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World 09 Oct 2014 | 2:35 PM

Indonesia's Widodo adds Islamist party to reduce coalition's minority

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo strengthened his minority coalition by gaining support from a small Islamist party, but rivals remain in control of parliament and have pledged to obstruct his reform programme unless he makes concessions.

World 01 Nov 2014 | 5:35 AM

Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.

World 31 Oct 2014 | 11:55 PM

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighbouring Turkey.

World 10 Dec 2014 | 11:25 PM

Venezuela's poor sour on Maduro as prices, shortages sting

CARACAS (Reuters) - Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez.

World 03 Dec 2014 | 5:25 AM

U.S. expects some familiar faces among Syria rebel recruits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is creating a vigorous vetting process to weed out undesirables among the Syrian rebels it will train to fight Islamic State, but some of the new recruits will be familiar faces requiring far more limited screening.

Nation 17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Puad: PKR leader courted me for Sept 16 plan

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi that Pakatan Rakyat had enough MPs to form a new government, the High Court here heard.

Nation 17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM

Sword hangs over Selangor

PETALING JAYA: Now that DAP has declared Pakatan Rakyat dead, what happens to the Selangor government?

The Star Says 04 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Common stand needed on party-hopping

WHEN is a parliamentarian a people's representative from a party, and when is (s)he a party's representative for the people? This question lies at the heart of the party-hopping issue.

World 11 May 2015 | 10:45 AM

After Nepal disasters, more climbers eye Chinese route to top of world

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Climber Carsten Pedersen has not given up his childhood dream of scaling Everest, despite last month's avalanche that killed 18 people at base camp after a devastating earthquake. But if he does try again, it may well be from China, not Nepal.

Fitness 03 Aug 2015 | 7:00 AM

Tighten your abs, strengthen your core

Work your abs and get back in shape. There is still time to look and feel better before the year ends.