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Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

Aug 28, 2014

Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

JAKARTA (Reuters) - When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia's presidential election, polls showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto. But after three months of shambolic and lacklustre campaigning, the wildly popular governor of Jakarta was staring at defeat. "If you continue like this, it's clear we will lose," prominent businessman Sofjan Wanandi told Widodo and senior members of his Indonesian Democratic-Party of Struggle (PDI-P)at a crisis meeting on June 16. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Russia sees West changing tack on Syria, urges engagement with Assad

Aug 26, 2014

Russia sees West changing tack on Syria, urges engagement with Assad

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday urged Western and Arab governments to overcome their distaste for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and engage with him to fight Islamic State insurgents. In comments likely to irritate Washington, Lavrov said the United States had made the same mistake with Islamic State as it had with al Qaeda, which emerged in the 1980s when U.S.-backed Islamist insurgents were fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. "I think Western politicians are already realising the growing and fast-spreading threat of terrorism," Lavrov said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria and Iraq #Yahoo! #wcnts #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #rco #rch #typeof-registered
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study

Aug 25, 2014

E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to give regular cigarettes a try, U.S. researchers said on Monday #Yahoo! #content #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Ferguson protest march marks two weeks since police shooting

Aug 24, 2014

Ferguson protest march marks two weeks since police shooting

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, gathered in intense heat on Saturday to pray and mark two weeks since a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager, while supporters of the officer said in a separate rally miles away that the shooting was justified #Yahoo! #content #wcntn #typeof-social #values #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Yemen government offers to resign to end Houthi protests - source

Aug 23, 2014

Yemen government offers to resign to end Houthi protests - source

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters. Tens of thousands of Yemenis massed in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called by the Houthis to demand the government's resignation and a reversal of the subsidy cuts. The rally came at the end of a week of demonstrations that have piled pressure on President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has struggled to keep order in the U.S.-allied country which borders major oil exporter Saudi Arabia #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Yemen government offers to resign within a month to end Houthi protests - source

Aug 23, 2014

Yemen government offers to resign within a month to end Houthi protests - source

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters. Tens of thousands of Yemenis massed in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called by the Houthis to demand the government's resignation and a reversal of the subsidy cuts. The rally came at the end of a week of demonstrations that have piled pressure on President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has struggled to keep order in the U.S.-allied country which borders major oil exporter Saudi Arabia #Yahoo! #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq a day after mosque shooting

Aug 23, 2014

Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq a day after mosque shooting

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict. A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday, a rare attack unsettling the relative stability the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region has enjoyed. Local television footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car in Arbil. #content #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered
Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

Aug 23, 2014

Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

KIEV (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion. Merkel was visiting Kiev as a prelude to a meeting next week between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders that diplomats say is the best chance in months of a peace deal in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Moscow rebels. But she arrived as tensions flared up again #content #wcntn #typeof-social #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close to the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy, which it said was purely humanitarian. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt