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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will release $6.6 million (£5 million) to a Syrian group that rescues civilians caught up in fighting and a United Nations group that monitors human rights abuses, the State Department said.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's government wants to raise the retirement age for both men and women and to increase value-added tax, unpopular measures it hopes will ease pressure on state finances, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan prosecutors indicted the spokesman for a pro-China political party and two other members for allegedly seeking to recruit Taiwan military officers on behalf of China and violating the National Security Act, a court statement said.
KABUL (Reuters) - Infighting, a lack of expertise and unfilled vacancies within Afghanistan's election body raise doubts about whether polls planned this year can be held on time, according to Afghan and international agency officials, with one likening planning meetings to "a fish market".
PHNOM PENH: The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguards, accusing him of using force to menace opponents for decades, the first member of the leader’s inner circle to be blacklisted by Washington.
PETALING JAYA: Low Taek Jho, the central figure wanted in investigations over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), has expressed interest in cooperating with the authorities in return for witness protection.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's public prosecutor said on Wednesday several recent investigations by the national anti-graft agency into alleged corruption by officials had gaps and lacked strong evidence, forcing him to return the cases to the agency for further work.
PETALING JAYA: The hunt for Low Taek Jho has now shifted to Dubai as the fugitive financier had expressed his keenest, through his lawyers, to meet up with 1MDB investigators.
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government has reached a preliminary deal to raise retirement pensions in line with inflation, suggesting its new Socialist leaders may take a less restrictive approach to spending after years of austerity under their predecessors.