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Swedish centre-left make deal with opposition, call off snap vote

Dec 28, 2014

Swedish centre-left make deal with opposition, call off snap vote

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's mainstream parties reached a deal on Saturday that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament. Sweden's normally stable politics were thrown into turmoil in December when Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he would call a snap election in March after his budget was voted down by the centre-right opposition and the Sweden Democrats. "Sweden has a tradition of solving difficult questions," Lofven said #Business #India #Russia #Italy #North Korea #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
Indonesian police detain six on Islamic State suspicions

Dec 28, 2014

Indonesian police detain six on Islamic State suspicions

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police detained six people on Saturday, including a 10-year-old girl, on suspicion that they planned to travel to Syria to join Islamic State, a police spokesman said. News website detik.com reported that Jakarta police detained the Indonesians, originally from Makassar in South Sulawesi, as they were about to take a flight from the capital's main airport to Doha. The six, ranging in age from 10 to 48 years old, have not been charged with a crime and could not immediately be reached for comment #Business #United States #China #Japan #Arabic #Russia #United Kingdom #opinion
Bahraini police question top al-Wefaq members over rally - state news agency

Dec 28, 2014

Bahraini police question top al-Wefaq members over rally - state news agency

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahraini police will question key members of the mainly Shi'ite Muslim opposition movement al-Wefaq for what it said were "violations" committed during a pro-democracy rally, Bahrain's state news agency BNA reported on Saturday. Al-Wefaq said its secretary-general, Sheikh Ali Salman, was among those being questioned and that his house had been heavily surrounded by armed government troops #Business #facebook #Brazil #Technology #France #Russia #Government #Italy #United Kingdom #author
Egypt reduces sentence for eight men over gay marriage video

Dec 28, 2014

Egypt reduces sentence for eight men over gay marriage video

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian appeals court reduced the jail terms on Saturday for eight men sentenced last month on charges relating to their appearance in an online video purporting to show the country's first gay marriage ceremony. The court cut the sentences - on charges of spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery - from three years each to one year, judicial sources said. The verdict drew tears and shouts from family members in the courtroom, according to a Reuters witness #India #Brazil #France #Middle East #Russia #North Korea #United Kingdom #Mexico
Four officials reprimanded in central China over developer's AIDS scare tactics - Xinhua

Dec 28, 2014

Four officials reprimanded in central China over developer's AIDS scare tactics - Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Police in central China detained five people and four officials were reprimanded after reports that a construction firm employed HIV/AIDS sufferers to scare residents into vacating their houses, the state news agency reported on Saturday. #Business #United States #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #Russia #markets #North Korea #opinion
Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash

Dec 28, 2014

Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Two people died and three others were wounded on Saturday in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in Turkey's southeastern town of Cizre, the government said. Security sources said clashes erupted after midnight between members of the Islamist Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) and youth groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). #facebook #Brazil #Technology #France #Russia #markets #Argentina #opinion
Somali Islamist with $3 mln U.S. bounty on head surrenders - Somali govt source

Dec 28, 2014

Somali Islamist with $3 mln U.S. bounty on head surrenders - Somali govt source

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government official and local media said on Saturday, although the militants said he had long left their organisation #Business #United States #Brazil #Technology #Arabic #Russia #markets #Italy #author
Thousands gather for slain New York police officer's funeral

Dec 27, 2014

Thousands gather for slain New York police officer's funeral

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral on Saturday of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Singled out for their uniforms, the deaths of Rafael Ramos and his patrol partner Wenjian Liu have become a nationwide rallying point for police and supporters, beleaguered by months of street protests accusing police of racist practices #facebook #United States #India #Brazil #Russia #North Korea #author #Church
Thieves fry Kenya's power grid to cook fast food

Dec 27, 2014

Thieves fry Kenya's power grid to cook fast food

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it's time to start the day, the power is already out. #facebook #China #Arabic #Russia #markets #North Korea #Argentina #United Kingdom
North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama a "monkey"

Dec 27, 2014

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama a "monkey"

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. The National Defence Commission, the North's ruling body, chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony's belated decision to release the action comedy "The Interview", which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim. #Business #United States #Brazil #Technology #Russia #Korea #Argentina #United Kingdom #Film #Latin America #Mexico #opinion