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World 14 Nov 2013 | 6:30 AM

U.S. designates Nigeria militant groups as terrorists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States formally designated the Nigerian Islamist militant groups Boko Haram and Ansaru as foreign terrorist organizations on Wednesday, making it a crime to provide them with material support.

World 13 Nov 2013 | 7:50 PM

Le Pen, Wilders eye eurosceptic alliance for EU elections

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Eurosceptics Geert Wilders of the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen of France will discuss closer cooperation on Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on voter frustration with mainstream politics before 2014 European parliament elections.

World 13 Nov 2013 | 7:10 PM

China considering easing rules on animal testing for some cosmetics

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is considering a rule change that would allow the sale of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals, opening up a potential route into the Chinese market for international firms opposed to the practice.

World 13 Nov 2013 | 6:51 PM

Families, feuds and foreigners: a tale of African caution

NAIROBI (Reuters) - In Africa, foreign investors beware: business is often a family affair. Just ask Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer.

World 12 Nov 2013 | 8:55 PM

EU leaders meet on youth jobs but solutions elusive

PARIS (Reuters) - Soaring youth unemployment will top the agenda when France hosts a European jobs summit on Tuesday, but leaders will eschew radical proposals to tackle a problem that risks fuelling social unrest and political extremism.

World 12 Nov 2013 | 1:30 PM

'Lack of U.S. cooperation' halts Afghan probe into civilian killings

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the murder of a group of civilians after being refused access to U.S. special forces soldiers suspected of involvement, according to a document obtained by Reuters.

Indonesia 12 Nov 2013 | 10:32 AM

Australia, Indonesia in talks on refugee 'swap'

SYDNEY, Nov 12, 2013 (AFP) - Australia and Indonesia are discussing a people "swap" deal under which Jakarta would take asylum-seekers from Australia if Canberra agreed to take some of its refugees, an Indonesian government advisor said Tuesday.

World 12 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM

Angry Shi'ites storm Schlumberger camp at Iraq's Rumaila oilfield

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Dozens of angry Shi'ite Muslim workers and tribesmen stormed a Schlumberger Ltd camp at one of Iraq's main oilfields and wrecked offices early on Monday after accusing a foreign security adviser of insulting their religion, police and employees at the field said.

Nation 12 Nov 2013 | 12:00 AM

Palace official heads honours list

KOTA BARU: Kelantan Palace ceremonial chief Datuk Dr Tengku Mohamed Faziharudean Tengku Feissal heads the list of 644 recipients of awards in conjunction with the 44th birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V.

World 11 Nov 2013 | 3:15 PM

ANALYSIS-Russia's phantom pain to hurt Ukraine in EU pact

PARIS (Reuters) - When Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov was trying to warn former Soviet satellite Poland against joining the U.S.-led NATO military alliance in the 1990s, he laced gallows humour with veiled menace.