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Russia raises specter of interminable or 'world war' if Syria talks fail

MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of an interminable or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces. Learn More


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South Korea cuts off power, water into Kaesong zone in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has cut off the supply of power and water into the Kaesong industrial zone run jointly with North Korea, it said on Friday, hours after the North kicked out the South's workers and froze the assets of companies operating there. More »


Uncertainty at Syria talks as Russia backs government advance

MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers began a new round of Syria talks on Thursday focusing on calls for a ceasefire and access for aid, but the mood was dour with Moscow showing no sign of calling off its bombing in support of a massive new government advance. More »


Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Russia is ready to sell civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday, accompanied on a trip to Baghdad by the biggest Russian delegation in years. More »


Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to leave rebel-held areas in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighboring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas held by Yemen's Houthi rebels, a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday said. More »


No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. More »


Taiwan city looks at developer's other buildings after quake collapse

TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - When an earthquake struck the Taiwanese city of Tainan in the early hours of Saturday morning, Wu Hsiu-chi's unit in the seven-storey Wei-guan Dragon Door World Family Building shook hard, but survived with little damage. More »


Drug cartel battle kills 52 in northeastern Mexican prison

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 52 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north. More »


Iran's main opposition leaderless, but insists it's not a spent force

ANKARA (Reuters) - Hope for change is dwindling but not gone among supporters of Iran's main pro-reform opposition, although its leaders remain under house arrest and pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani looks incapable of achieving the freer society he promised. More »


South Sudan president re-appoints rival under peace deal

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has re-appointed his rival Riek Machar as vice president, a decree said on Thursday, the culmination of a deal to try to end months of civil war in the world's newest nation. More »


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