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Spliced Lula video annoys ruling party in Brazil election

Aug 29, 2014

Spliced Lula video annoys ruling party in Brazil election

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's ruling party has asked Google Inc to pull a spliced campaign video from YouTube that gives viewers the impression its leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is backing opposition presidential candidate Marina Silva. Silva, a popular environmentalist, has surged in the polls and is threatening to defeat President Dilma Rousseff in the October elections, unseating Lula's Worker's Party after 12 years in power. In the video, a cheerful Lula backs the election of "Marina." But the candidate he is referring to is Marina Santana, who is seeking a Senate seat for the state of Gois. #Business #Japan #Brazil #France #Middle East #Argentina #Entertainment #Mexico #opinion
Pentagon's relatively small Iraq costs may jump with escalation - analysts

Aug 29, 2014

Pentagon's relatively small Iraq costs may jump with escalation - analysts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A big escalation in U.S. military activity against Islamic State militants could force the Pentagon to seek more money from Congress as policymakers draft next year's budget, though it should be able to pay for the current pace of operations from existing funds. #India #Business #Congress #Brazil #France #Argentina #Latin America #Entertainment #Mexico
Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base

Aug 29, 2014

Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - One Chinese naval officer has advice for fighter pilots intercepting U.S. surveillance planes in the wake of an incident over the South China Sea last week that Washington condemned as dangerous - fly even closer. The comments by Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong from the National Defense University in Beijing, reported in state media this week, reflect what Chinese military experts say is China's determination to shield its expanding ballistic missile submarine fleet from U.S #facebook #Business #Brazil #Arabic #markets #military #Latin America #chinese
Indonesia's rice-for-poor scheme to test new president

Aug 29, 2014

Indonesia's rice-for-poor scheme to test new president

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's powerful anti-graft agency will launch a probe into the nation's subsidised rice scheme unless major flaws are fixed, threatening moves to expand the role of the state food buying agency into other staples such as corn, beef and sugar. With nearly a third of the rice estimated to go missing and allegations of some rotting before it gets to poor families, the future of the scheme and the wider issue of food security will be an early policy test for president-elect Joko Widodo. Widodo has promised cleaner, more efficient government when he takes office in October and along with fixing dysfunctional state bodies also faces tough economic decisions such as whether to rein in fuel subsidies that have blown out the budget #facebook #India #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #Entertainment
Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

Aug 29, 2014

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. #facebook #Politics #United States #India #Business #Brazil #France #Middle East #Russia #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment
France's Hollande says Assad no ally in fight against Islamic State

Aug 29, 2014

France's Hollande says Assad no ally in fight against Islamic State

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should get more Western support but ruled out seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally. Calling Assad an ally of the jihadists, he said: "There is no choice to be made between two barbarisms." "A large alliance is needed, but let's be clear #facebook #Politics #United States #India #Brazil #France #Arabic #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America #opinion
Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

Aug 29, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey's independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic. Erdogan, who had been prime minister since 2003, has consistently presented his time in office as a historic mission to transform Turkey domestically and as a regional power #facebook #Politics #India #Brazil #Arabic #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #Ukraine #opinion
Pakistan police meet key demand of protest leader Qadri

Aug 29, 2014

Pakistan police meet key demand of protest leader Qadri

LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police have registerd a murder case into the killings of 14 demonstrators during clashes at a protest in June in the city of Lahore, a demand of protest leader Tahir ul-Qadri, a lawyer said. Qadri, who has gathered thousands of supporters in central Islamabad demanding the government's resignation, had said Thursday was the last day for the authorities to meet his demand #facebook #Economy #Business #Japan #Brazil #France #markets #Italy #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment #opinion
Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast

Aug 29, 2014

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, changes that could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, researchers said on Thursday. #facebook #United States #India #Business #Brazil #France #Arabic #markets #Italy #Argentina #Entertainment #Mexico
Hamas leader says Gaza only "milestone to reaching our objective"

Aug 29, 2014

Hamas leader says Gaza only "milestone to reaching our objective"

DOHA (Reuters) - Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding the latest Gaza conflict was only "a milestone to reaching our objective". Speaking at a news conference in Doha, where he lives in exile, Meshaal said the group would never give up its arms as part of any deal. He also said the group's military commander, caught earlier this month in an Israeli air strike, was "fine". #facebook #Politics #India #Brazil #Arabic #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #opinion