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South Carolina bill to remove Confederate flag advances in legislature| Reuters

Jul 07, 2015

South Carolina bill to remove Confederate flag advances in legislature| Reuters

CHARLESTON, S.C. South Carolina lawmakers took a step on Monday toward removing the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state house in Columbia, long denounced as a symbol of slavery by critics. A bill to banish the flag from a Civil War memorial on the capitol grounds to a museum passed a crucial second reading in the state Senate by an overwhelming vote of 37-3 after an emotional debate. #Economy #science #United Kingdom #Latin America #opinion
Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer | Reuters

Jul 07, 2015

Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer | Reuters

VIENNA Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions -- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still. The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a military force. It is also an industrial empire with political clout that has grown exponentially in the last decade, benefiting from the favour of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former guardsman and, most recently, from the opportunities created by Western sanctions. #Business #United States #Technology #science #markets #United Kingdom #opinion
New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance| Reuters

Jul 07, 2015

New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance| Reuters

ATHENS Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favours. But if European officials expect Athens' new finance chief, who has already been a key negotiator in drawn-out talks between the Greek government and creditors, to take a softer approach in the substance of new bailout talks, they can think again #Middle East #science #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Entertainment #opinion
Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charities| Reuters

Jul 06, 2015

Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charities| Reuters

REUTERS - Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc ( BRKa.N ) stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The 10th annual donation, Buffett's largest, comprised 20.64 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire, and increased Buffett's total contributions to the charities to more than $21.5 billion. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, receives the biggest share. #Business #Economy #Technology #science #Latin America #opinion
Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion | Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion | Reuters

SANAA Yemen's dominant Houthi movement said on Saturday a pause in fighting to last until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was under discussion with the United Nations to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page he had met U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Friday to discuss the matter #science #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #opinion
Honduras stages biggest march yet to demand president step down| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Honduras stages biggest march yet to demand president step down| Reuters

TEGUCIGALPA Tens of thousands Hondurans poured onto the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa on Friday to demand the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the biggest demonstration yet against the country's leader over allegations of corruption. An estimated 60,000 demonstrators, many of them holding torches, took part in the noisy protest that converged on the presidential palace, the sixth Friday evening march in a row. "No more corruption, JOH out," protestors called, chanting the president's initials into the gathering darkness #India #Corruption #Technology #Middle East #science #Latin America #Entertainment
Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip| Reuters

HANOI/WASHINGTON Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States next week in a landmark trip that could prove pivotal in Washington's bid to bolster its Asian alliances in the back yard of an increasingly assertive China. Nguyen Phu Trong will meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House as the former war enemies mark two decades of calibrated engagement since the normalisation of ties that have expanded rapidly in the past year #Business #science #Entertainment #Foreign policy #opinion
Saudi policeman killed during security raid - SPA agency| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Saudi policeman killed during security raid - SPA agency| Reuters

DUBAI A Saudi policeman was killed on Friday in an exchange of gunfire during a raid to arrest a wanted person in the western city of Taif, the SPA state news agency quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying. The agency said three suspects had been detained and flags of the militant Islamic State group seized, along with gun silencers and computers. Saudi Arabia last month announced a list of 16 people it said were involved in two deadly mosque bombings claimed by Islamic State in May and offered a cash reward of 5 million riyals ($1.3 million) for information leading to their arrest #United States #Technology #science #Argentina #United Kingdom
Divers search for missing after Philippine ferry sinks, 38 dead | Reuters

Jul 03, 2015

Divers search for missing after Philippine ferry sinks, 38 dead | Reuters

MANILA Divers will search waters in the central Philippines on Friday for 15 people still missing after a ferry carrying 187 passengers and crew sank a day earlier, killing 38 people, the coast guard said. #Economy #India #science #markets #United Kingdom #Entertainment #transportation
A year after Gaza war: ruins, small joys and much to fear| Reuters

Jul 03, 2015

A year after Gaza war: ruins, small joys and much to fear| Reuters

GAZA As the sun sets over Gaza, there isn't a table to be found on the terrace of the Roots hotel, with views overlooking the port and the gently crashing waves of the Mediterranean. Crowds have gathered for Iftar - the nightly breaking of the Ramadan fast - and the atmosphere is excited: young men and women taking photos on their iPhones, puffing apple-scented nargile pipes and watching a dance troupe as they dine on hummus, pita, chicken and sweet pistachio cakes. It is a far cry from the death and destruction that consumed Gaza a year ago, when Israel launched an air and ground assault to put an end to constant rocket fire by Hamas militants from Gaza. #Business #India #Environment #Egypt #science #Europe #Israel