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World 02 Dec 2013 | 10:05 AM

U.S. ship Cape Ray readied for possible chemical arms destruction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has begun outfitting a ship in its reserve ready force with equipment to enable it to destroy some of Syria's chemical weapons at sea in the event Washington is asked to assist in the effort, a defence official said on Sunday.

World 02 Dec 2013 | 9:41 PM

Letta prepares to tackle Italy's voting law stalemate

ROME (Reuters) - With Silvio Berlusconi now out of parliament, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is under pressure to overhaul a voting law blamed for dragging Italy into political and economic stalemate after the last election.

Nation 16 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Najib celebrates 40-year relationship with Land of the Rising Sun

TOKYO: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the one of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Shinzo Abe by a bamboo tree speaks volumes.

World 12 Dec 2013 | 8:15 PM

Nigeria's Jonathan told not to stand in 2015 by mentor Obasanjo

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been told it would be "morally flawed" for him to run for re-election in 2015, in a scathing letter from his mentor and former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo.

World 12 Dec 2013 | 5:10 PM

China's revised 2014 holiday schedule sparks public ire

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has designated the eve of Lunar New Year as a working day in 2014, triggering an outcry over the disruption of plans to celebrate the year's most important traditional holiday.

Nation 13 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Lim defends Penang’s new housing rules

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has defended the state’s new housing rules, saying that the state government is prepared to face lawsuits.

Nation 12 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Penang pushes ahead with property ruling despite criticisms

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government is standing firm with its new ruling on property sale even as critics slam it, saying the ruling is illegal.

World 12 Dec 2013 | 4:20 PM

Finance watchdog approves Vatican reforms, urges bank oversight

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican has made significant progress in financial reforms but still risks being used for money laundering unless it strengthens controls, a European watchdog said on Thursday.

World 13 Dec 2013 | 5:00 PM

Thai protest leader wants 12 months to push through reforms

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms.

AseanPlus News 12 Dec 2013 | 12:13 PM

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crackdown

BANGKOK(AFP) - Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.