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  • Foreign powers back Syria truce deal, war erupts among rebels      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:13:24 -0500

    Kazakh Foreign Minister Abdrakhmanov and U.N. special envoy for Syria de Mistura attend news conference following Syria peace talks in AstanaBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Irish and Olzhas Auyezov ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal. After two days of deliberations in Astana, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the powers had agreed in a final communique to establish a system "to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire, prevent any provocations and determine all modalities of the ceasefire." While welcoming the text, the Syrian government's chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari said an offensive against rebels west of Damascus would carry on.


    Kazakh Foreign Minister Abdrakhmanov and U.N. special envoy for Syria de Mistura attend news conference following Syria peace talks in AstanaBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Irish and Olzhas Auyezov ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal. After two days of deliberations in Astana, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the powers had agreed in a final communique to establish a system "to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire, prevent any provocations and determine all modalities of the ceasefire." While welcoming the text, the Syrian government's chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari said an offensive against rebels west of Damascus would carry on.


     
  • France's Fillon acts to head off scandal over wife's work      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:32:15 -0500

    Francois Fillon, member of Les Republicains political party and 2017 presidential candidate of the French centre-right, attends a political rally in NiceBy Richard Balmforth PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France's presidential election race, conservative Francois Fillon, acknowledged on Tuesday that his wife had worked for him when he was a legislator, but denied a media report that she had been paid for fictitious employment. Fillon, 62, a former prime minister who is tipped to win the presidency in May, acted quickly to dampen possible scandal after a satirical weekly reported that Penelope Fillon had drawn about 500,000 euros ($536,300) in salary over eight years for working as an assistant to her husband when he was a lawmaker in the National Assembly and later to the man who replaced him.


    Francois Fillon, member of Les Republicains political party and 2017 presidential candidate of the French centre-right, attends a political rally in NiceBy Richard Balmforth PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France's presidential election race, conservative Francois Fillon, acknowledged on Tuesday that his wife had worked for him when he was a legislator, but denied a media report that she had been paid for fictitious employment. Fillon, 62, a former prime minister who is tipped to win the presidency in May, acted quickly to dampen possible scandal after a satirical weekly reported that Penelope Fillon had drawn about 500,000 euros ($536,300) in salary over eight years for working as an assistant to her husband when he was a lawmaker in the National Assembly and later to the man who replaced him.


     
  • U.N. 'racing' to prepare aid for civilians ahead of battle for west Mosul      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:02:51 -0500

    Buildings destroyed during previous clashes are seen as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in MosulBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed on Tuesday that government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of the U.S.-backed campaign to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State (IS) insurgents who seized it in 2014.


    Buildings destroyed during previous clashes are seen as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in MosulBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed on Tuesday that government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of the U.S.-backed campaign to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State (IS) insurgents who seized it in 2014.


     
  • Brazil probe sees no mechanical failure in judge's plane crash      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:06:32 -0500

    The coffin of Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, is seen during a funeral ceremony in Porto AlegreBy Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A small plane carrying a Brazilian Supreme Court justice overseeing a political bribery investigation did not suffer any obvious mechanical failure when it crashed into a bay amid heavy rain and killed all five on board, investigators said on Tuesday. The Brazilian Air Force, which is in charge of the investigation, said much more work was required before reaching a final conclusion. The death on Thursday of Justice Teori Zavascki, 68, sparked widespread suspicion in Brazil because he was expected to approve a massive trove of new testimony in the kickback scandal within weeks.


    The coffin of Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, is seen during a funeral ceremony in Porto AlegreBy Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A small plane carrying a Brazilian Supreme Court justice overseeing a political bribery investigation did not suffer any obvious mechanical failure when it crashed into a bay amid heavy rain and killed all five on board, investigators said on Tuesday. The Brazilian Air Force, which is in charge of the investigation, said much more work was required before reaching a final conclusion. The death on Thursday of Justice Teori Zavascki, 68, sparked widespread suspicion in Brazil because he was expected to approve a massive trove of new testimony in the kickback scandal within weeks.


     
  • China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:24:36 -0500

    FILE PHOTO - An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly IslandsBy Ben Blanchard and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway. White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his comments on Monday signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territorial claims in Asia. "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson.


    FILE PHOTO - An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly IslandsBy Ben Blanchard and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway. White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his comments on Monday signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territorial claims in Asia. "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson.


     
  • Parliament must vote before UK can trigger Brexit, top court rules      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:02:03 -0500

    Dawn breaks over parliament before the decision by the Supreme Court on a court ruling on whether Theresa May's government requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the EUBy Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them. A "straightforward" bill will now be rushed to parliament within days, the government said after the country's highest judicial body decided May could not use executive powers known as "royal prerogative" to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of divorce talks.


    Dawn breaks over parliament before the decision by the Supreme Court on a court ruling on whether Theresa May's government requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the EUBy Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them. A "straightforward" bill will now be rushed to parliament within days, the government said after the country's highest judicial body decided May could not use executive powers known as "royal prerogative" to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of divorce talks.


     
  • Trump revives controversial oil pipeline projects      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:03:18 -0500

    US President Donald Trump shows one of the executive orders he signed in the Oval Office at the White House on January 24, 2017US President Donald Trump on Tuesday revived two pipeline projects blocked by his predecessor on environmental grounds, signalling his determination to undo Barack Obama's legacy. Trump gave a conditional go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to US refineries on the Gulf Coast -- and an equally controversial pipeline crossing in North Dakota. Both had been put on hold by Obama's administration.


    US President Donald Trump shows one of the executive orders he signed in the Oval Office at the White House on January 24, 2017US President Donald Trump on Tuesday revived two pipeline projects blocked by his predecessor on environmental grounds, signalling his determination to undo Barack Obama's legacy. Trump gave a conditional go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to US refineries on the Gulf Coast -- and an equally controversial pipeline crossing in North Dakota. Both had been put on hold by Obama's administration.


     
  • Appeals court denies full hearing in data surveillance case      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:02:17 -0500
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court said Tuesday it won't rehear a panel's decision letting companies like Microsoft refuse to turn over to the government customer emails stored overseas. 
  • Possible snag for 1st Guantanamo court session of Trump era      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:58:20 -0500

    FILE - In this May 31, 2009 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military and made through a window, flags wave at the entrance to Camp Justice, the site of the U.S. war crimes tribunal compound on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The first session of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal under President Donald Trump may have hit a snag. A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 terrorism case scheduled to start Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 and run through next week could be postponed because the lead attorney for one of the five defendants was unable to make it to the U.S. base in Cuba after breaking her arm in Washington over the weekend. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The first session of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal under President Donald Trump may have hit a snag.


    FILE - In this May 31, 2009 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military and made through a window, flags wave at the entrance to Camp Justice, the site of the U.S. war crimes tribunal compound on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The first session of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal under President Donald Trump may have hit a snag. A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 terrorism case scheduled to start Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 and run through next week could be postponed because the lead attorney for one of the five defendants was unable to make it to the U.S. base in Cuba after breaking her arm in Washington over the weekend. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The first session of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal under President Donald Trump may have hit a snag.


     
  • Equatorial Guinea confirms hosting ousted Gambian leader Jammeh      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:56:42 -0500

    Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arrives at the airport before flying into exile from GambiaEquatorial Guinea confirmed on Tuesday it was hosting ousted Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who fled his country after West African troops threatened to remove him by force if he did not concede his election defeat. Information Minister Eugenio Nse Obiang confirmed that Jammeh was in the country in a statement sent out to journalists. Jammeh plunged Gambia into turmoil in December when he refused to accept losing to Adama Barrow, demanding a new poll.


    Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arrives at the airport before flying into exile from GambiaEquatorial Guinea confirmed on Tuesday it was hosting ousted Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who fled his country after West African troops threatened to remove him by force if he did not concede his election defeat. Information Minister Eugenio Nse Obiang confirmed that Jammeh was in the country in a statement sent out to journalists. Jammeh plunged Gambia into turmoil in December when he refused to accept losing to Adama Barrow, demanding a new poll.


     
  • Lead levels fall below federal limits in Flint, Michigan: state      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:56:03 -0500

    The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint Michigan(Reuters) - Lead levels in Flint, Michigan's drinking water, the focus of a public health crisis, have fallen below federal limits, state officials said on Tuesday, although they cautioned residents to keep using filtered water as the city's old lead pipes are replaced. Tests showed lead levels in the city's drinking water were 12 parts per billion (ppb) between July and December, below the federal limit of 15 ppb, Michigan officials said in a statement. The water crisis erupted when tests in 2015 found high amounts of lead in blood samples taken from children in Flint, a predominantly black city of about 100,000.


    The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint Michigan(Reuters) - Lead levels in Flint, Michigan's drinking water, the focus of a public health crisis, have fallen below federal limits, state officials said on Tuesday, although they cautioned residents to keep using filtered water as the city's old lead pipes are replaced. Tests showed lead levels in the city's drinking water were 12 parts per billion (ppb) between July and December, below the federal limit of 15 ppb, Michigan officials said in a statement. The water crisis erupted when tests in 2015 found high amounts of lead in blood samples taken from children in Flint, a predominantly black city of about 100,000.


     
  • Australia quick Mennie suffers head injury during training      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:46:37 -0500
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia fast bowler Joe Mennie has been admitted to hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after being struck on the head while bowling at a training session on Monday for his Big Bash League team the Sydney Sixers. 
  • Mitchell Johnson rules out international return      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:37:09 -0500
    SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has ruled out a return to international cricket after taking three wickets for three runs for the Perth Scorchers in a semifinal of the Twenty20 Big Bash League. 
  • Mexico ready to quit NAFTA if US talks fail      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:36:23 -0500

    Mexico's economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal said his delegation would "absolutely" walk away from trade negotiations with the US if President Trump's border wall and remittances became problematicMexico drew red lines on Tuesday ahead of negotiations with US President Donald Trump's administration, warning it could quit the talks and a major trade pact if the discussions hit a wall. During the US election campaign, Trump vowed to make Mexico pay for a massive border wall and threatened to finance it by tapping into the $25 billion in remittances that Mexican migrants sent back home last year. "There are very clear red lines that must be drawn from the start," Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Televisa network as he prepares to meet with US officials in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday.


    Mexico's economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal said his delegation would "absolutely" walk away from trade negotiations with the US if President Trump's border wall and remittances became problematicMexico drew red lines on Tuesday ahead of negotiations with US President Donald Trump's administration, warning it could quit the talks and a major trade pact if the discussions hit a wall. During the US election campaign, Trump vowed to make Mexico pay for a massive border wall and threatened to finance it by tapping into the $25 billion in remittances that Mexican migrants sent back home last year. "There are very clear red lines that must be drawn from the start," Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Televisa network as he prepares to meet with US officials in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday.


     
  • Trump expands anti-abortion ban to all US global health aid      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:35:28 -0500
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions, or provide abortion information, to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance. 
  • Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:14:09 -0500

    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has moved to curb the flow of information from several government agencies whose mandate impacts environmental issues since last week, in actions that appeared designed to tighten control and discourage dissenting views. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.


    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has moved to curb the flow of information from several government agencies whose mandate impacts environmental issues since last week, in actions that appeared designed to tighten control and discourage dissenting views. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.


     
  • Schulz, EU veteran with popular touch to rival Merkel      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:38 -0500

    Despite his image as the ultimate EU insider, Martin Schulz, who was nominated as Germany's Social Democrats' presidential candidate on January 24, 2017, is seen as the only man popular enough to take on Chancellor Angela MerkelAfter years spent honing his political skills in Brussels, former EU parliament head Martin Schulz has returned home to enter the race for Germany's top job, seen as the only man popular enough to challenge Angela Merkel. In a surprise move, Social Democrats' leader Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday said he was standing aside so the 61-year-old Schulz could replace him as chairman of the SPD and run as its candidate for chancellor. The former bookseller -- once likened to a Nazi camp supervisor by Silvio Berlusconi -- had only announced two months ago that he was stepping down as head of the EU's only elected body to return to politics in his native country.


    Despite his image as the ultimate EU insider, Martin Schulz, who was nominated as Germany's Social Democrats' presidential candidate on January 24, 2017, is seen as the only man popular enough to take on Chancellor Angela MerkelAfter years spent honing his political skills in Brussels, former EU parliament head Martin Schulz has returned home to enter the race for Germany's top job, seen as the only man popular enough to challenge Angela Merkel. In a surprise move, Social Democrats' leader Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday said he was standing aside so the 61-year-old Schulz could replace him as chairman of the SPD and run as its candidate for chancellor. The former bookseller -- once likened to a Nazi camp supervisor by Silvio Berlusconi -- had only announced two months ago that he was stepping down as head of the EU's only elected body to return to politics in his native country.


     
  • Trump clears way for controversial oil pipelines      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:22:32 -0500

    President Trump signs executive orders at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions. Oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Trump campaigned on promises to increase domestic energy production.


    President Trump signs executive orders at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions. Oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Trump campaigned on promises to increase domestic energy production.


     
  • How major US stock market indexes fared on Tuesday      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:19:42 -0500
    Stocks posted solid gains on Tuesday, lifting the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite to all-time highs. 
  • French president meets with leftist rebels in Colombia      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:16:17 -0500

    France's President Francois Hollande, right, and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, wave during a visit to a camp of the monitoring and verification mechanism coordinated by the United Nations near where rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, will turn over their weapons to U.N. observer in La Venta, a rural area of Caldono municipality, southern Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)LA VENTA, Colombia (AP) — French President Francois Hollande met with leaders of Colombia's largest rebel movement Tuesday in an area where guerrillas will soon begin turning over weapons as part of a historic peace deal.


    France's President Francois Hollande, right, and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, wave during a visit to a camp of the monitoring and verification mechanism coordinated by the United Nations near where rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, will turn over their weapons to U.N. observer in La Venta, a rural area of Caldono municipality, southern Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)LA VENTA, Colombia (AP) — French President Francois Hollande met with leaders of Colombia's largest rebel movement Tuesday in an area where guerrillas will soon begin turning over weapons as part of a historic peace deal.


     
  • Kristoffersen regains slalom dominance by winning night race      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:15:03 -0500

    Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen celebrates after winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen won a World Cup night slalom to regain his dominance in the discipline on Tuesday, two days after failing to finish the classic Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuehel.


    Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen celebrates after winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen won a World Cup night slalom to regain his dominance in the discipline on Tuesday, two days after failing to finish the classic Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuehel.


     
  • Materials, financials help lift S&P 500, Nasdaq to new highs      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:12:46 -0500

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, a miniature reproduction of Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull" sculpture sits on display at a street vendor's table outside the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Materials companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly higher in early trading Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, as investors sized up the latest round of company earnings news. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Phone companies and health care stocks lagged the broader market. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)U.S. stocks posted solid gains Tuesday, propelling the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite to all-time highs.


    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, a miniature reproduction of Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull" sculpture sits on display at a street vendor's table outside the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Materials companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly higher in early trading Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, as investors sized up the latest round of company earnings news. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Phone companies and health care stocks lagged the broader market. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)U.S. stocks posted solid gains Tuesday, propelling the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite to all-time highs.


     
  • France issues record $7.5 billion in 'green bonds'      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:12:10 -0500
    PARIS (AP) — France has issued a record 7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in so-called green treasury bonds, a boost to efforts to generate investment in clean energy. 
  • PSG thumps Bordeaux 4-1 to reach French Cup final      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:10:57 -0500
    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain thumped a feeble Bordeaux 4-1 to reach the French Cup final on Tuesday. 
  • Trump's talk of taking the oil sparks questions in US, Iraq      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:08:56 -0500

    In this Jan. 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. No one knows how seriously to take Trump’s threat to seize Iraq’s oil. Doing so would involve extraordinary costs and risk confrontation with America’s best ground partner against the Islamic State, but the president told the CIA: “Maybe you’ll have another chance.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — No one knows how seriously to take President Donald Trump's threat to seize Iraq's oil.


    In this Jan. 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. No one knows how seriously to take Trump’s threat to seize Iraq’s oil. Doing so would involve extraordinary costs and risk confrontation with America’s best ground partner against the Islamic State, but the president told the CIA: “Maybe you’ll have another chance.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — No one knows how seriously to take President Donald Trump's threat to seize Iraq's oil.


     
  • Unbeaten since October, Napoli reaches Cup semifinals      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:07:20 -0500

    Napoli's Jose Callejon, left, celebrates with teammate Dries Mertens after scoring, during an Italian Cup, Round of 8 soccer match between Napoli and Fiorentina, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Napoli beat Fiorentina 1-0 to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals and extend its unbeaten streak in all competitions to 15 matches on Tuesday.


    Napoli's Jose Callejon, left, celebrates with teammate Dries Mertens after scoring, during an Italian Cup, Round of 8 soccer match between Napoli and Fiorentina, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Napoli beat Fiorentina 1-0 to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals and extend its unbeaten streak in all competitions to 15 matches on Tuesday.


     
  • Brazil prosecutor says Temer labor reforms illegal      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:01:35 -0500

    Brazil's President Michel Temer, gestures during an interview with Reuters at his office in BrasiliaBrazil's top labor prosecutor said President Michel Temer's proposals to modernize the country's labor laws were illegal in a report published on Tuesday that provided ammunition to workers' unions fighting the reforms. Updating outdated labor laws to allow outsourcing and more flexibility in contracts and work hours is part of Temer's plan to reduce business costs and pull Brazil from its worst recession on record. "In times of crisis, workers need more protection not less," Prosecutor-General for Labor Ronaldo Fleury, whose office in responsible for chasing labor law violations from slavery to child labor, said at a news conference.


    Brazil's President Michel Temer, gestures during an interview with Reuters at his office in BrasiliaBrazil's top labor prosecutor said President Michel Temer's proposals to modernize the country's labor laws were illegal in a report published on Tuesday that provided ammunition to workers' unions fighting the reforms. Updating outdated labor laws to allow outsourcing and more flexibility in contracts and work hours is part of Temer's plan to reduce business costs and pull Brazil from its worst recession on record. "In times of crisis, workers need more protection not less," Prosecutor-General for Labor Ronaldo Fleury, whose office in responsible for chasing labor law violations from slavery to child labor, said at a news conference.


     
  • Tiger and Torrey, and a mixed bag of memories      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:59:14 -0500

    FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green during the trophy ceremony for Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament winner Billy Hurley III in Bethesda, Md. Woods discusses his impending return to Riviera for the Genesis Open in February, the hometown tournament that golf's aging superstar has skipped since 2006. Despite his love for the venerable course, Woods has never won there. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods was quick to set the record straight, with a smile.


    FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green during the trophy ceremony for Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament winner Billy Hurley III in Bethesda, Md. Woods discusses his impending return to Riviera for the Genesis Open in February, the hometown tournament that golf's aging superstar has skipped since 2006. Despite his love for the venerable course, Woods has never won there. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods was quick to set the record straight, with a smile.


     
  • Ex EU parliament head Schulz to stand against Germany's Merkel      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:55:10 -0500

    Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel attend a press conference at the Social Democratic Party headquarters in Berlin on January 24, 2017Germany's Social Democrats unexpectedly named former European Parliament chief Martin Schulz as their candidate for the chancellorship on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a September election that promises to be Angela Merkel's toughest yet. The announcement came after SPD party leader and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel surprised observers by saying he would step aside to make room for Schulz, conceding that his own chances of victory were dismal. "He is someone who can build bridges, who can bring people together," Gabriel said, adding that Schulz would also replace him as SPD leader.


    Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel attend a press conference at the Social Democratic Party headquarters in Berlin on January 24, 2017Germany's Social Democrats unexpectedly named former European Parliament chief Martin Schulz as their candidate for the chancellorship on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a September election that promises to be Angela Merkel's toughest yet. The announcement came after SPD party leader and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel surprised observers by saying he would step aside to make room for Schulz, conceding that his own chances of victory were dismal. "He is someone who can build bridges, who can bring people together," Gabriel said, adding that Schulz would also replace him as SPD leader.


     
  • Kalou announces international retirement after Ivorian exit      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:52:18 -0500

    Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou (L) challenges Togo's forward Serge Gakpe during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Ivory Coast and Togo in Oyem on January 16, 2017Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou announced his retirement from international football after the reigning champions were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. "I am 31, this is my sixth Africa Cup of Nations. Kalou won the man of the match award but it was Rachid Alioui who scored the only goal of the game for a Morocco side coached by Herve Renard, the mastermind of the Ivory Coast's 2015 triumph.


    Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou (L) challenges Togo's forward Serge Gakpe during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Ivory Coast and Togo in Oyem on January 16, 2017Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou announced his retirement from international football after the reigning champions were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. "I am 31, this is my sixth Africa Cup of Nations. Kalou won the man of the match award but it was Rachid Alioui who scored the only goal of the game for a Morocco side coached by Herve Renard, the mastermind of the Ivory Coast's 2015 triumph.


     
  • Iraq clears east Mosul, amid fears for civilians in west      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:47:54 -0500

    Iraqi special forces battle against Islamic State jihadists for control of Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017Iraqi forces retook the last area of Mosul east of the Tigris River Tuesday, 100 days into an offensive whose next phase aid groups warned could have dire consequences for civilians. Army units flushed out fighters of the Islamic State group from a rural area on the northern edge of Mosul, completing an important step in Iraq's largest military operation in years. Commanders from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service that has done most of the fighting and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had already declared east Mosul "liberated" last week.


    Iraqi special forces battle against Islamic State jihadists for control of Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017Iraqi forces retook the last area of Mosul east of the Tigris River Tuesday, 100 days into an offensive whose next phase aid groups warned could have dire consequences for civilians. Army units flushed out fighters of the Islamic State group from a rural area on the northern edge of Mosul, completing an important step in Iraq's largest military operation in years. Commanders from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service that has done most of the fighting and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had already declared east Mosul "liberated" last week.


     
  • Factbox: Trump gives nod to Keystone XL oil pipeline      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:44:18 -0500
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rolling back key Obama administration environmental actions in favor of expanding energy infrastructure. In 2015, former President Barack Obama rejected the cross-border crude oil line, seven years after it was first proposed, citing environmental concerns and saying it would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy. THE PROJECT: The 1,179-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL pipeline would move 830,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude from Hardisty, Alberta, across the U.S. border to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with a previously approved line. 
  • Chile farmers fight wildfire 'catastrophe'      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:43:26 -0500

    A forest fire burns in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017Chile's president ordered extra funds Tuesday to be spent on fighting the country's worst forest fires ever, as frantic locals called for help to save their homes, animals and farmland. Flames have destroyed 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of land in the center of the country and at least 4,000 people have been evacuated, the National Emergency Office said. "This is worse than an earthquake," said Juan Carlos Donoso, a middle-aged man who lives in a rural area near the town of Litueche.


    A forest fire burns in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017Chile's president ordered extra funds Tuesday to be spent on fighting the country's worst forest fires ever, as frantic locals called for help to save their homes, animals and farmland. Flames have destroyed 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of land in the center of the country and at least 4,000 people have been evacuated, the National Emergency Office said. "This is worse than an earthquake," said Juan Carlos Donoso, a middle-aged man who lives in a rural area near the town of Litueche.


     
  • UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:34:19 -0500

    Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Downing Street in London Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger exit negotiations by the end of March. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Britain's government warned lawmakers not to try to "thwart the will of the people" after the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must seek the approval of Parliament before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union.


    Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Downing Street in London Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger exit negotiations by the end of March. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Britain's government warned lawmakers not to try to "thwart the will of the people" after the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must seek the approval of Parliament before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union.


     
  • With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:34:19 -0500

    With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement.


    With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement.


     
  • British government readies for Brexit bill after court ruling      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:25:18 -0500

    Lead claimant Gina Miller, co-founder of investment fund SCM Private (C), makes a statement outside the Supreme Court, opposite the Houses of Parliament, in central London on January 24, 2017 after the court's ruling on triggering BrexitThe British government is set to propose legislation to push Brexit through parliament following a landmark court ruling on Tuesday seen as a setback for Prime Minister Theresa May. The Supreme Court judgement found the government must win parliament's approval before starting talks for Britain to leave the European Union, following the country's divisive referendum which saw 52 percent vote to leave the bloc. May had wanted to start the Brexit process -- invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty -- without a vote in parliament, but she failed to overturn a High Court ruling that said lawmakers must be consulted.


    Lead claimant Gina Miller, co-founder of investment fund SCM Private (C), makes a statement outside the Supreme Court, opposite the Houses of Parliament, in central London on January 24, 2017 after the court's ruling on triggering BrexitThe British government is set to propose legislation to push Brexit through parliament following a landmark court ruling on Tuesday seen as a setback for Prime Minister Theresa May. The Supreme Court judgement found the government must win parliament's approval before starting talks for Britain to leave the European Union, following the country's divisive referendum which saw 52 percent vote to leave the bloc. May had wanted to start the Brexit process -- invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty -- without a vote in parliament, but she failed to overturn a High Court ruling that said lawmakers must be consulted.


     
  • Argentina condemns vandalism at war cemetery in Falklands      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:16:52 -0500
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government is condemning vandalism committed at the South American country's war cemetery in the disputed Falkland Islands. 
  • Crews seek source of Saskatchewan oil spill on aboriginal land      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:12:22 -0500

    The site of an oil pipeline spill is seen in an aerial photograph provided by Indian and Northern Affairs CanadaThe oil spill clean up on an aboriginal reserve in western Canada continued on Tuesday as crews prepared to excavate the site to determine the source of the leak, the provincial government of Saskatchewan said. A pipeline in the province leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil last week, according to the government, which was notified of the leak on Friday. Vacuum trucks are on the site to remove oil and contaminated soil.


    The site of an oil pipeline spill is seen in an aerial photograph provided by Indian and Northern Affairs CanadaThe oil spill clean up on an aboriginal reserve in western Canada continued on Tuesday as crews prepared to excavate the site to determine the source of the leak, the provincial government of Saskatchewan said. A pipeline in the province leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil last week, according to the government, which was notified of the leak on Friday. Vacuum trucks are on the site to remove oil and contaminated soil.


     
  • Italy avalanche toll at 17 as helicopter crash adds to pain      Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:12:12 -0500

    A picture released by Italy's CNSAS rescue agency shows teams working at the avalanche-hit Hotel RigopianoThe toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 17 dead and 12 missing Tuesday as a nearby helicopter crash claimed the lives of six people and dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall in decades. The emergency response helicopter came down in thick fog near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Rome, during the evacuation of an injured skier. Campo Felice, located at 710 metres (2,330 feet) altitude but with pistes up to just over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that struck the region last Wednesday and were followed by the killer avalanche.


    A picture released by Italy's CNSAS rescue agency shows teams working at the avalanche-hit Hotel RigopianoThe toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 17 dead and 12 missing Tuesday as a nearby helicopter crash claimed the lives of six people and dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall in decades. The emergency response helicopter came down in thick fog near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Rome, during the evacuation of an injured skier. Campo Felice, located at 710 metres (2,330 feet) altitude but with pistes up to just over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that struck the region last Wednesday and were followed by the killer avalanche.


     


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