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AseanPlus News 20 Nov 2013 | 5:08 PM

Philippines counts the cost of Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA: Super Typhoon Haiyan's devastating assault on the central Philippines exerted a catastrophic human cost, but analysts say its impact on one of Asia's fastest growing economies will be less traumatic.

World 20 Nov 2013 | 11:10 AM

U.S. Senate military policy debate focuses on Guantanamo, sexual assault

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over how to deal with sexual assault in the armed forces and what to do about terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in the opening of Senate debate on the annual defence policy bill.

World 20 Nov 2013 | 1:35 AM

Syrian army says takes town on north-south highway

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army said it pushed rebels out of the southern town of Qara on Tuesday, strengthening its hold on a highway linking the capital to government strongholds along the Mediterranean coast.

World 19 Nov 2013 | 11:40 PM

Russia sentences gang leader to life for 16 murders

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian gang leader and two accomplices were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for 16 murders including the killing of 12 people at a farm in the south of the country.

World 19 Nov 2013 | 9:45 PM

Investigators piece together plot to attack Kenya mall

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Four gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall in September came to Kenya about four months earlier and some had exercised at a gym in an area of the Kenyan capital popular with Somalis, Western officials with knowledge of the investigation said.

World 19 Nov 2013 | 8:55 PM

Islamists raid Somali police station, at least 10 dead - witnesses

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants blasted their way into a police station north of Somalia's capital on Tuesday and opened fire on officers and civilians inside, leaving at least 10 people dead, officials and witnesses said.

World 18 Nov 2013 | 11:45 PM

Syria rebel chieftain killed; Assad forces bomb besieged town

AMMAN/ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces fired rocket and artillery barrages on a besieged mountain town near Lebanon on Monday in a push to capture the strategic area following advances against rebels in Damascus and in the north of Syria.

World 18 Nov 2013 | 2:25 PM

Wedding murder exposes Kurdish divisions in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - When gunmen stormed a wedding and shot dead a guest in south-eastern Turkey, they stirred fears of a new outbreak of bloodshed in a region increasingly destabilised by Syria's civil war.

AseanPlus News 17 Nov 2013 | 4:07 PM

9 shot dead in Xinjiang police station attack

Beijing (AFP) - Nine assailants wielding axes and knives were shot dead during an attack on a police station in China's restive Xinjiang region after they killed two police officers, state media reported Sunday.

World 15 Nov 2013 | 4:20 PM

Insight-As powers push for talks, Syria balance tilts towards Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) - More than two and a half years into the civil war devastating Syria, the United States and Russia are pushing the combatants to the negotiating table in Geneva, but on terms that mark a shift in favour of Bashar al-Assad against the increasingly fragmented rebels seeking to oust him.