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World 13 Jun 2013 | 8:12 AM

West to discuss aid with Syria rebel leader; insurgents kill Shi'ites

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - Western officials will meet the commander of the main force fighting President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday to discuss new aid, diplomats said, signalling a new bid to help mainstream rebels and counter the strength of sectarian militias.

World 13 Jun 2013 | 6:29 PM

UN rights chief says battle for Aleppo might derail Syria talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Thursday she feared that bloodshed in recent battles for the Syrian town of Qusair would be repeated in the city of Aleppo and undermine peace efforts.

TECH 13 Jun 2013 | 6:33 PM

Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colours: sources

Apple Inc is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colours, over the next year, said four people with knowledge of the matter, as it takes a cue from rival Samsung Electronics.

World 13 Jun 2013 | 7:13 PM

Turkish protesters party in square despite ruling party call

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators chanted and sang in Istanbul's Taksim Square early on Thursday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK party floated the offer of a referendum on development plans that stirred two weeks of protests.

World 13 Jun 2013 | 8:30 PM

Israel presses ahead with settlement expansion plans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is pressing on with plans for more than 1,000 new homes in two West Bank settlements, officials said on Thursday, moves that could complicate U.S. efforts to persuade Palestinians, seeking a construction freeze, to return to peace talks.

Community 14 Jun 2013 | 12:00 AM

New PAM president has big plans for NGO’s future

THE Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) has a new president and he is looking to take the non-governmental organisation (NGO) to greater heights during his tenure for the next two years.

World 14 Jun 2013 | 3:15 AM

Obama considers Syria moves, Assad turns guns on north

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is deciding whether to take new action to help Syria's rebels, the White House said on Thursday, while President Bashar al-Assad's surging forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies turned their guns on the north.

Nation 14 Jun 2013 | 7:30 AM

Sabah to host conservation training programmes for officers from Asean, Africa, South Asia

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's environmental conservation efforts is set to become the backdrop of an international training programme under a joint Malaysian and Japanese effort.

World 14 Jun 2013 | 8:08 AM

U.S. says Assad forces used chemical weapons against Syria rebels

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States has concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons against rebel fighters and Washington will supply direct military assistance to the opposition, the White House said on Thursday.

World 14 Jun 2013 | 10:58 AM

U.S. to increase military support to Syria rebels

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has authorized sending U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, a U.S. official said on Thursday after the White House said it has proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.