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World 24 Feb 2016 | 4:05 AM

Western leaders hope Syria ceasefire deal takes effect soon - France

PARIS (Reuters) - The leaders of the United States, France, Britain and Germany hope a deal on ending hostilities in Syria can take effect soon, the French presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

World 24 Feb 2016 | 1:30 AM

Palestinian corruption chief claws back $70 million, more to recoup

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The head of the Palestinian anti-corruption body says he has clawed back $70 million in five years but his investigators have failed to uncover evidence to justify allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars in government funds have gone missing.

Nation 24 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM

Kin of MH370 victims fear they may not be able to sue

PETALING JAYA: Next of kin of the MH370 tragedy victims fear they may not be able to take legal action against Malaysia Airlines after next month, following the expiry of a moratorium protecting the national carrier.

Nation 24 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM

Mybrain15 applicants fume

PETALING JAYA: MyBrain15 scholarship applicants are caught between a rock and a hard place.

World 23 Feb 2016 | 10:16 PM

Putin ally is threat to Russian national security, says Kremlin critic

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The hardline leader appointed by President Vladimir Putin to maintain order in the turbulent Chechen region has created his own caliphate that may one day unleash an Islamic State-style jihad against Russia, according to opponents of the Kremlin.

World 23 Feb 2016 | 8:31 PM

U.S. air strikes aid Afghan forces against Islamic State

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan forces backed by U.S. air strikes have killed dozens of insurgents loyal to Islamic State this week as they continue a push into areas occupied by the radical group, officials said on Tuesday.

World 23 Feb 2016 | 7:56 PM

Estonia jails three men over spying for Russian security services

TALLINN (Reuters) - Three men have been jailed for spying for Russia, Estonia's state prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, an unusual case targeting low-level smugglers that comes amid heightened concern over muscular Russian foreign policy in eastern Europe.

World 23 Feb 2016 | 3:21 PM

New round of Kabul meetings hope to set date for Afghan peace talks

KABUL (Reuters) - Officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China meeting in Kabul on Tuesday expect to set a date for the first direct talks with the Taliban since a previous round in the peace process broke down last year.

World 23 Feb 2016 | 1:28 PM

Peru pipeline leaks in Amazon; two rivers polluted, agency says

LIMA (Reuters) - Ruptures in Peru's main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region, operator Petroperu said Monday, and the oil has polluted two rivers native villages rely on for water, according to government officials.

AseanPlus News 23 Feb 2016 | 6:38 AM

Crude prices down as doubts over production freeze linger

SINGAPORE: Oil prices dipped in Asia Tuesday after mounting a strong rally the day before as traders remain doubtful that talks on an output freeze among key crude producers will lead to agreement.