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Argentina's Fernandez, back on job after infection, vows to fight hedge funds

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:44:07 GMT

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez returned to the public stage in fighting form on Tuesday after a three-week break due to an infection, declaring in a speech to businessmen she would not be held ransom by hedge funds suing the country.

Street clashes break out as Hong Kong clears part of protest zone

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:01:30 GMT

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong riot police arrested 80 pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday in running clashes after several thousand demonstrators erected street barricades following clearance of part of a protest hotspot.

Ukraine reports new arrivals of Russian supplies for eastern rebels

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:56:34 GMT

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine leveled fresh charges on Tuesday that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory on Monday.

U.N. committee spotlights 'highly intrusive' digital spying

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:40:09 GMT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday expressed concern at digital spying and said unlawful or arbitrary mass surveillance, interception and collection of online data are "highly intrusive acts" that violate the right to privacy.

Canada Parliament to merge security forces after gunman attack

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:35:23 GMT

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's two houses of Parliament will merge their security forces after an attack by a gunman last month, officials said on Tuesday, a move aimed at addressing long-standing communications problems.

Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: monitoring group

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:17:52 GMT

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria.

Spain asks Cuba to grant free travel to dissidents

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:13:38 GMT

HAVANA (Reuters) - Spain's foreign minister asked Cuba on Tuesday to grant free travel rights to dissidents arrested in the "black spring" of 2003 and released years later under strict conditions.

25 percent of Poles believe local elections were rigged: poll

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:00:25 GMT

WARSAW (Reuters) - Twenty-five percent of Poles believe this month's local elections, whose results were delayed by six days by a failure of a new IT system, were rigged, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Two Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:07:16 GMT

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Two soldiers died and nine were injured when a government minister's convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a colonel in the Malian army said.

Eight killed at graduation party in shooting in El Salvador

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:00:44 GMT

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Suspected gang members in El Salvador shot dead seven men and a woman early on Tuesday during a middle school graduation party in Pacific seaport town of Acajutla, police said.

Yemeni forces free eight al Qaeda hostages; U.S. says no Americans

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:06 GMT

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces freed eight hostages including six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, in a raid in which seven al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country's supreme security committee said.

Mexico's embattled government poised to unveil law and order measures

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:32:11 GMT

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Following mass protests in Mexico over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers two months ago, the government will unveil measures this week designed to improve policing and fix a failing justice system, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

FBI investigation into Puerto Rico's PRASA focuses on one case: PRASA head

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:28:28 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - An FBI investigation into Puerto Rico's Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) focuses on one specific case and not on the whole agency, said PRASA's head Alberto Lazaro after FBI agents raided PRASA's headquarter in San Juan on Tuesday.

China looms over South Asian summit in the Himalayas

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:22:41 GMT

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference center donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbor Nepal 27 years ago.

Colombia FARC free two soldiers, vow to release general by weekend

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:03:53 GMT

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels released two captives on Tuesday and vowed to free a kidnapped army general by the weekend in a move that may lead to the resumption of suspended peace talks which aim to end five decades of war.

Two policemen injured by bomb at Shi'ite village in Bahrain

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:48:36 GMT

MANAMA (Reuters) - A bomb injured two Bahraini policemen on Tuesday, authorities said, amid high tension after the opposition boycotted the country's first elections since unrest rocked the island kingdom in 2011.

Italy's Renzi clears hurdle in parliament on labor law

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:29:42 GMT

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday to pass Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Jobs Act, clearing the way for final approval in the Senate next month of a law aimed at making hiring and firing rules simpler.

Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:22:24 GMT

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Pope says orders investigation into sexual abuse in Spain

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:57:42 GMT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Tuesday he had personally ordered an investigation into a case of sexual abuse of a minor by priests in Spain because he felt the church should not hide the truth.

Dutch detain three men suspected of wanting to join militants in Syria: prosecutors

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:53:25 GMT

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities detained three men on charges of plotting attacks and seeking to join a militant group affiliated with al Qaeda, the Nusra Front in Syria, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Iran hardliners round on Rouhani but supreme leader backs more nuclear talks

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:48:42 GMT

DUBAI (Reuters) - Hardliners rounded on President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday after negotiators failed to end the Iranian nuclear dispute but the man who ultimately matters, the country's supreme leader, tacitly backed a renewed push for a deal.

Female suicide bombers kill at least 21 in Nigeria's northeast

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:47:44 GMT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers killed at least 21 people on Tuesday in a busy market area of Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, center of a militant Islamist insurgency, emergency services said.

Street protests in Burkina Faso prompt minister's resignation

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:24:54 GMT

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - A minister in Burkina Faso's transitional government seen as close to former President Blaise Compaore's administration resigned on Tuesday following two days of protests over his appointment, the prime minister's office said.

South Sudan warns U.N. that sanctions could fuel confrontation

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:21:57 GMT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Sudan warned the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that imposing sanctions to try to end nearly a year of violence in the world's youngest state would likely "harden positions toward confrontation rather than cooperation."

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel's delicate social fabric

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:18:59 GMT

KAFR QASSEM, Israel (Reuters) - Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only -- and further alienate its Arab minority.