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EU considers more North Korea sanctions after U.N. vote: diplomats

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:20
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is considering additional measures against North Korea following the approval of harsh new sanctions by the U.N. Security Council in order to show solidarity with South Korea and Japan, both major trade partners, diplomats said.









EU fate at stake on muddy Greek border as migrants trapped

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:19
IDOMENI, Greece (Reuters) - In muddy fields straddling the border with Macedonia, a transit camp hosting up to 12,000 homeless migrants in filthy conditions is the most dramatic sign of a new crisis tearing at Greece's frayed ties with Europe and threatening its stability.









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

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 09:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a strengthening labor market.

Nanny who beheaded Russian girl cites revenge for Putin's Syria strikes

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 08:26
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A woman who brandished the severed head of a four-year-old girl in her care outside a Moscow metro station has said she beheaded the child to avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in Syria.









Indonesia's early tsunami warning buoys down when big quake hit

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 06:10
PADANG/JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - All 22 of the early-warning buoys Indonesia deployed after the 2004 tsunami disaster were inoperable when a massive undersea earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency official said.









Australia to test debris found two years after Malaysian jet disappeared

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 05:23
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A piece of debris found off the southeast African coast that could be from a missing Malaysia Airlines flight is being sent to Australia for testing, officials said on Thursday, two years after the plane carrying 239 people disappeared.









Japan's nuclear refugees face bleak return five years after Fukushima

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 05:22
NARAHA (Reuters) - Tokuo Hayakawa carries a dosimeter around with him at his 600-year-old temple in Naraha, the first town in the Fukushima "exclusion zone" to fully reopen since Japan's March 2011 catastrophe. Badges declaring "No to nuclear power" adorn his black Buddhist robe.

Public support for Putin to serve another term hits highest level in four years: poll

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 04:39
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Public support for Vladimir Putin to serve another term as president has hit its highest level in four years, a survey by a state-run pollster showed on Thursday.









U.N. imposes harsh new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 04:30
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea faces harsh new U.N. sanctions to starve it of money for its nuclear weapons program following a unanimous Security Council vote on Wednesday on a resolution drafted by the United States and Pyongyang's ally China.









Vatican cardinal denies attempts to cover up child sex abuse

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:58
ROME/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A high-ranking Vatican official said on Wednesday he should have done more to stop the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, acknowledging that he was told of at least one priest "misbehaving" with boys at an Australian school.

Carson signals exit, U.S. Republicans grapple with Trump victories

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 20:24
(Reuters) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson signaled on Wednesday he was quitting the Republican presidential race, leaving three candidates facing Donald Trump as the party establishment struggled to find a way to halt the outspoken businessman.









Key justice Kennedy wavers as Supreme Court confronts abortion

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 19:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A closely divided Supreme Court struggled with its biggest abortion case in years on Wednesday, with pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy voicing concerns about a restrictive Texas law yet stopping short of signaling he would strike it down.









Alabama officer faces murder charges for killing unarmed black man

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:23
(Reuters) - A white Alabama police officer faces murder charges for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, authorities said on Wednesday.

Syrian opposition casts doubt on U.N. peace talk plan

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 17:14
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned.









Samarco to pay at least $5 billion in Brazil dam spill deal: source

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 13:48
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Samarco Mineracao SA [SAMNE.UL] will pay at least 20 billion reais ($5 billion) over 15 years as part of a deal reached with the Brazilian government to settle a lawsuit for damages caused by a deadly dam spill at a mine in November, a government source told Reuters on Tuesday.

Carson tells supporters no 'path forward' in presidential bid

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 13:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Wednesday that he does not see a "political path forward" in his 2016 bid for the White House.









Exclusive: Texas fund EMG halts new deals with indicted McClendon

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:02
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Private equity fund Energy & Minerals Group told investors on Wednesday it will stop entering new deals with Aubrey McClendon, the former chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy Corp , a day after the U.S. government charged him with breaking antitrust laws.

Germany takes on Facebook in competition probe

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:52
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's cartel office is investigating Facebook for suspected abuse of market power over breaches of data protection laws in the first formal probe of the social network for violating competition rules.

Privacy groups urge U.S. judge to support Apple in iPhone case

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:28
(Reuters) - Digital privacy advocates have called on a U.S. federal judge to approve Apple Inc's request not to be compelled to build software to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack.

Mozambique plane debris believed to be from Boeing 777: Malaysia minister

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:24
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Debris believed to be part of a Boeing 777 jet has been found off Mozambique and will be taken to Australia to be examined by investigators involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370, Malaysia's transport minister said.