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7:42 PM

Ecclestone backs radio clampdown, suggests more needed

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed a clampdown on the use of team radio to help drivers, claiming it was his idea and suggesting more restrictions should be considered.

7:40 PM

Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent; Al Azhar

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail violent protest at Al Azhar University, among the world's most venerable centres of Islamic learning.

7:35 PM

International surrogacy traps babies in stateless limbo

THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The lack of regulation around international commercial surrogacy has left many babies in stateless limbo, with no country granting them citizenship because of complex conflicts over who the legal parents are.

7:30 PM

Russia approves tough budget as sanctions restrict growth

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government on Thursday approved the country's toughest budget since the global financial crisis to keep a tight control on spending as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis exacerbate an economic slowdown.

7:25 PM

Islamic State seizes villages in Syria as drone scouts skies

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region.

7:20 PM

Finnish government conditionally approves nuclear plant, Greens quit

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Finnish government has decided to conditionally back an updated application from Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in the north of the country, prompting the Greens to quit the administration.

7:19 PM

Infosys partners with China's Huawei for cloud-based services

Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest IT services provider, said it had signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to offer enterprise customers cloud computing services.

7:15 PM

Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market.

7:02 PM

Armed Shi'ite rebels push into Yemen's capital

SANAA (Reuters) - Armed Shi'ite rebels pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city's northwest outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.

7:00 PM

EU 'disappointed' at little progress by Iran on nuclear issue

VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union said on Thursday it was disappointed with a lack of progress by Iran in addressing concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, pressuring Tehran to cooperate with a long-stalled U.N. watchdog inquiry.

7:00 PM

China's Xi says determined to settle India border issue

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - China is determined to bridge differences over its shared border with India, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, adding that both sides were capable of dealing with fallout from security incidents on the disputed frontier.

6:52 PM

Selangor MB crisis: Anwar apologises to Selangor Sultan

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has clarified that his remarks on convention practiced in the appointment of the Selangor mentri besar were based on what he knew from his time in Barisan Nasional.

6:37 PM

No excuses, Japan must produce at World Cup, says Jones

(Reuters) - If Japan do not reach the rugby World Cup quarter-finals next year it will not be because the players are too small or are being held back by "farmers' mentality", coach Eddie Jones said on Thursday.

6:34 PM

TTAM hopeful M'sian Championship will unearth new talents

KUALA LUMPUR: National coaches will looking to unearth new talents in the 51st Malaysian Table Tennis Championships to replace some of their aging stars.

6:32 PM

FIFA rankings continue to make dismal reading for Asia

BERNE (Reuters) - The FIFA rankings continued to make dismal reading for Asia with only two teams, Iran and Japan, in the top 50 of September's list which was published on Thursday.

6:32 PM

PAS muktamar: Party will decline Selangor MB post if offered, says Mat Sabu

BATU PAHAT: PAS insists that it will decline the Palace’s appointment if one of its assemblymen was picked as the new Selangor mentri besar.

6:30 PM

Border standoff dominates China Xi's visit to India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

6:27 PM

China official hangs himself after being sacked in graft probe - Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - An official in eastern China hanged himself on Thursday after being sacked following a corruption probe into his presence at an extravagant banquet, state media said on Thursday, offering a rare explanation following a spate of suicides by bureaucrats.

6:27 PM

Apple's iPhone 6 gets one Chinese license, needs another before sales begin

Apple Inc's iPhone 6 received regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies but still requires one more critical licence before it may be sold in the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

6:26 PM

Arrest of businessman hurts business climate - Russian minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday the arrest of businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov had impacted Russia's business climate and would increase capital flight.

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