The Red Cross has given instructions to Russian lorry drivers at a Ukrainian border post so that they can deliver much-needed aid to civilians. via BBC News – Ukraine conflict: Red Cross instructs Russian aid convoy.
Russia ramped up its scrutiny of McDonald’s restaurants on Thursday, as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency. via Russia extends scrutiny of McDonald’s restaurants | Reuters.
Mexico’s ruling party on Wednesday proposed holding a referendum next year to reduce the size of Congress, which could strengthen its own hand and streamline legislative decision-making. via Mexico’s ruling party proposes cutting seats from Congress | Reuters.
Euro zone private business growth slowed more than expected this month, despite widespread price cutting, as manufacturing and service industry activity both dwindled, a survey showed on Thursday. via Euro zone business growth slows in August, prices fall: PMI | Reuters.
Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General’s office said on Wednesday. via Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country | Reuters.
Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said. via Malaysian militants bought bomb material for planned attack: official | Reuters.
Slovenia’s new government will be a three-party center-left coalition which will have 52 seats in the 90-seat parliament, the head of the Party of Miro Cerar (SMC), which won July’s snap election, said late on Wednesday. via Slovenia PM-designate to form three-party coalition | Reuters.
he manager of the independent Shabelle radio station in the Somali capital has told the BBC he is in hiding after the authorities took it off air. via BBC News – Somali radio closure: Shabelle manager ‘in hiding’.
The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group has taken a crucial step in ending decades of conflict, formally submitting to the president a final proposal for self-rule that both it and the government have agreed on, a presidential adviser said. via Philippine Muslim rebels take crucial step on path to pact
Thousands of protesters in the far-flung Indian state of Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighboring state. via Protesters attack police as two Indian states fight over territory | Reuters.