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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 #Technology #France #markets #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico #opinion
Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

Aug 29, 2014

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest #United States #India #Middle East #Russia #markets #Argentina #Entertainment #Mexico
Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks

Aug 29, 2014

Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice. Trails from the movement of the rocks, which show them changing direction suddenly in their movement across the so-called Racetrack Playa, have long befuddled scientists and the general public. People wondered: How were the rocks moved #facebook #Politics #India #China #Japan #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico
Obama says does not yet have broad strategy for Islamic State

Aug 29, 2014

Obama says does not yet have broad strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he has not yet developed a broad strategy for confronting Islamic State in an acknowledgement that he has not decided whether to launch air strikes against the militant group in Syria. "We don't have a strategy yet," Obama told a White House news conference ahead of meeting top national security advisers in the Situation Room about how to proceed against Islamic State #Business #Syria #France #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America #House #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
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 #Politics #United States #India #China #Business #Arabic #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America #chinese #opinion
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
West African states call for end to border closures over Ebola

Aug 29, 2014

West African states call for end to border closures over Ebola

ACCRA (Reuters) - West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Thursday. The ECOWAS countries and airlines will make their own decisions on flight bans and borders, but the view of the main regional body, expressed at a meeting of ECOWAS health ministers in Ghana's capital, is likely to prove influential. "We must implement containment measures but we must not implement measures that will isolate or ostracise the affected countries," Ghana President John Mahama, who is also ECOWAS's current chairman, told the meeting. #China #Business #Japan #Technology #France #Russia #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
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
Obama says has requested military options for Islamic State

Aug 29, 2014

Obama says has requested military options for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has asked officials to prepare a range of U.S. military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed. At a news conference, Obama cautioned against speculation that he was on the brink of a decision to expand air strikes against Islamic State beyond targets already being hit in Iraq by U.S #facebook #China #Japan #Technology #Arabic #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment #Mexico #opinion