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Senators ask Treasury to probe U.S. links to 'Panama Papers' firm

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown on Thursday urged the U.S. Treasury to investigate whether any U.S. or U.S.-linked entity was involved with the law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" leak on offshore wealth.

U.N. Syria envoy delays peace talks to ensure players are serious

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:43
GENEVA (Reuters) - The start of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian war has been pushed back by two days so that U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura can travel to Damascus and Tehran to sound out their position on a political transition, the envoy said on Thursday.

Planned Parenthood sues Indiana for abortion law

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:32
(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, saying a new state law restricting abortion was unconstitutional.

Support for Germany's ruling parties sinks: poll

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:37
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for one of Germany's ruling parties has sunk to a near 20-year low and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have lost ground too, a poll showed on Thursday, suggesting a deal to limit migrant numbers has yet to reassure voters.

U.S. senators vote to bolster travel security in FAA bill

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to bolster travel security in the wake of the Brussels attacks with measures that include doubling the number of transportation security teams with bomb-sniffing dogs at domestic airports and other transit hubs.

Massachusetts man kills self after shooting at former co-worker

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:45
BOSTON (Reuters) - A 70-year-old Massachusetts man shot at and wounded a former co-worker, who had been involved in his firing from a business outside Boston, before ending his life with his own shotgun, officials said on Thursday.

Brazil builder execs say Rousseff campaign used kickbacks: paper

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:01
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Executives from Brazil's second-largest engineering company testified that President Dilma Rousseff's 2014 reelection campaign was partly funded by kickbacks from large infrastructure projects, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Afghan casualties disputed after U.S. air strikes

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:40
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes conducted two air strikes in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday but there were conflicting reports on whether the casualties were civilians or combatants.

Election stirs debate about Fed's handling of political pressure

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve has stoked asset bubbles and backs a congressional review of its decisions. Bernie Sanders also wants to "audit" the Fed to make it less beholden to Wall Street. Ted Cruz calls for a return to a gold standard abandoned in 1933.

Panama will form commission to review financial practices

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:15
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama said on Wednesday it would form an independent commission to review the country's financial practices following the leak of information from a local law firm that has embarrassed a clutch of world leaders.

Putin says Russia's operation has reinforced Syria's statehood

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:10
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's military operation in Syria had reinforced the statehood of that country and its legitimate government but that it was too early to say a breakthrough had been reached.

Denmark arrests four suspected IS recruits returning from Syria

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:46
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish police said they had arrested four people on Thursday at different addresses near Copenhagen on suspicion of having been recruited by the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria to commit terrorist violence.

EU may require visas from Americans and Canadians: EU source

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:42
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union executive is considering whether to make U.S. and Canadian citizens apply for visas before traveling to the bloc, a move that could raise tensions as Brussels negotiates a trade pact with Washington.

Vietnam tells China to shift its rig and stop complicating ties

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:53
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbors.

Pope Francis to visit Greek migrant island of Lesbos on April 16

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:11
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe's migrant crisis.

Rouhani says Iran not a threat, wants interaction with world

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:02
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday Iran posed no threat to any other nation and that it wanted interaction with the rest of the world - remarks contrasting with the view of the country's hardline supreme leader.

Exclusive: White House declines to support encryption legislation - sources

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Malaysia parliament report calls for probe into 1MDB

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 03:39
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian parliamentary inquiry on Thursday slammed the board of state fund 1MDB for being irresponsible and urged a probe into its former chief, but stopped short of implicating Prime Minister Najib Razak who was an advisor for the troubled firm.

Swiss police raid UEFA as Panama Papers scandal spreads

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 03:27
ZURICH/REYKJAVIK, (Reuters) - Swiss police raided the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to seize information about a contract disclosed in the Panama Papers that was signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA.

Google expanding self-driving vehicle testing to Phoenix, Arizona

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 02:19
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc is expanding its testing of self-driving cars to the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, the company said on Thursday, making it the fourth U.S. city to serve as a proving ground for the autonomous vehicles.