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Iraqis running out of food and medicine in besieged Falluja

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents.

EU envoy appalled by Putin ally's murder threats to Russian opposition figure

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:03
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union's ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday he was appalled by "disgusting" murder threats made by Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov to Mikhail Kasyanov, a Russian opposition figure, and urged the authorities to react immediately.

Pfizer forecasts 2016 revenue, earnings below estimates

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:55
(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc , which is in the process of buying Botox-maker Allergan Plc for $160 billion, forecast 2016 revenue and earnings below analysts' estimates, citing generic competition and a strong dollar.









No government in sight as Spain's king wraps up second round of talks

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:06
MADRID (Reuters) - Talks on Tuesday between Spain's king and senior party leaders on forming a government look unlikely to break the country's political deadlock, increasing chances of a new national election in coming months.

Global stocks snap winning streak as oil pressure returns

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 04:22
LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks dipped after a three-day run of gains and emerging markets were back under pressure on Tuesday, as a sharp drop in oil prices following lacklustre economic data sparked renewed nerves.









Syrian army, allies press major offensive north of Aleppo

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 03:47
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies made further advances on Tuesday in a major offensive that could cut insurgents' supply lines between the north western city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.









China's nuclear envoy in North Korea amid sanctions push: KCNA

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 03:41
SEOUL (Reuters) - China's envoy for the North Korean nuclear issue arrived in the capital, Pyongyang, on Tuesday, the North's KCNA news agency reported, amid a push by the United States and South Korea for tougher sanctions on the North after its fourth nuclear test.

Australian PM Turnbull weighs early poll to break political deadlock

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 02:20
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday raised the possibility of dissolving both houses of Parliament and calling an early election to break a political deadlock that has stymied the government, government officials aware of the matter said.

China sentences two men to death in killing of Tibetan religious leader

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:39
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has sentenced two men to death for the 2013 killing of a prominent Tibetan religious leader, state media said, in what had been one of Tibet's most closely watched murder cases.

Yahoo to cut 15 percent jobs, close several units: WSJ

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:20
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include slashing 15 percent of the company's workforce, or roughly 1,600 jobs, and closing several business units, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.









Zika virus tied to birth defects is international emergency, WHO says

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:17
GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, as the U.N. agency sought to build a global response to the threat.









Alphabet profit sends shares up; overtakes Apple in value

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:17
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc easily beat Wall Street's quarterly profit forecasts on Monday, helped by strong mobile advertising sales, sending the shares of Google's parent higher in after-hours trading to surpass Apple Inc as the most valuable U.S. company.









Justice Department launches review of San Francisco police

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 18:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it would launch a review of the San Francisco Police, in the wake of the fatal police shooting of a black man that spurred protests and demands that the city's police chief be fired.









Cheap oil won't juice the U.S. economy this time: Reuters poll

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:01
WASHINGTON(Reuters) - U.S. consumers are cautious about spending their windfall from cheap gasoline and are saving more, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll and official data, suggesting low oil prices are less of a boon for the U.S. economy than in the past.

U.S. judge orders explanation of Iran prisoner deal

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 16:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge has challenged the U.S. government's move to drop charges against an Iranian man accused of sanctions violations as part of a U.S. prisoner trade agreed with Iran last month.









Exclusive: Pentagon to hike spending request to fund fight versus Islamic State

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 16:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration will seek a significant increase in funding for the fight against Islamic State as part of its 2017 defense budget request, U.S. officials say, in another possible sign of U.S. efforts to intensify the campaign.









U.N. announces start of Syria peace talks as government troops advance

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 15:24
GENEVA/BEIRUT/ROME (Reuters) - The United Nations announced the formal start of peace talks for Syria on Monday and urged world powers to push for a ceasefire even as government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, launched their biggest offensive north of Aleppo in a year.









U.S. factories show signs of stabilization; consumers hibernate

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 14:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in January for a fourth straight month as factories grappled with a strong dollar and lower oil prices forced energy firms to further cut spending, but the pace of the decline appeared to be slowing.









U.S. envoy visits Kurdish-held northern Syria

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 14:47
BEIRUT/ROME (Reuters) - A U.S. envoy has visited Kurdish-controlled northern Syria in what appeared to be the first declared trip to Syrian territory by an Obama administration official in three years.









U.S. documents detail 2015 Amtrak train crash but offer no cause

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 13:47
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Monday released thousands of pages about the fatal derailment of an Amtrak passenger train last year in Philadelphia, but the central mystery of what caused the crash remained unexplained.