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  • Ukrainian casualties reported before peace talks

    Four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 15 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the past 24 hours just before talks on a ceasefire were due to start, the Ukrainian military said on Monday. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said separatists were firing heavy weapons banned under a peace agreement and described the situation in western districts of rebel-held Donetsk as the most tense. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and rebels prepared to meet in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday for further talks on implementing the much-violated ceasefire deal agreed in February.

  • We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerr …
    We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerr …

    By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighbourliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, welcoming Kerry to Qatar for the talks with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the alliance wanted to spare the region "from any dangers and threats from nuclear weapons". This should be done by authorizing the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in line with international rules, he said, speaking for the GCC as host of the meeting.

  • Brain training app could help people with schizophrenia

    A "brain training" iPad game developed in Britain may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at home and at work, researchers said on Monday. Scientists at Cambridge University said tests on a small number of patients who played the game over four weeks found they had improvements in memory and learning. The game, "Wizard", is designed to help so-called episodic memory -- the type of memory needed to remember where you left your keys several hours ago, or to remember a few hours later where you parked your car in a multi-storey car park.

  • Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

    A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday. The 27-year-old man, whose name was not made public, was found dead after the car arrived at the port of Almeria on a ferry from Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa. The car's owner, the dead man's brother, was arrested for murder, a government spokesman in the city said.

  • China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN mee …

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Liu, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, which kicks off in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, said the meetings should avoid all talk on the sensitive issue, adding that countries outside ASEAN should not interfere. If the U.S. raises the issue we shall of course object.

  • Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

    At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said. Most of the dead were civilians on the ground in the Idlib provincial town that fell to a coalition of Islamist insurgents in May, according to the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence across Syria. There was no immediate reaction from the Syrian army.

  • Russia critical of U.S. plan to give rebels air cover in Syr …
    Russia critical of U.S. plan to give rebels air cover in Syr …

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Monday criticised U.S. plans to provide together with Turkey air cover for Syrian rebels, saying any support for rivals of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hampered Damascus' fight against Islamic State. Ankara and Washington are hoping that together with the Syrian rebels they would sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border. ...

  • Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one  …
    Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one  …

    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of independence from its vast neighbour and geopolitical foe. Hundreds of youths stormed the ministry of education compound on Friday and dozens were still camped out in the courtyard as students met the education minister on Monday in a bid to repeal changes to history books likely to hit school shelves this week.

  • Predecessor says Yemen leader Hadi should be tried for treas …
    Predecessor says Yemen leader Hadi should be tried for treas …

    Yemen's former president, a powerful ally of Houthi forces in a four-month-old civil war, said he wanted his exiled successor tried for treason for enlisting Saudi-led attacks against the Iranian-allied militia. In remarks published on Monday by the Huffington Post website, Ali Abdullah Saleh said the air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition supporting his successor, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were a mistake because the kingdom, formerly an ally of Yemen, is now regarded by Yemenis as an aggressor. Army units loyal to Saleh have fought alongside the Zaydi Shi'ite Houthis throughout the conflict, and his stance may prove pivotal in any diplomatic efforts to resolve Yemen's future given his wide support base in the army and bureaucracy.

  • Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain sets sight on more goals
    Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain sets sight on more goals

    Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has set himself a personal target of scoring, or at least make an assist, every time he plays for Arsenal in the new season. The 21-year-old netted the all-important goal in his side's 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday and feels he needs to score more often. "I got a goal in the Emirates Cup, and it's what I need to do this year, there's no doubting that and I'm not afraid to say that I need to score more goals," the England international told the club's website (www.arsenal.com).

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