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World 03 Jun 2014 | 4:35 AM

Russia, Ukraine examine gas plan to avoid winter supply crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine agreed on Monday to examine a payment plan to settle Kiev's multi-billion gas debts and fix a price for supplies until June 2015, offering the promise of averting an energy crisis over the crucial winter period.

World 03 Jun 2014 | 6:45 AM

Russia says Ukraine situation worsening, submits U.N. resolution

MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Monday circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling for humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine but said that Western council members raised so many questions about the text that Moscow would now contemplate what its next move would be.

World 03 Jun 2014 | 12:40 PM

Polls open in Syrian presidential election

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrians began voting on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory to President Bashar al-Assad in the midst of a civil war that has fractured the country and killed more than 160,000 people.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 12:19 AM

Turkish PM Erdogan criticises central bank over interest rates

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he hoped the central bank would cut interest rates further, criticising its stance and raising further concerns about political interference in monetary policy.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 12:25 AM

Syrian presidential vote extended by five hours - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Voting in Syria's presidential election was extended by five hours on Tuesday until midnight (2200 BST) to allow more people to participate due to heavy turnout, state media said.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 3:25 AM

U.S. condemns Syrian presidential election as 'a disgrace'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned the Syrian presidential election held on Tuesday as "a disgrace" carried out by a government of President Bashar al-Assad that is "detached from reality" amid the country's brutal civil war.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 3:45 AM

Sisi won 96.91 pct in Egypt's presidential vote-commission

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.91 percent in Egypt's presidential vote last week, the election commission said on Tuesday, confirming interim results that had given him a landslide victory.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 3:50 AM

Syrians vote in wartime election set to extend Assad's rule

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war.

World 04 Jun 2014 | 1:45 PM

Erdogan to grow more powerful as president, Turkey more polarised

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - On the first anniversary of nationwide protests that shook Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan's rule, barely a thousand anti-government demonstrators marched in Istanbul on Saturday.

AseanPlus News 04 Jun 2014 | 4:13 PM

Campaigning kicks off for Indonesian presidential election

JAKARTA, June 4, 2014 (AFP) - Campaigning for Indonesia's July presidential election officially kicked off Wednesday, with favourite Joko Widodo facing a tough challenge from a Suharto-era former general with a chequered human rights record.