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Egypt - RWB calls for release of Al-Jazeera journalists
Friday, December 26, 2014
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders again urges the Egyptian authorities to free Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and end the judicial nightmare to which they have been subjected. A court is due to begin hearing their appeal on 1 January. The first anniversary of their arrest will be on 29 December. In June they were given sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison on charges of disseminating false news and belonging to a “terrorist organization.” (...) (Full Story)

AMISOM Chief: Al-Shabab Attacks Won't Deter Somalia Mission
Friday, December 26, 2014
The head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said the continental body remains committed to supporting the Somali people and government in rebuilding their country. Ambassador Maman Sidikou said no amount of attacks will deter the mission from carrying out its responsibility. He was reacting to reports that about eight Al-Shabab militants infiltrated the main African Union base in Mogadishu on Christmas Day and killed nine people, including five peacekeepers. The... (Full Story)

US, Japan, S. Korea to Share Intel on N. Korea
Friday, December 26, 2014
South Korean officials say Seoul, the U.S. and Japan have agreed on a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. Officials said on Friday that the deal would enable the three allies to quickly respond to any North Korean provocation at a time of increasing tensions with Pyongyang. It would apply to intelligence sharing only on the North's missile and nuclear progress. South Korean officials say the formal signing of the pact by... (Full Story)

Report: Syrian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Civilians
Friday, December 26, 2014
A group monitoring the confilct in Syria says goverment airstrikes have killed at least 37 civilians in an area controlled by Islamic State fighters.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven children and two women were among those killed in the attack on Al-Bab and the nearby town of Qabaseen.  The British-based group had previously put the death toll from the Thursday airstrikes at 21.  The area, northeast of Aleppo, is controlled by Islamic State... (Full Story)

Malaysian PM Ends Vacation to Deal With Flood
Friday, December 26, 2014
Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday he is cutting short his American vacation to deal with the worst floods in his country in decades. Najib Razak came under fire this week after photos emerged showing him playing golf in Hawaii with U.S. President Barack Obama. People posted messages on his Facebook page, castigating him and urging him to return home as the flooding worsened. The rising waters have displaced more than 100,000 people and killed five. Among the victims was a... (Full Story)

Turkey Frees Teen Who 'Insulted' Erdogan
Friday, December 26, 2014
Turkish authorities have released a teenage boy who was arrested for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The 16-year-old was embraced by his mother on Friday as he walked out of the detention center in the central city of Konya. At a student protest on Wednesday, the boy gave a speech during which he accused President Erdogan of corruption. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had defended the arrest, saying no one should be able to disrespect the president's... (Full Story)

India Seeks Help from Bhutan, Myanmar to Hunt Down Militants
Friday, December 26, 2014
India has sought cooperation from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh in an offensive against a tribal militant group that shot dead at least 80 people in Assam state this week, officials said on Friday. Police believe that a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), fighting for a separate state for ethnic Bodos, was behind coordinated attacks on tea plantation workers and their families this week, the deadliest in years. Some militants may have fled to neighboring... (Full Story)

US, Japan, South Korea to Share Intelligence on North Korea
Friday, December 26, 2014
South Korean officials say Seoul, the U.S. and Japan have agreed on a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. Officials said on Friday that the deal would enable the three allies to quickly respond to any North Korean provocation at a time of increasing tensions with Pyongyang. It would apply to intelligence sharing only on the North's missile and nuclear progress. South Korean officials say the formal signing of the pact by... (Full Story)

Sources: PBOC Mulls Easing Liquidity Requirements at Banks
Friday, December 26, 2014
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is weighing changing rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks, a move that would boost liquidity conditions, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The banking-sector sources said the PBOC, during a meeting with domestic financial institutions, revealed it is planning to include savings held by banks for non-deposit-taking financial institutions into banks' deposits, which will expand the base for calculating... (Full Story)

Croatia Gears Up for December 28 Presidential Elections
Friday, December 26, 2014
Croatia, the European Union's newest member, is set to vote for a new head of state December 28, with none of the four candidates vying for the largely ceremonial post seems likely to secure an outright victory according to polls. Incumbent Ivo Josipovic, supported by the ruling Social Democrats, is seen as a frontrunner even though the government's failure to halt economic decline has eroded the party's popularity. Josipovic has campaigned on a platform proposing... (Full Story)

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