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Greek government says hopes for deal with lenders by Sunday

28 May 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's government aims to reach an agreement with its lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal by Sunday, its spokesman said on Thursday, brushing off comments from euro zone officials suggesting a deal was far from imminent.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives to make a personnel announcement in the Pentagon Briefing Room in Washington May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Pentagon mulls improving Iraqi troop training after fall of Ramadi

28 May 2015

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday Pentagon officials have begun to examine how the U.S. military could better equip and train Iraqi troops after the recent fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State insurgents.

Blatter chairs emergency FIFA meeting as scandal grows

28 May 2015

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with representatives from FIFA's six confederations on Thursday following the wave of arrests of football officials including two FIFA vice-presidents in Zurich on Wednesday.

Asia's migrant crisis meeting unlikely to yield solutions

28 May 2015

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A meeting in Bangkok aimed at addressing Southeast Asia's migrant crisis is unlikely to produce a binding agreement or plan of action to save thousands of people believed stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, participants said.

Commander of elite Tajik police force defects to Islamic State

28 May 2015

ALMATY (Reuters) - The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force has defected to Islamic State, he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him, media said on Thursday.

U.S. training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey - source

28 May 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, expanding a programme that first launched in Jordan weeks ago, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

ECB officials say no to easier funds for Greece now

28 May 2015

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank policymakers played down the prospects of any immediate loosening of funding for cash-strapped Greece, saying that when it came to accepting the country's bonds as security for central bank credit, the answer remained no.

Trinidad and Tobago's former National Security Minister and former FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, gestures after leaving the offices of the Sunshine Newspaper which he owns, in Arouca, East Trinidad, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva

Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor dismay mounts

28 May 2015

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) - Visa Inc has told FIFA it could end its sponsorship if football's governing body does not act fast to restore the reputation of the game after senior officials were arrested on corruption charges.

Western women who join Islamic State defy 'jihadi bride' stereotype - report

28 May 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Western women joining Islamic State are increasingly from comfortable backgrounds and often well educated with romantic notions of adventure often quickly dispelled by the harshness of life as a "Jihadi bride", according to a British research report.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the New York University (NYU) Center on International Cooperation in New York April 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Iran's Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within 'reasonable period of time'

28 May 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time" but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands.

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