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Iran to present proposals, faces Western atom pressure
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Fredrik Dahl and Reza Derakhshi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said it would hand over a package of proposals to world powers on Wednesday, as the Islamic Republic faced renewed Western pressure to swiftly engage in "meaningful" talks on its disputed nuclear program. A few hours before Tehran was due to present the proposals it says address global nuclear and other "challenges," the Unit ...

Karzai defends Afghanistan election as honest
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Maria Golovnina KABUL (Reuters) - Incumbent Hamid Karzai defended last month's Afghan presidential election as honest on Wednesday, a day after returns showed him on course to win in a single round but a U.N-backed panel also ordered a partial recount over fraud. The standoff has alarmed Western leaders who have risked their own political capital to send troops on an increasingly  ...

Obama to make case for big healthcare changes
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama takes on the bitter healthcare reform debate on Wednesday with a high-stakes speech to the U.S. Congress on his top domestic policy priority. Aides have promised Obama's nationally televised address will provide specifics about his vision for overhauling the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system -- although they said h ...

Half of Gaza war dead civilians: rights group
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli human rights group said on Wednesday more than half of the Palestinians killed in the Gaza war were civilians, findings that dispute Israeli military statistics showing most of the dead were militants. The figures issued by the B'Tselem organization were broadly in line with those in reports published by groups such as Amnesty International and the Palestini ...

Venezuela's Chavez accuses Israel of genocide
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

PARIS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinian people, telling a French newspaper that the bombing of Gaza late last year was an unprovoked attack. "The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They're doing it openly," Chavez said in an interview with Le Figaro published on Wednesday. The Ve ...

U.S. court considers corporate spending on elections
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to consider ending long-standing limits on corporate and union spending in political campaigns -- a move critics say could give big money more influence over U.S. elections. Proponents say the case, which involves a movie critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, represents a basic issue of f ...

NATO troops free kidnapped NY Times reporter
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - NATO troops released a kidnapped New York Times reporter in northern Afghanistan in a raid before dawn on Wednesday after he had been held by the Taliban for four days, an Afghan district chief said. A witness said the reporter's Afghan interpreter was killed. Reporter Stephen Farrell, a Briton, was abducted on Saturday along with his Afghan interprete ...

NY's Cuomo may charge BofA execs over Merrill
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo threatened on Tuesday to file charges accusing top Bank of America Corp executives of failing to disclose essential details about its takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co. In a letter to the bank, Cuomo's office also contended that executives were so worried about Merrill's swelling losses that they "sought ...

Congress seeks healthcare deal before Obama speech
9 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Donna Smith and John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate negotiators made a last stab at a bipartisan healthcare compromise as the U.S. Congress returned to work Tuesday, with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling a government-run insurance option "essential" to the bill. But one day before President Barack Obama tries to revive momentum for his top domestic p ...

Iran shuts reformer Karoubi's office, detains aide
8 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Fredrik Dahl and Reza Derakhshi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities closed down pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi's office on Tuesday, Iranian news agency ILNA reported, and a website said one of his top aides was detained. Judiciary officials entered Karoubi's office in northern Tehran and told him and others inside to leave, ILNA said. "Karoubi's office has been sealed o ...

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