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Obama condemns fatal shootings of New York police officers

Dec 22, 2014

Obama condemns fatal shootings of New York police officers

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he unconditionally condemned the fatal shootings of two police officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day." Obama's response followed an attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead. #United States #Japan #Russia #Argentina #United Kingdom #Mexico #author #opinion
Cuba's famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

Dec 22, 2014

Cuba's famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

HAVANA (Reuters) - Milagros Diaz has been rolling cigars for 48 years, so long she cannot even smell tobacco anymore, and she is thrilled that the U.S. #Business #facebook #India #China #Japan #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #opinion
Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since October

Dec 22, 2014

Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since October

GAZA (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said. Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds. Egypt shut the crossing on October 25 after Islamist militants in Egypt's adjacent Sinai region killed 33 members of its security forces in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in July 2013. #United States #Japan #Technology #France #Arabic #Middle East #markets #Argentina #opinion
Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

Dec 22, 2014

Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday. France and Lebanon signed a $3 billion Saudi-funded deal in early November to provide French weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army, which has few resources to deal with the instability on its border and has been seeking to modernise its military hardware. Paris plans to start supplying the equipment in the first quarter of 2015 and over a period of three years, ending with the delivery of helicopters, a defence ministry source said last month #Business #United States #India #China #Syria #Brazil #Middle East #United Kingdom #Latin America #author #opinion
Obama vows "do everything I can" to close Guantanamo - CNN interview

Dec 21, 2014

Obama vows "do everything I can" to close Guantanamo - CNN interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home #facebook #United States #India #Japan #Technology #France #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #opinion
U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria

Dec 21, 2014

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said. Four of the Iraq strikes were near Sinjar in the north of the country, which destroyed Islamic State buildings, tactical units and vehicles, while other Iraqi cities targeted included Tal Afar, Ramadi, Mosul and Baiji, according to the Combined Joint Task Force #facebook #United States #China #Japan #Brazil #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #author #opinion
Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

Dec 21, 2014

Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week. #Politics #United States #Russia #Government #Italy #Latin America #Mexico #opinion
Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

Dec 21, 2014

Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud. A deployment of medical workers and equipment to Kono District has been the fastest so far in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases,- under a strategy of tackling epidemic hotspots before they get too big. But officials say responses need to be yet faster to fight the fever that has killed more than 7,000 people across West Africa. #Japan #France #Arabic #markets #Latin America #Mexico #author #opinion
Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

Dec 21, 2014

Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "We will respond," Obama told an end-of-year news conference. #Obama #Brazil #Technology #markets #North Korea #United Kingdom #Mexico #opinion
Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

Dec 21, 2014

Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year. #Business #China #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #markets #Argentina #Latin America #author #opinion