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Three Americans evacuated from Yemen to Oman, Omani news agency says

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 05:48
MUSCAT (Reuters) - Three Americans have been air-lifted out of Yemen to Oman, the Omani foreign ministry said on Thursday, according to a report by the state news agency ONA.

Belgium pledges security crackdown on Islamist violence

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 05:45
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel pledged a security crackdown and an extra 400 million euros ($427 million) to fight Islamist violence on Thursday, while rejecting criticism of Belgium's security services in the wake of the Paris attacks.









Pfizer-Allergan talks accelerate amid new inversion clamp-down

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 05:35
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's talks to acquire Allergan Plc in a $150 billion deal that would see the U.S. drug giant redomicile in Ireland accelerated on Wednesday, as the U.S. Treasury prepared to clamp down further on such tax inversions.

EU clamps down on bitcoin, anonymous payments to curb terrorism funding

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 05:03
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries plan a crackdown on virtual currencies and anonymous payments made online and via pre-paid cards in a bid to tackle terrorism financing after the Paris attacks, a draft document seen by Reuters said.

Islamic State says it has executed two captives from Norway and China

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 03:49
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State said it had killed a Norwegian and a Chinese captive, showing what appeared to be pictures of the dead men under a banner reading "Executed" in the latest edition of its English language magazine.









Islamic State says 'Schweppes bomb' used to bring down Russian plane

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:17
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes soft drink can it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

Square prices shares at $9 in long-awaited IPO

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:52
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Square Inc priced shares at $9 for its initial public offering, about 25 percent less than it had hoped, as it struggled to win over investors skeptical about its business and valuation before trading begins on Thursday.









With no one at helm, Portugal faces instability and strife

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:20
ALMADA, Portugal (Reuters) - In the Portuguese town of Almada, Communist activists are handing out leaflets that bear the hammer-and-sickle logo and triumphantly proclaim: "Government destroyed, victory for the workers' struggle".









Minneapolis shooting officers named as protests rage

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 00:07
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota officials on Wednesday named two Minneapolis policemen involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man as chanting demonstrators surrounded a nearby police station and, according to officers, threw bottles and rocks.









FBI, New York police aware of Islamic State video, say no specific threat

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 23:31
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no "specific and credible threat" against New York City, despite a newly released Islamic State video suggesting America's most populous city is a potential target of attacks such as those in Paris, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.

Honduras detains Syrians bound for U.S. with doctored Greek passports

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 21:52
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran authorities said on Wednesday they had intercepted six Syrian nationals traveling on doctored Greek passports in the past week, including five who had been trying to reach the United States.









U.S. counterintelligence chief skeptical China has curbed spying on U.S.

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 20:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. counterintelligence chief Bill Evanina said on Wednesday he was skeptical China had followed through on recent promises to curb spying on the United States.

Russia, France set for showdown at U.N. over Islamic State fight

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 18:25
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia revived on Wednesday a push for United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State, setting up a showdown with France over its rival bid for a U.N. Security Council resolution on the issue.

U.S. counterintelligence chief sceptical China has curbed spying on U.S.

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. counterintelligence chief Bill Evanina said on Wednesday he was sceptical China had followed through on recent promises to curb spying on the United States.









NY City police aware of ISIS video but say no specific threat

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:42
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are aware of a newly released Islamic State video that suggests that the largest U.S. city was a potential target of attacks such as those in Paris last week, but that there are no current or specific threats, the department said on Wednesday.

At least two die in police raid on group planning new Paris attack

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:34
SAINT DENIS, France (Reuters) - A woman suicide bomber blew herself up in a police raid on Wednesday that sources said had foiled a jihadi plan to hit Paris's business district, days after a wave of attacks killed 129 across the French capital.









Honduras detains five Syrians said headed to U.S. with stolen Greek passports

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 16:21
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.









White House says Obama would veto proposal for more scrutiny of refugees

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 16:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would veto a proposal from Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives for additional scrutiny of refugees from Syria or Iraq, the White House said on Wednesday.

Police officers identified in Minneapolis shooting of black man

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 16:15
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota officials on Wednesday identified the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man as chanting demonstrators surrounded a key police station.









Islamic State says it has executed two captives from Norway and China

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:59
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State said it had killed a Norwegian and a Chinese captive, showing what appeared to be pictures of the dead men under a banner reading "Executed" in the latest edition of its English language magazine on Wednesday.