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· Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central SeoulBy James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, officials said. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to Seoul by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. U.S. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, a White House official said. The assailant was dressed in traditional Korean clothing and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunited just before he attacked Lippert.


· Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

File photo of Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran waiting in a temporary cell for their appeal hearing in Denpasar District Court in Indonesia's resort island of BaliBy Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. Also facing execution are citizens of France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana and Nigeria, as well as Indonesia.


· Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets his Iranian counterpart Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations in MontreuxBy Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. On Tuesday, Netanyahu said in a speech in the U.S. Congress that Washington was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift.


· U.S. says North Korea nuclear and missile work 'of great concern'
By David Brunnstrom and Shadia Nasralla WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea's nuclear program and the increased range and precision of its missiles were of great concern, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a U.S. nuclear threat with a pre-emptive strike if necessary. The U.S. mission to International Organizations in Vienna, home to the U.N's International Atomic Energy Organisation, said the restart of North Korea's graphite-moderated nuclear reactor could enable it to produce additional plutonium for weapons in the near future. In Washington, General Vincent Brooks, commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, said the United States had detected "increased militarization" of North Korea's nuclear program.
· Syria opposition turns to internal opponents

A man walks on rubble of damaged buildings along a street in the Douma neighborhood of DamascusBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - The head of Syria's Western-backed political opposition is trying to ally with opposition groups based in Syria to boost its legitimacy and help revive peace talks that center on a political transition in the country. Khaled Khoja, who became president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces in January, told Reuters in an interview that the group's goal was still for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, but that it was no longer a precondition to begin talks. "The ultimate objective is to have a general assembly that includes all parties who want a new Syria and have a common stance towards any negotiation process with the regime based on the Geneva 1 agreements." There currently is no serious peace process in place.


· Two Germans to be caned, jailed for train graffiti in Singapore
A Singapore court jailed two Germans for nine months and three strokes of the cane on Thursday after they pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti on a train. "This is the darkest episode of my entire life," said Von Knorre. "I am very angry with myself." Singapore is well known for its cleanliness and its zero tolerance for crime. The two were accused of vandalism and trespass after they broke into one of Singapore's train depots last November to spray-paint a carriage.
· Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

Britain's Prince William feeds a baby elephant at a sanctuary in Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan province on March 4, 2015Britain's Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality". William's speech in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, capped off a four-day visit to China during which he also met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing and chatted with students at a Shanghai football clinic. The trip was William's first to China, and made him the highest-profile royal visitor since Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.


· India aims to clinch quarterfinal spot at Cricket World Cup

India's Virat Kohli right congratulates Rohit Sharma after he hit a half century during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match against the United Arab Emirates in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Feb 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Theron Kirkman)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Defending champion India can clinch a quarterfinal place at the Cricket World Cup on Friday with a win over a West Indies lineup that is having the kind of run that poses as many questions as it answers when the team steps onto the field.


· Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers dinner remarks at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly. Clinton's statement was aimed at cooling a political firestorm over allegations that she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. The State Department said it will review the emails provided by Clinton "using a normal process that guides such releases." "We will undertake this review as quickly as possible. Clinton's tweeted statement came hours after a congressional committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, issued subpoenas for her emails.


· Bangladesh beats Scotland by 6 wickets in World Cup, Pool A
NELSON, New Zealand (AP) — Tamim Iqbal scored 95 to steer Bangladesh's largest successful run-chase in one-day internationals as it beat Scotland by six wickets to keep alive its quarterfinal chances at the Cricket World Cup.
· China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity

A woman covers her nose and mouth with her scarf amid heavy haze, as she rides a bicycle at the Pudong financial area in ShanghaiBy Chen Aizhu, Dominique Patton and Kathy Chen BEIJING (Reuters) - China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in its annual report on Thursday that it would implement policies aimed at reducing coal consumption and controlling the number of energy-intensive projects in polluted regions. China is trying to strike a balance between improving its environment and restructuring away from an economy dominated by energy intensive industries like steel making and construction towards one focused more on consumption and the service sector. China's Premier Li Keqiang said the government planned to cut the country's energy intensity, the amount of energy used per unit of GDP growth, by 3.1 percent in 2015, compared with a 4.8 percent fall in 2014.


· Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

Indonesian police escort Australian death row inmate Myuran Sukumaran as he arrives on Cilacap in central Java on March 4, 2015 on his way to a maximum security prisonAustralia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug-trafficking gang, could be shot within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad. Authorities must give convicts 72 hours' notice before they are executed and in a last-ditch effort to save them, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggested a prisoner swap.


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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert examining his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splattered with blood.
· At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

A general view taken on March 3, 2015 shows the citadel (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens were killed on March 4 when rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquartersSyrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city. At least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast and attack targeting air force intelligence offices in the west of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It came as President Bashar al-Assad insisted he continues to enjoy the support of the Syrian people despite nearly four years of war and international pressure on his regime. "The goal was to storm the building and to control it, but they failed," Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Britain-based monitoring group, told AFP.


· Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Iraqi government forces and allied militias take up positions in the northern part of Diyala province, as part of an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 4, 2015Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in Iraq, closing in on Tikrit from at least three directions.


· US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert placing his right hand on his face leaves a lecture hall for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2015 after being attacked by a man. Lippert was in stable condition after the man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said. The board at right reads: "U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert's lecture." (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Ju-sung) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday.


· 'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, center, is escorted by officials as he is surrounded by journalists upon arrival at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.” It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang."


· Facebook posts about job land US contractor in Emirates jail
A hallmark of American life — griping about work — has landed a Florida man in a Middle Eastern jail.
· US seeks UN action on Syria chlorine attacks

The United Nations Security Council votes during a meeting on March 4, 2015 at the United Nations in New YorkThe United States is pushing the UN Security Council to threaten tough measures against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chlorine in attacks, according to a draft resolution circulated to members. The US move at the United Nations followed a report by the OPCW chemical watchdog in January that concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used in attacks on three villages in Syria last year.


· Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

A Libyan soldier, loyal to the internationally recognised government, rests on a sidewalk in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on February 28, 2015Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields. The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, has asked the council's sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force. "The leadership of the Libyan army has submitted specific requests for exemptions from the arms embargo to the sanctions committee," Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 15-member council.



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