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  • In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

    Tuesday, 3:23 AM

    US President Obama waves to the audience after he delivered a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiBy Frank Jack Daniel and Roberta Rampton NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely "profess, practice and propagate" religion. "India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith, as long as it is not splintered along any lines, and it is unified as one nation," he said in a townhall address to mostly young Indians. Obama's speech, after three days in New Delhi aimed at cementing a strategic partnership, was widely interpreted as a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose rise to power emboldened activists to declare India a nation of Hindus.

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  • Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

    Tuesday, 4:47 AM

    Man walks past screens displaying TV news program showing image of Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in TokyoJapan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took power in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's global security role. Abe on Sunday condemned the killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa as "outrageous" and called for the release of veteran correspondent Kenji Goto, captured by Islamic State militants in Syria. "We would like to work together with the Jordanian government to secure the release of Goto," Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, told reporters in Jordan late on Monday.

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  • Exclusive: ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court

    Tuesday, 6:06 AM

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attends a news conference after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in MoscowBy Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support from countries which provide more than a third of the court's cash, including Germany, Britain and France, averts the risk of paralysis at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. It would have struggled to move ahead with cases such as those against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen. Prosecutors incurred Israel's wrath this month when they said they would examine any crimes that may have occurred since June in the Palestinian territories, opening a path to possible charges against Israelis or Palestinians.

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  • Auschwitz liberation anniversary - LIVE REPORT

    Tuesday, 6:32 AM

    Auschwitz survivors walk through the gate of the former concentration camp as they arrive for ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberationOswiecim (Poland) (AFP) - 14:22 GMT - British political leader remembers - "It's 70 years since my grandfather died in one of the camps and I marked that about 10 days ago…. It's a Jewish thing, you light a candle and I know this sounds almost unbelievable, but it's only about six months ago that we discovered the full circumstances of what happened to my grandfather," said the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party Ed Miliband. 14:10 GMT - Younger generation - California resident Celina Biniaz, 83, tells AFP's Mary Sibierski she is optimistic about the future. It starts with hatred, with a lack of understanding," says Biniaz, saved from Auschwitz in 1944 after being recruited by German industrialist Oskar Schindler to work in his factory.

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  • Nine dead including five foreigners in Tripoli hotel assault

    Tuesday, 6:23 AM

    Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel on January 27, 2015Nine people including at least five foreigners were killed Tuesday in an assault on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the security services said. The dead included three security guards killed in the initial attack on the Corinthia Hotel, five foreigners shot dead by gunmen and another person taken hostage by the attackers, Issam al-Naass said. The nationalities of the foreigners and the person taken hostage were not immediately known, but Naass said two of the foreigners were women. The 24th floor is normally used by Qatar's mission to Libya but no diplomats or officials were present there during the assault, a security source said.

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  • Obama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe

    Tuesday, 6:20 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.... read more

  • Clarke vying with Jimenez for captain's role, say top duo

    Tuesday, 5:20 AM

    Clarke of Northern Ireland chips onto the 17th green during the third day of practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleBy Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in Minnesota in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts of the team said on Tuesday. World number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia both believe it will be a straight fight between the Northern Irishman and the Spaniard over who replaces 2014 skipper Paul McGinley. "Most likely we're going to see a race between Darren and Miguel," Stenson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of this week's Dubai Desert Classic. I don't have to put any thought into it, I just have to wait like everybody else until the result comes out." The captain used to be decided by the players but it is now down to a five-man panel that includes former skippers McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie.

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  • LPGA season opens with top field in Florida

    Monday, 10:48 PM

    Park In-Bee of South Korea tees off during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, on October 16, 2014Top-ranked Park In-Bee of South Korea and second-ranked New Zealand teen Lydia Ko will try to follow stellar 2014 campaigns with hot 2015 starts when the LPGA season begins Wednesday. The inaugural $1.5 million Coates Championship in suburban Orlando, Florida, marks the opening of a 33-event global calendar offering $61.6 million in prize money. Park, the 2013 Player of the Year, and Ko, whose three wins last year included the season-ending Tour Championship, will be joined by 91 of the world's 100 top-ranked players, including 2014 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, fellow American stars Michelle Wie -- the reigning US Women's Open champion -- and Lexi Thompson, Norway's Suzann Pettersen and South Korea's Ryu So Yeon.

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  • New England Patriots owner defends Brady, Belichick

    Monday, 10:27 PM

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks off stage after speaking during the New England Patriots Media Availability on January 26, 2015 in ChandlerNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft defiantly defended his team, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday as they opened Super Bowl week amid the football deflating controversy. Kraft said that if the NFL's investigation into the affair clears the Patriots of wrongdoing, the league will owe the team, and in particular Brady and Belichick, an apology.

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  • U.S. durable goods data signal weaker business spending

    Tuesday, 6:23 AM

    An employee uses a touch pad to enter information for a customer shopping for a refrigerator at a Sears store in Schaumburg, Illinois, near ChicagoA gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, a potential sign that slowing global growth and falling crude oil prices were starting to have an impact on the economy. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, fell 0.6 percent last month after a similar decline in November.

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  • Commodities rout slows Caterpillar

    Tuesday, 6:19 AM

    File photo of Caterpillar construction machines in Hammond, IndianaCHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported lower quarterly net profit that missed expectations as lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore hurt mining equipment orders, and warned the recent fall in oil prices would make for a difficult year in 2015. The report sent the company's shares down nearly 6 percent in premarket trading. The world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment said it expects only a modest improvement in the global economy in 2015 and gave an earnings outlook for the year below Wall Street estimates. ...

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  • Stock futures tumble with Microsoft, Caterpillar; data weighs

    Tuesday, 6:17 AM

    A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock ExchangeU.S. stocks were set to open sharply lower on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares down more than 8 percent each after posting earnings, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell 8.4 percent in premarket trading the day after the Dow component reported results. Shares of construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar fell 8.2 percent after its net profit came in below market expectations. Company earnings are being hurt or helped by lower energy prices, a stronger U.S. dollar and the effect of those on the consumer, said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York.

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  • Novartis pharma boss expects pressure on cancer drug prices

    Tuesday, 6:24 AM

    Payers are likely to put pressure on drugmakers to lower the cost of cancer medicines, particularly when alternative treatments are available, the head of Novartis' pharma division said on Tuesday. "I think there will be increased pressure on oncology prices," David Epstein, head of Novartis' pharmaceutical division told an analyst call after the company reported fourth-quarter results. Earlier this month it said cost savings on expensive cancer treatments could be achieved if the company were involved earlier in the decision-making process.... read more

  • U.N. secures pledge to free 3,000 South Sudan child soldiers

    Tuesday, 6:18 AM

    The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called "one of the largest ever demobilisations of children". The children, aged between 11 and 17, were recruited by the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) Cobra Faction, led by David Yau Yau, and some had been fighting for almost four years. Two hundred and eighty children were released on Tuesday at a village in Jonglei State, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said, and further releases will take place over the next month. "These children have been forced to do and see things no child should ever experience," said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF's South Sudan representative.... read more

  • Workouts get smart, streamlined with tech-personalized routines

    Tuesday, 6:13 AM

    Handout photo of clients working out at The Exercise Coach in HoustonBy Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - When 55-year-old Connie Antoniou visits her fitness studio, the leg press knows her name. “The machines are programmed for my body so they take the guesswork out and I’m not worried I’ll injure myself,” said Antoniou, an Illinois realtor. It just took too long.” An increasing number of gyms are using high-tech exercise equipment that can prompt, respond and adapt to individuals in what fitness experts say may signal a future that frees clients from trying to gauge how fast, how hard or how long to work out. Now her trainer at The Exercise Coach fitness studio punches a code into the fitness machine, her name pops up on a screen, and a session tailored to her personal goals and strengths begins.

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