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  • Iraq army and Shi'ite militias launch attacks north of Baghdad

    Monday, 2:19 AM

    Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters gesture from the top of an armoured vehicle as they gather at Udhaim damBy Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday at the start of a campaign aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of north Iraq last June and advanced towards the capital Baghdad. The pace of their progress in Salahuddin could affect plans to recapture Mosul further north. A U.S. official said the assault on Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control, could start as early as April but Iraqi officials have declined to confirm that timetable.

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  • Hopes for peaceful Russian transition fade with Nemtsov: Kasparov

    Sunday, 8:43 PM

    Former world chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov attends a news conference at a lawyer's office in Paris,By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov has dampened any hope for a peaceful political transition in Russia away from President Vladimir Putin's government, Garry Kasparov, a prominent opposition voice, said in an interview on Sunday. Kasparov, a former world chess champion who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, offered a gloomy outlook for Russia's political opposition after Nemtsov was shot dead meters from the Kremlin late on Friday.

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  • Ukraine's military says one Ukrainian serviceman killed in past 24 hours

    Monday, 2:50 AM

    Members of the Ukrainian armed forces and armoured personnel carriers are seen preparing to move as they pull back from Debaltseve region, near ArtemivskKIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and four wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, underscoring the fragility of a two-week-old ceasefire deal. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said pro-Russian rebels continued to receive a "significant" number of weapons and military equipment from Russia. "The enemy is moving heavy weapons and military equipment, primarily in the area of Mariupol," he said in a televised briefing, referring to a strategic government-held port city Kiev fears could be the next rebel target. ...

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  • Chicago's black voters key as Garcia battles to defeat Emanuel in mayoral race

    Monday, 4:08 AM

    Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and his wife Evelyn arrive at a restaurant for lunch, on election day in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski and Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Winning more support from Chicago’s black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago’s first Hispanic mayor. He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic communities in the city, aggravated under the 22-year term of Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended in 2011. There was a widespread perception in the black community that Hispanic supporters of Daley were favored in getting city jobs. A persistently high crime rate, the decision to close 50 schools in mostly poor areas, and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch with the community and its problems has hurt him among black voters, some political activists say.

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  • New drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

    Monday, 3:54 AM

    The United States has described the Yemen-based 'Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the deadliest branch of the global extremist networkAn overnight drone strike killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a country where the United States is the only power operating the unmanned aircraft, a tribal source said Monday. The late Sunday strike in the Markha district of the southern province of Shabwa also wounded another three suspected militants, the source told AFP. On Saturday, a drone strike on a vehicle killed three militants in the village of Bijan. Yemen has descended into chaos since a Shiite militia overran the capital Sanaa last September.

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  • Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer

    Monday, 3:50 AM

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday, March 2, 2015 in Geneva. The meeting came amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, PoolGENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.

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  • Former European champion Welp dead at 51

    Monday, 2:11 AM

    German center Christian Welp, who won the European championship with Germany and also played in the NBA, has died of heart failure aged 51, the University of Washington said on Monday. He also played for the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs before returning to Europe to play in Greece, Germany and Italy, winning nine championships in as many seasons. Welp became a household name in Germany when he scored the last three points in their 71-70 European Championship win over Russia in the 1993 final, "This is an extremely sad loss," Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said on the Huskies website.... read more

  • Golf-Race to Dubai rankings

    Sunday, 10:11 PM

    March 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 971413 2. (2) Anirban Lahiri (India) 687044 3. (3) Ross Fisher (Britain) 666789 4. (4) Branden Grace (South Africa) 636444 5. (5) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 631978 6. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 577152 7. (15) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 491947 8. (7) Gary Stal (France) 491373 9. (8) Marc Warren (Britain) 395176 10. (10) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 351384 11. (9) Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 344391 12. (11) Luke Donald (Britain) 324886 13. (12) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 318671 14. ...... read more

  • Rockets surprise Cavaliers in overtime

    Sunday, 9:49 PM

    James Harden of the Houston Rockets during their game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Toyota Center on February 27, 2015James Harden finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Houston Rockets edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-103 in overtime. Terrence Jones tallied 19 points with seven rebounds and Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points Sunday for the Rockets, who won all their five-game homestand NBA contests. LeBron James struggled at times, missing two free throws that cost Cleveland the game late in overtime. Kevin Love had 21 points and Tristan Thompson recorded 14 points with a season-high 19 rebounds for Cleveland.

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  • U.S. approves exports of BAE's anti-missile system for aircraft

    Monday, 3:10 AM

    Britain's BAE Systems Plc on Monday said the U.S. government had approved exports to U.S. allies of the company's laser-based missile protection system for helicopters and other aircraft that has been used on U.S. Army helicopters since 2009. Tom Kirkpatrick, who runs the program for BAE's U.S. unit, said the company was already in talks with several countries in the Middle East and other areas about potential orders for BAE's Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system. He said some of those discussions had been under way for several years, and BAE could finalize an initial foreign deal before year's end. Ideally, he said, BAE would bundle several different orders to drive prices lower, but gave no details about the potential price of the system... read more

  • Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now

    Monday, 2:50 AM

    In this Feb. 13, 2015 photo, construction worker David Rager, 53, left, frames a window in the upper floor of a two-story custom home being built in Orlando, Fla.,. As construction jobs return in some regions, competition for skilled labor is heating up.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights.

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  • Reality hits North Dakota's pricey apartment market; rents drop

    Monday, 2:14 AM

    Construction continues on an apartment building in Williston, North Dakota, set to contain a swimming pool and other amenitiesBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota's oil patch. Prices, which only last year rivaled levels in New York City and Geneva, have slipped about 15 to 20 percent in the past two months as dozens of new apartment buildings opened in Williston, Watford City and other oil hub cities. Growth in demand has slipped because the plunge in crude oil prices has led to cuts in capital spending by energy producers.     There are still about 1,800 energy-related jobs unfilled in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state, and there is still demand for apartments. "You're starting to see prices fall this year as more units come online," said Terry Metzler of Granite Peak Development, which has built apartments and a shopping center in Williston, considered capital of the state's oil boom, and has an additional 480 apartments and houses under construction.

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  • Euro zone Feb prices fall less than expected, unemployment down

    Monday, 3:28 AM

    A woman looks at a shop window along the commercial Ermou Street in central AthensEuro zone consumer prices fell by less than expected in February while unemployment eased in January for the third month in a row, offering signs that the risks of economic stagnation and deflation in the bloc are falling. The European Union's statistics office Eurostat estimated on Monday that consumer prices in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell 0.3 percent year-on-year in February after a 0.6 percent annual drop in the previous month. This may dilute fears that pervasive deflation could become entrenched in the euro zone with long-term debilitating growth effects," said Howard Archer, economist at His Global Insight.

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  • Ford's foldable e-bike does the pedaling when your heart rate goes up

    Monday, 3:25 AM

    At CES in January, Ford threw down its "Smart Mobility Plan" to make transport easier using a combination of cars and electric bikes. Today at MWC, it just revealed the actual "bike" ...... read more

  • Oil falls under $62 on dollar, supply concerns

    Monday, 3:19 AM

    An oil well is seen near DenverBy Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Oil dropped more than 1 percent on Monday, with Brent slipping under $62 a barrel, depressed by a stronger dollar and a rise in Libyan crude output. The dollar hit an 11-year high against a basket of currencies after a rate cut in China dented the Chinese yuan and also hit emerging Asian currencies. Brent crude hit a low of $61.70 a barrel and was at $61.90 by 6 a.m. ET, down 68 cents. Front-month Brent jumped 18 percent in February, the largest monthly rise since May 2009. U.S. crude was down 55 cents to $49.21 a barrel. ...

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  • FDA rejects Pacira's application for expanded use of pain drug

    Monday, 3:55 AM

    A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc's application for expanding the use of its pain drug, exparel. Exparel is currently used to manage post-surgical pain at the site of an operation and Pacira sought to expand its use as a nerve numbing injection, for cases where it is difficult to inject a painkiller directly into the affected area. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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  • Nurse Nina Pham Suing Hospital Over Ebola Procedures

    Monday, 3:43 AM

    The Ebola survivor's lawsuit alleges that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital didn't train the staff to treat Ebola.... read more

  • New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone

    Monday, 3:35 AM

    Birds fly past the chimney of a thermal power plant as China's national flag flutters in a suburb in ShanghaiBy Alexandra Harney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Could "Under the Dome", Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary about pollution, become China's "Silent Spring", the 1962 book that spurred the development of the U.S. environmental movement? Since it was released online on Saturday, the film has been viewed more than 150 million times and has sparked a national debate on environmental problems. "Under the Dome", which explains air pollution in personal, straight-forward terms, was well-timed: this week China's National People's Congress, the country's parliament, holds its annual meeting. China's environment minister, Chen Jining, drew parallels between Chai's film and "Silent Spring", the ground-breaking book by American journalist Rachel Carson.

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