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U.S. missionary kidnapped in Nigeria freed, church says

SEATTLE (Reuters) - An American missionary who was kidnapped in central Nigeria in February was safely released to authorities and church leaders on Friday, her Free Methodist Church said in a statement. Reverend Phyllis Sortor, 71, a Free Methodist missionary to Nigeria, was safely handed over into the care of authorities and church leaders in Nigeria, the church said. "We are deeply grateful to all who prayed for Phyllis' safe return and praise God the family representative was able to secure her release," David W. #Arabic #Argentina #Brazil #Business #China #Mexico #Middle East #Russia #Technology #United Kingdom

27 mins ago

U.N. experts concerned Libya arms could be diverted to militias

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. sanctions monitors said on Friday they are concerned that if a United Nations Security Council committee approves a request by Libya's government for weapons, tanks and jets, some of the equipment could be diverted to militias supporting them. #Arabic #author #Brazil #France #Italy #Japan #Latin America #markets #opinion #Russia #Technology

57 mins ago

BP drops bid to oust Gulf spill claims administrator

(Reuters) - BP Plc ( BP.L ) on Friday ended its bid to oust the administrator overseeing payouts to businesses and individuals claiming damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, citing steps the administrator has taken to reduce the threat of fraud. The British oil company withdrew its appeal of a federal judge's decision not to remove the administrator, Patrick Juneau, who is reviewing claims under a 2012 settlement tied to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. BP had long complained that Juneau was awarding excessive payouts, including to claimants who suffered no harm, and was tainted by a conflict of interest. #author #Business #China #facebook #Italy #markets #Mexico #Technology #United Kingdom

Mar 7, 2015

Myanmar police arrest five student protesters; U.S expresses concern

LETPADAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar arrested five students on Friday from among a crowd of about 200 protesters locked in a standoff with security forces barring their entry into the commercial hub of Yangon, a Reuters witness said. The United States, which in recent years has backed political reforms in Myanmar, expressed concern about the arrests, which follow rising tensions between the government and students who have been protesting for months against an education bill. Protesters have said the bill curbs academic independence by stifling student unions and putting decisions in the hands of the government rather than universities. #aut #content #cookie #rch #typeof-registered #typeof-social #wcntn #wcnts #Yahoo!

Mar 7, 2015

Militants attack Libyan oilfield, 11 guards dead

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Militant gunmen attacked Libya's al-Ghani oilfield on Friday, killing 11 guards, beheading some of them, before local forces fought back to retake control, an oil security official said. The al-Ghani attack illustrated Libya's growing instability where two rival governments battle for control while extremist militants profit from chaos to secure a foothold four years after civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Libya's internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has operated out of the east since a rival armed faction called Libya Dawn took over Tripoli in fighting last summer and set up its own administration. #Arabic #author #Brazil #Business #Japan #Latin America #markets #Mexico #Middle East #United Kingdom #United States

Mar 7, 2015

Obama criticizes Ferguson as city seeks settlement over racial bias

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the Missouri city of Ferguson for "oppressive and abusive" actions against African-Americans that were laid bare in a U.S. Justice Department report accusing police and court officials of a range of illegal actions. The president's comments came as Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said three city workers who demonstrated "egregious racial bias" are no longer employed by the city, and said Ferguson officials are pursuing other reforms to try to reach a settlement with the U.S #aut #cnt #content #cookie #rch #undefined #wcntn #wcnts

Mar 7, 2015

Egyptian strikes kill 25 militants in two days – sources

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian military air strikes have killed 25 Islamist militants in Northern Sinai over the last two days, security sources said, targeting an insurgency that seeks to topple the Cairo government. On Friday, air raids hit two houses south of the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 10 militants from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - which renamed itself Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to Islamic State - the sources said. At least 14 other militants were injured in the strikes #Argentina #Business #China #Entertainment #facebook #Italy #markets #Middle East #Technology #United Kingdom #United States

Mar 7, 2015

International focus turns to bolstering Ukraine ceasefire

RIGA (Reuters) - Steps to bolster a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine gathered momentum on Friday as support within the European Union for more economic sanctions¨on Russia appeared to wane. Russia and Ukraine have agreed to double the number of ceasefire monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to 1,000 from 500, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. #cnt #content #cookie #rch #rco #typeof-registered #typeof-social #undefined #wcnts