SAC Capital won't fully cooperate with government: letter
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steven A. Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors told investors on Friday it would no longer cooperate "unconditionally" with the U.S. government's insider trading investigation. ...
Illinois Senate approves marijuana for medical uses
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois Senate on Friday voted to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes, paving the way for Illinois to soon join more than a dozen states with such laws. ...
Hold Syrian peace talks soon, says U.N. chief
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - A proposed international conference to try to stop Syria's civil war should be held as soon as possible, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, but no date has yet been agreed for a meeting that appears to face growing obstacles. ...
Two blasts at Iraqi Sunni mosque kill 43
BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people in one of the deadliest attacks in a month-long surge in sectarian violence. ...
Bahraini security forces raid top cleric's house: opposition
LONDON (Reuters) - Bahraini security forces raided the house of top Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim on Friday, the opposition said, an act likely to enrage the island's majority Shi'ite population which is at loggerheads with its Sunni rulers. ...
Myanmar frees political prisoners before president goes to U.S.
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government has freed 23 political prisoners, a senior interior ministry official said on Friday, the day President Thein Sein was due to leave for a landmark visit to the United States. ...
Obama: U.S. preserves diplomatic, military options on Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he reserved the right to resort to both diplomatic and military options to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but insisted that U.S. action alone would not be enough to resolve the Syrian crisis. ...
ECB eyes supervisor role to squeeze weak banks
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank could use its new supervisory role from next year to single out weak banks and make it harder for them to get its financial support, people familiar with the matter say. ...
Political storm over IRS targeting scandal shifts to Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday opens the first in a series of investigative hearings in Congress on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, as the political storm over the scandal shifts to Capitol Hill. ...
Obama: U.S. preserves diplomatic, military options on Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he reserved the right to resort to both diplomatic and military options to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but insisted that U.S. action alone would not be enough to resolve the Syrian crisis. ...
Soldier who killed fellow U.S. troops in Iraq gets life sentence
TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday for killing five fellow servicemen in a shooting spree in Iraq, one of the worst cases of violence by an American soldier against other U.S. troops. ...
Syrian rebels launch offensive in south to reverse losses
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they attacked an important military base in the south and checkpoints in the city of Deraa on Thursday, trying to regain ground lost to President Bashar al-Assad's forces near the Jordanian border. ...
Evidence mounts on slower U.S. economic growth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy showed fresh signs of slower growth in the second quarter, with factory activity slipping in the mid-Atlantic region while groundbreaking declined at home construction sites. ...
UK lawmakers find Google misleading on tax
LONDON (Reuters) - Google Inc faced angry questions on Thursday from British lawmakers investigating its tax affairs and whether it had misled parliament in testimony last year. ...
Jobless claims jump in warning sign for labor market
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits climbed last week at the fastest pace in six months, a worrisome sign for the economy which has been hit by government austerity. ...
Three market blasts rock Baghdad Shi'ite districts, kill 14: police
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three blasts hit markets in Shi'ite districts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, police and medical officials said. ...
Israel to authorize four West Bank settler outposts
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks. ...
Islamist rebels execute 11 Syrian soldiers for "massacres"-video
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighters of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Syria executed 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a video published on Thursday showed. ...
Suicide bomber targets foreign troops in Afghan capital
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in a car targeted two vehicles carrying foreign forces in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, police said, but it was not immediately clear if there were casualties. ...
U.N. condemns Assad forces, but unease grows about rebels
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and praised the opposition on Wednesday, but a decline in support for the resolution suggested growing unease about extremism among Syria's fractious rebels. ...