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High-profile New York event highlights Clinton's 'elite' image

By Gabriel Debenedetti NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Hillary Clinton rubs shoulders with financial executives and philanthropic giants at the Clinton Global Initiative's meeting this week, it will underscore the tension between her elite connections and populist image likely to feature in her expected 2016 presidential campaign. Seen by liberal critics as a close ally of the global elite, she will h

U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance 'inversion' deals

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inver

Maine governor LePage, Democratic challenger in spat over debates

By Dave Sherwood PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) - The Democrat trying to unseat Maine's famously confrontational governor, Republican Paul LePage, criticized him on Tuesday for threatening to call off all their debates ahead of the November election. Tension has been building between the incumbent and five-term U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud for months over the challenger's use of a June statement in whi

White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor

By Julia Edwards and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. An internal review of the United States Secret Service

Obama on Syria strikes: War on Islamic State will 'take time'

Hours after plunging the United States into new warfare in the heart of the Middle East, President Obama insisted Tuesday that international support proved that “this is not America’s fight alone.”

Syrian Twitter user reports U.S. airstrikes 30 minutes before Pentagon

A Syrian Twitter user appeared to break the news of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria overnight before the Pentagon announced them.

U.S., coalition airstrikes explained

The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria. Here are some facts about the military action, as provided by U.S. Central Command.

Official: Some Americans who fought in Syria have returned

Some of the estimated 100 Americans who have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State have returned to the United States and are under FBI scrutiny, a top official told reporters on Monday.

New video shows White House intruder's path across lawn, into residence

A new surveillance video shows the path taken by the White House intruder on Friday after he hopped the fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped.

By the Numbers: US Strikes ISIS in Syria

US Uses Tomahawk Missiles and Stealth F-22 Raptor Fighters

After ISIS’s Call, Frenchman Kidnapped, Threatened With Beheading

Algerian Fighters Give French President 24 Hours to Stop Its Part in Offensive Against ISIS in Iraq

UN Session: ISIS, Ebola, Rookies and No-Shows

Every Manhattanite dreads this week. Motorcades flood the area for miles around the U.N. headquarters and presidential suites at the city’s swankiest hotels are booked solid. By the looks of it, NYPD occupies every street corner around for blocks radiating out from the U.N.’s East...

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says the climate is changing faster than efforts to address global warming.

Next Afghan leader seeks influence in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before becoming president-elect of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States, using his ties to the West to seek influence in Washington.

Airstrikes in Syria: US, Arab allies hit IS sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the U.S. simultaneously targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and other Western interests, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Dole campaigns for Roberts in Kansas Senate race

DODGE CITY, Kansas (AP) — A newly upholstered chair and an American flag dominated Village Square Mall on the west side of Dodge City, the Kansas hometown of Sen. Pat Roberts, who is seeking re-election. But the man who took the seat — and who commanded the audience of more than 200 — wasn't Roberts.

Pentagon says Khorasan group was nearing attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say.

Oops: Republican super PAC misidentifies source of massive donation

Super PAC acknowledges a $300,000 gift came from parents of GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, not a wealth management firm.

U.S. Senate passes bill curtailing conflicts of interest in security clearance contracts

Firms no longer would be allowed to rate their own work

Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung

Two coal-state senators plan to introduce legislation to reform the federal benefits program for black lung victims.

Turkey to be 'on frontlines' of anti-IS fight: Kerry

New York (AFP) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Turkey had pledged to take part in the US-led coalition against Islamic militants following the release of 49 Turkish hostages.

Minister resigns over Spain's failed abortion reform

Madrid (AFP) - Spain's justice minister resigned on Tuesday over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation.

Gaza truce negotiators set new talks for end October

Cairo (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo on Tuesday agreed to schedule new talks on a durable Gaza ceasefire for the last week of October, a Hamas official said.

France vows not to give in to blackmail over Algeria hostage

Paris (AFP) - President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday not to give in to jihadists who have threatened to kill a French hostage in Algeria, as troops raced against time to find him.

Obama: Syria strikes coalition shows US not 'alone'

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday the coalition of Arab nations involved in the first US air strikes in Syria, showed the United States was not alone in combating the Islamic State group.

Israel kills 2 Palestinians suspected of teens' murders

Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians in the West Bank suspected of the murders of three Jewish teenagers in June, which sparked events leading to the devastating war in Gaza.

France will not give in to hostage blackmail: Hollande

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Paris will not make any concessions to jihadists who have threatened to kill a French hostage in Algeria, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announced Tuesday they will stage their own elections in just six weeks, raising the stakes in a standoff with Kiev despite both sides moving to end five months of deadly fighting.

3,000 European jihadis now in Syria, Iraq: EU official

Brussels (AFP) - The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has surged to about 3,000 from 2,000 only months ago, the EU counter-terrorism chief said Tuesday.

Oil prices diverge

London (AFP) - Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday following better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data and as markets reacted to US-led bombing raids against jihadists in Syria.


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