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Refugee exodus from Burundi sparks concerns 'overstretched' neighbours will not cope

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of refugees fleeing violence, abductions and torture in Burundi has passed 300,000, the United Nations said on Friday, raising fears neighbouring countries will struggle to cope with the influx amid rising political instability.


EU unlikely to ease travel rules for Georgia before October vote

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is unlikely to agree visa-free travel for Georgia before its Oct. 8 elections as its government had hoped, diplomats said on Friday, citing divisions in the bloc and fears over immigration.


Bomb kills three Thai police officers in southern ambush

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Three Thai policemen were killed and two wounded on Friday in a bomb and gun attack in the southern province of Yala where Muslim separatists have been waging a simmering insurgency against the state.


Everton's Lukaku set to return for Bournemouth clash

(Reuters) - Striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to return for Everton's Premier League clash at Bournemouth this weekend, manager Ronald Koeman has said.


AirAsia to appeal against proposed airport tax increase

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd will submit an appeal to the Government to rescind a proposed increase in the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) or airport tax.

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Taiwan asks Google to blur South China Sea images

Taipei: Taiwan’s defence ministry has asked Google to blur images of a new development believed to be for military use on a disputed South China Sea island.


Always count your blessings

Jojo Struys - Different Spin ONE of my relatives who has been earning a steady income in the United States for almost 10 years in the same company just lost her job following a takeover and it was a bit of a shock because she did not see it coming.


Pakistan air force closes highway for 'routine' drill amid India tension

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's air force closed a major highway on Thursday to let it practice landing jets on the road, in what it said was routine training not related to heightened tension with India after a deadly attack in the disputed Kashmir region.


Planned Serb referendum vote reawakens fears of strife in Bosnia

SARAJEVO/BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnia's autonomous Serb entity is set to defy its highest court with a referendum on a national holiday on Sunday that may stoke separatist sentiment lingering since the 1990s war.


Public media independence undermined in Poland - OSCE

WARSAW (Reuters) - The Polish government's tightened hold on public media, its conflict with the highest court and recent anti-terrorism legislation have jeopardised free expression in the country, according to Europe's main rights and democracy watchdog.