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Dec 23, 2014

New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

But de Blasio’s plea was quickly dismissed by several activist groups that vowed to continue protests that have stirred the city daily after grand juries chose not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Dec 22, 2014

NY police commissioner urges calm in police ties with mayor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s police commissioner urged an easing of tensions on Monday after some in his force, responding to the fatal shooting of two officers, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police.

A 28-year-old man with a troubled history killed the two officers in their patrol car on Saturday to avenge the killings by white officers of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. The gunman on Saturday then killed himself.

Dec 22, 2014

New York police commissioner urges calm in police ties with mayor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s police commissioner urged an easing of tensions on Monday after some in his force, responding to the fatal shooting of two officers, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police.

A 28-year-old man with a troubled history killed the two officers in their patrol car on Saturday to avenge the killings by white officers of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. The gunman on Saturday then killed himself.

Dec 18, 2014

U.S. to sue NY City over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government will sue New York
City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage
inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice
Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of
federal oversight of the troubled jail.

The move by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Preet
Bharara, the U.S. attorney for New York’s southern district,
followed a report in August describing a pattern of violent
abuse of 16- to 18-year-old male inmates by guards and others
held at Rikers.

Nov 26, 2014

Domestic pressures in U.S., Iran threaten slow-moving nuclear talks

VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A seven-month extension in talks between world powers and Iran on a deal to curb its nuclear program emboldened critics in Washington and Tehran, threatening to undermine further talks.

After failing to clinch an agreement that would limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting stifling U.S.-led economic sanctions, the sides agreed on Monday to push back, yet again, a deadline for reaching a deal, until next July.

Nov 24, 2014

Kerry says progress in Iran talks with major powers, tough road ahead

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

“If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we want to do it sooner,” Kerry told reporters. “These talks are not going to get easier just because we extend them. They’re tough. They’ve been tough. And they’re going to stay tough.”

Nov 23, 2014

Iran, powers eye extension of nuclear talks with deadline hours away

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday’s deadline for a deal to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said.

The talks in Vienna aim for an accord that could transform the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start to bring a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of hostility with the West.

Nov 21, 2014

Iran, U.S., French officials to leave nuclear talks as deadline looms

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers on Friday and return to Tehran for top level discussions four days before a deadline for a final agreement expires.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will also return to Paris later on Friday for consultations on the Iranian nuclear issue, U.S. and French officials said.

Nov 14, 2014

Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola flying to U.S. identified by church

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Sierra Leonean doctor sick with Ebola is expected to depart the West African country on Friday night to fly to the United States for treatment and be reunited with his American wife, according to the doctor’s church and employer.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, contracted the virus last week while working as the chief medical officer and surgeon at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital in Freetown in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Nov 10, 2014

U.S. transgenders welcome an easier path to altering birth papers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Naz Seenauth’s driver’s license says he is male. His birth certificate says he is female. The mismatch, he says, is deeply frustrating.

New York City, where Seenauth was born and raised, does not accept that he is a transgender man and will not amend his birth certificate, for now at least, even though his doctor will attest to his gender.