20 Aug 2014

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said on Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. via Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military

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20 Aug 2014

China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila’s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. via China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions | Reuters.

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20 Aug 2014

Afghan government bans NYT reporter from leaving country

The Afghan attorney general’s office has barred a New York Times reporter from leaving the country after the paper ran a story about ministry and palace officials discussing plans to form an interim government if an election deadlock continues. via Afghan government bans NYT reporter from leaving country | Reuters.

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20 Aug 2014

China seeks passengers’ ID for buying bus tickets in restive Xinjiang

China will require identification from passengers buying long-distance bus tickets in far-western Xinjiang, state media said on Wednesday, as police seek to monitor travel in a region beset by violence. via China seeks passengers’ ID for buying bus tickets in restive Xinjiang | Reuters.

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20 Aug 2014

Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 27

At least 27 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll was likely to rise, police said. via Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 27 | Reuters.

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20 Aug 2014

Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government

Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq’s outgoing foreign minister said on Wednesday. via Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government: foreign minister | Reuters.

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20 Aug 2014

Pakistan cleric’s supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape

Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. via Pakistan cleric’s supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs

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20 Aug 2014

U.S. official says unified with Japan on need for Russian sanctions

A senior U.S. Treasury official said on Wednesday that the U.S. and Japanese governments are completely unified that sanctions are needed on Russia to encourage it to stop taking steps that the United States says are destabilizing Ukraine. via U.S. official says unified with Japan on need for Russian sanctions

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20 Aug 2014

Argentina aims to skirt U.S. court, bring debt under national law

President Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday unveiled legislation that seeks to push bondholders to swap defaulted debt for new notes governed by Argentine law, a move aimed at skirting a U.S. ruling that prevented her government from paying its creditors. via Argentina aims to skirt U.S. court, bring debt under national

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20 Aug 2014

Global stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets

World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month. via Global stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets

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