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Venezuela protests arrest of ex-intelligence head wanted in U.S.

24 July, 2014 - 21:43
By Andrew Cawthorne and Zachary Fagenson CARACAS/MIAMI (Reuters) - Venezuela's former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the United States, was arrested on a Caribbean island while on diplomatic business, the South American country said on Thursday. "The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention," the foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the arrest of military general Hugo Carvajal on the nearby island of Aruba. Carvajal's arrest came as another former Venezuela official was hauled into federal court in Miami, accused of taking bribes from South American drug cartels in exchange for help moving large shipments of cocaine to the United States. Palmeri-Bacchi was arrested on Friday after he flew into Miami on a family vacation to Disney World, according to his attorney, who declined to discuss the case further.
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White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

24 July, 2014 - 21:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.
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Obama, Netherlands' Rutte agree more sanctions needed on Russia

24 July, 2014 - 21:27
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday and the White House said both agreed on the need to impose more sanctions on Russia for continuing to arm pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. According to a White House statement, the two leaders said Russia still had not taken steps to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine a week after a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down by what U.S. officials believe were pro-Russian separatists using Russian weapons. "Instead of de-escalating the situation, they agreed that all evidence indicates Russia is still arming and supplying separatists who continue to engage in deadly acts of aggression against Ukrainian armed forces," the White House said.
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Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali

24 July, 2014 - 21:18

By Hamid Ould Ahmed and Tiemoko Diallo ALGIERS/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Two French Mirage fighter jets and United Nations helicopters on Thursday had for hours hunted for the wreck of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane in remote northern Mali, a region prey to scattered Islamist militants and Tuareg separatist fighters. Malian state television said the wreckage of the flight was discovered between the town of Gossi and the Burkina Faso border.


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US weighs refugee status for Central American kids

24 July, 2014 - 20:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.


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House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

24 July, 2014 - 20:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.


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Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

24 July, 2014 - 20:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.
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Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

24 July, 2014 - 20:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.
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France sends troops to secure crash site of Air Algerie plane

24 July, 2014 - 20:35
France said on Friday it had sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crewmembers which was found in Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso. "A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information," it said.
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Israel kills Palestinian, dozens injured in West Bank protest

24 July, 2014 - 20:34
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. The Israeli military confirmed troops had used "riot dispersal means" against protesters who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tyres. The protest erupted after allies of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement marched from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the edges of Jerusalem in protest against Israel's war against Hamas militants in Gaza where the Palestinian death toll has neared 800. Israel Radio said the protest appeared to be the largest since the end of a 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising.
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House votes to simplify education tax breaks

24 July, 2014 - 20:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.
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Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt say they will appeal

24 July, 2014 - 20:24

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month for up to ten years on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation will appeal their convictions, the family of imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Friday. Greste, an award-winning foreign correspondent, was detained in December together with Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed. The three were convicted of aiding a terrorist group - the Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted president Mohamed Mursi - in a trial that was widely criticised outside of Egypt for its paucity of evidence and the shambolic way it was conducted. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi quickly dispelled hopes that he might issue a pardon following the trial, leaving the journalists with no choice but to try to win their freedom through the country's criminal justice system.


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War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

24 July, 2014 - 20:17

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.


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Exclusive: U.N. aviation body to hold safety meeting with IATA, others - sources

24 July, 2014 - 19:36
The meeting of ICAO and top officials from the airline industry and air traffic controllers, to be held in Montreal next week, comes amid growing calls for action to prevent a repeat of last week's incident, which killed 298 people. The Montreal meeting will group top officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization as well as International Air Transport Association and other agencies, the two sources said. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-speaking separatists. Industry figures have since urged ICAO to take on a bigger role and issue risk advisories.
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Fake marriages more rife than thought, MPs warn

24 July, 2014 - 18:58

Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of MPs warned on Friday.


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MPs urge more power for registrars

24 July, 2014 - 18:33

Registrars should be given the power to refuse to conduct marriages they believe are "bogus", MPs said in a warning that more needed to be done to counter what had become an immigration scam "industry".


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No more 'cut-throat' grand tours, says Wiggins

24 July, 2014 - 18:16

Bradley Wiggins is turning his back on "cut-throat" road racing and has ruled out competing in any more grand tours, the 2012 Tour de France champion said on Thursday. Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time. "That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can't imagine doing that now." Wiggins, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, has not raced a grand tour since pulling out of last year's Giro D'Italia.


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British house prices grow at slowest rate in over a year in July - Hometrack

24 July, 2014 - 18:05

British house prices grew at their slowest rate in over a year in July in the latest sign that Britain's housing market may be starting to cool, a survey showed on Friday. House prices rose by 0.1 percent this month - the slowest growth rate since February 2013 - easing from a 0.3 percent increase in June, according to property analysts Hometrack. Britain's housing market has had a rapid recovery this year, with prices rising more than 11 percent and more than double that in London by one measure.


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Britain's economy set, finally, to recover ground lost to crisis

24 July, 2014 - 18:03

By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy is set to pass a landmark on Friday when official data will probably show that it is bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago. Gross domestic product is expected to have kept up the same strong pace as in the first three months of the year, expanding by 0.8 percent in the April-June period, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Britain's economy largely flat-lined after a 2008-09 recession. "It's welcome news that the UK economy is starting to move back to normal.


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'Sexism putting women off sport'

24 July, 2014 - 18:02

Low participation in sport by women has serious long-term implications for health and social care, a report by MPs has warned.


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