Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital: officials

Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital: officials

By Raheem Salman and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city. Gunmen fired from rooftops at buildings in Ramadi housing the Anbar governorate offices and [...]

U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse: sources

U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse: sources

By Louis Charbonneau and Jonathan Allen VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday. The sources, who spoke to Reuters on [...]

In blow to PM Cameron, Britain’s anti-EU UKIP party wins second parliamentary seat

In blow to PM Cameron, Britain’s anti-EU UKIP party wins second parliamentary seat

By William James and Andrew Osborn ROCHESTER/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Friday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain’s two-party system in next year’s national election. With distrust of mainstream parties and anxiety about immigration rising, UKIP, the UK [...]

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence [...]

SEC director with big stock holdings stirs debate

SEC director with big stock holdings stirs debate

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Keith Higgins, who runs the office that reviews public companies’ books at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported stock holdings worth between about $2 million and $6 million last year and the sale of stocks throughout 2014, according to SEC disclosures viewed by Reuters. Higgins disclosed holdings [...]

Eyeing 2016, Clinton, Bush weigh in on Obama’s immigration plan

Eyeing 2016, Clinton, Bush weigh in on Obama’s immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Soon after President Barack Obama announced his immigration plans on Thursday evening, Democrats and Republicans who might be angling for his job in 2016 weighed in on an issue that is almost certain to be at the center of their campaigns. Hillary Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008 [...]

More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The grand jury is deciding whether to charge [...]

Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million: source

Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration. Obama also will announce an expansion of a program [...]

Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

By Warren Strobel and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said. The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with a Russian-backed separatist movement in its [...]

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican [...]