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Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States yesterday that it 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 .

Federal agents raid suspected ‘maternity hotels’ in California

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations yesterday suspected of involvement in “maternity tourism” schemes providing travel, lodging and medical care to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, immigration officials said .

Australia orders sale of $30 mln mansion bought “illegally” by Chinese firm

SYDNEY, (Reuters) - Australia has ordered the Chinese owner of a A$39 million ($31 million) Sydney mansion to sell up, the first crackdown on foreign residential purchases in nearly a decade amid government attempts to cool one of the world’s hottest property markets .

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty, admits giving mistress secrets

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified information, with the retired four-star general admitting to giving eight “black books” full of such data to a military mistress who was writing his biography .

Obama, Israel’s Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

Obama, Israel’s Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy yesterday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of US-Israeli strains over the issue .

US spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the US National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said yesterday .

Obama sharply criticizes China’s plans for new technology rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama yesterday sharply criticized China’s plans for new rules on US tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping .

UK’s Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified ‘national threat’

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will make child sexual abuse a national priority on a par with organised crime today, as he announces a series of measures to prevent systematic abuse .

Teacher found hanged in Southern California high school classroom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived yesterday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide .

Canadian farmers store fertilizer to fight dealers’ pricing power

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (Reuters) - Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers .

Cleared of cover-up charges, Argentine leader comes out swinging

Cleared of cover-up charges, Argentine leader comes out swinging

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - Argentina’s scandal-hit president came out swinging with a fiery speech about justice yesterday, retaking the initiative three days after being cleared of allegations that she tried to derail an investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires .

Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic

Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow yesterday, carrying banners declaring “I am not afraid” and chanting “Russia without Putin” in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov .

Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soon

CANBERRA, (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia’s deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks .

Mexican company gets deal to invest in Cuba development zone

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba’s first special economic development area, Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Saturday .

Bangladesh rallies for free speech after U.S. blogger’s murder

Bangladesh rallies for free speech after U.S. blogger’s murder

DHAKA, (Reuters) - Bangladeshis gathered yesterday to pay tribute to an American blogger and critic of religious extremism who was hacked to death in Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers in the predominantly Muslim nation .

Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow today in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’s future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin .

British PM Cameron vows to hunt down ‘Jihadi John’

British PM Cameron vows to hunt down ‘Jihadi John’

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as “Jihadi John” after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London .

Netanyahu takes Iran campaign to Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem’s sacred Western Wall yesterday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue .

Venezuela’s Maduro says captures Americans involved in espionage

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said yesterday his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said US citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation .

Mexican company gets deal to invest in Cuba development zone

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba’s first special economic development area, Mexico’s foreign ministry said yesterday .

Britain’s Banksy takes aim at Gaza’s privations in mini-video

LONDON (Reuters) - The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his banksy .

Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in rural Missouri

(Reuters) - A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated part of Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said yesterday .

Mexico captures most  wanted drug kingpin,  former teacher ‘La Tuta’

Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, former teacher ‘La Tuta’

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord yesterday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, and delivered a boost to a government battered by gang violence .

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late yesterday .

U.S., Cuba say progress made in talks; no date for diplomatic ties

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Cuban and U .

U.N. condemns Islamic State’s ‘barbaric terrorist acts’ in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council yesterday condemned what it described as the latest “barbaric terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts .

Zambia case fails to curb mistrust in African justice

LUSAKA, (Reuters) - Zambia’s former mines minister, Maxwell Mwale, was jailed for corruption on Friday, in a rare case that prompted calls for a wider crackdown on graft among public officials .

Atheist U.S. blogger killed in machete attack in Bangladesh

Atheist U.S. blogger killed in machete attack in Bangladesh

DHAKA, (Reuters) - Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation .

Guatemalan ex-president returns home after release from U.S. prison

(Reuters) - Former President Alfonso Portillo returned to Guatemala on Wednesday following his release from a U .

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday .

Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in rural Missouri

(Reuters) - A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated part of Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said today .

Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions – sources

LONDON/ANKARA/NEW YORK, (Reuters) - At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say .

Australia, US race to satisfy insatiable, and lucrative, quinoa appetite

Australia, US race to satisfy insatiable, and lucrative, quinoa appetite

SYDNEY, (Reuters) - Australia and the United States, two of the world’s biggest wheat exporters, are racing to become mass producers of the South American “super food” quinoa and tap a gluten-free market expected to be worth more than $6 billion by 2018 .

“Jihadi John” killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

“Jihadi John” killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

LONDON/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services .

U.S. Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue today a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U .

U.S. Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue today a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U .

Quebec judge denies woman hearing until hijab removed -CBC

TORONTO, (Reuters) - A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf, CBC news reported yesterday .



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