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World 29 Oct 2013 | 1:40 AM

Rebels retreat as Congo army captures eastern strongholds

RUTSHURU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday they had abandoned a key military base and retreated into the bush but vowed to continue their fight despite four days of defeats by the Congolese army.

World 28 Oct 2013 | 11:40 PM

Refugees stream into Uganda after east Congo fighting spreads

KAMPALA (Reuters) - About 10,000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militias in Congo's lawless northeast, Red Cross and military officials said on Monday.

Nation 27 Oct 2013 | 8:29 AM

Much to be done in Malaysia on human rights front

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: KUALA LUMPUR: Much more attention and action are needed on the human rights front in Malaysia, said Datuk Ho May Yong, the head of the government delegation to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Malaysia.

AseanPlus News 27 Oct 2013 | 12:00 AM

Lampedusa — island of hope

Despite the death toll, boatloads of migrants still pour into Lampedusa – where the islanders’ compassionate welcome is at odds with Italy’s harsh immigration laws.

World 25 Oct 2013 | 11:10 PM

EU leaders rebuff calls for action on Europe's migration crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters.

World 25 Oct 2013 | 9:35 PM

Lebanon to vaccinate children after suspected polio cases in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon, which hosts more than 700,000 Syrian refugees, said on Friday it would vaccinate all children under five against polio after suspected cases of the crippling viral disease were found in neighbouring Syria.

World 25 Oct 2013 | 3:10 PM

Special Report - Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters

IWAKI (Reuters) - Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks.

Nation 25 Oct 2013 | 1:26 PM

Australia says has struck deal with Malaysia on asylum-seekers

SYDNEY (AFP): Australia said Friday it has struck a deal with Malaysia to disrupt the transit of asylum-seekers through the country to Indonesia, where they board boats heading for Australian waters.

World 25 Oct 2013 | 5:41 AM

Thousands of desperate Eritreans fleeing rights abuses - U.N. envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Eritreans risk being shot to death by their own troops as they flee their homeland to start a treacherous journey seeking European asylum that killed hundreds of desperate refugees this month when their boats sank, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday.

World 25 Oct 2013 | 4:35 AM

Israel says to announce more settlement building

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians.