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Oct 21, 2014

Kurdish fighters received vast majority of U.S. supply drop: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of military supplies air dropped near the Syrian city of Kobani had reached the Kurdish fighters they were intended to help, despite an online video showing Islamic State militants with a bundle.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said experts were analyzing the video and trying to determine if the bundle was the one the department reported earlier had fallen into the hands of Islamic State or if it was a second bundle in the group’s possession.

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. FAA to allow six movie, TV companies to use drones

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators
loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on
Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies
permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot
scenes on closed sets.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow
filming with drones provided the aircraft weigh 55 pounds (25
kg) or less, are used within sight of the remote pilot, who must
hold a private pilot’s license, and are flown under 400 feet
(120 metres) in altitude, among other restrictions.

Sep 9, 2014

U.S. blames pilot errors, fatigue for 2013 UPS plane crash in Alabama

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The fatal crash of a United
Parcel Service Inc cargo plane at an Alabama airport
last year resulted from pilot errors that caused it to clip
trees and slam into the ground just short of the runway, the
National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

Pilot fatigue also appeared to be a factor in the early
morning crash, the board said, noting that both pilots discussed
tiredness in the cockpit before the crash. UPS disagreed with
that part of the agency’s findings, saying the two pilots had
ample time to rest.

Aug 24, 2014

Britain close to identifying beheading suspect

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday.

With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast areas of northern Iraq, the country’s president-designate, Haider al-Abadi, used a meeting with the visiting Iranian foreign minister to call for greater international efforts to destroy the Islamist group.

Aug 24, 2014

Britain says it close to identifying beheading suspect

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Britain is close to
identifying a suspected British national shown beheading
American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic
State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United
States said on Sunday.

With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast areas of
northern Iraq, the country’s president-designate, Haider
al-Abadi, used a meeting with the visiting Iranian foreign
minister to call for greater international efforts to destroy
the Islamist group.

Aug 20, 2014

Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

By Eric Beech and Victoria Cavaliere

(Reuters) – The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

“He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person,” Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

Jul 29, 2014

EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, which worsened dramatically after the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over rebel-held territory on July 17 by what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile.

Jul 27, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu says Hamas has violated its own cease-fire: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the Palestinian militant group Hamas had violated its own offer of a 24-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Netanyahu told CNN’s “State of the Union” program: “Hamas doesn’t even accept its own cease-fire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak.”

Jul 17, 2014

GM legal department comes under fire at Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors’ (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) legal department came under fire in a Senate hearing on Thursday, as lawmakers questioned why the automaker took more than 10 years to recall cars with ignition switch flaws while its lawyers worked on numerous cases involving deaths or injury caused by the malfunctioning switch.

Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the Senate Commerce subcommittee, questioned why GM’s general counsel, Michael Millikin, kept his job after a company review released last month criticized lower-level lawyers for not escalating the safety issue.

Jun 22, 2014

House Republican leader opposes Export-Import Bank renewal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The newly elected No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives said on Sunday he opposed renewing the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. goods and services.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, the incoming House majority leader, told “Fox News Sunday” the bank’s role should be taken over by the private sector. Asked if he would allow the bank’s charter to expire at the end of September, McCarthy said: “Yes, because it’s something that the private sector can be able to do.”