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Japanese PM keeps core members in cabinet reshuffle

3 September 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought in a rival and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts in a revamped cabinet unveiled on Wednesday, but kept key ministers in a reshuffle aimed at unifying his party and polishing his image.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) annual convention in Tokyo, in this file picture taken January 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

3 September 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) talks during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas in this September 2, 2014 handout picture. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters

Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

3 September 2014

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation’s economic decline.

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. REUTERS/Social Media Website via REUTERS TV

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

3 September 2014

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

A frame from video released by the Islamic State (IS) on 02 September 2014 reportedly shows American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff (L) next to an unknown IS militant, shortly before his execution by beheading, in an unknown desert location. -EPA Photo

Islamic State beheads second American journalist

3 September 2014

WASHINGTON:"Islamic State" jihadists have murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

A woman cries at a temporary group memorial altar in Ansan for the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol, April 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Crew of doomed South Korea ferry drank beer while awaiting rescue - media

3 September 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.

Workers conduct operations to construct an underground ice wall at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

3 September 2014

IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry's worst accident since Chernobyl.

Macau poll reveals democracy urges amid Hong Kong row with China

3 September 2014

HONG KONG Sep 3(Reuters) - An unofficial referendum on democracy in the southern Chinese gambling hub of Macau showed 89 percent of nearly 9,000 people who took part don't trust their leader, who was re-elected on Sunday as the sole candidate.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers his keynote speech during the B20 Summit in Sydney, July 17, 2014.    REUTERS/Lisa Maree Williams/Pool

Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

3 September 2014

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday declined to rule out sending combat troops to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighbouring Syria.

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold up a banner and signs during a protest as Li Fei, deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress standing committee, speaks during a briefing session in Hong Kong September 1, 2014.    REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HK activists say Beijing 'brutally strangled' democracy, vow action

3 September 2014

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade Hong Kong's financial district has said Beijing "brutally strangled" its fight for full democracy and vowed to take action.

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