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World 02 Jun 2014 | 2:45 AM

Afghans say Taliban prisoners freed by U.S. will rejoin battle

KABUL (Reuters) - The release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for a U.S. soldier has drawn criticism from some Afghans, who say the detainees are dangerous and will rekindle ties with terrorist networks to resume fighting, just as most foreign troops leave.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 5:07 PM

Russia to submit U.N. draft resolution on Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will submit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday calling for an immediate end to violence in Ukraine and the creation of humanitarian corridors in the east of the country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 5:50 PM

Russia says Ukraine situation worsening, will submit U.N. resolution

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will submit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday calling for an immediate end to worsening violence in Ukraine and the creation of humanitarian corridors in the east of the country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 5:55 PM

Russia's Gazprom gives Kiev extension into next week in gas dispute

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom gave Ukraine on Monday an extension into next week to resolve a gas price dispute at the heart of the two countries' confrontation, a day before Moscow was due to switch off the gas unless Kiev paid in advance.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 6:35 PM

Taliban recruit young fighters as attacks rise ahead of Afghan vote

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents intent on disrupting a run-off in the Afghan presidential election have begun recruiting fighters from radical Islamic schools, and ramped up their campaign of violence, officials and sources say.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 9:37 PM

On election eve, ruined Homs shows cost of Syria's war

HOMS Syria (Reuters) - Less than a month after the last rebel fighters retreated from the centre of Homs, the sound of hammering echoes across its narrow, ancient streets as authorities rush to restore major landmarks.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 9:39 PM

Turkey, Kurds see peace talks progress despite southeast unrest

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's peace talks with Kurdish rebels are advancing despite recent unrest in the southeast, representatives of both sides said, and could boost Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's hopes of becoming president.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 11:05 PM

Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's envoy to NATO on Monday accused the Western alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, Russian news agency RIA reported.

World 02 Jun 2014 | 11:35 PM

In Mursi's village, unusual calm in a polarised Egypt

EL-ADWA Egypt (Reuters) - In the Egyptian village where Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was born, dozens of police and soldiers guard voting booths during a presidential election expected to bring the man who toppled him to power.

Banking 03 Jun 2014 | 12:00 AM

Bank Islam plans RM1bil sukuk

KUALA LUMUR: Bank Islam plans to raise RM1bil by selling Islamic bonds to fund organic growth as well as a potential acquisition in Indonesia, two people involved in the sale told Reuters.