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Netanyahu signs coalition deal, names far-right Lieberman defence chief | Reuters

May 26, 2016

Netanyahu signs coalition deal, names far-right Lieberman defence chief | Reuters

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his choice for defence minister, ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday and issued assurances that the most right wing government in Israel's history would act responsibly. Once Lieberman is sworn in, Netanyahu will have a government of 66 legislators, widening his current one-seat majority in the 120-member parliament, a goal the Israeli leader has said he has sought since winning a fourth term last year. Lieberman's return to office - he was previously foreign minister - has raised questions at home and abroad given his past criticism of Israel's Arab minority, U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Palestinians and regional powers Egypt and Turkey. #Politics #Economy #India #Middle East #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
Islamic State claims fatal stabbing of Bangladeshi Hindu - monitor SITE | Reuters

May 26, 2016

Islamic State claims fatal stabbing of Bangladeshi Hindu - monitor SITE | Reuters

DHAKA Islamic State claimed responsibility for stabbing an elderly Hindu businessman to death in Bangladesh, monitoring service SITE said on Wednesday, in what would be the second killing by the militant group in the country in less than a week. The Muslim-majority South Asian nation has witnessed a surge in Islamist violence in the past year in which members of religious minorities, liberal activists, academics and foreign aid workers have been killed. Debesh Chandra Pramanik, 68, a shoe trader, was found hacked to death in his shop on Wednesday in the northwestern rural district of Gaibandha, police said. #United States #Islam #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Copyright #Entertainment
Car bomb kills three security force members in Turkey's mainly Kurdish region | Reuters

May 26, 2016

Car bomb kills three security force members in Turkey's mainly Kurdish region | Reuters

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey A car bomb attack on a gendarmes station in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast killed three members of the security forces and wounded three others on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said. The dead included a soldier and two village guards who belong to a state-backed militia that fights Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels along with soldiers and special police units, security sources said. The attack occurred in the village of Anitli in Mardin province, which borders Syria #United States #Business #Middle East #Europe #Entertainment
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
Sri Lanka to set up office to probe people missing in Tamil conflict | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Sri Lanka to set up office to probe people missing in Tamil conflict | Reuters

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will set up an office to independently investigate the cases of thousands of missing people, the government said on Wednesday, in a move to address alleged human rights violations during its long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. The UN Human Rights Commission last year urged the government to probe disappearances including of people who were alleged to have been secretly abducted by state-backed groups and para military during the 26-year conflict which ended seven years ago. #Economy #Business #Middle East #Health #markets #Argentina #Foreign policy
Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperation | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperation | Reuters

ISE-SHIMA, Japan Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe protested to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday about the killing of a young woman in Okinawa which has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S #India #Middle East #markets #Crime #Copyright #Foreign policy
Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital | Reuters

KABUL A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday in an attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility. The attack came on the same day the Taliban announced a new leader to succeed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. #Middle East #Afghanistan #science #markets #United Kingdom
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