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EU sees ceasefire progress, but ready for more sanctions - Mogherini

6 March 2015

RIGA (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to step up sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but the priority is to bolster a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.

Tunisian troops find large arms cache near Libya border

6 March 2015

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian troops have captured a large arms cache near the border with Libya, including Kalashnikov rifles, rockets and landmines, the government said.

Vocal critic of Tajik president shot dead in Istanbul

6 March 2015

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.

A Ukrainian army armoured vehicle, destroyed in fighting with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army, lies outside a terminal at Donetsk airport March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

After battle, frostbite in the ruins of Ukraine's Donetsk

6 March 2015

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Former crane-operator Alexander Zubko staggers along the dark hospital corridor leaning on a stick. He survived when a mortar bomb hit his house but lost his toes to frostbite after sleeping in the snow-covered rubble.

Thai panel drops plan to ban junta from politics for two years

6 March 2015

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A panel appointed by Thailand's military government to draft a constitution said on Friday it would drop a proposal to ban members of the junta from politics for two years to prevent them from holding on to power.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (R) talks to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko prior to their meeting in Kiev in this March 5, 2015 handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service. Picture taken March 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Mykola Lazarenko/Handout via Reuters

Britain: EU to prepare possible new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

6 March 2015

WARSAW (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister said on Friday the European Union would prepare possible new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict that could be imposed quickly if the Minsk ceasefire agreement is broken.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Top US diplomat cautious on sending arms to Ukraine

6 March 2015

BERLIN (Reuters) - The second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat promised on Friday to maintain pressure on Russia via economic sanctions to get it to change tack on Ukraine but appeared to rule out arming Kiev, saying Moscow would easily be able to send many more weapons.

Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years

6 March 2015

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese and Chinese officials will hold their first security talks in four years in Tokyo later this month, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of a possible improvement in ties strained by a territorial dispute.

Alexei Navalny (front), one of the Russian opposition leaders, attends a court hearing in Moscow, February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Kremlin critic Navalny walks out of Moscow jail

6 March 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention centre on Friday, a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them.

Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong waves in front of Jose Ramon Balaguer, Cuba's member of the communist party, during his departure at Havana's Jose Marti airport April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Vietnam party chief to make U.S. trip, still at odds over human rights

6 March 2015

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States this year, Washington's ambassador said on Friday, in a landmark trip underlining a rapid strengthening of ties between former foes still at odds over human rights.

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