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  • North Korea test fires short-range missiles 1 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm

    Protesters shout slogans to denounce the annual joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, between South Korea and the United States, during a rally near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2015. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. The sign read " Stop Military Drill." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Pyongyang vows "merciless strikes" against the U.S. and South Korea.


  • NYT: U.S. moving to deport Bosnians tied to war crimes 1 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm

    A Bosnian Muslim woman, survivor of the Srebrenica 1995 massacre, searches for remains of her relative at a memorial cemetery in the village of Potocarion near Srebrenica, on July 10, 2014The United States is moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of taking part in war crimes and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the New York Times reported Saturday. The report said US immigration officials had identified about 300 immigrants believed to have concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities, but the number could eventually top 600. More than 100,000 people were killed in the 1992-95 Bosnian war which followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. "As long as we are alive, war criminals will never be in peace.


  • U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu's planned Iran speech 1 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu set off for the United States to deliver the speech, which has imperiled ties between the two allies. Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons -- something Tehran denies seeking.


  • Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soon 1 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm

    Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board MH370 outline their demands to the airline in Kuala LumpurBy Matt Siegel CANBERRA (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. No trace has been found of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared a year ago this week carrying 239 passengers and crew, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. The search of a rugged 60,000 sq km (23,000 sq mile) patch of sea floor some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, which experts believe is the plane's most likely resting place, will likely be finished by May. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Reuters that a decision would have to be taken well before then as to whether to continue into the vast 1.1 million sq km area around the primary search zone if nothing has been found.


  • Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to Northeast 1 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm

    FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York where temperatures in the city were in the single digits. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.


  • Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest 1 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm

    Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonThe House speaker says disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy.


  • 'Jihadi John' part of network linked to failed London bombers - court papers 1 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm

    A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government. U.S. security sources last week identified the man, who appeared clad in black and brandishing a knife, as Mohammed Emwazi. The British government's view is set out in court papers, reviewed by Reuters and publicly available on the Internet, which refer to 2011 and 2013 British legal hearings concerning two of Emwazi's London associates, known only as Iranian-born "CE" and Ethiopian-born "J1." The court papers reported in the Observer and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, offer a fleeting glimpse of Emwazi's life in London before he left for Syria. One of the same network's members, "J1", spoke on the phone with Hussain Osman, one of the men convicted in connection with an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the London underground in 2005, on the day of the failed attack itself, the papers show.


  • Funeral set for four Missouri shooting victims as probe continues 1 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Funeral services for four of seven people slain last week in a small town in Missouri are scheduled for Thursday as authorities seek a motive in the killings. The four are members of a family killed in the shootings on Thursday in Tyrone, Missouri. Their funeral will take place at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs, Missouri, according to the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home.

  • U.S. astronauts speed through spacewalk 1 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm

    US astronauts begin spacewalk at orbiting labTwo US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work of their third spacewalk to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft in the coming years. Tethered to the outside of the orbiting outpost, space station commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts reported no problems with their spacesuits during the outing, but Virts discovered a small amount of water building up in his helmet after he re-entered the space station. A similar problem occurred after Wednesday's spacewalk, when about three inches of water collected in Virts' headpiece, but NASA said the problem did not put the astronauts in danger.


  • 'I am not afraid': Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic 1 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am

    Co-chairmen of Solidarnost opposition movement Tsarkov attends a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Nemtsov in central MoscowBy Polina Devitt and Maxim Rodionov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many holding portraits of the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was shot dead while walking home from a nearby restaurant on Friday night. His supporters have blamed the authorities. "If we can stop the campaign of hate that's being directed at the opposition, then we have a chance to change Russia.


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