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North Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick: state media

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:46
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive, nuclear-capable country.






Wells Fargo profit rises 1.7 percent as mortgage business steadies

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:08
(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co reported a 1.7 percent rise in third-quarter profit, helped by a slight increase in income at its mortgage banking unit, which had been a big drag on results for much of the last year.






Chrysler recalls 184,215 SUVs for possible air bag issue

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:28
DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 184,215 sport utility vehicles globally because a possible short circuit in a part could disable air bags and seat-belt pretensioners, the automaker said on Tuesday.

Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:35
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming.

Iraqi Kurds say they sent arms to Kobani; Syrian Kurds say they didn't arrive

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:02
BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Iraqi Kurdish official said on Tuesday that Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had provided military assistance to Syrian Kurdish forces battling Islamic State fighters in the town of Kobani.

Catalonia calls off independence referendum from Spain, will hold 'consultation'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:39
MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia has dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain next month but will instead hold a "consultation of citizens", the region's head said on Tuesday.

Syrian Kurds get arms from Iraq, but cannot send them to Kobani

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:37
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds have received a "symbolic" amount of military aid from Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that is meant for Kobani but is stuck in northeastern Syria because Turkey will not open an aid corridor, a Syrian Kurdish official said.






Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in southeast: media

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:37
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.






Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:35
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets.

Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:05
BOSTON (Reuters) - Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners.

Police arrest at least 50 protesting shootings of blacks in St. Louis area

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:16
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - More than 50 people were arrested in a series of peaceful rolling protests in the St. Louis area on Monday, staged to draw attention to police violence more than two months after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager in a local suburb.






Hong Kong police make fresh attempt to clear barricaded roads

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:22
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police made fresh attempts on Tuesday to unblock streets that have been occupied for two weeks by pro-democracy protesters, removing more barricades a day after clashes broke out as opponents of the protest movement tried to reclaim roads.

Alaska gay couples apply for marriage licenses after judge drops ban

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:46
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska officials began accepting marriage license applications from gay couples on Monday, even as the state sought to appeal a weekend ruling by a federal judge that struck down the state ban's on same-sex nuptials.

U.S. needs to rethink Ebola infection controls, says CDC chief

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:55
DALLAS (Reuters) - Medical experts need to rethink how highly infectious diseases are handled in the United States, a U.S. health official said on Monday, after a Dallas nurse contracted Ebola despite wearing protective gear while caring for a dying Liberian patient.






Hong Kong police clear some barricades from protest site for second day

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:23
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police began a second day on Tuesday of removing some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay.






North Korean leader Kim makes first appearance since September 3

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:21
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a residential district and a science academy, state media reported early on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.






U.S. needs to rethink Ebola infection controls, says CDC chief

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:08
DALLAS (Reuters) - Medical experts need to rethink how highly infectious diseases are handled in the United States, a U.S. health official said on Monday, after a Dallas nurse contracted Ebola despite wearing protective gear while caring for a dying Liberian patient.






Spain's Catalonia to seek alternatives to independence referendum

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:48
MADRID (Reuters) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region will call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for Nov. 9 and look for alternative ways to consult Catalans, a key regional political party said on Monday.

Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:47
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said on Monday.

Iran's president says nuclear deal with West 'certain'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:12
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday a nuclear deal with the West was bound to happen and he believed it could be achieved by a November 24 deadline.