuters during a visit to Germany, where he took part in a meeting of Germany's cabinet at Meseberg palace 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin. #United States #Middle East #science #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

CAIRO An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday cancelled five-year prison terms handed to 47 people earlier this month for protesting a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said. A lower misdemeanours court had sentenced them to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($11,261.39) each on May 14 for demonstrating against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over Tiran and Sanafir islands. The appeals court voided the jail sentences but kept the fines. #Egypt #Middle East #Crime #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

CAIRO An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday cancelled five-year prison terms handed to 47 people earlier this month for protesting a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said. A lower misdemeanours court had sentenced them to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($11,261.39) each on May 14 for demonstrating against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over Tiran and Sanafir islands. #India #Business #Egypt #Africa #Argentina #United Kingdom #article
Thousands of migrants saved in 23 rescue operations off Libya | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Thousands of migrants saved in 23 rescue operations off Libya | Reuters

ROME Some 3,000 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast on Tuesday in 23 separate rescue missions, the Italian coastguard said in a statement. The coastguard said this meant more than 5,600 migrants had been rescued from various boats and dinghies in the southern Mediterranean in just two days, with every ship in the area being called on to help with the complex operation #Business #science #Europe #Argentina #Entertainment #italian #article