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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
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
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
EgyptAir plane showed no technical issues before takeoff - Al-Ahram | Reuters

May 25, 2016

EgyptAir plane showed no technical issues before takeoff - Al-Ahram | Reuters

CAIRO The crashed EgyptAir jet showed no technical issues before taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris according to an Aircraft Technical Log signed by its pilot before takeoff, Egyptian state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram said late on Tuesday. #India #France #Greece #Europe #Africa #United Kingdom #Copyright
U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting | Reuters

May 25, 2016

U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Tuesday pleaded with combatants in Iraq's embattled Falluja to protect civilians escaping the fighting as Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in an attempt to retake the militant stronghold just west of the capital. Earlier the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said a number of women and children had died while trying to leave the city. #India #Middle East #science #markets #United Kingdom #crisis
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