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European flags are hung outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down

1 September 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri speaks during a news conference in the United Nations offices in Guatemala City, May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight - U.N. debate

1 September 2014

GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale" in months of fighting with Iraqi forces who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a U.N. official said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday.

Russia, Ukraine agree on gas talks on September 6, await EU decision

1 September 2014

US KHATYN Russia (Reuters) - Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that Moscow and Kiev have agreed to hold a new round of talks to resolve a gas crisis on Sept. 6.

Japan to seek return of all its citizens held by North Korea

1 September 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is determined to secure the return of all its citizens abducted by North Korea, a cabinet minister said on Monday, warning Pyongyang to take seriously its promise to report fully on the emotive issue.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan and India vow to boost defence ties during summit

1 September 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.

Afghanistan's presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Abdullah Abdullah (R) shake hands after announcing a deal for the auditing of all Afghan election votes at the United Nations Compund in Kabul, July 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Afghan talks on unity government collapse

1 September 2014

KABUL (Reuters) - Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane attends a European Union-Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after 'coup' - aide

1 September 2014

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho's prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said on Monday.

Merkel defends arming Kurds, calls IS a threat to Europe

1 September 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling the group a major security threat to both Germany and Europe.

Clashes resume in Pakistani capital, police fire teargas

1 September 2014

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Clashes between Pakistani anti-government protesters and police resumed in the capital Islamabad late on Monday afternoon with security forces firing teargas to stop demonstrators trying to reach Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence.

A supporter of Tahir ul-Qadri, a Sufi cleric and leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party, cheers upon seeing an army commander after fellow supporters stormed the building of the state television channel PTV, during the Revolution March in Islamabad September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

1 September 2014

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.

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