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Erdogan wants army under president's control after coup: Turkish official
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official said on Thursday, part of a major overhaul of the military after a failed coup.
Monte dei Paschi scrambles to ready bailout plan by Friday
Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena, (BMPS.MI), which is scrambling to put together a privately backed bailout, suffered a setback on Thursday when three banks turned down a request to back a planned 5 billion euro ($5.5 bln) cash call.
China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea
China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.
U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month.
Turkey cancels research director's license over report on coup attempt
Turkey's Capital Markets Board on Wednesday canceled the license of the head of research at brokerage AK Investment and called for him to face charges over a report he wrote analyzing the July 15 coup attempt.
Olympic ban on Russian athletes result of political campaign
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed a shadowy campaign for unfairly stripping some Russian sports people of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations, hitting out at what he called short-sighted political schemers.
South Korea warns citizens against attack, abduction by North
South Korea warned its citizens in China and Southeast Asia on Tuesday of the risk of "dangerous acts" by North Korea after news reports said North Korea may have sent agents to those places to harm or abduct South Koreans.
Kerry hopes to work with Russia on Syria, U.N. aims to restart talks
The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a U.N. envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month.