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World 26 Jan 2017 | 7:33 PM

Israel acts to decriminalise small-scale marijuana use

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to decriminalise personal marijuana use, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Thursday, adopting an approach similar to some U.S. states and European countries.

World 26 Jan 2017 | 8:57 PM

Qatar welcomes Trump's call for Syria safe zones

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar, a backer of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge to order safe zones in Syria, a foreign ministry official was quoted as saying by state news agency QNA on Thursday.

World 26 Jan 2017 | 10:28 PM

Unpaid state salaries deepen economic pain in Yemen's war

DUBAI (Reuters) - Already suffering grievously under nearly two years of civil war, many thousands of Yemeni state workers now face destitution as their salaries have gone largely unpaid for months.

World 26 Jan 2017 | 10:56 PM

More turkeys culled after new bird flu virus found on German farm

HAMBURG (Reuters) - More than 15,000 turkeys were being culled on Thursday after the new bird flu subtype H5N5 was confirmed on a north German farm, authorities said, adding to concerns about the spread of different strains of the disease.

Nation 27 Jan 2017 | 12:00 AM

Najib tells ministers to deliver this year

PUTRAJAYA: Budget constraints are not an excuse for failing to carry out programmes and projects meant to improve the livelihood of the people.

World 27 Jan 2017 | 12:00 AM

Turkey says Greece protecting coup plotters after court ruling on soldiers

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry said Greece was protecting coup plotters and failing in the fight against terrorism after the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers wanted over an attempted putsch.

World 27 Jan 2017 | 12:23 AM

Exclusive - Syria's million-tonne Russian wheat deal in jeopardy

ABU DHABI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A deal struck in October for Syria to buy one million tonnes of wheat from its ally Russia to prevent bread shortages in government-held areas has not been fulfilled and may never be, Syrian and Russian government sources said.

World 27 Jan 2017 | 12:45 AM

Greek top court rules against extradition of eight Turkish soldiers

ATHENS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, a decision which angered Ankara and further strained relations between the two neighbours.

World 27 Jan 2017 | 1:30 AM

Russian, Turkish jets strike Islamic State in Syria - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian and Turkish jets carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian town of al-Bab on Thursday, Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.

AseanPlus News 27 Jan 2017 | 1:59 AM

China ‘steps up preparedness for possible military conflict with US’

BEIJING: China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with the US as the Donald Trump presidency has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, state media and military observers said.