Ecuador presidential vote veering toward runoff between leftist, ex-banker

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20 Feb 2017

Malaysia summons North Korean ambassador, recalls envoy from Pyongyang

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's foreign ministry summoned North Korea's ambassador on Monday over allegations he had made over the Southeast Asian country's handling of the investigation into the murder in Kuala Lumpur of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother.

20 Feb 2017

Washington prepares to bring North Koreans to U.S. for talks: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Preparations are under way to bring senior North Korean officials to the United States for talks with former U.S. officials, the first such meeting in more than five years, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

20 Feb 2017

Murder in Malaysia shows North Korea reckless, bolder: South Korea PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - The killing of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half- brother in Malaysia last week shows the brutality of isolated North Korea and its "terrorism tactics are getting bolder", South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday.

20 Feb 2017

Thai junta puts coal-fired power plant plan on hold

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government has put on hold plans for a coal-fired power plant in a region known for its pristine tourist beaches after protests by residents and activists, Thai media said on Monday.

19 Feb 2017

Syrian government forces press attack on Damascus outskirts: monitors, medic

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people, a medical worker and war monitors said.

19 Feb 2017

Philippine army to create task force to chase big drug syndicates

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine army will create a "battalion size" task force to help the government's anti-narcotics agency run after high-value targets in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, the country's military chief said.

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