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Landslides add to misery of Kashmir's worst floods in decades

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:28
SRINAGAR India (Reuters) - Rescuers raced to help communities hit by landslides in Indian Kashmir on Friday while thousands were stranded, homeless and hungry in the city of Srinagar, most of which was submerged by the region's worst flooding in 50 years.






Special Report: Moscow stifles dissent as soldiers return in coffins

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:00
MOSCOW 2014 (Reuters) - Late last month Yelena Tumanova was handed the body of her son in a coffin at her home in Russia's Western Volga region. Anton Tumanov was 20 and a soldier serving in the Russian army in the North Caucasus region of Chechnya.

Exhausted and frustrated, Pakistani protesters want to go home

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:44
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Arshad Shah, a Pakistani protester, feels trapped: worn out after weeks of street demonstrations against the government, he wants to go home but protest organizers will not let him.

Putin holds key to Ukraine peace but keeps world guessing

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:17
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine.






Top Republicans back Obama's plan to fight Islamic State

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

Scottish support for independence slips behind unionists a week before vote: poll

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:33
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Supporters of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday with just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on independence.






Syria's Nusra Front releases U.N. peacekeepers in Golan

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:03
GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) - Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.






Exclusive: State attorneys general probing AT&T deal for DirecTV

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State attorneys general working to determine whether Comcast Corp's deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc is legal have expanded their investigation to include AT&T Inc's plans to buy DirecTV , according to sources close to the merger probe.






Airbus CEO criticizes German arms export rules

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:42
BERLIN (Reuters) - The chief executive of aerospace and defense group Airbus criticized the German government on Thursday for its restrictive arms export policy, saying it could deter international cooperation on future defense projects.

Exclusive : Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $9 million for Ebola fight

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:45
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen's charitable foundation on Thursday will announce it is donating $9 million to support U.S. efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a source familiar with the matter said.

Exclusive: U.S. to sanction Sberbank, tighten limits on other Russian banks - sources

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will take new steps on Friday to limit the access of major Russian banks, including Sberbank, to U.S. debt and equity markets to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.






Russia faces new U.S., EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:55
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European Union governments agreed on Thursday to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions.






U.S. wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:20
JEDDAH (Reuters) - The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.






Iran says 'difficult road to go' to reach nuclear deal

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:09
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers remain far apart over Tehran's nuclear programme, and they face a "difficult road" to reach a deal by a late November deadline, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Thursday.






Amid Alibaba fever, reasons for caution in IPO market

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The highly anticipated debut of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce group, will come amid the busiest year for initial public offerings since the technology bubble burst in 2000.

U.S. jobless claims rise, but firming labor market trend intact

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels.

After default, Argentina economy falling into deeper hole

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:11
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's government is ramping up state intervention in the economy to try to prevent a new debt default from triggering a balance of payments crisis but its policies are also battering business confidence and may deepen a recession.

Britain says European leaders ready to push ahead with Russia sanctions

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:11
LONDON (Reuters) - European leaders spoke early on Thursday and agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, due to its aggression towards Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said.

Argentina's Congress passes debt restructuring law

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:56
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's Congress gave final approval on Thursday to a law that would restructure the country's debt to skirt a U.S. court ruling that forced it into its second default in 12 years, although its efficacy looked uncertain.

Florida's new insurance sector may be 'accident waiting to happen'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:38
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - As Florida seeks to revive its private home insurance market after almost a decade without a hurricane, homeowners are pouring $6 billion a year in premiums into a new generation of small, in-state insurance companies with an unproven record of withstanding a major hurricane.