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Apr 29, 2015

Thousands of police descend on Baltimore to enforce curfew after riots

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – As night falls on Baltimore on Tuesday, thousands of police and National Guard troops fanned out to enforce a new curfew and prevent further violence as the mayor fended off criticism that she responded sluggishly to a night of rioting, looting and fires.

More than 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals in Baltimore a day after the worst rioting in the United States in years.

Apr 28, 2015

In tense Baltimore, mayor’s response to rioting comes under scrutiny

BALTIMORE, April 28 (Reuters) – Baltimore’s mayor came under
criticism on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the
worst urban rioting in the United States in years with shops
looted, buildings burned to the ground and 20 officers injured.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off
requesting the National Guard until three hours after violence
first erupted following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man
who died in police custody on April 19.

Apr 28, 2015

Baltimore cleans up, mayor scrambles after riot over police-custody death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city’s mayor defended local law enforcement’s light initial response.

Acrid smoke hung over streets where violence broke out just blocks from Freddie Gray’s funeral and spread through much of the poor West Baltimore neighborhood. Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and 202 people were arrested, according to the mayor’s office.

Apr 28, 2015

Baltimore smolders after riot over black man’s police-custody death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents on Tuesday began cleaning up the wreckage from rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

Acrid smoke hung over streets where fire crews raced to contain damage from violence that broke out just blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and spread through much of the poor West Baltimore neighborhood. Fifteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and nearly 200 people were arrested, according to the city mayor’s office.

Apr 24, 2015

Hostage locations difficult to track – and may be getting harder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. drone strike that accidentally killed two hostages in Pakistan exposes intelligence shortfalls that former and current U.S. officials say appear to be growing more frequent as militants expand their safe havens and as Washington gathers less on-the-ground human intelligence.

Obtaining timely intelligence on hostages has always been difficult, especially in volatile regions where the United States has limited access and where militants have well-established operations.

Apr 5, 2015

Republicans push demand for a vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Sunday pressed their demand that the U.S. Congress be allowed to vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran, but signaled they are willing to wait for last week’s interim agreement to be finalized before passing judgment.

“Look, the President needs to sell this to the American people, and Congress needs to be involved,” said Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mar 27, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen’s Houthis: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where the Shi’ite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited but that U.S. intelligence assessments had concluded that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel were training and equipping Houthi units.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. losing ‘information war’ to Russia, other rivals: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government’s international broadcasting arm.

The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the State Department and government-funded news operations.

Mar 23, 2015

Insight – How Obama outmanoeuvred hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy.

But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the process reveal a longer, painstakingly cautious quest by U.S. President Barack Obama and veteran Cuba specialists to forge the historic rapprochement.

Mar 23, 2015

How Obama outmaneuvered hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy.

But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the process reveal a longer, painstakingly cautious quest by U.S. President Barack Obama and veteran Cuba specialists to forge the historic rapprochement.