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Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine: Poll

A majority of Russians believe their country`s troops are not fighting in eastern Ukraine but nearly half would be glad if it turned out they were, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. 

Philippines refuses to free convicted Chinese fishermen

Senior Philippine officials on Thursday insisted the government will not release nine Chinese fishermen who were convicted of poaching in disputed waters, defying pressure from Beijing.

Ukraine's newly elected Parliament holds first session

 The newly-elected Ukrainian parliament held its first session Thursday to swear in lawmakers and form committees.

Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks

Iran`s supreme leader made clear on Thursday he backed extended nuclear talks with world powers, shoring up Tehran`s negotiating team against attacks by his hardline acolytes for failing to secure a deal that could have meant major relief from sanctions.

Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks

Iran`s supreme leader made clear on Thursday he backed extended nuclear talks with world powers, shoring up Tehran`s negotiating team against attacks by his hardline acolytes for failing to secure a deal that could have meant major relief from sanctions.

Prince William to promote UK, conservation in Japan and China

Prince William will visit Japan and China early next year to promote British interests and his personal efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade, his office announced on Thursday.

UK edges towards federalism with Scotland powers deal

  Britain agreed to further dismantle its highly centralised system of government on Thursday, striking a political deal to grant Scotland new tax-raising powers in a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Ukraine`s unlikely firebrand

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was confirmed in his post as Ukraine`s premier on Thursday, is a technocrat turned protest leader who took the reins of government at a moment of historic upheaval in the ex-Soviet nation. 

Ukraine Parliament votes for Yatsenyuk to stay as PM

Ukraine`s parliament on Wednesday confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post as prime minister to lead a new coalition government.

Spanish PM pushes for new laws after graft scandal

 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday pushed for the rapid adoption of new laws aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, after his health minister resigned in the latest in a string of corruption scandals.

Malaysia PM refuses to scrap sedition law

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today abandoned plans to repeal a controversial sedition law saying the legislation would not only be retained but also strengthened to protect the sanctity of Islam and other religions in the multi-ethnic country.

Nine injured in knife attack in China

 Nine people were wounded today by a knife-wielding man who went berserk and attacked them near a supermarket in southern China, the fifth such incident this month in the country.

David Cameron under pressure as net migration to UK surges

Net migration to Britain rose by more than 40 percent in the year to June, official data released Thursday showed, putting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to demand EU migrant curbs.

China has no overseas bases: Defence ministry

China`s defence ministry said Thursday that the country has no military bases overseas, despite speculation that its armed forces seek to eventually establish facilities abroad.

Portugal`s ex-PM brands corruption probe `absurd`

Portugal`s former prime minister Jose Socrates, who has been detained on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering, angrily dismissed the allegations against him as absurd, in a letter published Thursday.

Two dead, seven missing as storm hits Philippines

Two people were killed and seven others missing in the Philippines after a tropical depression spawned huge waves and flash floods, forcing hundreds to flee their homes, authorities said today.

Nicolas Sarkozy tipped to lead party in first step back to presidency

First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France`s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.

Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy

Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled Thursday by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.

Thousands in Greek anti-austerity protests as reform talks stall

 Thousands of Greeks were protesting against a new bout of austerity on Thursday in a general strike as the government failed to break a deadlock with the country`s international creditors.

Togo`s opposition calls for massive street protest

Togo`s opposition on Thursday called for a large-scale protest on the streets of the capital to demand political reforms before next year`s general election.

EU`s Juncker survives confidence vote

Jean-Claude Juncker and his European Commission survived a no confidence vote in the European Parliament on Thursday over the "Luxleaks" tax scandal just a month into his team`s five-year mandate.

Scotland to be granted greater autonomy: Commission

 Scotland could be handed sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates and controlling welfare payments under a new plan unveiled by a government-appointed commission Thursday.

Two civilians killed, monitors shot at in east Ukraine

 Ukraine`s military said Thursday that two civilians were killed in the latest clashes in east Ukraine, as international monitors observing the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels reported being fired upon.

Scuba-diving Santa spreads Christmas cheer in Japan

Santa was dishing out presents to fish in Japan on Thursday, as a scuba-diving St Nick went swimming in a Tokyo aquarium.

Wintry weather sparks Thanksgiving travel havoc in US

More than 9,000 flights were cancelled or delayed in the US northeast as a winter storm snarled travel for Americans eager to celebrate Thursday`s Thanksgiving holiday, which kicks off one of the year`s biggest travel weekends.

Ferguson verdict: They crucified my son's character, says Michael Brown's father
Ferguson verdict: They crucified my son's character, says Michael Brown's father

The devastated parents of the slain teenager Michael Brown, who are shell-shocked over the white police officer Darren Wilson's account of his altercation with their son, and have lambasted the prosecutor for having “crucified” his character.

Hong Kong student leader banned from cleared protest site

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong was Thursday banned from a flashpoint protest site where he was arrested this week during clashes when authorities moved in to clear the pro-democracy camp.

Ukraine Parliament opens after crushing pro-West poll win

Ukraine`s parliament on Thursday held its first sitting since pro-Western parties won a crushing poll victory, with lawmakers facing a mammoth task to drag the war-wracked nation back from the brink of collapse.

Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post: KCNA

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers` Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state.