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3:15 PM

In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey's G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism.

2:59 PM

New York regulator lays out tweaks to bitcoin rules

New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator after receiving a round of public comments.

2:57 PM

Versace adds striking prints in pre-fall 2015 collection

The fashion brand also introduced some practical pieces in the collection.

2:55 PM

Colourful Australian MP's adviser charged over bizarre kidnap plot

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A senior media adviser for Australian lawmaker and mining magnate Clive Palmer, whose party holds the balance of power in the upper house Senate, was charged on Friday over the kidnapping of a bank executive on an Indonesian island.

2:55 PM

China jails captain for deadly plane crash

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court has jailed for three years the captain of a plane that crashed four years ago killing 44 people after finding him guilty of negligence, state media reported on Friday.

2:46 PM

Boeing, BOC Aviation finalise order for 2 more 737-800s

KUALA LUMPUR: Boeing and Singapore-based BOC Aviation have finalised an order for two additional 737-800s, valued at US$186mil at current list prices.

2:37 PM

Wallaby Cooper says boxing will keep him out of trouble

(Reuters) - Quade Cooper believes a few rounds of boxing in the ring might help to keep him out of trouble outside it, the Wallabies flyhalf has said.

2:35 PM

US Marine accused of Philippine murder appears in court

OLONGAPO, Philippines: A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines appeared in court on Friday for the first time since her death more than two months ago.

2:25 PM

Ceiling prices for 12 controlled items during Christmas period

SRI AMAN: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has announced the ceiling price for 12 controlled items under the Christmas Festival Price Control Scheme, which will be enforced for five days beginning Dec 23.

2:17 PM

Dominant Enterprise sells land, factory for RM15mil

KUALA LUMPUR: Dominant Enterprise Bhd is selling a piece of 4,047 sq metre land in Daerah Petaling, Selangor, together with a factory for RM15mil.

2:11 PM

Shoot us, suspects challenge police during inspection

KOTA KINABALU: Two suspected criminals challenged the police to shoot them after they were stopped for inspection in Luyang.

2:05 PM

Pakistan to appeal bail for man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan plans to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of masterminding 2008 attacks in India's financial capital that killed 166 people, prosecutors said on Friday.

2:00 PM

eBay parts ways with controversial political group

ebay Inc said that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that other tech companies dropped earlier this year due to its views on climate change.

1:52 PM

Smith, Johnson drive Australia to lead of 97

(Reuters) - Skipper Steve Smith scored 133 and Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 as Australia took a first innings lead of 97 after being dismissed for 505 after tea on the third day of the second test against India in Brisbane on Friday.

1:52 PM

Pakistan to appeal against bail for Mumbai attacks suspect

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani government prosecutor said Friday he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

1:45 PM

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns.

1:20 PM

After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand - TRFN

THUNG WA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the tsunami pounded Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have lived here for generations buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and - surprisingly - sighed in relief.

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