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Obama's Pragmatism
I think I’m beginning to understand Barack Obama’s concept of pragmatism better. Pragmatism is the name of a school of philosophy. The major point to understand is that, in the pragmatic view, we have to continue working hard at “business as usual,” regardless of what we believe is ethically right or wrong. As I understand it, Obama’s current philosophically-inspired position is that economic success is the major gauge of his leadership, simply because that is the way everything works in our civilization. Many aspects of our system are repugnant, probably as much to Obama as to some of those reading this, but according to his pragmatism we can’t get away from things as they are.

Obama’s is a deeply thought out attitude and not the same as a policy of continuous expediency. He demands that we throw ourselves into the world as we find it. I think he would say that any other attitude amounts to shirking our (his) responsibility to run the country for the good of everyone, including the good of people we detest.

This attitude can be compared with the one advanced by Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived life in Auschwitz while following similar principles. I recommend Frankl’s moving and disturbing book without reservation to anyone who would try to see human beings as we are, inextricably connected to the world around us. In some ways the philosophy of Frankl is the antithesis of the agonized lament, heard in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, that “Hell is other people.”

I’m not sure I can entirely accept either Obama’s pragmatism or Frankl’s grim determination to follow the road on which we find ourselves. Nevertheless I believe these are ideas that we need to take seriously, particularly in light of the current president’s apparently deep commitment to principles such as I am awkwardly trying to characterize here.

If Obama succeeds in getting himself voted in for another term, it will be interesting to find out what he does with his second four years. He may not change his policies, but I’m hoping he will start to explain, in much greater depth, the decisions he is making and the logic he follows in making them.

—Ralph    |  


Wiki-Leaking Bank Information
For anyone interested in learning more about Wikileaks, how it operates, its ethics and an example of the character of one leaker, I recommend watching this video. Probably because of server overload, the video may take up to about 15 minutes to begin playing. It’s worth the wait.
—Ralph    |  


USA Has a Right-Sided Bias
This week’s diplomatic spat between the US and Venezuela illustrates the built-in U.S. bias against leftist governments.
(Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa. […]

In the latest flare-up between the ideological foes, Washington withdrew the visa of ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday in retaliation for the rejection by socialist President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated U.S. envoy to Caracas.

Chavez had blocked [U.S. envoy] Larry Palmer’s arrival, after the diplomat accused Venezuela’s government of close ties to leftist Colombian rebels. [Palmer] also alleged declining morale and growing Cuban influence in Venezuela’s armed forces.

It’s easy to see why U.S. foreign policy is always so strongly biased against leftist governments: there are still substantial remnants of U.S. anti-communism, the pillar upon which most of Washington’s foreign policy rested from the beginning of the Cold War, around 1947, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Throughout 44 years of Cold War polarization, a strong tradition of U.S. anti-leftism became deeply rooted. And even though 20 years has now passed since the collapse of Russian communism, there is still a fixed expectation, both at home and in the rest of the world, that the U.S. will always oppose leftist governments such as Venezuela’s, while glossing over the faults of rightist states like El Salvador, to which

the United States has sent more than $1 billion in military aid […] in the last decade, and $2 billion more in economic assistance.
Anti-communist habits of thought also help explain why, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. press and media still retain a strong right-sided bias. A reflexive “anti-communist” miasma of condemnation subtly permeates the atmosphere when any domestic policy appears to lean leftward.

As long as reactive hatred of communism and reactive fear of terrorism combine to lock U.S. political dialog into a tiny pen, there’s little hope we’ll hear sensible policy discussion any time soon.

—Ralph    |  


Ease of Use
Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

—Ralph    |  


What is a Conservative?
What exactly is an American conservative, anyway? I can’t think of a description that fits the present range of candidates. Is a conservative…
  • A religious fundamentalist who is fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason?
  • A wealthy individual trying to get his taxes reduced by giving money to a politician who promises to cut all taxes?
  • A person opposed to government spending (except for military, CIA, Homeland Security and “Black Ops” spending)?
  • An advocate of “white power,” also opposed to social services and immigration?
  • Someone who believes in “personal responsibility” (except when his or own family needs some kind of help)?
  • A politician who tries to block any legislative proposal advanced by Democrats, including legislation he or she has previously sponsored?
  • Someone who believes “Barack Hussein Obama” is secretly a Kenyan Muslim?
This is, of course, an ironic post, but it also contains a serious question: is there any common set of beliefs shared by self-described American conservatives?
—Ralph    |  


Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |  


Angry with Barack Obama?
I get pretty disappointed, even angry with Obama because he has neither ended the wars nor closed Guantanamo, but then I have to remember how much I hated Lyndon Johnson for his horrible war in Vietnam. Because of the massive public reaction against that war, in 1968 Johnson did not run for a second full term in office.

But now we remember Lyndon Johnson as the president who moved the Civil Rights Act of 1965 through Congress, and signed it.

It’s true that Barack Obama isn’t the most popular president, and that he’s not helping other Democrats. Those are the unfortunate facts. But we can still hope that the legislation Obama and this Congress have passed will help the country over the long term.

—Ralph    |  



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Exclusive: Chemical arms body to investigate
allegations of Syrian chlorine gas attack - source


Labor unions, developers reach agreement
on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium


Ten killed in stampede during
Hindu ritual in Bangladesh


Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks
debate halting some campaign donations


Oil prices fall more than
$1 as supply threat eases


Amazon in talks to buy online luxury
retailer Net-a-Porter: Forbes


Australia's NSW state election set to
greenlight blockbuster energy sell-off


Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in
custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war


South Korea demands release of two men
accused by North Korea of espionage


The $50 device that symbolizes a
shift in North Korea


Oil prices ease as market
downplays supply threat from Yemen


Japan PM Abe to address
joint session of Congress


Airlines introduce two-person
cockpit rule after Alps crash


Senior police official in Fresno,
California, arrested on drug charges


New York buildings collapse in
possible gas blast, 19 hurt


Fed market gurus prep rate hike
amid last-minute anxieties


China launches 'Sky Net' to
better coordinate graft fight


Eight gang members in El Salvador
reported killed in shoot-out with police


RadioShack rescue deal dogged by
fights, demands for new auction


Japan makes a start on sharing
lessons from nuclear crisis


Amid trial, Kleiner Perkins recruits
next generation of partners


Britain's Cameron wins first TV
encounter of close election: poll


Police settle suit over use of
tear gas during Missouri protests


Airport pat-downs of black women's
hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU


Senate tries to score political
points on way to budget vote


Syria's Assad says open to
dialogue with U.S.: CBS interview


Colorado lawmaker says attack on
pregnant woman 'curse of God'


Father of ex-Los Angeles cop wanted
for murder charged with lying to FBI


In first UK election TV encounter, Labour's
Miliband shrugs off 'geek' accusations


U.S. court halts Labor Department
same-sex couple protections


Tesoro sees restarting Martinez,
Calif., refinery beginning Friday


Alaska officials identify remains
of two members of missing family


California to loosen ban on sex
offenders living near schools


Pilot's actions may add to Germanwings'
liability in mountain crash: lawyers


Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is
not U.S. Congress's only option


UK's Cameron beats Labour's Miliband in
first TV contest before election: poll


Head of U.S. Chemical Safety Board
resigns: White House official


Syria has OKed three of 33 U.N. aid
access requests in 2015: official


California official urges law to
automatically register drivers to vote


U.S. Senate votes unanimously for
amendment to send message on Iran


Bankrupt San Bernardino reveals
details of deal with Calpers


Florida debates gambling as big
players lay down their bets


Moroccan opposition in rare
standoff with police over burial


Life term recommended for Alabama
woman who ran granddaughter to death


Before close election, UK's Cameron says got
some things wrong, but got economy right


Co-pilot suspected of deliberately
crashing Germanwings jet


Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as
Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes


White House crafts first-ever
plan to fight superbugs


U.S., allies conduct air strikes in Syria,
Iraq against Islamic State: task force


California man stands by claim that
girlfriend was kidnapped: attorneys


Two U.S. men arrested in plot to attack
Illinois military base: Justice Department


Amish boy, 10, dies, two injured
when buggy struck in Missouri


Iran's Rouhani intervenes as
deadline for nuclear deal approaches


Georgia governor to sign bill allowing
limited medical marijuana use


U.S. appeals court to reconsider
San Diego gun restriction


U.S. gives approval for $350,000
rhino hunt sold at Texas auction


Congressman asks pro sports leagues
about their tax-exempt status


Conservatives step up efforts to
close U.S. Export-Import Bank


Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes
on India's universal health plan


Oil leaps 5 percent, most in a
month, on air strikes in Yemen


Building collapses, engulfed in
flames in New York's East Village


Wisconsin's Walker denies changing
stance on illegal immigrants


U.S. top diplomat for Africa to lead
observation mission for Nigeria vote


New Jersey lawmakers send post-Exxon
pollution bill to governor


Boston bombing jury sees mock
bombs, victim autopsy photos


Argentina court throws out appeal
of decision clearing Fernandez


U.S. has no policy to protect Syrian
force after training: general


West Virginia police capture
escaped murder suspect


Iraq special forces advance in
Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight


Informant fingers earlier suspect
in case of missing New York boy


U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds
in SpaceX certification: report


Obama discusses Yemen, Iran
in call with Turkey's Erdogan


U.S. House okays bipartisan bill
to fix Medicare doctor payments


Hearing for black Virginia student
bloodied in arrest postponed


U.S. drug agents had sex parties
funded by drug cartels: watchdog


Obama, Turkey's Erdogan discuss Yemen,
Iran, Islamic State: White House


Oil up 5 percent after Saudi strikes
in Yemen; dollar limits gains


Boston jury sees mockups of
bombs used in deadly 2013 attack


Ohio men imprisoned 18 years
on murder granted new trial


U.N.: Israeli settlements may
have already killed two-state bid


Illinois Senate sends FY
2015 budget fix to governor


U.N. says Libyan parties need more
time to agree unity government


Man kills self in Colorado after
eating pot candies: coroner


Food fight: Kentucky, West Virginia
senators wager over NCAA game


Displacement doubles in north
Cameroon in flight from Boko Haram


More than 15,000 buildings without
power after Oklahoma tornadoes


Rouhani speaks with French, British,
Russian leaders as nuclear talks resume


Schock leaves U.S. Congress, notes
Abe Lincoln had troubles too


One killed, several injured in
Texas highway bridge collapse


EU to resume Galileo
satellite launch program


Arab foreign ministers agree
on unified military force


New U.N. investigator
to probe digital spying


Pentagon research arm says military
must react faster to tech changes


U.S. public pension fund investments
resume growth in fourth quarter


Highway bridge collapses in
Texas, one death reported


Japanese PM Abe invited to
address U.S. Congress on April 29


Modeling agency owner alleges he lost
business after Epstein sex scandal


Bridge collapses on I-35
highway in Salado, Texas


Firefighter dies in Cincinnati
apartment building fire


Greece prepares reforms, eyes
deal with euro zone next week


German police search house of
pilot who flew A320 into mountain


U.S. ad campaign points to dangers
of dual cigarette/e-cig use


U.S. hopes to wrap up Pacific
trade deal, fast-track soon


U.S. Ebola patient's condition
improved to serious: NIH


Nigerian government denies 'fresh
abduction' in Damasak town


Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez
interrupted by bomb threat


Detroit mom whose children were found
in freezer to face murder charges


U.S. trade rep says hopes to wrap
up Transpacific Partnership soon


Father of slain U.S. blogger says
no progress in Bangladesh probe


Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina
but 'not a great deal of hope'


Fed officials say rate hike plan
intact despite weak U.S. data


North Korea says it has
arrested two South Korean spies


U.S. lawmaker to Homeland Security:
'clean up' Secret Service


U.S. 'troubled' by Thai leader's
threat to execute journalists


Maryland student leaves school
after 'hateful' email to fraternity


Post-election unrest could
hamper aid efforts in Nigeria


Indiana governor allows needle
exchange to fight HIV outbreak


Protests continue a week after
woman lynched in Afghan capital


More teenage recruits as Yemen
conflict intensifies, U.N. says


U.S. jobs, services sector
data point to growth rebound


Cuba proposes quick start to
human rights dialogue with U.S.


Flaws in weapons buying threaten
U.S. national security: Sen. McCain


Exclusive: West holds off on Ukraine
aid pledges, seeking reforms


California plans public forums on
marijuana legalization options


U.N. boosts peacekeepers in
Central African Republic by 1,000


Nigeria's presidential
candidates sign new peace appeal


U.S. House committee advances
'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill


Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings
plane on purpose, prosecutor says


Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko
Haram in Nigerian border area


No U.N. troop cut in Congo until
progress against Rwandan rebels


Indiana governor signs religious
freedom bill that could affect gays


Pope Francis to visit Obama
at White House on Sept 23


Putin says Western spies plot
against Russia before polls


Germany bans Islamist
militant group Tauhid Germany


Four dead in Chile floods, military
rescues stranded residents


Business, military, government seize
land for rubber in Myanmar: rights group


Jockey motion tracking
reveals racing prowess


Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
released from prison: media reports


Tunisia signals local al Qaeda
links to Bardo museum attack


Syrian Islamist insurgents advance
around Idlib city: monitor


Lower U.S. jobless claims suggest
solidly improving labor market


U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary
nuclear deal as deadline looms


Thai junta targets dissent with
visits to student activist homes


Germanwings co-pilot likely crashed
jet deliberately: prosecutor


Burundi ruling party officials ask
president to drop third term quest


Uganda ups security, says al
Shabaab group behind U.S. warning


Cutting losses on Iran nuclear
deal, Israel eyes small print


Just one pilot in cockpit at time of
French Alps crash: German prosecutor


Saudi Arabia leads air strikes
against Yemen's Houthi rebels


Case against accused Boston Marathon
bomber moves towards conclusion


Coalition, Iraqi planes target IS
militants in Tikrit presidential compound


Poland says four U.S. Thunderbolt
planes join exercises


China says probing if more
Myanmar bombs strayed over border


Kenya police officer shot in
possible Islamist revenge attack


UK court rules Prince Charles letters
to ministers can be disclosed


China says will likely invite
Western Allies to WW2 parade


North Korea's neighbors push
to resume six-party talks


Thailand toughens trafficking law
with death penalty, steep fines


Aquino takes responsibility for bungled
mission in Philippines, but no apology


Nigeria's military detains
two Al Jazeera reporters


Philippines says to resume works
in disputed South China Sea


Fed's Bullard: now may be good time
to normalize U.S. monetary policy


Pakistan militant spokesman
phones to deny death


Recording shows pilot locked out
of crashed Airbus cockpit: NYT


Distrust clouds vision of
Kurdish peace in Turkey


Greece believes deal on reforms with
Eurogroup to be reached next week


California police say Bay
Area woman's abduction staged


Costa Rica fires ambassador in
Venezuela after vocal support of Maduro


Woman arrested in plot to
kidnap babies and kill mothers


Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes
in Yemen against Houthi fighters


Asylum seekers in the West
highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR


Four suspected rebels dead after
military raid in Thai south


Chinese police raid office
of prominent NGO: co-founder


U.S. consumer watchdog unveils
plans to regulate payday loans


Arizona lawmakers approve
abortion bill, send to governor


Florida teen kills brother, shoots
other sibling, then kills himself


One person killed, several injured
as tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas


Leaked Pacific trade pact draft
shows investment carve-outs sought


Oil prices surge after
Saudi air strikes in Yemen


Deported South Korean faces U.S.
charges for posing as brother he killed


Vietnam industrial zone
accident kills 14, 30 injured


China's Xi says miscarriages of
justice must be tackled properly


Family of unarmed Georgia man killed
by police launches own investigation


Californians worry about water, favor
legalizing pot and like Jerry Brown: poll


Cockpit voice tape studied in Airbus
crash; NYT says pilot locked out


Stepmother, father arrested after
Florida three-year-old found dead in box


California bill that would allow
assisted suicide passes Senate panel


House Republican budget
crosses finish line, barely


Wisconsin state trooper, bank
robbery suspect die in shoot-out


House Republicans pass blueprint
for deep spending cuts


Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and
Arkansas, damaging structures


Florida man killed family in
murder-suicide drowning: police


U.S. officials urge funding to
reduce vulnerabilities in space


U.S. wants detailed deal with
Iran but hints at flexibility


Files about U.S. intelligence operations
taken by Yemen rebels: LA Times


Driver who injured Denver policeman
at Ferguson protest arrested


U.S. warns of possible
attacks in Ugandan capital


Explosion kills one at Turkish
magazine office: reports


Investigators hope cockpit
tape will explain Airbus crash


Brazil says no 'grand bargain'
with builders in Petrobras scandal


Indiana governor to declare disaster
for county hit by HIV outbreak


Worries grow as new courts
hand Pakistan army more power


House Republicans narrow
budget choices, unity tested


U.N. aviation agency to seek green
light on domestic drone rules


Slain U.S. blogger's wife urges
'thorough' Bangladesh probe


Indianapolis mayor says religious
freedom bill sends wrong signal


U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis
pound Islamic State in Tikrit


U.S. jury says Motorola infringed
one Intellectual Ventures patent


Police make arrest in Florida
university shooting that wounded three


Treasury's Lew to travel to
China March 28-31: Treasury


Large crowd at Univ. of Mississippi
protests dismissal of school leader


U.S. to modify launch capability
deal for Lockheed-Boeing venture


Allies of Yemen Houthis seize Aden
airport, close in on president


Bay Area woman reported kidnapped
turns up safe in Southern California


U.S. autoworkers face threat
as car makers drawn to Mexico


Heinz deal for Kraft expands
food larder for Buffett, 3G


NASA picks an asteroid rock
to pave the road to Mars


Disgraced Oklahoma student says
'deeply sorry' about racist song


Ohio House again passes
'heartbeat' anti-abortion bill


California attorney general seeks
to halt anti-gay ballot initiative


Republicans ask White House about
Clinton's broken charity donors promise


Former Pennsylvania sportscaster
sentenced to prison for charity scam


Texas Senate passes $4.5
billion tax cut bill


As oil prices slide, North Dakota
sees manufacturing in its future


Texas gets new batch of execution
drug after supply ran short


Kremlin critic says under
pressure not to return to Russia


North Carolina State disbands fraternity
after discovery of offensive remarks


Thousands commemorate historic
Selma, Ala., civil rights march


Unarmed Georgia man remembered by family
at apartment where he was killed by police


Friends seek financial aid for family
of U.S. civil rights leader Fauntroy


Delta rocket blasts off from
Florida with improved GPS satellite


Passenger bus blown up by mine
in east Ukraine, three killed


Detroit mom charged after
children found dead in freezer


Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl
charged with desertion, misbehavior


Ivory Coast's coalition partners
to merge after elections


Orders given for U.S.-led strikes
on Iraq's Tikrit: U.S. official


Obama ready to sign bipartisan
fix for Medicare doctor payments


Venezuela collects three million anti-Obama
signatures, foes denounce coercion


Jury in Silicon Valley discrimination
trial starts deliberations


British government using Falklands
for election gains: Argentina


Colorado pot arrests plunge, but
rate for blacks still higher: study


Former U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl
faces possible life in prison


At least 12 dead in Vietnam
industrial zone accident: media


Virginia governor orders police
retraining after student's arrest


Netanyahu gets go-ahead to
form Israel's next government


Ex-Congo child soldier apologizes
at U.N. for 1990s killings


Exclusive: U.S.-led coalition planning
to carry out Tikrit strikes - source


Britain fights slavery with tough
new law as part of global battle


Oil up 3 percent on weak dollar,
speculative buying, Yemen


U.S. farm groups to press FAA
for fewer drone restrictions


Supermassive blackhole
detector ready for business


Ex-NYU researcher reaches plea
deal in China bribe scheme


FBI offers $25,000 reward for
tips on North Carolina gold heist


Senate Democrats push White
House on oil train safety


Donors pledge more than one
billion euros for Guinea-Bissau


CAR farmers need seeds now, cheaper
than more food aid later: U.N.


Autopsy due on two children
found dead in freezer in Detroit


U.S. Army to give update on case
of former war prisoner Bergdahl


New Afghan president warns of
'terrible threat' from Islamic State


Investigators say have cockpit voice
recordings from crashed Airbus


Conservative justices press Obama
administration on mercury pollution rule


Moscow says new U.S. national
security strategy is anti-Russian


Heave, ho: Elephants rescue
18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


Iran insists on lifting all
sanctions in any nuclear deal: IRNA


Facing resistance, U.S. pushes
to meet deadline for Iran deal


Man shoots and kills wife, then
himself outside Memphis grocery store


Nigeria to close land, sea
borders for Saturday election


Union vote set at Boeing's South
Carolina plants, stokes labor rift


Nigerian court leaves challenger Buhari
free to run in presidential race


Oklahoma civil rights pioneer
Nancy Davis dies at 88


Pentagon silent on Iraq's
prediction of Tikrit air strikes


Ghani: Islamic State 'terrible
threat' to western, central Asia


U.S. justices divided over challenge
to mercury air pollution rule


Oil gains on weaker dollar, though
U.S. storage build limits rise


U.S. military challenged maritime
claims of 19 countries in 2014


Chad court convicts Habre-era security
officials of war crimes, torture


Islamic State fighters take on
Libya's rival government forces


Weak U.S. business spending data
points to tepid first quarter growth


Turkish military says clashes with
Kurdish militants in southeast


Two dead in Nashville, Tenn.
crash that shut down I-40 lanes


U.S. ATF had to ditch $600,000 worth
of surveillance drones: watchdog


Two men arrested in Maryland
high school shooting


U.S. drivers extend record
mileage gains in January: FHA


Greece fails in bid for early
cash release, reforms awaited


Italy court ruling on Amanda
Knox delayed until Friday


Kraft to combine with Heinz
in deal led by 3G, Buffett


Brent oil pares gains on
record high U.S. inventory


UK's Cameron rejects charge he's
become lame duck by nixing third term


Yemen's Houthi militia close
in on president's Aden base


Sri Lankan president seeks to mend
ties with China after port suspension


Glimmers of hope in Central
Africa Republic but peace elusive


Former top Mubarak-era official freed
from jail: Egyptian state news agency


Pro motorcycle rider Westby
dies in Oklahoma crash


Liberian ex-president must serve
out sentence in Britain: court


Six killed in suicide bomb near
Afghan presidential palace


Arab leaders confronted with
multiple crises at summit


U.S. justices throw out ruling that
upheld Alabama redistricting plan


U.S. Supreme Court revives
pregnant worker?s case against UPS


U.S. losing 'information war'
to Russia, other rivals: study


Hollande, Merkel, Rajoy arrive
in Alps for crash tribute


Divided north Nigerian city
fears post-election violence


FBI needs better intelligence,
information sharing: U.S. report


Fighters target vital water plants
across Middle East: Red Cross


Turkey unveils Great Synagogue
as Jewish population fades


Amanda Knox verdict likely
to be delayed until Friday


Suspect dead after shooting that
killed California police officer


Polish priest jailed for seven
years over child sex abuse


Three men arrested for recruiting
Islamist fighters in Italy


EU urges quick restart to
Israeli-Palestinian talks


Police make 77 arrests in Europe-wide
people trafficking crackdown


Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles
in North America for three issues


Brent oil rises as euro
gains against dollar


Smartphone use changing our brain and
thumb interaction, say researchers


Sanctions threat will not deter
counter-attacks: South Sudan president


Investigators search mountains
after 'inexplicable' Airbus crash


Islamic State militants kill five pro-Tripoli
government fighters: Libyan news agency


Loud explosion in Afghan
capital Kabul: police


Kraft and Heinz to form North
America's No.3 food company


Colorado pot campaigner seeks
'sanctuary' status for mountain town


Mainstream Syrian rebels seize
historic town in south: monitor


Myanmar charges 69 protesters with
rioting after police crackdown


Turkish cartoonists fined for
suggesting Erdogan is gay


Iran to insist all sanctions lifted
in any nuclear deal: foreign minister


Romania's parliament votes to
arrest former finance minister


Business group ranks U.S. near last
in welcoming skilled immigrants


Iraqi president expects U.S.-led
coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon


Suspected suicide bombing kills
five in Libya's Sirte: source, TV


Netanyahu picks Kulanu party head
as Israel's finance minister


Italy's top court to
rule on Amanda Knox fate


Air strikes kill 30 militants allied
with Pakistani Taliban: sources


Israel's Netanayhu to name Kulanu party's
Kahlon as finance minister, Likud says


Kraft Foods to merge
with ketchup maker Heinz


Yemen Houthi militia sweeps toward
Aden in threat to president


Passenger plane lands safely
in Russia after engine fails


Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian
battalion gears up for more fighting


UTair plane lands safely in Russia
after emergency landing: source


Rocket from Syria clashes explodes
inside Turkey, injuring five - army


Oil steadies above $55 as
U.S., Chinese stocks fill


Three Chinese tourists killed
in Thai tour bus crash


Pakistan jets kill 30 Taliban-ally
militants, including spokesman: sources


Boeing passenger plane requests
emergency landing in Russia: source


Thai PM Prayuth warns media, says
has power to execute reporters


Egyptian court adjourns trial of
Al Jazeera journalists to April 22


Italy police seek three suspects
over terrorism offences


Search teams probe wreckage
of jet in French Alps


Houthi forces attack air
base near Aden-sources


Two people wounded in Turkey by explosion
of munitions possibly from Syria


Oil prices dip China's strategic
reserves fill, U.S. stocks balloon


Syria's Assad urges united front with
Iraq against terrorism: state media


Scottish nationalists would block
second Cameron government: Salmond


Coke's zero tolerance for land
grabs proves difficult to fulfill


California police officer shot
dead responding to suicide call


Hungary reaches deal on Russian
nuclear fuel supply with Euratom: MTI


Taiwan activists fan China
fears as protest trial opens


Hong Kong ready for fresh 'Occupy'
protests says city leader


Loyalists of former Yemen ruler
reject foreign intervention


Ukraine leader fires oligarch
Kolomoisky as regional chief


Australia kicks off $39
billion submarine tender


U.S. drone strike kills 11 Pakistani
Taliban in Afghanistan, sources say


Top U.S. CEOs reaped billions from stock
gains in recent years, Reuters analysis shows


Islamic State releases Bangladeshi
hostages in Libya oilfield attack


Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top
since WWII-era aircraft carriers


Thousands line Singapore's streets
to pay respect to Lee Kuan Yew


Judge rules teenage girl
sparked California wildfire


China gives 'priority list'
of wanted officials to U.S.


Police name persons of interest
in death of Colorado teen girl


Silicon Valley gender
trial enters final stages


Gamer convention could leave
Indiana over religious freedom bill


Indonesian tycoon sues government to stop
key opposition party defecting to president


Idaho family named as suspects
in fatal Arizona Wal-Mart brawl


Australian opposition seeks Swedish
involvement in submarine tender


Kraft in talks to be acquired
by Brazil's 3G Capital: source


EU, Cuba to speed up talks,
seek deal by end of 2015


China pushes Iran again to reach
nuclear deal with world powers


California woman killed by gravel
dumped on her car in driveway


Attacks against Mexican journalists
rise under Pena Nieto: report


Government report finds U.S. Homeland
Security deputy intervened in visa cases


Colorado carjacker pleads guilty
to crime spree caught on live TV


Thirty new bean varieties
bred to beat baking climate


Islamic State claims suicide
bombing in Libya's Benghazi


Investigators seek clues into why jet
ploughed into French mountainside


Trespassing blamed in fatal
Gregg Allman biopic train crash


Ivory Coast names Catholic bishop
to head reconciliation efforts


Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up
military near Yemen border - U.S. officials


Jury clears Greyhound of negligence
in California crash that killed six


Ex-death row inmate blasts
'miscarriage of justice' in Arizona


House Republicans vow to close
ranks, support budget plan


Florida Senate passes bill to let gun owners
carry weapons in emergency evacuations


U.S., Lebanon discuss efforts
to defeat Islamic State


Russian foreign minister
praises new U.S.-Cuba relations


U.S. workers set to return next
week to Shell Deer Park refinery


Jordan signs $10 billion nuclear
power plant deal with Russia


Omaha police officer who
fatally shot suspect resigns


Bark beetles not adding to U.S.
West's wildfire woes: study


Oklahoma teen sentenced to life in
prison for killing of Australian


Smugglers busted with three tons
of marijuana off California coast


Home where gunman in Connecticut
massacre lived demolished: official


France tells U.N. 'insufficient'
progress in Iran nuclear talks


U.S. removes dead Cubans, sunken
ships from sanctions list


Obama slows withdrawal of
U.S. troops in Afghanistan


Suicide bombing kills seven in Libya's
Benghazi as army launches revenge strike


Four people found fatally
shot in Indianapolis house


Atlanta-area police shoot dead
wanted man driving Maserati


Georgia lawmakers poised to permit
limited use of medical marijuana


Brazil's leader committed to
austerity with social focus


Prosecution challenges defense bid to blame
earlier suspect in New York child murder case


U.N. ramps up threat to sanction
South Sudan's senior leaders


Pennsylvania township nixes proposed
Islamic cemetery, appeal likely


Obamacare foe Ted Cruz to sign
up for coverage under the plan


Missouri police shooting suspect
told informant officers not target


Medicare doctor pay fix
prospects brighten in Congress


Atlantic City turnaround team
bets on cuts not bankruptcy


Oregon father arrested for
blowing pot into infant's mouth


U.S. to hold mediation talks after
Washington state police slaying


UAW delegates debate strategy to
end two-tier wages at automakers


Obama: U.S. to maintain troop
levels in Afghanistan through 2015


Oldest evidence of breast cancer
found in Egyptian skeleton


Obama: Differences with
Israel's Netanyahu not personal


U.S. Senate leader says fast-track
trade bill still top priority


Naked North Carolina man irks
neighbors, but police say no crime


Cancer experts laud Angelina
Jolie's decision to remove ovaries


Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty
to attempted sex assault in Nevada


SEC's White says 'closely
monitoring' proxy access efforts


Head of New York Dominican Day Parade
ousted after improprieties found


Obama says 'well worth it' to
extend troop levels in Afghanistan


Obama says two-state deal unlikely
after Israeli leader's comments


U.S. Senate will vote on sanctions
bill if there is no Iran deal


French builder Vinci to sue over
claims of forced labor in Qatar


Police search for California
woman said kidnapped for ransom


Brent slides, U.S. crude holds
flat on resilient dollar


Electric fault delays relaunch of
CERN collider after two-year refit


U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military
cyber standards: arms tester


Former Alamo managers sue
Texas in battle over archives


U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan
through end 2015: White House


Child brides take Zimbabwe government
to court over marriage laws


Al Qaeda influence seen in accused
Boston bomber's note: witness


Congolese hospital sees rise in
rape of girls as young as 18 months


Keep up reforms for entry
talks, EU tells Albania


Venezuelan leader's popularity
inches up to 25 percent: poll


Exclusive: U.S. bets on Brazil,
extends new invitation to Rousseff


Illinois House passes bills
to plug state budget gap


'Threat-sharing' cybersecurity
bill introduced in U.S. House


Lebanese army says captures militant
accused of beheading soldier


Amy's Kitchen recalls spinach
products over listeria concerns


Family of alleged Facebook fraud
fugitive to forfeit bail: U.S. judge


FAA streamlines approval for
some commercial drone use


Angelina Jolie has ovaries
removed to reduce risk of cancer


Three arrested as Chicago
protesters demand police reforms


German Airbus crashes in French
Alps with 150 dead, black box found


Obama mercury air pollution rule
faces test at U.S. top court


California woman may have been
kidnapped for ransom: police


U.N. proposes 'presidential
council' to Libyan rival factions


Greece risks running out of cash
by April 20, scrambles on reforms


Obama appoints new senior
adviser, chief digital officer


Tunisia's Bardo museum in symbolic
reopening and march after attacks


20-foot deep sinkhole in New
Jersey forces home evacuations


South Sudan parliament extends
president's term by 3 years


Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in
northern Nigeria town: residents


Hadi forces check Houthi
push towards Yemen's Aden


Pakistani minister: Officials in several
ministries ran racket that freed prisoners


House leader says prospects good
for fixing Medicare doctor pay


Canada says it will bomb Islamic
State 'safe havens' in Syria


Want an affordable earthquake warning
system? Use animals, scientists say


U.S. Senator Coats, Indiana Republican,
says won't seek re-election


U.S. says would review any Iraqi
request for help in Tikrit


Russia fails in bid to stop UN
staff benefits for all gay couples


Policeman, two soldiers killed in
attacks in Egypt's Sinai: sources


Roots of accused Boston
bomber's note argued at trial


Afghan police official fired for
mob-killing Facebook comment


Robot stays on its feet
despite punishment


Euro zone and U.S. manufacturing
expand, China struggles


Britain says to boost defense
of disputed Falkland Islands


Canada says to launch air strikes
against Islamic State in Syria


Court rules PSEG may be entitled to
recover Sandy storm-surge losses


Desperate for food, Mindanao
villagers want to return home


Nigeria court bars military from
deploying around polling stations: lawyer


School bus carrying students
crashes into Philadelphia area home


Yemen's Houthis advance towards
Aden but deny it's their target


Nigeria's electoral commission says
82 percent of voter cards collected


Romanian prosecutors find gold,
Renoir painting in minister's safe


Tunisia closes airspace to western
Libya for security reasons


Robot racing sparks scientific
enthusiasm in U.S. students


Police official fired amid outcry
over lynching of woman in Kabul


Euro zone economy leading
the way as China struggles


Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit
air strikes 'imminent': diplomat


Romanian prosecutors seek to
expand probe into former finmin


Turkish military launch operation
targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts


Yemen's Houthis enter southern
town near Red Sea strait


Yemen rivals to hold talks
in Doha-Qatar source


Fed's Bullard says zero U.S.
rates no longer appropriate


Sweden intercepts Russian planes
over Baltic amid regional tensions


Boston bomb trial digs into
suspect's extremist influences


Germanwings plane crashes
in southern France: police


Oil rebounds towards $57 as weaker
dollar overshadows China slowdown


Taiwan president pays last respects
to Singapore's Lee, China shrugs off


China province says graft
probes leaves 300 jobs empty


Islamic State recruits 400 children
since January: Syria monitor


Oil below $56 as Saudi output
near record, China activity slows


Greece promises list of reforms
by Monday to unlock cash


Masked gunmen kill 13 Afghans
in third bus attack in a month


China confirms, in roundabout way,
Japan invite for war memorial


Man accused of weekend abduction
dies in Wisconsin: media


Greek deal with euro zone
likely this week: EU's Schulz


Japan lawmakers to submit casino
legalization bill by end-March



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