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Women charged with murder of North Korean to testify in Malaysia trial

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Two women charged with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must answer for their role in a well-planned conspiracy, a Malaysian judge said on Thursday, but added that the evidence did not prove a political assassination. Learn More


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Facebook says it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on Thursday. More »


Investors shun Italy bridge operator after disaster

GENOA, Italy (Reuters) - Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct's safety. More »


Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan's intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, officials said. More »


U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of North Korea sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms on Wednesday for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to North Korea in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring it to end its nuclear programs. More »


China rebuffs Philippines president's South China Sea rebuke

BEIJING (Reuters) - China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands. More »


Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups. More »


Mali president Keita wins re-election with 67 percent of vote: official result

DAKAR (Reuters) - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday. More »


Tonga PM fears asset seizures as Pacific debts to China mount

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pacific island nations are holding talks which could lead to a coordinated request that China forgive mounting debts in the region amid concerns Beijing may start seizing strategic assets, Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva said on Thursday. More »


Philippines' Duterte could resign if Marcos Jr becomes VP: spokesman

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could step down if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeds in overturning his 2016 vice presidential election defeat, Duterte's spokesman said on Thursday. More »


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