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9:47 PM

Bath's new convert Burgess plays down England talk

LONDON (Reuters) - Bath's newest rugby union convert Sam Burgess firmly handed off questions about his chances of playing for England on Thursday, despite fellow code-switcher Jason Robinson earlier insisting he would play a "massive part" in England's World Cup plans.

9:45 PM

Zimbabwe's state media attacks deputy president Mujuru

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state media accused Vice-President Joice Mujuru of extortion and abuse of office on Thursday in what observers say is a stepped-up campaign to discredit her in a battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe.

9:45 PM

Libya's armed factions may have committed war crimes - Amnesty

CAIRO (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had satellite pictures indicating that rival factions in Libya had committed war crimes by shelling densely populated residential areas in the west of the oil-producing country.

9:45 PM

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

9:38 PM

Zaqhwan ready to grab the crown in Jempol

KUALA LUMPUR: Zaqhwan Zaidi is all set for another stellar performance as he seeks to inch closer to the CP130 title in this weekend’s Round Nine of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Jempol, Negri Sembilan.

9:35 PM

Spain government should block Catalonia vote in court - State Council

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Council of State on Thursday unanimously backed a move for the government to try to block a planned "consultation of citizens" on independence in the region of Catalonia on Nov. 9, a spokeswoman for the consultative body said.

9:30 PM

Tunisia's Islamists down but not out after election defeat

TUNIS (Reuters) - After Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda conceded defeat in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there were no fireworks, concerts or cheering rallies outside the headquarters of its rival, the secular Nidaa Tounes alliance.

9:27 PM

Eain thrilled to take on childhood idol Beng Hee

KUALA LUMPUR: Two-time British Junior Open champion Ng Eain Yow belied his age to deliver a matured performance to storm into the quarter-finals of the TC National Championships. But national No.1 Ong Beng Hee will be his next opponent.

9:25 PM

Ukraine says EU to be guarantor in any Russia gas deal

BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine and the European Union have agreed that the EU's executive arm will serve as guarantor in any agreement for Russia to supply Ukraine with gas, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday.

9:20 PM

Iran says foils bid to sabotage nuclear heavy-water tanks - newspaper

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a "foreign country" for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying.

9:20 PM

Plenty of promise despite loss for Tenaga

KUALA LUMPUR: They may have lost their Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) opening match but former champions Tenaga Nasional are happy that their players showed plenty of promise.

9:17 PM

UniKL bracing for a tough customer

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) could not have asked for a tougher opening match than against favourites Terengganu HC in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

9:15 PM

Merkel not acutely worried about Russian violations of airspace

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she was not very concerned about sorties by Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and by its fighters over the Baltic which NATO said it had tracked on Wednesday.

9:15 PM

Three former college students get death for murder of lecturer, her father

SHAH ALAM: Three former college students were sentenced to death after a High Court found them guilty of murdering their lecturer, Zara Eleena Omar Peter, and her father, two years ago.

9:12 PM

Never a dull moment for Benitez's Napoli

MILAN (Reuters) - Dogged by inconsistency last season, Napoli have taken their reputation as erratic performers to a new level this term, leaving their supporters perplexed and exasperated.

9:10 PM

Chile está en condiciones de iniciar proceso recuperación economía: jefe B.Central

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile cuenta con un sólido marco macroeconómico y está en condiciones de poder iniciar un proceso de recuperación tras haber alcanzado probablemente en el tercer trimestre su punto más bajo de dinamismo, dijo el jueves el presidente del Banco Central, Rodrigo Vergara.

9:10 PM

U.S. focuses on Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria - U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces staged 10 air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Kobani since Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said.

9:05 PM

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.

9:00 PM

Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

9:00 PM

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

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