LONDON (Reuters) - Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin wants to edge Russia towards a rapprochement with the West after a stand-off over Ukraine brought relations between the two sides to their lowest since the Cold War, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday. "Maybe sanctions won't be canceled formally but they will soften because Western political leaders face pressure from their businesses," Khodorkovsky said during a question and answer session at Reuters in London. (Reporting by Dmitry Zdhannikov, editing by Guy Faulconbridge)
Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the shooting dead of an opposition election candidate appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of key elections.
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Military commanders and the Netanyahu government argued over the right strategy to end two months of stabbings and shootings on Thursday as Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in confrontations in the occupied West Bank. The attacks, many of them carried out spontaneously by young Palestinians, have killed 19 Israelis and an American since Oct. 1. Israeli forces have killed 91 Palestinians, some while carrying out assaults and others in clashes with police and troops.