Far behind Merkel, German left leader plots party revival

Far behind Merkel, German left leader plots party revival

By Noah Barkin and Holger Hansen BERLIN (Reuters) – The German political landscape is strewn with men who tried to take on Angela Merkel and failed. Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), is working hard to avoid the same fate.     Since the SPD’s crushing defeat at the hands of Merkel’s [...]

Scandal-hit China food firm withdrawing all products, U.S. parent says

Scandal-hit China food firm withdrawing all products, U.S. parent says

BEIJING (Reuters) – The parent company of a scandal-hit Chinese food supplier said it is withdrawing all products made by the subsidiary. Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, owned by Illinois-based OSI Group LLC, is at the center of a major food safety scandal, which has spread from China to Hong Kong and Japan, over allegations [...]

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) – A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said. The wind-swept fire burned more than 3,000 acres (1,200 ha), destroying five residences [...]

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief

ASPEN Colorado (Reuters) – A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict. The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, [...]

Federal judge rules DC ban on handguns unconstitutional

Federal judge rules DC ban on handguns unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Saturday overturned Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. "There is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any [...]

Iraqi Kurdish oil nears Texas port for likely offloading

Iraqi Kurdish oil nears Texas port for likely offloading

By Terry Wade and Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) – A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is hours away from the Port of Galveston in Texas, according to Reuters ship tracking data and the U.S. Coast Guard, its arrival imminent despite Washington’s concerns about independent oil sales from the autonomous region. The Marshall Islands-flagged [...]

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul’s intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally wiretapped Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, media said. The detention of 115 police officers in overnight raids earlier this week ratcheted [...]

Goldman mortgage deal with federal agency could reach $1.25 billion: source

Goldman mortgage deal with federal agency could reach $1.25 billion: source

By Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) – A deal to resolve a U.S. regulator’s claims against Goldman Sachs Group Inc over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac leading up to the financial crisis could cost the bank between $800 million and $1.25 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. [...]

Venezuela ex-general awaits U.S. extradition bid in Aruba jail

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) – A retired Venezuelan general wanted in the United States over drug-trafficking accusations remained in jail on the Caribbean island of Aruba over the weekend awaiting a formal extradition request, his lawyer said on Saturday. Hugo Carvajal, head of military intelligence from 2004 to 2008 during the presidency of the [...]

SEC seeks $1.4 billion from Texas Wyly brothers after fraud verdict

SEC seeks $1.4 billion from Texas Wyly brothers after fraud verdict

By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles should pay damages totaling $1.41 billion for their role in a scheme that hid trades in companies they controlled using offshore trusts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said. In a court filing [...]