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Brazil minister Levy privately criticized Rousseff: report
SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy mildly criticized President Dilma Rousseff, saying she does not always act in "the most effective way," in remarks at a time when investors are watching for signs of tension between the two philosophically different leaders.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:29:45 GMT
-French local election runoff to test far-right strength
PARIS (Reuters) - French voters elect thousands of local councillors on Sunday in a test of the far-right National Front's growing hold on grassroots politics.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:22:54 GMT
-Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:56:42 GMT
-Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:03:41 GMT
-Irish governing parties see poll boost as Sinn Fein falters
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Support for Ireland's governing parties has increased sharply since December and support for left-wing challenger Sinn Fein has fallen in the same period, a leading pollster said on Saturday.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:50:24 GMT
-Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:39:46 GMT
-Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden
ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:31:29 GMT
-Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:29:32 GMT
-Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election
ABUJA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:29:02 GMT
-Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:41:24 GMT
-EU's Juncker postpones Kiev visit due to kidney stones
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has postponed plans to visit Kiev on Monday because he needs to receive treatment for kidney stones.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:27:46 GMT
-U.S., allies target Islamic State in Tikrit, other Iraqi cities
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, with eight strikes near militant-held Tikrit, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:25:09 GMT
-Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria's civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:23:11 GMT
-Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture: paper
BERLIN (Reuters) - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:10:45 GMT
-Fourth French citizen dies of Tunisia attack wounds
PARIS (Reuters) - A fourth French national has died of her wounds following the March 18 attack on Tunisia's national museum, the French president's office said in a statement on Saturday.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:50:12 GMT
-America Movil may not face tougher regulation without asset sale: regulator
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's telecom regulator will not necessarily impose tougher rules against billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil if it does not go ahead with a plan to sell off assets, the head of the regulatory agency said in an interview on Friday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:38:40 GMT
-Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd in Sierra Leone on Saturday after they threw stones at officials during a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic, residents said.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:30:26 GMT
-Libya's Tripoli parliament says troops pull back from major oil ports: lawmaker
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A rival Libyan parliament based in the capital Tripoli has ordered the withdrawal of troops loyal to it from frontlines near Libya's biggest oil ports, a senior lawmaker said on Saturday.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:21:04 GMT
-Tanzania orders probe into "ghost workers" on government payroll
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has ordered a probe into "ghost workers" on the public sector payroll after a new audit revealed the government paid 141.4 billion Tanzanian shillings ($76.6 million) to fake workers over the past year.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:15:03 GMT
-Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle: magazine
BERLIN (Reuters) - Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has described in his first public remarks from prison how he "miraculously survived 50 lashes" as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:07:26 GMT
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