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Low temperature a factor in Boeing 787 battery meltdown in Japan: Asahi

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 20:53
TOKYO (Reuters) - Cold winter temperatures were a factor in the meltdown of a lithium ion battery that caused a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner to make an emergency landing in Japan last year, the Asahi newspaper said, citing the conclusions of local investigators.






Libya's new parliament calls for unity as rival militias clash

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 18:29
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's new parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.






Iraqi PM orders air force to help Kurds fight Islamic State

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 18:28
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered his air force for the first time to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters after the Sunni militants made another dramatic push through the north, state television reported on Monday.

Libya's new parliament calls for unity as rival militias clash

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:41
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's new parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.






Lebanese army advances in border battle with Islamists

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:53
OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL Lebanon (Reuters) - The Lebanese army advanced on Monday into a border town attacked by Islamists at the weekend in the most serious spillover of the three-year-old Syrian civil war into Lebanon, and the Beirut government said the deadly assault would not go unpunished.






U.S. judge slows abortion restrictions tide by striking down Alabama law

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:23
BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional an Alabama law that threatened to close three of the state's five abortion clinics, while a trial opened in Texas with an abortion rights group trying to overturn restrictions imposed in that state.

Israel, Palestinians accept Egypt's 72-hour truce bid

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:56
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.






Iraqi PM orders air force to help Kurds fight Islamic State

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:40
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered his air force for the first time to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters after the Sunni militants made another dramatic push through the north, state television reported on Monday.






Man killed, homes damaged in Southern California mudslides

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:10
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides and flash floods that raged through Southern California mountains following heavy rains killed one man, damaged homes and cut off a foothill community, leaving rescuers clearing blocked roads and residents cleaning up on Monday.






McDonald's says China food scandal hurting regional results

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:12
(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said its business has been hurt by China's latest food scare that forced restaurants in the region to temporarily pull meat items from menus.






Ukrainian troops cross into Russia to avoid fighting, talks underway

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:53
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday it was in talks with Moscow over the return of 311 Ukrainian soldiers and border guards who had been forced by fighting with separatists to cross into Russia, but Russian border authorities said the troops were seeking asylum.

WTO failure points to fragmented future for global trade

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:16
GENEVA (Reuters) - India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization's hopes of modernizing the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.






Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:41
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad with the support of heavily-armed Sunni tribesmen, Iraqi security and intelligence officials said.

China quake death toll climbs to 398 as rescuers seek survivors

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:12
BEIJING (Reuters) - The death toll from a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit southwestern China on Sunday climbed to 398 people, state media reported on Monday.

Bangladesh ferry capsizes, 100 unaccounted for

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:21
DHAKA (Reuters) - A ferry with about 200 passengers on board capsized in Bangladesh on Monday in a river southwest of the capital, Dhaka, and about 100 people were unaccounted for, the chief of the district administration said.

Suspected al Qaeda militants kill nine Yemeni soldiers: local officials

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:14
ADEN (Reuters) - Militants have killed at least nine soldiers in attacks in south and eastern Yemen over the past three days, local officials said on Monday, just as the government sent more troops to the east to confront a growing al Qaeda threat.

China says can build what it wants on South China Sea isles

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:56
BEIJING (Reuters) - China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.






Russia staging military exercises near Ukraine: Interfax

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:57
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced new military exercises involving bombers and fighter jets on Monday in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.






Special Report : The doubt at the heart of Iraq's Sunni 'revolution'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 03:17
ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Sheikh Ali Hatem Suleiman, one of the leaders of the Sunni revolt against the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq, sat cross-legged on a couch last month, lit another Marlboro Red, and discussed the struggle with visitors from his home city of Ramadi, where the uprising began late last year.

Erdogan dominates Turkey's uneven presidential race

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:32
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium.