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Obama calls Pakistan's Sharif, offers "unwavering support" after attack

Dec 18, 2014

Obama calls Pakistan's Sharif, offers "unwavering support" after attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday to express condolences and "unwavering support" after Taliban militants attacked a school, killing 132 students. "The two leaders acknowledged the shared threat from terrorism and the president made clear that the United States will continue to support Pakistan in its fight against extremism," the White House said in a statement. #Business #United States #India #Japan #France #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico
Two Egyptian and two UAE military officers die in plane crash

Dec 18, 2014

Two Egyptian and two UAE military officers die in plane crash

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two Egyptian military officers and two from the United Arab Emirates were killed on Wednesday when their plane crashed during a joint exercise in Egypt, official reports said. Egypt's military spokesman said in a statement a technical failure caused the crash at 1900 local time. #United States #India #Japan #Brazil #France #Russia #Italy #Latin America #Mexico #author #opinion
Colombia's FARC rebels call conditional unlimited ceasefire

Dec 18, 2014

Colombia's FARC rebels call conditional unlimited ceasefire

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec. 20 which they have promised to end if they come under attack by government forces, the group said on its website on Wednesday #United States #Japan #Brazil #Technology #France #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Entertainment
Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

Dec 18, 2014

Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble. #Economy #India #Technology #France #Arabic #Russia #United Kingdom #Latin America #author #opinion
White House does not rule out Cuba visit by Obama

Dec 18, 2014

White House does not rule out Cuba visit by Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama does not have concrete plans to visit Cuba after restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, but a White House spokesman said on Wednesday he would not rule out a presidential visit. "If there is an opportunity for the president to visit, I'm sure he wouldn't turn it down," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters #Business #United States #India #China #Arabic #markets #Italy #Latin America #Mexico
U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

Dec 18, 2014

U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Obama discussed the changes with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday in a nearly hour-long telephone call. #Business #facebook #India #China #Japan #France #Arabic #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
EU's Mogherini says detects some "willingness" from Russia to resolve Ukraine conflict

Dec 18, 2014

EU's Mogherini says detects some "willingness" from Russia to resolve Ukraine conflict

KIEV (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Wednesday that she and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had detected signs of greater willingness from Russia to resolve the crisis in Ukraine's pro-separatist eastern territories. But Poroshenko balanced this judgment by saying Ukraine was in a virtual state of war with Russia and he pledged to work to integrate his country with "Euro-Atlantic security", a clear reference to the U.S.-led NATO alliance. The cautiously-worded comments of the EU's Federica Mogherini echoed those of U.S #Business #facebook #Arabic #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #author
U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

Dec 18, 2014

U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States planned to move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. #Business #facebook #France #Arabic #Russia #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria - monitoring group

Dec 17, 2014

Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria - monitoring group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, a group monitoring the country's war said on Wednesday. The bodies were believed to be members of the al-Sheitaat tribe which had battled Islamic State militants, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Their deaths would bring the number of Sheitaat members killed by the ultra-hardline group to over 900, it added #facebook #United States #India #Brazil #Middle East #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #author #opinion
Thai junta-backed council recommends PM directly elected

Dec 17, 2014

Thai junta-backed council recommends PM directly elected

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A council appointed by Thailand's ruling military junta voted Wednesday to recommend stripping parliament of the power to appoint a prime minister and cabinet, triggering accusations that the move is aimed at curtailing democracy. The National Reform Council resolved after three days of debate to propose making top office holders subject to direct election by the public. The recommendation will be considered by Thailand's Constitution Drafting Committee, a body set up by the military to draft a new charter after the previous document was torn up following a May 22 coup #United States #India #Japan #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico