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Australian police say three dead, four hurt in Sydney siege

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:55
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three people are dead after a hostage drama in a Sydney cafe ended in heavy gunfire as security forces stormed the building, Australian police said on Tuesday.






U.S. factory production accelerates in sign of economy's strength

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing output recorded its largest increase in nine months in November as production expanded across the board, pointing to underlying strength in the economy.

Exclusive: Minnesota AG questions divestiture in Sysco-US Foods merger

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Minnesota's attorney general expressed concern about the merger of food distribution giants Sysco Corp and US Foods [USFOO.UL], saying it was questionable whether any divestiture could restore competition lost in the transaction.

Belgian police storm apartment to end Ghent siege

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:49
GHENT, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian armed police stormed an apartment in the western city of Ghent on Monday to end a siege after reports that gunmen had taken a hostage there.

Boston Marathon bomber suspect to appear in court this week

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:37
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to appear in court in Boston this week for the first time in more than a year, at a final hearing before his trial begins next month, one of his attorneys said on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan says media raids a response to 'dirty' plot

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:27
IZMIT, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended weekend raids on media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric as a necessary response to "dirty operations" by the government's political enemies, and told a critical European Union to mind its own business.






Guantanamo 9/11 hearing canceled, Army spokesman says

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:40
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Court officials canceled a two-day pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Monday at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a U.S. Army spokesman said.

Tax extenders expected to win U.S. Senate approval within days

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was expected this week to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits.

Iran's Rouhani says will try to clinch nuclear deal as talks with U.S. resume

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:02
GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he would try to clinch a nuclear deal with world powers despite opposition from some quarters in Iran.

U.S. manufacturing output surges in November

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing output recorded its largest increase in nine months in November as production expanded across the board, pointing to underlying strength in the economy.

Iraq's new premier battles to unite a fractured nation

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:13
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after he took office with a mission to unite his broken, warring country, Iraq's new prime minister has swept away the divisive legacy of his predecessor with a burst of rapid and dramatic measures.






Sultan's absence raises worries over Oman succession

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:07
DUBAI (Reuters) - Looking frail, Oman's Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

Iranian support seen crucial for Yemen's Houthis

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 06:09
SANAA (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons, money and training to the Shi'ite Houthi militia that seized Yemen's capital in September, as Tehran steps up its regional power struggle with Saudi Arabia, Yemeni and Iranian officials say.

Syrian army recaptures territory north of Aleppo in fierce fighting

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:49
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army seized an area north of Aleppo on Sunday and killed insurgents as fierce battles raged over the strategic territory, a group monitoring the war and state media reported.






Abe coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:24
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, brushing aside suggestions that a low turnout tarnished his coalition's election win, vowed on Monday to stick to his reflationary economic policies, tackle painful structural reforms and pursue his muscular security stance.






Hong Kong police clear last pro-democracy protest sites

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:23
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the closure of demonstration camps in the city that have blocked streets for more than two months.

Around 1,300 killed in Ukraine since ceasefire: U.N.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:03
KIEV (Reuters) - Around 1,300 people have been killed in Ukraine's separatist conflict since a September ceasefire, according to a U.N. report that said many living in the country's rebel-held east were struggling to survive.






Cosby praises wife, disparages media in newspaper interview

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:55
(Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, besieged by a wave of sexual misconduct allegations, has praised his wife for supporting him and criticized the media for its coverage of a scandal that has already compromised his career.

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Palestinian state

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:24
JERUSALEM/ROME (Reuters) - Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

Turkish police raid media close to cleric rival Gulen, detain 24

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:23
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Sunday and detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan calls a terrorist network conspiring to topple him.