• Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology rules

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. In an interview…

  • Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

    By David Adams and Daniel Trotta MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official. That could…

  • Exclusive: Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully…

  • Netanyahu's speech to Congress: Has hyper-partisanship invaded foreign policy?

    Are deliberations in Congress on American foreign policy becoming more partisan? The Israeli leader – invited by House Speaker John Boehner outside of the traditional channels – is expected to blast President Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran, as well as the deal the administration and other…

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  • Supreme Court throws doubt on one state's bid to end gerrymandering

    At issue is an innovative attempt in Arizona to address the kind of partisan gerrymandering that is routine in most states. Six other states, including California and New Jersey, also assign congressional redistricting to independent commissions, and election reform advocates have pushed for more…

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  • Commuter travels 70 miles each day...on foot

    Steve Simoff doesn’t clock into work at Lakeside Casino, where he works as a janitor, until 11 p.m., but his daily commute begins nearly eight hours earlier. At 3:30 p.m., Simoff he leaves his basement apartment in Davis City, Mo. to walk the 35 miles to his job in Osceola, Iowa.

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  • Black vote may prove key in Chicago mayoral elections

    A major political upset may be in the works in Chicago, with issues of race and education helping to catapult a little-known candidate into the position of viable contender to unseat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Commissioner Garcia has the backing of the teachers union, which is notoriously…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not — and could not — fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

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  • Obama aide: Congress should not 'play spoiler' in Iran nuclear talks

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear program, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy. "Congress has played a hugely important…

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  • UK's Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified 'national threat'

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will make child sexual abuse a national priority on a par with organized crime on Tuesday, as he announces a series of measures to prevent systematic abuse. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse revelations, including a case in Rotherham,…

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  • Foreign talks to Congress often a yawn, but not Netanyahu's

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech Tuesday has already roiled Washington.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops. Afghan troops have been slowly pushing…

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  • Susan Rice: Bad Iran nuclear deal is worse than no deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser says a bad nuclear deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all.

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  • Anti-Islamist general named Libya army chief

    A once-retired general leading a sweeping offensive against Islamists has been named Libyan army chief, an official said Monday, in a move expected to deepen divisions in the conflict-riven country. "I've chosen Major General Khalifa Belgacem Haftar for the post of commander-in-chief of the army…

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  • Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at…

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  • WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: On the ground in Barcelona

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Couldn't be in Barcelona this week?

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