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Colombian ex-presidents to back joint right-wing 2018 ticket

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Two former Colombian presidents will back a joint right-wing ticket in elections next year, they said on Friday, focussing their platform on objections to the peace deal signed with the Marxist FARC rebels.

Ukraine's promise of EU membership remains elusive

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders offered Ukraine closer ties on Friday at a summit meant to cement Kiev's ties with the West, but they declined to promise that the country could one day join the bloc.

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13 Myanmar nationals killed in Thai van crash

BANGKOK: Thirteen Burmese people were killed when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom’s notoriously dangerous roads.

Covering Mugabe for Reuters - 'You're the one who says I'm dying?'

HARARE (Reuters) - Retired correspondent Cris Chinaka worked for Reuters in Harare from 1990 to 2015. Before that he reported on Zimbabwe for the ZIANA news agency and MOTO, a weekly newspaper. Here he reflects on a third of a century of covering "Uncle Bob".

Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

SEOUL (Reuters) - A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang.

Debate stifled in Cambodia as crackdown spreads fear

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - "We speak our mind", says the website of a group of young Cambodians who have met at weekends for the past six years to discuss politics over mugs of coffee.

Mexico ruling party leans to outside candidate to save presidency

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The threat of losing power to a fierce leftwing rival next year is tempting Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to enlist outside help for the first time in its nine-decade history.

Sarawak to bar individuals with drugs-related criminal records

KUCHING: Sarawak is looking to bar the entry of individuals with drugs-related criminal records into the state as it steps up the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Dog abandoned in Colombian airport 'dies of broken heart'

COLOMBIA: It has been proven that humans can die from extreme sadness or being "broken-hearted" and it seems like even beloved pets can succumb to the same empty feeling.