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  • Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail

    Sunday, 11:54 AM

    Pro-Russian separatists ride on a tank in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. "Fighting continues across all sections of the frontline," Kiev military spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy said in a briefing, noting that some 13 soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which took part in the talks in Minsk, Belarus, along with envoys from Ukraine and Russia, said rebel delegates had not been ready to discuss crucial points of a peace plan. "In fact, they were not even prepared to discuss implementation of a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons," the OSCE said in a statement.


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  • Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot

    Sunday, 9:34 AM

    Relatives of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot al-Kasaesbeh hold his poster as they take part in a rally in his support at the family's headquarters in the city of KarakBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country's role in the U.S-led military campaign against the hardline group in Syria, fuelling the risk of broader discontent in the U.S. ally. After his capture in December, militants released pictures of the young pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being led out of the water by fighters. His F-16 jet had smashed onto the banks of the Euphrates River in Islamic State's stronghold in northern Syria. King Abdullah has defended the campaign, saying that moderate Muslims need to combat a group whose ideology and brutality have insulted the spirit of Islam.


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  • Greece starts drive to sell new debt deal to doubting Europe

    Sunday, 1:15 PM

    French Finance Minister Sapin and Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis arrive at a joint news conference in ParisBy Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a sceptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement. After a turbulent first week in office, the new government has made clear it wants to end the existing arrangement with the European Union, the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund "troika" when its aid deadline expires on Feb. 28. Instead, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to agree a bridging deal with the troika while a new agreement is negotiated to reduce Greece's unmanageable public debt burden of more than 175 percent of its economic output is worked out. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who spoke to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday, is due to kick off a diplomatic offensive in Paris on Sunday, where he meets French counterpart Michel Sapin and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.


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  • Alan Simpson says Jeb Bush best choice for president in 2016

    Sunday, 1:30 PM

    POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson said he supports former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president.... read more

  • Egypt policeman kills hospitalised Islamist

    Sunday, 12:56 PM

    Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement leave as security forces arrive to disperse a demonstration on January 24, 2015, in Cairo, EgyptAn Egyptian policeman was arrested Sunday for having shot dead an Islamist detained in a Cairo hospital with injuries from his arrest, the interior ministry said. The ministry, on its Facebook page, said the victim was a member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood arrested as he tried to plant a bomb in the capital's Al-Warraq district, without giving a date. Egyptian authorities have regularly accused the Brotherhood of launching deadly attacks since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, a charge denied by the Islamist movement.


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  • Foreign affairs, culture wars split GOP focus ahead of 2016

    Sunday, 12:53 PM

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa. Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity _ options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Need evidence there's no clear path to the Republican presidential nomination? Consider the competing messages some likely candidates delivered on Sunday's talk shows.


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  • Super Bowl puts American football fans on seat's edge

    Sunday, 1:34 PM

    The Vince Lombardi Trophy sits in the center of the helmets of the Seattle Seahawks (L) and New England Patriots before a press conference of the coaches leading up toSuper Bowl XLIX on January 30, 2015 in Phoenix, ArizonaThe National Football League's turbulent season reaches its apex Sunday as New England seek to burnish their Super Bowl legacy against a Seattle team out to forge a dynasty. The 49th edition of the NFL's championship spectacular is expected to attract some 115 million domestic television viewers, many of them tuning in to see Katy Perry's halftime show and the television advertisements that for some are as big a draw as the game itself.


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  • Tight security over Super Bowl game balls in effect

    Sunday, 1:22 PM

    A young fan of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up a sign before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in GlendaleBy Simon Evans GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - In an effort to avoid another 'deflategate' controversy, the National Football League will monitor game balls for Sunday's Super Bowl more closely than it does for other games during the season. With a probe looking into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately deflated footballs to gain an edge in their playoff game that clinched a Super Bowl berth, the NFL has issued a reminder about the process for it's biggest game. Game balls go through a complex series of selection, testing and security ahead of Sunday's 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff. After the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks clinched their Super Bowl berths two weeks ago, ball manufacturer Wilson shipped 54 balls to both teams.


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  • Tight security, party atmosphere greet Super Bowl fans

    Sunday, 12:41 PM

    NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle SeahawksBy Frank Pingue GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Clear blue skies, a party atmosphere and tight security greeted fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks arriving at University of Phoenix Stadium hours before the Sunday's Super Bowl. A sea of navy, green and grey Seahawks jerseys mixed with the blue, white and red Patriots colors outside the gleaming silver shell and space-age-looking stadium that will host the National Football League's championship game. Fans were also lining up to take advantage of an opportunity to have photos taken with the NFL's championship Vince Lombardi Trophy and get free tattoos as temperatures remained steady around 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13 C).


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  • Justice Department probing Moody's for mortgage deal grades: WSJ

    Sunday, 1:26 PM

    A screen displays Moody's ticker information as traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Moody's Investors Services for issuing favorable grades on mortgage deals in the lead-up to the financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation. The federal probe of the ratings agency, a unit of Moody's Corp , comes as the Justice Department nears a settlement with Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc , over similar conduct, the Journal reported. Justice Department officials could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters on Sunday. Moody's executives and Justice Department officials have been meeting to discuss ratings of complex securities prior to the 2008 financial crisis, the Journal reported.


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  • Big phones, Windows 10, Outlook on iOS (MobileTechRoundup show #338)

    Sunday, 12:47 PM

    Big phones, Windows 10, Outlook on iOS (MobileTechRoundup show #338)Matthew is excited for his Seahawks today, but was up early to talk about Samsung, the iPhone, Windows 10, and the functional Outlook app on other platforms.


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  • Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal, Republicans skeptical

    Sunday, 12:24 PM

    Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason and Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits in the future, but Republicans were skeptical of the plan on Sunday. Reviving a long-running debate about corporate tax avoidance, Obama will target a loophole that lets companies pay no tax on earnings held abroad, the White House said. In his budget plan to be unveiled on Monday, Obama will call for a one-time, 14 percent tax on an estimated $2.1 trillion in profits piled up abroad over the years by multinationals such as General Electric , Microsoft , Pfizer Inc and Apple Inc . He will also seek to impose a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies' future foreign earnings, the White House said.


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  • Greece starts drive to sell new debt deal to doubting Europe

    Sunday, 1:15 PM

    French Finance Minister Sapin and Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis arrive at a joint news conference in ParisBy Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a sceptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement. After a turbulent first week in office, the new government has made clear it wants to end the existing arrangement with the European Union, the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund "troika" when its aid deadline expires on Feb. 28. Instead, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to agree a bridging deal with the troika while a new agreement is negotiated to reduce Greece's unmanageable public debt burden of more than 175 percent of its economic output is worked out. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who spoke to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday, is due to kick off a diplomatic offensive in Paris on Sunday, where he meets French counterpart Michel Sapin and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.


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  • Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal, Republicans skeptical

    Sunday, 12:24 PM

    Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason and Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits in the future, but Republicans were skeptical of the plan on Sunday. Reviving a long-running debate about corporate tax avoidance, Obama will target a loophole that lets companies pay no tax on earnings held abroad, the White House said. In his budget plan to be unveiled on Monday, Obama will call for a one-time, 14 percent tax on an estimated $2.1 trillion in profits piled up abroad over the years by multinationals such as General Electric , Microsoft , Pfizer Inc and Apple Inc . He will also seek to impose a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies' future foreign earnings, the White House said.


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  • Culturally sensitive palliative care represents new approach

    Sunday, 8:41 AM

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 photo, a nurse prepares liver cancer patient Crispin Lopez Serrano for an endoscopy at a Clackamas, Ore. hospital. Lopez Serrano, a Mexican native who is fully bilingual, says his care improved after he received culturally relevant palliative care from a Portland nonprofit organization, helping him to retain his doctors, boost his health literacy, and receive emotional support. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated.


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