14 Aug 2014

Renewed Gaza truce holds after rocky start

A renewed truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered talks more time to try to end the Gaza war. via Renewed Gaza truce holds after rocky start | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

U.S. rights group says prominent lawyer tortured in jail in China

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who was released last week after three years in jail, was physically and psychologically abused by prison authorities, a U.S. rights group said late on Wednesday. via U.S. rights group says prominent lawyer tortured in jail in China | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan urges his AK Party to forge ahead with new constitution

Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan urged his ruling AK Party on Thursday to work for a stronger parliamentary majority next year to enable them to re-write the constitution, signaling no let-up in his drive to create an executive presidency. via Turkey’s Erdogan urges his AK Party to forge ahead with new

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14 Aug 2014

Nigeria reports one more Ebola case, 11 in total

Nigeria has confirmed 11 cases of Ebola, an increase of one from the last count, the health minister said on Thursday. via Nigeria reports one more Ebola case, 11 in total | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

Pakistan government splits protests, some march on capital, some blocked

Thousands of protesters began to march on the Pakistani capital from the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, buoyed by a last-minute court order that a peaceful march could go ahead and a government promise to obey the ruling. via Pakistan government splits protests, some march on capital, some blocked

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14 Aug 2014

Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent

The Kremlin’s worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia’s most prized assets: money and brains. via Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

Senior ICRC official to hold aid convoy talks in Kiev, Moscow

A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will travel to Kiev and Moscow for talks on the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Thursday. via Senior ICRC official to hold aid convoy talks in Kiev, Moscow | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

Euro zone economy grinds to halt even before Russia sanctions bite

The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigour by contraction in Germany and stagnancy in France. Zero growth reported by statistics agency Eurostat on Thursday was alarm bell for politicians and policymakers in the 18-nation economy, which is already bracing

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14 Aug 2014

Euro yields, stocks fall on economic setback fear

Bond yields across the euro zone hit record lows on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter, casting doubt on the region’s fragile recovery. via Euro yields, stocks fall on economic setback fear | Reuters.

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14 Aug 2014

Islamic State militants mass near town north of Baghdad

Islamic State militants are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km (73 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters. via Islamic State militants mass near town north of Baghdad | Reuters.

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