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Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress amid strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A quarter of Democratic U.S. lawmakers will not attend Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will escalate his campaign against President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy in an address that has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although given the cold shoulder by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress in speech that has strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy on Tuesday in a speech to Congress whose staging has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although cold-shouldered by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Feb 20, 2015

Takata hit with daily fine on air bag probe as repairs lag

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday slapped Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research) with a $14,000 (9,094 pounds) per-day fine for failing to fully cooperate with a probe of its faulty air bags and revealed that a fraction of the 17 million cars recalled because of the problems have been repaired.

The Japanese parts supplier is still struggling to come to terms with the massive recall and investigation related to the air bags, which have been prone to rupture unexpectedly, spraying shrapnel into vehicle occupants.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. fines Takata for not cooperating on defective airbag probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is fining airbag maker Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $14,000 per day for failing to cooperate fully with the government investigation into the company’s defective airbags, the U.S. transportation secretary said on Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued two orders late last year requiring Takata to provide documentation and other material related to the agency’s investigation.

Feb 10, 2015

‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks Newsweek Twitter account, threatens Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers calling themselves “CyberCaliphate” threatened U.S. President Barack Obama and his family when they took control of Newsweek magazine’s Twitter account on Tuesday with the words “Je suIS IS,” a reference to Islamic State and the deadly attack at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The group, which also took responsibility for hacking Pentagon social media accounts last month, tweeted “#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine’s Day #MichelleObama! We’re watching you, you girls and your husband!”

Feb 7, 2015

John Whitehead, former leader of Goldman Sachs, dies at 92

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – John Whitehead, a former
senior partner and co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who helped make
it a top-tier Wall Street firm and led its international
expansion, has died, the investment bank said on Saturday. He
was 92.

Whitehead joined Goldman Sachs in 1947 and worked his way to
the highest rung of its corporate ladder before leaving after 38
years to become a deputy secretary of state under U.S. President
Ronald Reagan.

Jan 23, 2015

U.S. aims to sustain counterterrorism cooperation with Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants to continue its close counterterrorism cooperation with Yemen and does not see the Houthi rebel takeover of that government as a sign that Iran or al Qaeda are exerting control there, the White House said on Friday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he knew of no changes involving U.S. drone strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen, which Washington had conducted with the support of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who resigned on Thursday.

Jan 21, 2015

Guantanamo inmate details torture in first book from Cuba prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first book published by a longtime Guantanamo Bay inmate that describes torture, humiliation and despair during 13 years in captivity was selling briskly in the United States on Wednesday and drawing hard-won attention to his case.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s account from the U.S. naval base in Cuba, “Guantanamo Diary” was published on Tuesday after a seven-year legal battle.

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. says should have sent high level official to Paris march

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday
conceded that the United States should have sent a higher-level
representative to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic
militant attacks there and said President Barack Obama would
liked to have come.

Some Republican lawmakers and U.S. media outlets have
criticized Obama’s administration for not sending a top leader
to the march, which featured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas flanking the
leaders of France, Germany and Mali.

Jan 12, 2015

No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed “You let the world down.”

The image of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas flanking the leaders of France, Germany and Mali dominated coverage of Sunday’s unity march and highlighted the absence of President Barack Obama or other senior U.S. officials.