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Belgium vote likely to make forming next government tough

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Linguistically-split Belgium holds a national election on Sunday that polls show is unlikely to allow Prime Minister Charles Michel to renew his centre-right government.

Indian PM's close ally, Amit Shah, helped craft winning election strategy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - With India's ruling Hindu nationalists headed for a stunning election victory on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's powerful right hand man, Amit Shah, could reap his reward as a potential home minister, an analyst and a party official said.

U.N. Ebola chief to tackle security, political issues in Congo

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday to help improve efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people.

Modi vows to build strong, inclusive India after poll win

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Thursday to build a strong and inclusive nation after winning a massive victory in the general election.

Indian PM Modi stuns opposition with "massive" election win

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to a huge election victory on Thursday, on course to increase his majority and give his party the mandate to pursue business-friendly policies that put Hindus first and take a hard line on national security.

Iraq weighs captives' rights against fear of new Islamic State

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (Reuters) - Iraqi farmer Shaker Salih says he feared Islamic State, but feared its defeat even more. His problem is persuading people to believe that he did not support the jihadists.

Suspected Indonesian rioters 'pledged support' for Islamic State - police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two men detained by Indonesian police for rioting this week were part of a group that had pledged support to the Islamic State militant group and intended to carry out jihad, or holy war, police said on Thursday.

U.S. Navy again sails through Taiwan Strait, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway, angering China at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

Pakistan says wants peace with India, conducts missile test

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to return to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.

In western France, a village remembers D-Day's "secret massacre"

GRAIGNES, France (Reuters) - The lost U.S. paratrooper tapped on the door of the Rigault family's farmhouse in Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944, miles south of his intended drop zone and soaking from his landing in the surrounding marshland.