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Myanmar verdict in Reuters reporters' case August 27 - judge says

YANGON The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on August 27, in a case that is seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.

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Indonesia relief efforts in Lombok stepped up as new quakes kill 10

MATARAM, Indonesia At least 10 people were killed by strong tremors that rocked Indonesia's holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, authorities said following the latest in a series of earthquakes that killed hundreds and forced thousands to flee their homes in recent weeks.

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Taliban kidnap dozens in Afghanistan's north despite ceasefire

KABUL Taliban insurgents kidnapped dozens of passengers after stopping three buses in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a government official said on Monday, a day after the government announced a ceasefire with the Islamist militants.

Middle East 8:19am BST

India's flood-hit Kerala faces huge clean-up, fear of disease

KOCHI/NEW DELHI, India Indian health authorities prepared defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace after the worst floods in a century killed more than 200 people.

8:33am BST

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist

ISTANBUL Turkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organisation, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday.

Middle East 7:54am BST

China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria

BEIJING There is no accurate figure of the number of ethnic Uighurs who have gone to fight with militant groups in Syria, China's special envoy for the Syrian issue said on Monday, adding he hoped to return to Syria to gain a clearer picture.

Syria, Middle East 5:06am BST

China stocks end higher as report of regulator meeting lifts sentiment

SHANGHAI, Aug 20 Shanghai stocks recovered from a 2-1/2-year low to close higher on Monday after a report that China's securities regulators summoned brokerage analysts for views on the market improved investor sentiment.