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  • Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path
    Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path Associated Press - 11 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative. More »

  • Target to cut thousands of jobs over next 2 years
    Target to cut thousands of jobs over next 2 years AFP - 15 minutes ago

    US retail chain Target said Tuesday it would slash thousands of jobs as it restructures to save $2 billion over the next two years More »

  • Ferguson Police Probe Finds Pattern Of Bias
    Ferguson Police Probe Finds Pattern Of Bias Sky News - 24 minutes ago

    A US Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, officials said. The findings follow a months-long probe launched in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer. The investigation found that officers in the St Louis suburb disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offences, law enforcement officials told the AP news agency. The report alleges direct evidence of racial bias among police officers and court workers, an official told AP. More »

  • France skeptical about UN 'freeze' for Syria
    France skeptical about UN 'freeze' for Syria AFP - 25 minutes ago

    France cast doubt Tuesday on whether a UN plan to freeze fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo will materialize, and blamed the Damascus regime for the setback. More »

  • Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn'
    Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn' Associated Press - 29 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school. Michelle Obama said she's heading to Japan and Cambodia later this month to promote it. More »

  • Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit
    Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit Al Jazeera - 29 minutes ago

    Security sources say troops have seized towns and villages along the way to Tikrit, capital of Salahuddin province. More »

  • AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS
    AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS Associated Press - 30 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in the operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, but the U.S.-led coalition has not. More »

  • Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti
    Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge Tuesday ordered the deportation of former Italian militant Cesare Battisti, reversing a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country. More »

  • Syria's Assad says Turkish leader backs extremism
    Syria's Assad says Turkish leader backs extremism AFP - 35 minutes ago

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of backing extremism as he met Tuesday with visiting Turkish opposition figures. More »

  • Bill would boost marketing of agriculture exports to Cuba
    Bill would boost marketing of agriculture exports to Cuba Associated Press - 37 minutes ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Seeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. More »

  • How effective will the Ebola summit be?
    How effective will the Ebola summit be? Al Jazeera - 39 minutes ago

    Meeting of world leaders in Brussels aims to mobilise efforts to end infections in Africa. More »

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics
    Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics Associated Press - 42 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. More »

  • Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered
    Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered AFP - 43 minutes ago

    Ubisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care. More »

  • Slovenian parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage
    Slovenian parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage AFP - 45 minutes ago

    Slovenia's parliament voted Tuesday to legalise same-sex marriages and grant such unions equal rights to those of heterosexual couples. More »

  • Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil
    Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil Associated Press - 48 minutes ago

    SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental officials say spilled oil has covered 50 birds after as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked into irrigation canals and a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington. More »

  • Chilean leader's popularity hit by son's scandal
    Chilean leader's popularity hit by son's scandal AFP - 55 minutes ago

    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's popularity has plunged to the lowest level of her current administration, a poll found Tuesday after a scandal erupted over a loan to her son's family. More »

  • New pot users in Spain outnumber new tobacco users
    New pot users in Spain outnumber new tobacco users AFP - 56 minutes ago

    The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to a government study released Tuesday. More »

  • Questions raised by presidential appointments for key posts
    Questions raised by presidential appointments for key posts Associated Press - 57 minutes ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena faced new pressure Tuesday, this time on his choices for attorney general and Mexico's highest court. More »

  • Australian PM says 'revolted' by looming Indonesian executions
    Australian PM says 'revolted' by looming Indonesian executions Reuters - 58 minutes ago

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday said he was "revolted" by the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers as preparations were under way to move the men to an island where they will be shot. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas of mercy for the pair. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has adopted a tough stance on carrying out harsh penalties for drug traffickers. Widodo has denied clemency to 11 convicts currently on death row, including the Australian nationals, and warned other countries to stay out of Indonesia's sovereign affairs. More »

  • Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions
    Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions Associated Press - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related ... More »

  • Brazilian judge orders deportation of fugitive Italian leftist
    Brazilian judge orders deportation of fugitive Italian leftist Reuters - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    Cesare Battisti was arrested in Brazil in 2007 pending an extradition request from Italy that was upheld by the Supreme Court but denied by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on his last day in office in 2010. In a decision handed down last Thursday but only made public on Tuesday, federal judge Adverci Mendes de Abreu annulled the work visa that Battisti was granted by Brazil's government in 2011. More »

  • Haqqani ban still under consideration - Pakistan's U.S. envoy
    Haqqani ban still under consideration - Pakistan's U.S. envoy Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A formal announcement on outlawing the Haqqani militant network, which has been responsible for numerous attacks on U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, it still under consideration, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday. Pakistani officials said in January that Islamabad had decided to outlaw the militant group and that a formal announcement would come "within weeks". "These are the kind of issues that are in the works, I would say," Jalil Abbas Jilani said at a Washington media roundtable organised by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, when asked when a formal announcement would be made. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan in January to fight groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and U.S. interests. More »

  • Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home - lawyer
    Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home - lawyer Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programmes was working with American and German lawyers to return home. In Washington, U.S. officials said they would welcome Snowden's return to the United States but he would have to face criminal charges which have been filed against him. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, who has links to the Kremlin, was speaking at a news conference to present a book he has written about his client. There is a group of U.S. lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I'm dealing with it on the Russian side." The United States wants Snowden to stand trial for leaking extensive secrets of electronic surveillance programmes by the National Security Agency (NSA). More »

  • Netanyahu US speech impresses many Israelis, but not all
    Netanyahu US speech impresses many Israelis, but not all AFP - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's impassioned speech Tuesday in the US Congress impressed many Israelis in Jerusalem but drew criticism from others who said he was interfering in American affairs. More »

  • Target to cut thousands of jobs, eyes $2 billion in cost cuts
    Target to cut thousands of jobs, eyes $2 billion in cost cuts Reuters - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    The cost-cutting forms a key plank of a revival plan outlined by Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell, who is seeking to narrow the retailer's focus to a handful of key product lines and bolstering its online business to rejuvenate sales. "Cutting complexity at headquarters will make us more competitive," he said. More »

  • New drugs pose serious health risks says UN body
    New drugs pose serious health risks says UN body AFP - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    The proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, the United Nations drugs control body said on Tuesday. More »

  • Auto industry slows for bad weather, but stays on course
    Auto industry slows for bad weather, but stays on course Associated Press - 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year. Freezing temperatures, ... More »

  • Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy
    Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy Associated Press - 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend to kill himself. More »

  • Weather chills US auto sales in February
    Weather chills US auto sales in February AFP - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    Harsh winter storms chilled US auto sales in February, with Ford especially taking a hit with a surprise 1.9 percent fall while Toyota grabbed the number-two spot after GM More »

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal
    Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal Reuters - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    By Arshad Mohammed and Angus McDowall MONTREUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with Iran are Israel and Congressional Republicans, Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia is also concerned that an accord would allow Iran to devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, escalating conflicts. More »