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PAS: Hudud agenda on the right track

KOTA BARU: The PAS-led Kelantan government believes it is on the right track to realise the implementation of hudud laws statewide.


EU launches emergency refugee aid scheme for Greece

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union, faced with a burgeoning refugee crisis in Greece, launched a new aid programme on Wednesday worth an initial 700 million euros (543 million pound) that mirrors the kind of disaster relief it offers developing nations.


German court throws out objections by far-right NPD in ban case

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - The top judge at Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected some objections by the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) to legal moves to ban it as a threat to the state and ordered that hearings go ahead.


Irish PM says open to talks with main rival

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday for the first time he would be open to talking to his party's arch rival Fianna Fail about the possible formation of a new government after his previous coalition was voted out of office last week.


Party president or foreign minister?

Abandoning constitutional amendment for now is good for Myanmar’s political transition, but the question is whether Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a ministry or keep her party role.


Jewellers across gold-loving India strike over tax

Mumbai (AFP) - Jewellers across gold-loving India started a three-day strike on Wednesday in a bid to force the government to shelve plans for a controversial excise tax announced in this week's budget


Authorities detain 33 people protesting curfews in mainly Kurdish southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir against months-long security operations.

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Fewer than half of Rio Games tickets sold - organisers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Fewer than half the tickets for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been sold with about five months to go until the first Games in South America, organisers said on Wednesday.


Nearly 2,000 legal cases opened for insulting Turkey's Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish prosecutors have opened nearly 2,000 cases against people for insulting Tayyip Erdogan since he became Turkey's president 18 months ago, the justice minister said on Wednesday.


Spain's Rajoy dismisses Socialists' 'unreal' bid to govern

MADRID (Reuters) - A coalition plan by Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez stumbled at the first hurdle on Wednesday as rivals on the left and right voted against it in parliament and set in motion a two-month countdown to avoid another election.