Bugged phones and double barbed wire: far fewer North Koreans defect

Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:46 Written by
North Korean soldiers stand guard at a sentry on the Yalu River near the North Korean city of Hyesan, Ryanggang province, opposite the Chinese border city of Linjiang, in this September 21, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) – It’s much more dangerous, and twice
Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum
Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:14 Written by
A Yes supporter shows of her campaign badge in central Dublin in Ireland May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.
Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:53 Written by
The sun sets behind ruined columns at the historical city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert, some 240km (150 miles) northeast the capital of Damascus in this file photo taken on November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central
Malaysia orders rescue of migrants, Myanmar to attend conference
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:21 Written by
Rohingya migrant children who arrived by boat, receive biscuits from a volunteer at the port of Julok village in Kuta Binje, Indonesia's Aceh Province, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Islamic State fighters overrun Iraqi govt lines east of Ramadi
Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:57 Written by
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a patrol in the city of Ramadi April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants overran Iraqi government defences east of the city of Ramadi on Thursday, police and pro-government tribal fighters said. The defensive line was breached at Husaiba, about 10 km (six
Wary EU hosts hopeful ex-Soviets, under Russian glare
Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:57 Written by
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko arrives to meet Latvian President Andris Berzins welcomes at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins By Alastair Macdonald and Adrian Croft RIGA (Reuters) – European Union leaders began a tense summit in Latvia on Thursday with ex-Soviet neighbors that was overshadowed by the continuing confrontation with
U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says
Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:29 Written by
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State. Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the delivery would help Iraq defend against approaching suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives, attacks used by Islamic State militants last weekend to help them seize Ramadi from
U.S. economy tepid in early second quarter, but jobs market resilient
Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:29 Written by
Job seekers apply for the 300 available positions at a new Target retail store in San Francisco, California August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to suggest the labor market was
Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas
Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:01 Written by
A locally made shell is launched by rebel fighters towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the frontline in al-Breij district of Aleppo December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms
Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach enters third day
Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:28 Written by
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonAn oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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