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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

BOSTON/NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England yesterday, leaving some 4 .

"Life-threatening" blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

“Life-threatening” blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A "life-threatening" blizzard barreled into the U .

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - US President  Barack  Obama ended a landmark day in India yesterday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the “untapped potential” of a business and strategic partnership between the world’s largest democracies .

US Justice Department spies on millions of cars – WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday .

Argentine President seeks to dissolve spy agency

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez yesterday announced plans to dissolve the country’s intelligence agency amid suspicions rogue agents were behind the murky death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre .

Northeast US braves ‘crippling’ blizzard, transit systems shut

NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, NJ (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the US Northeast yesterday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012 .

Obama reveals nuclear breakthrough  on landmark India trip

Obama reveals nuclear breakthrough on landmark India trip

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - In a glow of bonhomie, U .

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity

ATHENS, (Reuters) - Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised yesterday that five years of austerity, “humiliation and suffering” imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election .

U.S. East Coast braces for ‘historic’ blizzard today

(Reuters) - A swath of the U .

Latam ex presidents blocked from prison visit to Venezuela’s Lopez

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Two former Latin American presidents were blocked yesterday from visiting jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was arrested last year after leading protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro .

Honduran president says military crackdown has cut murder rate

TEGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) - Honduran president Juan Hernandez on Sunday said his use of military forces to fight drug gangs had helped cut violence in the world’s murder capital .

Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri city

MAIDUGURI/BAUCHI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s military repelled multiple attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast, security sources said yesterday, but the insurgents captured another Borno town .

Suspected Boko Haram militants attack major Nigeria northern city

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri just after midnight on Sunday, military, government and local sources said .

Japan condemns apparent IS  execution, demands hostage release

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after a video surfaced claiming that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed .

Lungu narrowly wins Zambia  presidential vote, opposition cries foul

Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week’s presidential poll, results showed yesterday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been “stolen” .

Obama, world leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

RIYADH (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh’s important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy .

The cost of a doughnut’s ‘lost pleasure’ is something you can afford to pay

The cost of a doughnut’s ‘lost pleasure’ is something you can afford to pay

By Dr Michael Rosenbaum (Dr Michael Rosenbaum is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellow .

Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead

KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine yesterday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations .

School-wide prevention programme lowers teen suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - After a school-based prevention programme, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows .

Tanzania's energy minister quits over graft scandal, denies wrongdoing

Tanzania’s energy minister quits over graft scandal, denies wrongdoing

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) - Tanzania's Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo resigned today amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country and led Western donors to delay aid, though he called himself "incorruptible" and denied wrongdoing .

Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen  for now - US officials

Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen for now – US officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, US officials said yesterday .

Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani yesterday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over .

Darfur offers Islamists ‘fertile ground’ as violence persists – UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations experts warned that Sudan’s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence in the country’s conflict-torn Darfur region rages at an alarming level .

E-cigarettes in checked luggage pose fire risk, US FAA says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-cigarettes in checked luggage could cause a fire in airliners, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned yesterday .

Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading US paediatrician group yesterday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico .

Colombia adds 32 combat vehicles near border with Venezuela

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia has incorporated 32 Canadian-built bulletproof combat vehicles into a new tactical unit stationed close to the border with Venezuela, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday .

U.S. presses Cuba on human rights in talks on restoring ties

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks yesterday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations .

N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state’s most powerful politicians for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes .

Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

RIYADH, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died last night and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement .

Yemen president quits, throwing country deeper into chaos

SANAA, (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda .

Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat

Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat

COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said today .

President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela

President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela

CARACAS, (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro shook up complex currency controls yesterday and also prepared Venezuelans for a rise in the world’s cheapest fuel prices in response to a recession worsened by plunging oil revenues .

U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba clashed over U .

Sri Lanka probes deals by ex-president, brothers amid graft concerns

Sri Lanka probes deals by ex-president, brothers amid graft concerns

COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government will investigate all financial deals sealed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers during his term as head of state and will take legal action if they involved any corruption, a minister said today .

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress yesterday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals .

Probe starts into near crash of JetBlue, CAL jets in NY

(Trinidad Express) Both pilots of the Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York on Saturday night have been taken off flying duties, pending the outcome of an investigation .

Cuba wants off U.S. terrorism list before restoring normal ties

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the U .



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