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Australian minister claims to be Johnny Depp's 'Hannibal Lecter'

May 25, 2016

Australian minister claims to be Johnny Depp's 'Hannibal Lecter'

A war of words between Johnny Depp and an Australian minister reignited Wednesday with Barnaby Joyce claiming he was the Hollywood star's Hannibal Lecter after being told he looked as if he was "inbred with a tomato". #United States #Australia #Johnny Depp #Agriculture Minister #Amber Heard #Hannibal Lecter
Daughter seeks US help over missing Hong Kong publisher

May 25, 2016

Daughter seeks US help over missing Hong Kong publisher

The daughter of a Hong Kong-based publisher believed abducted by Chinese authorities eight months ago appeared Tuesday before a US congressional commission urging Washington's help to win his release. #United States #China #US #NewsTracker #Tiananmen Square #Beijing #Hong Kong #Washington #Publisher #Gui Minhai #Congressional commission
Brazil's Temer seeks constitutional change to curb public spending | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Brazil's Temer seeks constitutional change to curb public spending | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazil's interim President Michel Temer said on Tuesday he would seek constitutional change to limit increases in public spending as part of a series of measures to curb a record fiscal deficit and regain investor confidence. Temer, a centrist who took over from leftist President Dilma Rousseff two weeks ago after she was suspended pending trial, said the amendment would restrict growth in state spending to the previous year's inflation rate, excluding debt payments. Constitutional change requires 60 percent support in both chambers of Congress at a time of bitter divisions following Rousseff's suspension on charges of breaking budget rules. #United States #Economy #Business #Brazil #Middle East #United Kingdom #article
Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

GRANSEE, Germany Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday he would not exclude the possibility of his country taking in refugees directly from Turkey or other countries. Roivas said his country had agreed to take refugees from Greece and Italy and this was "ongoing work". "But I would definitely not rule out (taking them from) Turkey or any other country as well so we are willing to do that, of course," he told Reuters during a visit to Germany, where he took part in a meeting of Germany's cabinet at Meseberg palace 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin. #United States #Middle East #science #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Two Colombian journalists missing after Spanish reporter vanishes | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Two Colombian journalists missing after Spanish reporter vanishes | Reuters

BOGOTA Two journalists have gone missing in Colombia's northeast conflict zone while covering the disappearance of a Spanish reporter feared kidnapped this weekend, the government said on Tuesday. Television news channel Noticias RCN said in a statement there had been "a possible kidnapping" of a reporter and a cameraman in Norte de Santander province, near the border with Venezuela #United States #Economy #India #Argentina #United Kingdom #Copyright #article
U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance begins offensive to seize territory north of Raqqa - spokesman | Reuters

May 25, 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance begins offensive to seize territory north of Raqqa - spokesman | Reuters

AMMAN An alliance of Kurdish-led armed groups fighting Islamic State in northern Syria said they had launched an offensive on Tuesday to seize countryside north of the militants' de facto capital Raqqa, their spokesman said. #United States #Business #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #article
'Staff errors' led to 152 U.S. inmates serving extra time: report | Reuters

May 25, 2016

'Staff errors' led to 152 U.S. inmates serving extra time: report | Reuters

WASHINGTON Errors by the U.S. agency that oversees the federal prison system resulted in 152 inmates staying in prison beyond their scheduled release dates between 2009 and 2014, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. The errors caused three inmates to serve more than one year of extra time, and cost the U.S #Sports #United States #Middle East #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
Daughter of detained Hong Kong bookseller appeals for U.S. help | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Daughter of detained Hong Kong bookseller appeals for U.S. help | Reuters

WASHINGTON The daughter of a Hong Kong-based bookseller detained in China took her campaign for his release to Washington on Tuesday, appealing for help in pressing China for information as to his status and to release him. #United States #science #Europe #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital | Reuters

May 25, 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital | Reuters

AMMAN A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched a new offensive against Islamic State fighters near their de facto capital of Raqqa city on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. #United States #India #Business #Middle East #Iraq #article