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  • Putin Pledges to Boost Russian Banks' Lending Power

    May 23, 2014 1:42 PM 15

    ST PETERSBURG — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday pledged to support major domestic banks by giving them more capacity to advance loans. “We will capitalize the systemically-important Russian banking organizations more,” Putin said at the St. Petersburg annual investment forum. Banks will be able to convert subordinated loans to shares to allow

  • Thailand's coup leaders detain former PM Yingluck

    May 23, 2014 1:21 PM 12

    Thailand's ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of members of her family have been detained, as leaders of the nation's military coup tighten their grip on power. Ms Yingluck and scores of politicians from the deposed government had been told to report to a Bangkok army base. She was kept for several hours and then driven to an undisclosed location

  • Clashes in Istanbul kill two as protest anniversary nears

    May 23, 2014 1:07 PM 14

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A second person died on Friday after clashes between Turkish police and protesters in a working-class district of Istanbul, stirring fears of further unrest as the anniversary of last year's anti-government demonstrations approaches. Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu called for calm "for the security of the nation" after protesters

  • Liu Han case: Questions for China's leaders

    May 23, 2014 12:30 PM 11

    The Chinese public is a long-suffering witness to the often corrupt relationship between political power and business at the local level. But this case demonstrates that the problem is not just local and not just about power and money but about savage criminality as well. Murder, illegal detention and blackmail were all part of Liu Han's business culture

  • Mortar attack on Assad gathering in Syria kills 21

    May 23, 2014 12:23 PM 12

    BEIRUT (AP) — A mortar shell struck a large tent in southern Syria where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 21 people and wounding scores, opposition activists said Friday. State media reported the mortar attack late Thursday, saying it killed and wounded an unspecified number of civilians inside

  • Kenya : Vietnamese woman denouncing China dies after setting herself on fire

    May 23, 2014 11:56 AM 25

    HANOI: A Vietnamese woman carrying banners denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea died on Friday after setting herself on fire in front of a landmark in the country's largest city, local government officials said. The 67-year-old woman set herself ablaze at about 6 a.m. in front of the Independence Palace, once the headquarters of the U.S.-backed

  • Vietnamese state media says woman self-immolates to protest China's oil rig in disputed waters

    May 23, 2014 11:56 AM 11

    HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnamese state media say a 67-year-old woman has died after setting herself on fire in a protest against China. The report on a website of Thanh Nien newspaper says the incident occurred in downtown Ho Chin Minh City early Friday in front of the former presidential palace. It quotes a senior government official Le Truong Hai Hieu as saying

  • UK sceptics surge, Dutch stumble as EU votes

    May 23, 2014 9:52 AM 20

    LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Britain’s Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled as more countries voted on Friday in European Parliament elections expected to produce a widespread anti-EU protest vote on a very low turnout. Nigel Farage’s UKIP, which wants to pull Britain out of the European Union and severely

  • Afghanistan: Modi speaks to envoy, condemns attack on Herat Consulate

    May 23, 2014 7:46 AM 32

    New Delhi: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi spoke to Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and condemned the attack on Indian Consulate on Friday. He said, "I condemn the attack on our consulate in Herat, Afghanistan.I am closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan." The Indian Consulate in Herat city of Afghanistan was attacked by gunmen at around

  • Turkish man dies after shooting during protest

    May 23, 2014 7:28 AM 27

    By Mehmet Emin Caliskan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A man was shot and killed on Thursday as Turkish police clashed with protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones in the Istanbul district of Okmeydani, the city's governor and local witnesses said. The incident occurred nearly one year to the day after protests in central Istanbul triggered a summer of nationwide