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Orang asli land issue an important factor in by-election

KUALA LUMPUR: With one-fourth of registered voters in Cameron Highland being orang asli, orang asli land issue has become an important factor for the Jan 26 by-election.

German court rules deported Tunisian should not be returned to Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court ruled on Wednesday that a suspected Islamist militant who was deported to Tunisia in July must not be returned to Germany, saying it no longer believed the man faced torture or human rights abuses in his native land.

Israeli TV: U.S. sees Palestinian state on most of West Bank, some of East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli television said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan would propose a Palestinian state on as much as 90 percent of the occupied West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem - but not including its holy sites.

Kenya-based foreign firms pledge to stick to Nairobi after attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) - International companies with regional headquarters in Kenya said on Wednesday that a deadly militant attack on an upscale Nairobi hotel complex would not scare them away from a city that has long been East Africa's business hub.

Two top lieutenants of Indian PM's Modi unwell months before election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The president of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, said on Wednesday he was being treated for swine flu, the second member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inner circle to be unwell this week.

As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.

Greek PM Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Macedonia accord

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday, clearing a major hurdle for Greece's approval of an accord to end a dispute over Macedonia's name and averting the prospect of a snap election.

Indian opposition seeks scrapping of 1870 sedition law after students charged

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India opposition politicians and media called for a colonial-era sedition law to be scrapped on Wednesday, accusing authorities of trying to suppress dissent after it was invoked against students marking the execution of a Kashmiri militant.

Prosecutors try to block Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo from returning home

The Hague (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday asked judges to bar former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo from returning to his homeland, a day after he was acquitted on charges of crimes against humanity.

Manafort claimed to be placing people in Trump administration - filing

(Reuters) - Paul Manafort, the convicted former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, told a business associate in January 2017 he was using middlemen to get people appointed to the Trump administration, according to a court filing on Tuesday.