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2 September, 2014

10:22

EC, Russia to hold expert-level gas talks Thursday

The European Commission will hold expert-level talks with Russia on Thursday over the Ukraine gas price row, Reuters said, citing EC Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. “We will first hold a technical meeting on expert level between my services and Russia in Brussels on Thursday September 4,” Oettinger said Tuesday. He met with Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak in Moscow last Friday and will talk to Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Prodan in Baku, Azerbaijan, on September 8. Russia, Ukraine and the EC then will agree on a date and location for the next round of trilateral gas talks in mid-September.

09:51

8 killed in attack on army convoy in Egypt's Sinai – reports

A bombing and shooting attack on an army convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed eight soldiers on Tuesday, Reuters said, citing security and medical sources. Two of the soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb, while the others were shot as they tried to flee, according to security sources.

08:39

3 policemen, 4 soldiers killed in Afghan attacks

Three policemen and four Afghan soldiers have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. A suicide car bombing killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province, AP quoted Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, as saying. The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday morning, and the explosion also wounded two people - a civilian and a local policeman. In an attack in the Chishti Sharif district of western Herat province, the Taliban killed four Afghan soldiers on Monday night, a military spokesman said.

07:25

Slovakia to start reverse gas supplies to Ukraine

Commercial reverse supplies of natural gas from Slovakia to Ukraine via Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline start on September 2, RIA Novosti reports. The planned volume of supplies is 27 million cubic meters of gas per day, according to representatives of Eustream, the operator of gas transporting system of Slovakia. Eustream earlier said supplies will go via hitherto unused municipal pipeline in eastern Slovakia.

06:47

Remains of 9 victims of MH17 crash in E. Ukraine delivered to Malaysia

The remains of another nine people killed in a plane crash in eastern Ukraine have been delivered to Malaysia from Amsterdam, RIA Novosti said. Among the dead there were two pilots of the crashed plane, Capt. Wan Amran Wan Hussin and Capt. Eugene Choo Jin Leong, according to New Straits Times. Experts earlier identified 183 bodies of MH17 victims. All 298 people on board died in the crash when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk Region on July 17.

06:29

US forces carry out operation against Shebab militants in Somalia

US military forces carried out an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia, AFP quoted Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby as saying. He gave no details of the operation that came a day after Shebab rebels carried out a car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu. At least seven militants and five others dead in the attack. The Shebab are fighting to topple Somalia’s internationally-backed government.

06:12

Syrian rebels issue demands for captives - Fiji commander

Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for five days, Fiji’s military commander said Tuesday. The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front wants to be taken off the UN terrorist list and wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, AP quoted Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga as saying. The group also wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers. It is not clear if the demands would be seriously considered. Tikoitoga said the UN had sent hostage negotiators to Syria to take over discussions from military leaders.

04:02

Summer heat kills more than 50 in Japan, near 40,000 hospitalized

Fifty-four people have died and almost 40,000 have been hospitalized nationwide in Japan in the summer due to the hot weather, according to the country’s fire department, which oversees the ambulance services. The data has been compiled from May 19 to August 31. The largest number of people with heat stoke were reported in the Tokyo region, with over 3,000 hospitalized, followed by Saitama Prefecture, with over 2,900 people sick. During the week of August 19 through August 26, a total of 687 people were hospitalized with heat stroke, most of them the elderly. The hottest day of the summer was July 26 with temperatures rising above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in 230 places across the country, killing seven people across the country.

01:24

Malaysia receives third plane with MH17 crash victims

A plane carrying nine more victims of the MH17 flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Tuesday. Two of the victims were citizens of Netherlands. So far, the remains of 32 Malaysian victims have been identified, according to the country’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Meanwhile, Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Hussein stressed that "the return of all the remains of the victims is a priority for the Malaysian government.” Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17. A total of 298 people on board were killed, including 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians and 27 Australians.

00:44

Over 10 dead, 40 wounded in Baghdad double-bombing

Twelve people have been killed and 41 others were injured after two cars exploded in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, local media reported. The blasts took place five minutes apart in the south-western part of the city. Both vehicles used in the bombing were parked at the intersection of 20th and 30th streets in the al-Amil area. The number of victims could rise, radio station Shafak FM cited a police spokesperson as saying. Iraq has been fighting off the attacks of Islamic State (IS), Sunni extremist group, since June. The group has gained control over large parts of the country in the north, with a goal of taking over Baghdad. Earlier on Monday, the UN mission to the country said that at least 1,420 people have been killed and 1370 injured in violence in Iraq during August. The figures did not include Anbar province.

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