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Ming dynasty treasures on display at a museum in Britain

An exhibition shows that China was engaging with the wider world long before the Europeans appeared on the scene with their warships.


Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday.


Thailand welcomes China's Li as US ties cool over coup

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be the most high-profile foreign leader to visit Thailand on Friday since a May coup, signalling, Thailand says, its return to normal and a boost for trade in a region where the United States and China vie for influence.


Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds

ZUMAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday.


Ukrainians dig deep to help soldiers on the eastern front

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainians are knitting socks, donating scrap metal and even crowd-funding a tank to keep their woefully underfunded army going as its standoff with pro-Russian rebels in the east drags on towards the new year.


New control centre to fight rise in attacks in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A new control centre is to be created to coordinate security forces and fight a rise in Taliban attacks in Kabul, the capital's police chief said on Thursday, hours after a bomb killed a police officer and injured three in the city.


Hunt on for ‘commander’ Umar

PESHAWAR: “We have killed all the children in the auditorium,” one of the attackers told his handler. “What do we do now?” he asked. “Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself,” his handler ordered.


Hotels in the Klang Valley deck their halls while showing they care for the underprivileged

TIS the season for giving and sharing and several hotels have not forgotten the underprivileged while brightening their premises.


OSCE extends observer mission at Russia-Ukraine border until March

VIENNA (Reuters) - European security watchdog the OSCE prolonged the mandate of its observer mission at two Russian checkpoints on the border with Ukraine by three months on Thursday, the longest extension so far.