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Jeb Bush: ‘I know that I got to get better at doing the debate’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he knows he needs to improve his lackluster performance in the debates if he’s going to have a chance at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “I know that I got to get better at doing the debate,” Bush said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday. “I’m a grinder. I mean, when I see that I’m not doing something well

Jeb Bush: ‘I know that I got to get better at doing the debate’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he knows he needs to improve his lackluster performance in the debates if he’s going to have a chance at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “I know that I got to get better at doing the debate,” Bush said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday. “I’m a grinder. I mean, when I see that I’m not doing something well

Paul Ryan’s first challenge as House speaker

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s time for his fellow House Republicans to “take some policy risks” on an ambitious conservative agenda that includes comprehensive tax reform, an overhaul of federal poverty programs and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law better known as Obamacare.

Paul Ryan’s first challenge as House speaker

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s time for his fellow House Republicans to “take some policy risks” on an ambitious conservative agenda that includes comprehensive tax reform, an overhaul of federal poverty programs and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law better known as Obamacare.

Paul Ryan: It would be 'ridiculous' to work with Obama on immigration

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out working with President Barack Obama on overhauling U.S. immigration policy, saying it would be “a ridiculous notion” to pursue legislation because Obama cannot be trusted on the issue. Republicans have fought Obama’s unilateral steps that bypassed a gridlocked Congress to try to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Obama’s executive orders, announced last

Paul Ryan: It would be 'ridiculous' to work with Obama on immigration

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out working with President Barack Obama on overhauling U.S. immigration policy, saying it would be “a ridiculous notion” to pursue legislation because Obama cannot be trusted on the issue. Republicans have fought Obama’s unilateral steps that bypassed a gridlocked Congress to try to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Obama’s executive orders, announced last

U.S. Navy salvage team seeking to confirm wreckage of sunken El Faro

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy salvage team was preparing on Sunday to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas was that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month along with its 33 crew members. The team is seeking to retrieve the ship’s voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane’s black box, as part of an

U.S. Navy salvage team seeking to confirm wreckage of sunken El Faro

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy salvage team was preparing on Sunday to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas was that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month along with its 33 crew members. The team is seeking to retrieve the ship’s voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane’s black box, as part of an

Ex-N.Y. legislative leaders facing U.S. corruption trials

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, long one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, goes on trial this week on charges that he used his office to collect millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes. Dean Skelos, former Senate majority leader, faces his own criminal trial on Nov. 16. Together with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Silver, a Democrat, and Skelos, a Republican, wielded virtually absolute control in Albany over

Ex-N.Y. legislative leaders facing U.S. corruption trials

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, long one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, goes on trial this week on charges that he used his office to collect millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes. Dean Skelos, former Senate majority leader, faces his own criminal trial on Nov. 16. Together with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Silver, a Democrat, and Skelos, a Republican, wielded virtually absolute control in Albany over

Airbnb wages $8 million campaign to defeat San Francisco measure

Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot Tuesday that could threaten the growth of one of the most valuable global technology companies. Proposition F, which would limit short-term rentals, was brought by affordable housing advocates fed up with the city’s housing stock being used as rentals for tourists while residents face skyrocketing rents and evictions.

Airbnb wages $8 million campaign to defeat San Francisco measure

Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot Tuesday that could threaten the growth of one of the most valuable global technology companies. Proposition F, which would limit short-term rentals, was brought by affordable housing advocates fed up with the city’s housing stock being used as rentals for tourists while residents face skyrocketing rents and evictions.

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Iran arrests U.S.-Lebanese man in espionage probe: state TV, citing sources

Iranian authorities have arrested an American-Lebanese man who they said was linked to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, state broadcaster IRIB said on Tuesday. It named the man as Nizar Zakka, an IT expert who Lebanese media reported last week had disappeared on Sept. 18 after attending a conference in Tehran. “Nizar Zakka has deep ties to the U.S. intelligence and military establishment,” IRIB quoted an unnamed source as

Flight recorders show crashed Russian jet not struck from outside – investigator

By Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Polina Devitt CAIRO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt was not struck from the outside and the pilot did not make a distress call before it disappeared from radar, a source in the committee analyzing the flight recorders said on Monday. The source declined to give more details but based his comments on the preliminary examination of the black boxes recovered from

Erdogan, eyeing greater powers, says Turks voted for stability

By Nick Tattersall and Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) – A jubilant President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday cast the return of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party to single-party rule as a vote for stability that the world must respect, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism and deeper polarization. The AKP defied pollsters and even the expectations of its own strategists in a general election on Sunday, consolidating support from the right

Iran says may quit Syria talks, in worsening spat with Saudi rival

By Yara Bayoumy and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the “negative role” of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East. Increasingly bad-tempered exchanges between the conservative Sunni-ruled kingdom and the revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy have dampened hopes

Romanian club owners face manslaughter probe over fire, death toll at 31

Romanian prosecutors opened a criminal manslaughter investigation on Monday against the three owners of the Bucharest nightclub where a fire killed 31 people and injured nearly 200 during a weekend rock concert. On Monday, an unidentified man died of his injuries in hospital, bringing the death toll to 31, deputy prime minister Gabriel Oprea was quoted saying by local news agency Mediafax. The fire that ravaged the Colectiv nightclub is

Palestinians attack Israeli soldiers, civilians, with knives, one killed: Israel

Three Palestinians attacked Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank and civilians in the Tel Aviv suburbs with knives on Monday and one of them was shot dead, Israeli authorities said. Now in its second month, the worst spate of violence since the 2014 Gaza war has been caused by tensions over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site sacred to both Muslims and Jews, and by deadlocked talks with Israel

October's migrant, refugee flow to Europe roughly matched whole of 2014

By Tom Miles and Marina Depetris GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea last month was roughly the same as that for the whole of 2014, United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday. The monthly record of 218,394 also outstripped September’s 172,843, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. The UNHCR puts 2014 arrivals by sea at about 219,000.

U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground

By Sabine Siebold, Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials disclosed plans on Friday to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists. The announcement of the small ground force came as diplomats from more than a dozen countries held talks

European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident

The European Union sided with Washington on Friday over a U.S.-Chinese patrolling incident in the South China Sea, in a move that may affect Brussels’ discussions with Beijing at next week’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign affairs ministers. A U.S. Navy spokesman had said that the patrol was part of the U.S. freedom of navigation operations meant to “protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace

U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground

By Sabine Siebold, Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials disclosed plans on Friday to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists. The announcement of the small ground force came as diplomats from more than a dozen countries held talks

U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground

By Sabine Siebold, Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials disclosed plans on Friday to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists. The announcement of the small ground force came as diplomats from more than a dozen countries held talks

U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground

By Sabine Siebold, Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials disclosed plans on Friday to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists. The announcement of the small ground force came as diplomats from more than a dozen countries held talks

European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident

The European Union sided with Washington on Friday over a U.S.-Chinese patrolling incident in the South China Sea, in a move that may affect Brussels’ discussions with Beijing at next week’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign affairs ministers. A U.S. Navy spokesman had said that the patrol was part of the U.S. freedom of navigation operations meant to “protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace

European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident

The European Union sided with Washington on Friday over a U.S.-Chinese patrolling incident in the South China Sea, in a move that may affect Brussels’ discussions with Beijing at next week’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign affairs ministers. A U.S. Navy spokesman had said that the patrol was part of the U.S. freedom of navigation operations meant to “protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace

Missiles kill more than 40 in Syrian market: monitor, rescuers

More than 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground, said government forces fired 12 missiles at Douma, 10 miles (15 km) northeast of Damascus. Douma has

Missiles kill more than 40 in Syrian market: monitor, rescuers

More than 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground, said government forces fired 12 missiles at Douma, 10 miles (15 km) northeast of Damascus. Douma has

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