*Navy threatened tankers loading crude at seized ports. TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started independently exporting oil, bypassing the central government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a share of the nation's petroleum wealth.» Read More
BEIRUT, Feb 12- While the Syrian government and rebels have been at peace talks in Geneva, Syrians have been killed at the fastest rate since the country slid into conflict in 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE, Feb 12- The star attraction at Asia's biggest arms and aerospace bazaar is an outwardly unassuming aircraft parked in a distant corner of the tarmac, past the sleek jet fighters and menacing attack helicopters.
MADRID, Feb 11- Spain's ruling party sought on Tuesday to limit judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.
MADRID, Feb 11- Spain's parliament will debate a bill on Tuesday to limit the power of judges to pursue international human rights cases, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet.
LONDON, Feb 10- British police announced new tactics to deter militant attacks on London's financial district on Monday, relying on large-scale and unpredictable deployments at key points rather than static "Ring of Steel" checkpoints used in the past.
ABIDJAN, Feb 9- Ivory Coast is re-emerging as the prime investment destination in French-speaking West Africa after a decade of political turmoil but President Alassane Ouattara must weed out corruption and promote reconciliation to keep cash flowing in.
*Cold War echoes as Moscow warns it could intervene in Ukraine. KIEV, Feb 7- An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. LONDON, Feb 3- Brent crude oil dropped to a two-week low on Monday below $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked concerns about demand growth, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria limited the fall.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. LONDON, Feb 3- Brent crude dropped to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked concerns about demand growth, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria limited losses.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent crude dropped to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria checked losses.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent futures fell to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, while a strong dollar and fresh violence in Iraq and Syria helped to stem the losses.
BEIRUT, Jan 31- Syria's political foes are beginning to speak a shared language at peace talks in Geneva to end their country's devastating civil war, but the words they utter at the negotiating table have diametrically different meanings to the two sides. But the two sides read Geneva 1 very differently.
*Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.
The estimate, given at a Senate intelligence hearing, was much higher than earlier figures of 3,000 to 4,000 foreign fighters in Syria, and came after news emerged this week that Congress had secretly approved more funding to send weapons to "moderate" rebels.
GENEVA, Jan 29- Journalists and activists loyal to opposing sides of Syria's civil war have managed something the negotiators at this peace conference haven't- talking to each other.
WASHINGTON, Jan 29- President Barack Obama invoked the struggles faced by a wounded Army Ranger as he urged the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to work with him to tackle big problems such as boosting the economy and promoting justice and fairness.
"It's up to Japan" whether there would be an armed conflict between Tokyo and Beijing, says Jiang Jianqing, chairman at the ICBC.
"I see progress with the state, the government, the General National Congress assembly," he said in an interview at the group's base in Ajdabiya. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's government in Tripoli has been trying to reopen the ports as it faces a budget crunch that risks deepening unrest in the OPEC producer.
AJDABIYA, Libya, Jan 28 (Reuters- A deal to lift an armed blockade of Libyan oil ports and restart exports could be possible within two weeks, after talks with the government advanced on key demands, a senior leader of the protest movement said.
NEW DELHI, Jan 28- India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe end a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country's defence contractors out of foreign markets.