Reuters World News Highlights

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s budget this week will  set out big goals: to rescue the economy from freefall, expand  U.S. health care coverage and move within a few years to slash  huge deficits.

JERUSALEM – Israel’s political rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and  Tzipi Livni met yesterday for the first time since an indecisive  Feb. 10 election to talk about a future government.

BEIJING – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her  visit to China yesterday by attending services at a  state-sanctioned church, having a conversation with women’s  rights activists and doing a brief Web chat.

BEIJING – An explosion in a mine belonging to China’s  biggest coking coal producer killed 74 miners in Shanxi province  yesterday and scores more were rescued after being trapped  underground for hours.

MOSUL, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched a new  military campaign they hope will put an end to a stubborn  insurgency in restive Nineveh province, seen as a final holdout  for Sunni Islamist militants, officials said yesterday.

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