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World 28 May 2014 | 12:20 AM

Egyptian presidential vote extended by a day-report

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's presidential election was extended to a third day on Tuesday, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website, quoting a member of the body overseeing the vote that former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win.

World 28 May 2014 | 2:31 AM

Demonstrators storm president's HQ in Abkhazia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Demonstrators stormed the presidential headquarters in Georgia's Russian-backed breakaway province of Abkhazia on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of a leader they accuse of corruption and misrule, Interfax reported.

World 28 May 2014 | 6:25 PM

Miners rally in favour of separatists in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Up to 1,000 coal miners rallied on Wednesday in support of armed pro-Russian separatists who are battling Ukrainian forces in defence of their self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DNR) in eastern Ukraine.

World 28 May 2014 | 10:15 PM

Russia's Lavrov warns of "fratricidal war" in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the West of pushing Ukraine into a "fratricidal war" and repeated Moscow's calls for an end to the interim Ukrainian government's military action against pro-Russian separatists.

World 28 May 2014 | 10:20 PM

Low Egypt vote turnout galvanises Islamists in oasis town

FAYOUM Egypt (Reuters) - Even though the former army chief who removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power is expected to become Egypt's next president, a vote with low turnout has raised hopes in a desert oasis that the Islamist movement can make a comeback one day.

World 28 May 2014 | 11:25 PM

Courting Kurdish vote, Turkey's Erdogan warns against sabotaging peace

DIYARBAKIR Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish demonstrators have blocked a highway in southeast Turkey and seized a soldier in protest at the building of military outposts, exposing the fragility of a peace process which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan hopes may help him win the presidency.

World 29 May 2014 | 12:40 AM

Sisi's tough love message rings harsh for Egyptians

CAIRO (Reuters) - Grilled meat vendor Tarek Fathi planned to support Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt's presidential election, believing the man worshiped in the press could fix all problems: from shabby health care to an energy crisis.

World 29 May 2014 | 12:41 AM

Afghan leader praises US move to withdraw all troops by 2016

KABUL (Reuters) - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed a U.S. decision to withdraw all troops by the end of 2016, saying on Wednesday that this should give the Taliban a reason to end their insurgency and negotiate with the next government.

World 29 May 2014 | 2:50 AM

Turkey's Erdogan says foes may leak video in bid to smear him

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday followers of an Islamic cleric with whom he's locked in a power struggle might leak a video about him and his family to smear him before an August presidential election.

World 29 May 2014 | 5:35 PM

Political horse trading grips Afghanistan before election run-off

KABUL (Reuters) - Old-style power-broking dominated the first week of campaigning for the run-off round of Afghanistan's presidential election, with the two candidates vying for support from former warlords and powerful tribal leaders ahead of the June 14 vote.