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White House: China, Japan should resolve dispute diplomatically

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea should be solved diplomatically. "The policy announced by the Chinese over the weekend is unnecessarily inflammatory," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in California, where President Barack Obama is traveling. "These are the kinds of differences that should not be addressed with threats or inflammatory language, but rather can and should be resolved diplomatically," he said.

U.S. had side talks with Iran in recent months: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. officials had some limited bilateral talks with Iranian counterparts in recent months in the drive to reach a nuclear, a senior U.S. official said. The talks were in addition and a supplement to the negotiations between major powers and Iran, the official told reporters. "We had some limited bilateral discussions with the Iranians in addition to the P5-plus one negotiations that were aimed at developing ideas that we could provide in the P5-plus-one negotiations," the official said.

French shooting suspect placed under investigation

PARIS (Reuters) - A Frenchman suspected of shooting a man at a newspaper office and firing into the lobby of a bank has been placed under preliminary investigation for attempted murder, a prosecutor said on Friday. Police arrested Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48, this week after a manhunt which ended when they found him semi-conscious in a parked car in a Paris suburb, following an apparent suicide attempt. He has since been recovering in hospital.

White House hopeful for Iran agreement in Geneva: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached between western powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program during talks in Geneva, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Hundreds of Chinese Nokia workers protest at Microsoft deal

By James Pomfret DONGGUAN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers massed outside a Nokia factory in southern China on Wednesday to protest against what they called unfair treatment following the sale of the company's mobile phones business to Microsoft Corp.

Croatia qualify for 2014 World Cup finals

(Reuters) - Croatia secured a place at next year's World Cup finals when they beat Iceland 2-0 in the second leg of their European playoff on Tuesday following a goalless draw in the first leg. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

Students try to blockade Bulgaria's parliament, five detained

SOFIA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Bulgarian students tried to blockade lawmakers inside parliament on Tuesday, escalating their street demonstrations against the Socialist-led government. However, they were unable to break a heavy police cordon around the building despite throwing objects at the officers. Five protesters were detained after scuffles with riot police.

Twenty nine dead in South Africa truck, bus smash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Twenty nine people died and several others were injured after a bus collided with a truck in South Africa, the government said on Tuesday. The accident happened in the country's eastern Mpumalanga province on Monday night. "Twenty nine people were killed and scores of injured passengers were taken to a nearby hospital," the government said in a statement.

Police detain man over bombings in north China city

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a man suspected of setting off several small bombs in front of a Communist Party building in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan this week because he wanted "revenge on society", state media reported on Friday. The suspect is Taiyuan native Feng Zhijun, 41, who had previously spent nine years in prison for theft, according to state media.

Police detain man over bombings in north China city

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a man in connection with several small bombs that exploded in front of a Communist Party building in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan earlier this week, state media reported on Friday. The suspect is Feng Zhijun, 41, who had previously spent nine years in prison for theft, according to state media.
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