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German court finds Syrian guilty over U.N. peacekeeper abduction

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Syrian man living in Germany was jailed for three and a half years on Wednesday for his part in the kidnapping of a U.N. peacekeeper near Damascus four years ago.

Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

Dutch government seeks to overturn court ruling on Srebrenica

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Dutch government has asked the country's supreme court to overturn a ruling that the Netherlands was partly responsible for the death of 300 Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacres.

Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

EU ready to move alone on digital tax if no global deal

BRUSSELS: The European Commission said the EU should proceed with an overhaul of taxes on digital firms even if the rest of the rich world did not follow suit, a draft report said.

A report says EU states may have lost in tax revenues up to RM27.1bil just from Facebook and Google between 2013 and 2015. - AFP pic

Hock Seng Lee declares end to court case involving family feud

KUALA LUMPUR: The family feud revolving around the transfer of shares in Hock Seng Lee Bhd’s (HSL) holding company has reached a conclusion, at least in court.

Datuk Paul Yu Chee Hoe was one of the defendants in the suit.

Benzema's new Real deal has one billion euro buyout clause - reports

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid's France forward Karim Benzema has signed a new contract at the club, which includes a one billion euro (£886.73 million) buyout clause according to local media reports.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is urging the U.N. Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

Silicon Valley challenged by senators over sex trafficking

Web companies opposed to a federal bill aimed at squelching online trafficking of children faced a blunt challenge from US lawmakers at a hearing on Sept 19, and a plea from a mother whose child was slain after being advertised for sex on the website.

Tech companies such as Google and Facebook Inc and their trade groups say the bill would create greater liability for speech and videos posted by users. — Sipa USA/TNS

Kenya court - opposition didn't show presidential campaign used state resources

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's chief justice said on Wednesday that the opposition did not provide sufficient evidence to show that President Uhuru Kenyatta broke the law by using state resources during his re-election campaign.